Xiaomi Mi4c review: Possibly the best Snapdragon 808 smartphone out there

When you hear a chipset like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808, you will obviously believe that a smartphone bearing an expensive price tag can only feature such a chip. However, Xiaomi Mi4c is a great example of how consumers who do not want to spend too much money on a powerful handset can also become a proud owner of a device running a Snapdragon 808, along with other impressive features. Today, we got our hands on Xiaomi’s latest product. Can it surprise us with its killer hardware and affordable price tag? Looks like we will find out soon enough.

Xiaomi Mi4c review

Xiaomi Mi4c: Design and appearance

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Xiaomi Mi4c might not be the most attractive smartphone as far as looks go, but it is appealing in several other ways. First of all, the gadget comes in many colors, which will force the user to overlook the fact that Xiaomi has used as plastic chassis to cover its second fastest smartphone right now.

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Most Android handsets have their camera lenses situated right in the center but Xiaomi Mi4c has it placed right at the corner with a tiny LED flash placed next to it in order to improve the quality of the snapped images. Since there is nothing else to speak about regarding the build quality of the smartphone, let us jump right into the button placement section.

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Xiaomi Mi4c: Button placement

While this might be the least important section to ponder upon, it serves for customers as a basis to make their purchase. The rear side of the smartphone is not removable, since Xiaomi does have a really annoying habit of doing that with its high-end smartphone lineup. Also, there is no microSD storage card slot and the version we got our hands on was the 32GB one (the one that features 3GB of RAM). A good idea for you guys would be to invest in a high-capacity microUSB flash drive (Xiaomi Mi4c comes with a USB-C Type to microUSB converter so you can easily insert it in) so that you can view content on it. It might not be as flexible as actually having a card slot, but there is no better alternative that we can provide you with at this current time.

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There is a small opening in the smartphone which after inserting a pin in it (the one that you received inside the packaging), a SIM card holder will pop up, one that will easily accommodate two cards. At least having a Xiaomi Mi4c does not force the user to make an extra effort to go out and reduce the size of the SIMs.

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The 3.5mm jack and USB-C Type port are kept separate from one another, while both power and volume buttons are present on the right side of the handset. Having a USB-C Type port has many advantages, with the most important one being high transfer rates when you want to move data from one device to the device via a USB port.

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OnePlus 2 also features the same port but one drawback of it was even though it had a Snapdragon 810 present, the smartphone did not support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0. Lucky for you guys, you will not have to encounter the same limitation here because the Chinese smartphone company has also bundled a Quick Charge 2.0 charger with its Xiaomi Mi4c. Now, you get to enjoy high transfer speeds as well as have your phone charged to 100 percent in a short amount of time too.

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Xiaomi Mi4c: Display and resolution

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Xiaomi Mi4c has a screen size of 5.0 inches and a resolution of 1080p. When we checked the details of the display type on the smartphone’s packaging, it stated that it was an IPS LCD, which would explain why everything appeared so much brighter on it.

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As far the display quality goes, it looks absolutely brilliant and we are so happy that the company did not go the extra mile by incorporating a 2560 x 1440 resolution to it like it did with its Mi Note Pro. This would have resulted in several battery life loss due to a higher amount of pixels. One primary advantage of IPS LCD type displays are that they have been catered for viewing purposes. The display might appear bright but it is also very comforting to the eyes when you decide to view something on it in a darker environment.

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Xiaomi Mi4c: Interface impressions

In addition to a 1080p display, we were thrilled to see that the device is running Android Lollipop 5.1.1, and if we are lucky enough, maybe Xiaomi Mi4c will get updated to Android Marshmallow sometime in the near future. We were not too happy with the stock interface of the smartphone so we decided to switch to the ultimate combination for experiencing both performance and executing customizations; Nova Launcher + MIUI 7.0 (please be aware that we changed the wallpaper too). This made the interface smoother than butter, and best of all, it look really great as well.


The app icons are not as flat as we have witnessed on other interfaces, but they are still good enough to reduce resource consumption by a very long margin.


Xiaomi Mi4c: Camera performance

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The only disappointing feature about the rear camera sensor of Xiaomi Mi4c was that it has a small amount of megapixels. For a Snapdragon 808 powered smartphone, we were expecting to see at least a 16MP camera. Regardless, having a 13MP camera (and is a product of SONY Exmor IMX258) is still good enough. Coming to the image results of the primary camera sensor, unfortunately, due to the time constraints that we had while compiling this review, we did not find time to put up our samples. However, we will be updating this review with our own samples in the future just to see if the camera samples snapped by us match the same quality of the images presented below.

Xiaomi Mi4c: Performance

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Now let us come to the core segment as to why consumers want to purchase a smartphone in the first place? Raw performance. Once again, due to time limitations, we were only able to give Xiaomi Mi4c an AnTuTu run, which is sufficient for the most part, but we always like to run an array of different tests to see how well the smartphone will perform in each and every one of them.

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Keep in mind that this is the 3GB version, so you guys could get a lower score than we have because you opted to run a 2GB model. Regardless, the performance of the smartphone is impeccable, especially if you are able to purchase one for less than $250.

Xiaomi Mi4c: Battery life measurement

Let us come to second most important aspect of a smartphone after performance; battery life. There are very few handsets that possess large battery capacities, and fortunately for you guys, Xiaomi Mi4c happens to be one of them. The handset features a non-removable 3,080mAh battery and we decided to take it for a test run to see how it fares in our battery test. Keep in mind that we tested out the battery with the screen brightness of the smartphone set to 100 percent in order to give you a worst case scenario on what you can expect when you are running the smartphone with a much lower brightness setting.

The 3,080mAh battery proves its worth by delivering more than 13 hours of battery life while connected to a Wi-Fi network (this is during casual browsing sessions where we attended to the smartphone a few times before leaving it idly in its place). Even while connected to the LTE network, Xiaomi Mi4c is able to give out 9 hours of battery life (again through causal use). There are some devices that have performed absolutely horribly in this particular section, but we could not be happier that Xiaomi Mi4c performed well in this part of our review as well.

Hardware specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A57 at 1.82GHz and quad-core Cortex-A53 at 1.44GHz
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB (no microSD storage card slot)
  • Battery: 3,080mAh
  • Display size: 5.0 inch IPS panel
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Charging port type: USB-C Type

Final verdict

After looking at each and every aspect of Xiaomi Mi4c, we have summarized the following scores below:

  • Build Quality: 8 out of 10
  • Appearance: 9 out of 10
  • Button placement: 9 out of 10
  • Interface experience: 10 out of 10
  • Display quality: 10 out of 10
  • Price/performance ratio: 10 out of 10
  • Camera performance: 10 out of 10
  • Battery performance: 8 out of 10

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Even though we had a little hiccup of not being able to see a microSD card slot, Xiaomi Mi4c is one of the most impressive Snapdragon 808 smartphones that we have ever come across. For less than $250, you too can be proud owner of a device that performs just as equal as the likes of LG’s G4 and costs much less in the process.

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Not only are you running Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 7.0 interface, but Xiaomi Mi4c is also running Android 5.1.1 as soon as you take it out the packaging. In short, the smartphone has an immediate ticket of getting updated to Android Marshmallow and we cannot wait to see what surprises await us when the new update has been successfully installed on this mobile powerhouse.

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