In October, 2014, Xiaomi became the world’s 3rd biggest smartphone manufacturer. This company took roots 5 years ago in Beijing, China, and the most amazing thing about it, is that they gained a place on podium in such a short period of time. Nowadays, Xiaomi fights shoulder to shoulder with companies such as Samsung, LG, Lenovo and so on. Moreover, the company is described as “China’s own Apple Inc”.
One month ago, Xiaomi announced a new smartphone called Mi 4c, the successor of Mi 4i. Their design is almost the same, but things are pretty different under the hood. Also, there’s a price tag differences as well, the Mi 4c is slightly more expensive than the Mi 4i.
So, is it worth upgrading from Xiaomi Mi4i to Mi4c? Let’s find out together!
Design & Display
Xiaomi Mi 4c and Mi 4i have the same design cues, the same size and thickness except the weight, Mi 4c is only 2 grams heavier (132g) than the Mi 4i (130g). Both smartphones feature a 5 inch display, same screen resolution (1920x1080p) and the same pixel density (441ppi). The thing that separates the two smartphones is the scratch resistant layer of Gorilla Glass found on the Mi 4i, while the Mi 4c lacks such protection from Corning.
Xiaomi Mi 4c comes equipped with an hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset (quad-core 1.44GHz + dual-core 1.8Ghz), while Mi 4i is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Their GPUs are different too. Mi 4c sports an Adreno 418 GPU, the Mi 4i has an Adreno 405 GPU. Both are available in 16 or 32GB internal storage versions, but no microSD support. Mi 4c has 2GB RAM (16GB ROM), the 3GB RAM model (32GB ROM), while the Mi 4i comes with only 2GB RAM on both the 16 and 32GB internal storage models. Common connectivity features are as follows: dual-SIM (micro), Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS. The Mi 4c has Type-C port connector, while the Mi 4i has user a standard microUSB port. Also, Mi 4c has an infrared port, the Mi 4i doesn’t.
Mi 4c and Mi 4i are equally equipped here, because both have a 5MP front facing camera and a 13MP rear facing camera with dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, geotagging, touch to focus feature, face and smile detection, panorama, HDR and so on. Both rear facing cameras can record up to 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
Mi 4c runs on a custom ROM called MIUI 7 (based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop), while Mi 4i runs on MIUI 6 ROM (based on Android 5.0.2). Xiaomi informs that the MIUI 7 ROM is up to 30% faster than MIUI 6 and the battery life lasts 10% longer. Anyway, Mi 4i will get an upgrade to MIUI 7 on October 27th (next week).
Xiaomi Mi 4c has a 3,080mAh battery, the Mi4i comes equipped with a 3,120mAh battery. It’s unusual, because Mi 4c is more powerful than the Mi 4i, but the battery is smaller than the one found on its predecessor. The difference between their capacities isn’t big, but there is definitely a slight increase in battery life.
The latest Xiaomi smartphone, the Mi 4c performs better than the Mi 4i, thanks to a more powerful chipset, the same SoC used by LG to equip the LG G4, and the extra 1GB of RAM (3GB instead of 2GB of RAM, if you opt for the 32GB internal storage variant). The more recent model also comes with an USB Type-C port, which facilitates faster data transfer and the cable is reversible (no more worries about plug-in the cable incorrectly, any side you plug it, it will work). In the end, yes, Mi 4c justifies it’s slightly higher price, so a potential upgrade from Mi 4i to Mi 4c is a good one.