Xiaomi Mi 4s-One Of The Most Attractrive Flagship Phones Of Xiaomi
The Xiaomi Mi 4s is the fourth installment in the Mi 4 lineup – hardly breaking news in a week full of high-profile announcements.
Xiaomi is sticking to the dual-glass design in both the flagship Mi 5 and the Mi 4s. Compared to the Mi 5, the Mi 4s uses a different kind of metal frame sprayed with zircon sand for a pleasant soft touch and improved grip.
Xiaomi hasn’t done anything unusual with the Mi 4S – after all, the flagship understandably received more attention. The re-design works quite well though and the hexa-core chipset is a sensible choice considering the phone’s standing in the pecking order. Its productivity should be comparable to a Snapdragon 650, power efficiency in favor of the 20nm Snapdragon 808. As usual with Xiaomi, the sealed battery and the shared SIM / MicroSD card slot shouldn’t be unexpected. We hope the Mi 4s lives up to its legacy and, well, keep the surprises mostly pleasant. Let’s see how the things turn out this time – our hardware tour starts right after the break.
The Mi 4s has pretty much identical specs to the Mi 4c, including the 5″ screen diagonal, but received a redesign that’s geared towards premium. Its new dimensions are 139.3 x 70.8 x 7.8mm – just 1mm taller and 1mm wider than the 4c. It has put on a measly 1g of weight, which is impressive considering the bigger battery and fingerprint sensor.
Xiaomi has insisted on glass exteriors since the original Mi 4 flagship back in 2014, as part of a global trend in phone design. Sony has been using it abundantly, Samsung switched to glass for its top-shlef Galaxies. Xiaomi is now selling its second generation of glass-clad smartphones – the Mi 4s and the flagship Mi 5.The Mi 4s employs a rather familiar design – two sheets of glass front and rear, kept together by a beautiful and solid metal frame. Xiaomi’s had a special touch on the Mi 4s – its frame has a prominent circular shape and zirconia sand finish. The latter is responsible for the matte effect and the distant leathery feel. Long story short, it’s pleasantly grippy and soft to the touch.
We appreciate the brushed pattern on the rear glass, as well as the metal accents around the camera and the fingerprint scanner. The sensor is always-on: at a successful scan, it will immediately wake up the screen and take you straight to the homescreen. If the fingerprint doesn’t match, the phone will let you know with a short vibration.
While using the Xiaomi Mi 4s we noticed its protective front glass is rather soft, and it easily sags when pressed at the bottom. We don’t know if this was an issue with our unit only, or it’s a design flaw, but it’s possible to see dark spots on the screen while using it. It won’t hurt the LCD panel, but it may be disturbing in brighter pictures or pages.
Handling the Xiaomi Mi 4s is otherwise quite pleasant. The phone is compact, thin and light enough, and looks really beautiful. Its glass panels are prone to fingerprints, but those should be noticeable only on the black version. The phone is not that slippery thanks to the thoughtful matte frame, which should be a must for any glass phone.
The Xiaomi Mi 4s features a similar 5″ Full HD IPS display to the one we saw on the Mi 4c. It has 441ppi for pleasantly sharp screen contents. Xiaomi says both sheets of glass on the Mi 4s are scratch resistant without specifying their brand or maker.
Taking a closer look at the display under our digital microscope reveals a standard RGB arrangement of the sub-pixels that make up the Xiaomi Mi 4s LCD panel.The Xiaomi Mi 4s goes right by the book and pays due respect to its predecessors while genuinely trying to stand out and increase its chances of getting noticed. The Mi 4s improves on both the original Xiaomi Mi 4 and the Mi 4c version with more – and expandable – storage, a beefier battery and a fingerprint sensor.