Better than the iPhone? Xiaomi: The Smartphone for the People

by / 4 Comments / 521 View / September 10, 2014

A prominent event in every technology enthusiast’s agenda, the release of this iPhone 6 this month, is rumored to be among the largest events in Smartphone history. Already, internet blogs and discussion pages speculate about its size (4.7’’ or 5.0’’ screens), sapphire display and faster and more efficient A8 chip. Amidst the immense buzz, there are critics who view the upcoming release as too “over-hyped” and bound to be disappointing. “Apple has to make a device that is ground-breaking, challenging what we have seen thus far.” This extraordinarily high standard of excellence will be very difficult to fulfill. Plus, the price-tag approaching $1000 will surely turn down some consumers.

But from the other side of the globe, another competitor is very quickly emerging. However, it is not the usual candidates of Samsung, Motorola, or Sony. Instead, a 4-year old Chinese company, Xiaomi, the so-called “Apple of China,” is taking the world by storm. To represent its burgeoning influence, its entire stock of the Mi3 Smartphone, all 40,000 units, was sold out in India within 5 seconds of its release. Moreover, Xiaomi has been crowned king of the Chinese smartphone market in the second quarter with a 14% share, doubling its 7% share during the first quarter and almost tripling its 5% share last year. They have sold more phones than any other company – even Apple and Samsung.

In light of the iPhone 6 release, Xiaomi has launched its Xiaomi Mi4 earlier than the real Apple’s flagship product and is expected to have an upcoming clash with the newest iPhone. According to the International Business Times, “Xiaomi’s Mi4 value is its small price tag but excellent features. The device comes with a 5-inch screen with full HD display.” But apart from the prices, the two phones are strikingly similar.

GSMarena reports both smartphones have 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile networks which will provide users with faster data speed. They are almost the same in size. The iPhone 6 has dimensions of 5.12 x 2.56 x 0.28 inches with a weight of 113 g, while the Mi4 has 5.48 x 2.70 x 0.35-inch dimension and weighs 149 g. Both also have a built-in loudspeaker and a 3.5-mm jack. The iPhone 6 has an LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive multi-touch screen, 16M colors, and 960 x 1,704 pixel resolution display. It is built with a shatter-proof sapphire crystal glass case with oleophobic coating which makes it water-resistant.

Meanwhile, the Mi4’s display also is an IPS LCD capacitive multi-touch screen with 16M colours. The Mi4 is IP67 certified, which means it is resistant to both water and dust. It has 1,080 x 1,920 pixel display size, which is actually wider than that of the iPhone 6’s display. In terms of pixel density, the Mi4 has 441 ppi pixel density while the iPhone 6 has 416 ppi.

When it comes to internal memory, the iPhone 6 will be available in 16, 32, 64 or 128 GB, while the Mi4 at 16 and 64 GB. The Mi4 has greater CPU usage with its 3 GB RAM, while the iPhone 6 has only 2 GB RAM.

Both smartphones will not support external SD card slots, according to GSMarena. In terms of photo shooting and video recording, reports say Xiaomi installed 13-MP, 4128 x 3,096-pixel, and dual-LED flash camera with autofocus on the Mi4, while the iPhone 6 camera features 8 MP, 3,264 x 2,448 pixels, dual-LED flash, and autofocus. The video of the iPhone 6 and Mi4 is at 1,080p @ 60fps and 1,080p @ 30fps, respectively.

Overall, Xiaomi will continue to generate greater popularity with its attractive sizes and comparable phones. One avid fan states, “They’re selling a dream. The products are cheaper. They sell at a price where you can’t find phones. Not a good one at least.” Others have bought two or even three, citing its low cost. But whatever the reason, one thing is certain: as a phone for the people, Xiaomi delivers on both price and quality, exponentially following its path to global Smartphone domination.

 

References:

Riley, Charles. “The Cult of Xiaomi Seeks World Domination.” CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 02 Sept. 2014. Web. 09 Sept. 2014.

Silva, Precious. “Xiaomi Mi4 vs IPhone 6: Why Forecasts Favor Mi4 as The Next Best Phone Against IPhone 6.” International Business Times. International Business Times, 21 Aug. 2014. Web. 09 Sept. 2014.

Wong, Karen. “Apple’s IPhone 6 vs. Xiaomi Mi 4: Specifications, Features and Prices.” International Business Times. International Business Times, 25 July 2014. Web. 09 Sept. 2014.

Image Credit: Xiaomi

  • Arthur Murrah

    The premise of this article is ridiculous and makes the author seem like they really don’t know what they’re talking about. Smartphones are not the same just because they have similar screen sizes, memory, or other specs. What makes a smartphone great is its usability and functionality. The iPhone is the best because Apple realizes this and did what was necessary to make a great product; they managed to take a piece of metal and design its UI in a way that gave it a soul. Apple was the first to allow any developer to create applications for a mobile device. They were the first to make so many innovations that have now defined the smartphone industry. Until Xiamoni starts making these kinds of innovations, you’d be kidding yourself to even say that Mi4 and iPhone are even in the same league.

    • Katafao

      The author isn’t attempting to say that they’re both “in the same league”. He’s attempting to say that Xiaoimi is the phone “for the people”.

      Obviously, when something is made “for the people”(a broader audience), some concessions have to be made

  • Noam

    If xiaomi is the “smartphone for the people” then why haven’t I heard about it?

    • Martin

      The article is entitled “xiaomi a smartphone for the people” but you’ve never heard of it? Erm