Mi 4i: Is China trying to infiltrate the Indian Market?
Consumers are finally making the switch from Feature phones to Smartphones in India. Smartphones actually constituted a really healthy 35% of the overall mobile business in Q4 2014, a hefty jump up of 13% from the previous year. It is unfathomable what the numbers will be in 2015.
Xiaomi, in particular, made one of the most significant improvements within just its first complete quarter in India. They did so well, in fact, that with a temporary ban of a handset model, they still achieved the 5th spot in the top Smartphone vendor list.
Therefore it’s time for Xiaomi to step into India with a product to overwhelm the masses. It is called the Mi 4i, and Hugo joked that it’s a phone that isn’t going to “heat up” too much. However, the specifications are going to overwhelm when one looks at how much it is priced. For a low price of Rs. 12,999, you are getting some advanced capabilities:
An Octa-core processor, the 64-bit 1.6Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 with an Adreno 405 graphics processing unit, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and the latest version of Android, Lollipop with version 5.0.2 with MIUI 6. Plus it’s going to feature a lot of the features you would desire from a budget flagship phone, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera (perfect for some amazing selfies or us-ies), and dual-SIM card support.
For the price, the Beijing-based company is clearly making a bold shot to take over top spot from Samsung. Whether they succeed or fail, however, the excitement for this handset is great.
If Xiaomi is trying to infiltrate the Indian market, the question can now be put to rest with an astounding YES!
Xiaomi Mi 4i is available in India now at RS. 12,999, with future roll outs to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.