Xiaomi Mi 4 launched, “better” than LG G3


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).

Xiaomi Mi 4 Considerations

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.)

Mi 4 Specs

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

(LG G3 prices based on pre-order promo and official Philippine launch.)

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).

Xiaomi Mi 4

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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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.