Turns out Xiaomi really listens. Three of the compromises with the Mi 3 have been addressed in the Mi 4 – the tiny default storage (now there’s a 64GB variant), the somewhat slippery body (stainless steel frame), and the absence of LTE (now there is).
Throw in fast-charging to its 3,080 mAh battery, rear and front f1.8 cameras that may outclass those on the LG G3, and replaceable back covers to suit your mood, and we have another winner. To think we haven’t even mentioned the price.
(Fast charging, by the way, is a feature of the Oppo Find 7 and 7a.)
As with all deliberate designs, the Mi 4 has a few compromises. Unlike the LG G3, the Mi 4 does not offer a 5.5″ QHD display (only 5″ Full HD), a microSD card slot, or a removable battery. But the price points, given the specs above, give pause to the wise:
LG G3 32GB variant – SRP P 35,990.00
LG G3 16GB variant – SRP P 31,990.00
Mi 4 64GB variant – Approx P 17,500.00
For that price point, you can ignore the 64GB Mi 4’s alleged compromises. For sure, this phone is elbowing for your attention, more so than the drop-friendly Gionee Elife S5.5 or the Panoramic Selfie Huawei Ascend P7 (each costing around P21,000.00, with the Elife S5.5 neither having LTE nor expandable storage).
If my upcoming stellar review of the Mi 3 is any clue, the Mi 4 will also blow me away. The Xiaomi Mi 4 launch is set on August 16.
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