Xiaomi Mi4 – Is it overpriced in India

Xiaomi Mi4 – Is it overpriced in India

After much anticipation, Xiaomi earlier today hosted a press event in New Delhi to announce the launch of the Mi4 as its new flagship smartphone for the Indian market. The company set the price tag of the new smartphone at Rs. 19,999 which is quite being criticised by its large fan base. So does it mean that the Mi4 really carrying an overpriced price tag in India? We are finding out all this in detail right here.

Beijing-based Xiaomi unveiled the Mi4 in China back in July last year and launched its 4G LTE variant on China Mobile network in September. At the time of its original announcement, the company stated that the flagship smartphone will be available in the market with a starting price tag of RMB 1,999 along with 16GB storage option while its 64GB variant was launched at RMB 2,499.

Translating the price tag of the 16GB variant, which has only been launched in India, it comes around Rs. 19,600 excluding taxes and custom expenses. This confirms that the official price tag of Rs. 19,999 is quite in line of the original price of the Mi4 in its hometown but Indian customers have not been pleased with this price tag.

It is because the company has a great record of selling smartphones at low margins to offer all affordability. Moreover, the price bracket between Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 25,000 already has some of the renowned offerings including OnePlus One, Lenovo Vibe X2 and HTC Desire 820.

Xiaomi could add 4G LTE support for the Indian networks to the Mi4 to persuade some buyers in the country, but there were some design restrictions to equip a compatible 4G antenna within its metal chassis. In addition to that, the major setback in the view of some of its fans is that the company has neither launched the 64GB storage variant of the Mi4 nor reveal any of its plans for that.

Nevertheless, the Mi4 is one of the most affordable high-end smartphones available in the market today as it has almost all the specifications which are being praised on some of the flagship smartphones by leading international vendors like Samsung, HTC, Sony and even Apple.

The Mi4 features a 5-inch IPS display with 1080p (full-HD) resolution and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) chipset with a 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The smartphone has 3GB of RAM, 16GB storage and packs with a 3,080mAh battery.

Xiaomi has provided Android 4.4 KitKat operating system on the Mi4 with its latest MIUI 6 on top. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel BSI Sony Exmor RS sensor on the rear along with f/1.8 aperture lens and an LED flash and an 8-megapixel camera sensor is available on the front. Lastly, there is Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Infrared (IR) blaster and a microUSB port.

The specifications of the Mi4 are making it a decent deal under Rs. 20,000 price bracket but the lack of 4G LTE support and non-availability of its 64GB variant could shift the focus of customers to some of its closest competitors.

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  • James

    Overpriced phone from Mi, Mi is dumping leftover garbage to India, They are leading in Samsung way, Definitely not good for Mi. They are comparing phone with other brand but not with best contender Lenovo Vibe X2 4G 32GB model at 19999/- price. As of now Mi don’t have Dealer/Distributer/ServiceCenters like Lenovo, how can they set price in this way?
    This variant deserve only 13000 to 14000 Rs range.