[Update: The company has just confirmed that there will only 40,000 units up for grabs at today's flash sale]
Xiaomi unveiled the new smartphone Mi 4i in India on 23 April. The handset will now be available on Flipkart from 30 April in flash sale.
The company has confirmed it has received about 3 lakh registrations for the Xiaomi Mi 4i flash sale. There is no word on how many units will be up for grabs.
Going by the number of people registering for the sale, it is imperative for Xiaomi to stock at least 1 lakh units or more, like its Chinese peer Lenovo.
Anticipating huge response, Lenovo had stocked 1 lakh units of A6000 plus for the 28 April sale on Flipkart. Many fans will be hoping Xiaomi to make a similar arrangement.
Below, we have listed key attributes for users to make an informed decision on whether to buy Mi 4i or not.
Xiaomi Mi 4i sports 5.0-inch full HD IPS display with Sharp / JDI OGS (One Glass Solution) full lamination. It also boasts of Sunlight Display technology which gives users clear viewing of the screen when operating under direct sunlight, and also provides 178-degree wide viewing angle.
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With 4G-LTE [LTE (FDD) - Band 3 (1800), LTE (TD) - Band 40 (2300)] connectivity support, users can enjoy super-speed internet with 150/50 mbps download/upload speed.
64-bit class Processor:
Xiaomi Mi4i ships with the second generation 64-bit class based Snapdragon 615 Octa-core SoC (System on Chip), manufactured by Qualcomm.
One advantage of having 64-bit processor is that the phone performance and RAM management will be optimized and efficiently used among the apps. Users are less likely to face lag during multi-tasking.
Secondly, new Android applications will rollout starting this year, with 64-bit architecture compliant codes, making Xiaomi Mi 4i future-proof.
Snapdragon 615 chipset comes with H.265/High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which enables faster computational operations.
It will be backed by Adreno 405 graphics engine, 2GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory.
Xiaomi Mi 4i houses feature-rich 13mp Sony/Samsung camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, auto-focus, HDR, touch-focus, full HD video recording ability.
On the front, it comes packed with 5mp snapper with 80-degree wide-angle lens, f/1.8 aperture with full HD video recording ability.
Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with a price-tag of ₹12,999, making it the most affordable, full HD display-based smartphone in the market. With an aggressive price, Xiaomi Mi 4i is expected to stir up another storm in India's mid-range smartphone segment, like Mi3 did in India last year..
Xiaomi Mi 4i runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with MIUI v6.0 which boasts of visual IVP (Interactive voice response) feature for IRCTC (Indian Railways ticket booking app), wherein you can easily skip the lengthy procedure of treading multiple options to arrive at a desired destination. The live demo performed by Hugo Barra on 23 April splendidly showcased how fast one can end the transaction. During the show, it was revealed that it usually takes 77 seconds to find the train arrival timing in the current voice-based IVR, but thanks to Visual mode, users can skip unnecessary steps and directly get the arrival time in 22 seconds.
Besides the amazing visual-IVR, Xiaomi will be introducing more India-specific apps and themes in all its devices sold in the country.
[Note: Prospective buyers who have not yet registered on Flipkart can still apply till midnight (29 April 11:59 pm), HERE. In order to increase your chances of buying, users are advised to login in their respective Flipkart account couple of hours before the sale kicks-off. And make sure to keep credit/debit card details close by, so as to complete the transaction within the permissible time. Otherwise, the device will be taken-off the kart and passed on to another eligible buyer].
Key specifications of Xiaomi Mi 4i and Xiaomi Mi4:
|Models||Xiaomi Mi 4i||Xiaomi Mi4|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop with MIUI 6.0||Android v4.4 KitKat with MIUI 6.0|
|Processor||2nd Generation 1.65GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Series Octa-core (1.7GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A53 + 1.0GHz quad-core A53) CPU||2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 405||Adreno 330|
|RAM||2GB LPDDR3||3GB LP-DDR3|
|Storage capacity||16GB (eMMC) [Not expandable]||16GB/64GB [Not Expandable]|
|Battery||3120 mAh||3080 mAh (Li-Ion Polymer)|
|Add-ons||Visual IVR (Interactive Voice Response), Dual-SIM (micro+ micro) slots, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; MU-MIMO), GPS/GLONASS, uni-body design,||
|Dimensions||138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm||139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm|
|Weight||130 g||149 g|