Xiaomi turned up the temperature with the launch of their latest flagship Smartphone – the Xiaomi Mi4 in India. It has garnered huge response as its other Xiaomi counterpart, in the first flash sale organized by Flipkart, on that very date. The Xiaomi Mi 4 falls in the mid-range Smartphone bracket having a price tag of Rs 19,999 but having specifications, which can compete against any high-end Smartphone.
Apple had taken 2014 by storm by launching its biggest Smartphone till date – the Apple iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus and having garnered r4ecord profits of 147billion in their 1st quarter. After facing criticism for their small 4 inch screen and facing stiff competition from rivals for the same, Apple gifted its loyalists with the 4.7 inch version of their beloved iPhone. The 16GB version of iPhone 6 has been priced at Rs. 51,000.
So the battle between these two flagship and hugely successful products will make for an interesting read.
Xiaomi Mi4 has a sturdy and sleek built with a glossy and reflecting back cover. There also consists a metallic rim around the sides of this Smartphone, which makes for a premium finish. The entire design comes with a slight curve which makes it extremely easy to hold. Thus, the look and feel is exquisite.
The iPhone 6 feels quite smooth and slick having a beautiful dark glass in front. The edges are smoothly curved and molded with the metal rim case which runs along the side of the Smartphone, so that it becomes quite comfortable to hold. However, the rear cover is not that impressive having intersecting plastic antenna lines.
Xiaomi Mi4 sports a 5-inch full-HD display screen having a resolution of 1080x1920pixels and a density of 441ppi, which is quite an interesting package. It ensures the user a clear and sharp display. The sensitivity is soothing and even the colours come out brilliantly.
Apple iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD touch screen with a resolution of 720×1334 pixels and a density of 326ppi. It also comes laden with Shatterproof glass and an oleophobic coating. The display is as per the standard of apple, which is usually efficient.
Xiaomi Mi4 runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 6 skin on top of it which gifts it with a beautiful but easy interface. The entire package is stunning but no news about Lollipop update has been announced yet.
The iPhone 6 runs on the latest Apple OS – the iOS 8. Even the iOS 8.1 upgrade is available. The iOS 8 has been introduced with a lot of new features ranging from improved photo-editing tools to tweaks in almost all the built-in default applications present.
Xiaomi is powered by a very powerful 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor and is supported by a super-fast 3GB RAM, which give the Mi4 incredible speed as well as power efficiency. The Adreno 330 GPU also ensures that your gaming experience remains problem free.
iPhone 6 is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Cyclone and uses Apple’s latest A8 processor, which though designed in-house is based on the ARM architecture. It is also supported by a 1GB RAM and a PowerBR GX6450 GPU.
Xiaomi Mi4 is available as of now, in the 16GB variant which is non-expandable. However it is expected that Xiaomi will launch the 64GB model soon in India, too.
Apple iPhone comes in three variants – 16GB, 64GB and 128GB, with prices getting higher as storage gets huger. However, as the staple Apple norm, this storage is non-expandable.
Xiaomi Mi4 has been endowed with a stunning 13MP rear primary camera with the latest Sony IMX 214 lens and a 0.3 second fast focusing feature. It can shoot ultra-HD 4K videos and also contains real-time HDR. It also comes with an impressive 8MP front camera with both the camera containing Sony’s CMOS sensors.
iPhone 6 is endowed with a 8MP rear camera which is a much improved version of its predecessor, with higher colour accuracy and better shots under low light conditions. It also sports a 1.2MP secondary front camera. Videos can now be taken with improved stabilization and continuous autofocus, but the absence of 4K video recording is an eminent lapse.
The Verdict lies in the fact that when we compare the prices of the products Xiaomi wins hands down due to its much superior features at such a low price, but when one looks at brand quality and a global presence then Apple’s latest eye-catcher steals the show.
So, it depends on you if you want to break your bank and own an Apple or stay within your limits and yet enjoy an almost flagship experience with the Xiaomi Mi4.