Table of Contents
Xiaomi Mi3 (TD version)
Xiaomi Mi 3 ships in two variants – a 1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 chip from nVidia or the one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Other components in both the devices are equally outstanding though – 5-inch IPS display (full HD at 16:9), 13 MP camera with dual-LED flash, and 3050mAh lithium-ion polymer battery. It is only 8.1 mm thin, 145 grams light, and houses an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame, coated with 3 layers of thermal graphite. But unfortunately, nVidia withdrew from the cooperation which caused Xiaomi Mi3 (TD version) unable to adapt to the latest version system and as a result, the body of the smartphone heats up excessively.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
Xiaomi claims that the Mi Note Pro is the best smartphone in the world.
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage and doesn’t support memory expansion. Xiaomi Mi Note Pro packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 4-megapixel front camera shooter for a selfie. It runs Android 5.0 and is powered by a 3090mAh non-removable battery. The device has dual SIM (GSM and GSM) support that accepts two Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G, 4G.
Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope. Although Xiaomi Note Pro seems to have had a lot of features, but the problem of poor low-light camera performance, no expandable storage, and sub-par battery life still existed. The Snapdragon 810 has received a bit of flak since its launch when it comes to overheating. It has to be mentioned though that when playing games, or while watching a lot of videos, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro did start to get a little warm, and you can definitely feel the heat dissipating through the metal frame.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 features a 5.5″ Full HD IPS, which has 401ppi for pleasantly sharp imagery. Unfortunately, the glass covering the display seems to be not of the scratch-resistant kind. Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 does not have screen protection officially quoted. Black screen of death often occurred. Low battery of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 caused the smartphone battery drain sooner than expected. No MIUI 7 at launch and no NFC function existed in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.
Xiaomi Mi 4C
The power key of Xiaomi 4C is decently clicked, but the rocker feels a tad shallow. It doesn’t help that the latter is quite wobbly, too, generally causing us to feel uncomfortable while using it.
The plastic is of the matte variety, it has a soft feel when held, but it does attract quite a bit of fingerprint smudges.
Color reproduction is also far from perfect, as the Mi 4c’s display manages to miss almost all of the targets on the scale, and most of the colors are often over-saturated.
With remarkably similar Xiaomi smartphones like the only slightly more expensive Mi 5 and the much less expensive Redmi Note 3, the Mi 4S sort of feels like a phone for nobody.The Mi 4S feels more so like a traditional smartphone compared to the Mi 5.
That’s a few gripes with the design of the Xiaomi Mi 4S. Most remarkable is the device’s slipperiness when placed on soft or unlovely surfaces like a couch or window sill. This does raise a few concerns regarding the Mi 4S’ durability, as well as a reservation about the decision to not use Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both the front and back glass panels.
If you are expecting 4G LTE with the Xiaomi Mi 4S, you may be in for a surprise as the device does not generally support the frequencies used outside of China that are required to transmit data over LTE.
If you look towards the right of the USB Type-C port, you’ll find a surprisingly loud speaker. Unfortunately, it sounds distorted and tinny, especially at higher volumes.
OIS in camera is unfortunately missing. That may be one of the primary causes for relatively poor low-light performance. Xiaomi 4S ships with an outdated version of Android and the MIUI is still missing features found in stock Android.
Xiaomi 2A seems like too common and does not have any special characteristic to attract customers. Xiaomi 2A didn’t get any fixed position in the market.
The Xiaomi Mi Max certainly feels like a first attempt at what is largely uncharted territory for Xiaomi. While it has undercut the competition in price, it has also cut corners in many areas: the device’s cheap build quality and poor imported device software experience are clearly disappointing attributes.
There are also a few design aspects which make the Xiaomi Mi Max less difficult to hold such as its side tapers on the rear. While there are plastic caps on the top and bottom of the Mi Max, which presumably house necessary antennas, these caps are fairly continuous with the rest of the design, in both color and feel. With that said, they may be to blame for notable creaking noises while holding the phone and it’s very likely that they do not help with the phone’s weak structure.
Xiaomi Mi Max bends with merely a bit of pressure, an attribute which is remarkably disconcerting. Xiaomi Mi Max’s poor build quality quite to be shocking. Whether this will be an issue for you will depend primarily on how you use the phone, and it is difficult to deny that this is a very considerable flaw with the device. Also, shipping Chinese device is a hectic matter. What helps? Speed post and Speedpost Tracking!
The display’s side bezels are quite small, although many will detest the black border used around the display. It’s a shame that Xiaomi did not reconsider the use of the black border for the Mi Max, as it has been criticized in the past when they implemented the same in few of their phones.
Sunlight readability could use some work, and while the reduced contrast sunlight mode does help, the screen on the Mi Max can still be difficult to read outdoors. With that said, kudos to Xiaomi for including Corning Gorilla Glass 4, something that we don’t often see at this price point.
Autofocus is remarkably slow and finicky and, even when holding the device and subject still, the MiMax would slightly miss focus more than what we normally expect.
Since this phone is still shipping with MIUI 7, this part of the review will focus on the MIUI 7 software experience. MIUI has received a number of mixed reviews from Western media, with some criticizing it for being too similar to IOS.