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Hands on with Xiaomi’s Mi 4, a high-end handset, with an iPhone look

Xiaomi is a Chinese brand that has recently designed a smartphone, Mi 4, which the company humorously describes as a kitchen knife, since it is made of stainless steel, but, it is definitely a lot like Apple iPhones. It is quite an impressive phone, with a stylish body and high-end specs, and its comparison to iPhones is inevitable.

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Design
Mi 4 is at a disadvantage in comparison to iPhones in the design category, since the latter has a compact size and is easier to hold than this Android phone. There is also an expensive and premium feel to it, because of the aluminium back, metal frame and chamfered edges. However, Mi 4 is also gorgeous, and very light to hold. It feels sturdy instead of plastic-like, unlike its predecessors. It has chamfered edges similar to iPhones. It actually looks like a larger version of Apple’s smartphones.

Display
The apple’s iPhone 5 comes with LED-backlit feature, along with IPS LCD of 4.0 inches, with a resolution power of 640×1136 pixels and 326 ppi pixel density, offering crisp visuals with vibrant colours. Mi 4 has a 5 inch HD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 backed with a pixel power of 441 ppi. These give excellent display of videos, pictures and games.

Hardware
The Mi 4 uses a processing package that is the best in the current market on an Android smartphone, i.e. Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, with a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor and an Adreno 330 GPU. There is a 3GB of RAM on the handset, which means, the device will handle any task. The handset is likely to be a stellar performer because of its high-end specs. There will be two storage variants, 16 and 64GB. The iPhone 5S has a powerful A7 chipset which offers premium performance. The handset by Apple is future-proofed with the addition of 64-bit architecture. So, the users will not have any problem running apps that will arrive in the next two years, keeping in mind that the apps and systems will become powerful enough to need a 64-bit architecture to handle them better. Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor can be considered quite interesting. It is designed to gather data from the gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, etc. of the handset, which should help after iOS 8 releases, by integrating the iPhone 5s to a new variety of biometrics and health apps.

Images
Mi 4 has an 8 MP front camera, and 13 MP rear camera, which make taking selfies and other shots perfect. Sony’s stacked CMOS sensors are sported by both, and ensures good quality images. The new iPhone, with an 8 MP rear camera is still one of the strongest smartphone cameras. Decent images can be shot, quickly, in the dark, and the front camera has improved in comparison to previous iPhones. It can also take slow-motion videos, but, when it comes to Mi 4’s imaging package, the iPhone is outdated.

Software
Apple has more high quality apps and is preferred as the platform for developers. But, iOS has been borrowing features and capabilities from Android OS over the past few years. Still, it is purely a matter of personal choice.

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Xiaomi is a Chinese brand that has recently designed a smartphone, Mi 4, which the company humorously describes as a kitchen knife, since it is made of stainless steel, but, it is definitely a lot like Apple iPhones. It is quite an impressive phone, with a stylish body and high-end specs, and its comparison to iPhones is inevitable.

xiaomi mi 4

Design
Mi 4 is at a disadvantage in comparison to iPhones in the design category, since the latter has a compact size and is easier to hold than this Android phone. There is also an expensive and premium feel to it, because of the aluminium back, metal frame and chamfered edges. However, Mi 4 is also gorgeous, and very light to hold. It feels sturdy instead of plastic-like, unlike its predecessors. It has chamfered edges similar to iPhones. It actually looks like a larger version of Apple’s smartphones.

Display
The apple’s iPhone 5 comes with LED-backlit feature, along with IPS LCD of 4.0 inches, with a resolution power of 640×1136 pixels and 326 ppi pixel density, offering crisp visuals with vibrant colours. Mi 4 has a 5 inch HD display with a resolution of 1080×1920 backed with a pixel power of 441 ppi. These give excellent display of videos, pictures and games.

Hardware
The Mi 4 uses a processing package that is the best in the current market on an Android smartphone, i.e. Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, with a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor and an Adreno 330 GPU. There is a 3GB of RAM on the handset, which means, the device will handle any task. The handset is likely to be a stellar performer because of its high-end specs. There will be two storage variants, 16 and 64GB. The iPhone 5S has a powerful A7 chipset which offers premium performance. The handset by Apple is future-proofed with the addition of 64-bit architecture. So, the users will not have any problem running apps that will arrive in the next two years, keeping in mind that the apps and systems will become powerful enough to need a 64-bit architecture to handle them better. Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor can be considered quite interesting. It is designed to gather data from the gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, etc. of the handset, which should help after iOS 8 releases, by integrating the iPhone 5s to a new variety of biometrics and health apps.

Images
Mi 4 has an 8 MP front camera, and 13 MP rear camera, which make taking selfies and other shots perfect. Sony’s stacked CMOS sensors are sported by both, and ensures good quality images. The new iPhone, with an 8 MP rear camera is still one of the strongest smartphone cameras. Decent images can be shot, quickly, in the dark, and the front camera has improved in comparison to previous iPhones. It can also take slow-motion videos, but, when it comes to Mi 4’s imaging package, the iPhone is outdated.

Software
Apple has more high quality apps and is preferred as the platform for developers. But, iOS has been borrowing features and capabilities from Android OS over the past few years. Still, it is purely a matter of personal choice.

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