If the Mi 4i isn’t up to your expectations, you’ll probably be pleased to know that the Mi 4 flagship can be yours at only RM899. With one “i” less, the Mi 4 gets a more upmarket metal frame and a much capable Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core processor with 3GB of RAM.
Initially Xiaomi Malaysia is offering the Mi 4 through a local distributor based at the northern states, and it carries the hefty price tag of RM1,199. Now DirectD is offering the same device for just RM899 that comes with official Xiaomi Malaysia warranty. Should you get this? The deal breaker is whether you’ll need 4G connectivity as this Mi 4 only supports up to 3G WCDMA.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 flagship wasn’t supposed to come due to its lack of extensive 4G LTE support. However for those who still wants the 5″ flagship that comes with a more premium metal frame, Xiaomi Malaysia has finally brought it in but it comes with only WCDMA 3G support.
Unlike other Xiaomi products, the Mi 4 3G version will be sold via Mont Asia, a local distributor which will be having roadshows soon. The device is priced at RM1,199 which is quite expensive considering it lacks 4G LTE and there are other 4G LTE flagship alternatives like the Honor 6, OnePlus One and even the ZenFone 2.
Furthermore, the Mi 4 for Malaysia comes with just 16GB of storage without any microSD card support. If you’re interested, they can be contacted via WhatsApp at +6017-4590001 and Mont Asia unfortunately has limited nationwide presence with stores located at Northern states like Penang and Kedah.
To recap on the specs, the Mi 4 has a 5″ Full HD display and it runs on a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. For imaging it gets a 13MP main and 8MP front cameras with both sides having a f/1.8 lens. It gets a 3,080mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the newer Mi 4i global smart phone. Previously there are several grey importers offering the Mi 4 with 4G LTE but it only supports 1800MHz which isn’t as extensive as the widely used 2600MHz frequency.
Would you get this? Or would you rather wait for the more mid-range spec Mi 4i that comes with full 4G LTE support and a larger battery. It is coming this month and it is expected to be priced below RM800. If you’re looking for something bigger, the Mi Note will be coming to Malaysia soon and it was also certified along with the Mi 4 3G version.
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Xiaomi will be announcing a new global phone this Thursday but here in Malaysia, there are 2 new smart phones being spotted in our local SIRIM database. As promised by Xiaomi, the Mi Note is heading for Malaysia in Q2 and it has just passed certification with the model number 2015011. It supports dual-SIMs and most importantly it supports our local 1800MHz/2600MHz 4G LTE bands. The same device was also spotted in Singapore’s IDA database with the marketing name “Mi Note”.
Meanwhile the 2nd device with the model 20140215 is none other than the Mi 4 3G version. Which is quite surprising considering Xiaomi mentions that they have no plans to bring the Mi 4 due to lack of full 4G LTE support especially the 2600MHz band that’s widely used in Malaysia.
When Microsoft announced its Windows 10 Technical Preview for the Xiaomi Mi 4, many got excited that Xiaomi could be working on 2 different mobile platforms in future. To address the concerns of many, its VP Hugo Barra has posted a short note on Google+ to explain their stand.
Delivering the Windows 10 experience apparently is fully driven by Microsoft and they work directly with the Mi Fan community in China. As Xiaomi supports openness with unlocked bootloaders on its devices, they welcome Microsoft to work with their fans to explore new experiences. For the selected Mi 4 power users, they would need to flash the software themselves, like how one would flash their own preferred custom ROMs. In case you’re wondering, the Windows 10 Technical Preview unfortunately is available only to China users.
Xiaomi also reemphasise its commitment to Android and MIUI, so it looks like there won’t be an official Mi device with Windows 10 running out of the box. Once Windows 10 is officially released, you are probably able to make the switch by flashing the Mi 4 at your own risk.
Microsoft is getting ambitious to grow its mobile platform with the latest Windows 10. During its Windows Hardware Engineering Community conference in China, they have announced a new program together with Xiaomi to test out Windows 10 on the Xiaomi Mi 4. This opens up Xiaomi to a new mobile platform and the preview is open to a selected group of Xiaomi Mi 4 power users.
Those eligible will be invited to download Windows 10 Technical Preview and they are encouraged to give their feedback to Microsoft for further improvements. The full release is happening towards later this year and if you have a Mi 4, you could probably flash it yourself. So will Xiaomi sell a Windows Phone device out of the box? It is too early to tell but it could be a possibility in the near future. It a lot of sense for Microsoft to team up with emerging Chinese brands to increase its platform adoption.
In case you’re still wondering, the Mi 4 isn’t coming to Malaysia officially. This is due to limited 4G radio support (1800MHz only) and they would be focusing on the Mi Note as its new flagship in Q2 2015.
For those of you who are hoping for the Xiaomi Mi 4 to make its official debut here in Malaysia, you’re out of luck because the VP of Xiaomi Global, Hugo Barra himself has confirmed that the device will not be coming to our shores.
The reason for this? Limited FDD-LTE support.
The Mi 4 currently only supports LTE band 1 (2100MHz) and band 3 (1800MHz). While Malaysian operators support band 3, the predominant LTE standard here is band 7 (2600MHz). This doesn’t mean that you can’t use the Mi 4 here in Malaysia, you can. But…your LTE access will be limited to the small number of band 3 sites that’s available here, the Mi 4 won’t be able to access to the band 7 sites which are more widely available in the country.
So can you get the Mi 4 here in Malaysia? Yes, you can but those units are grey imports and don’t come with official warranty. If you want to get the Mi 4 from Xiaomi Malaysia, it’s not going to be anytime soon. And that’s unfortunate for those who want a flagship Xiaomi but don’t want anything bigger than 5-inch. Bummer.
It has been a long wait and the Xiaomi Mi 4 which supports our local 4G LTE bands is now available in Malaysia. Retailer DirectD is offering it as a grey import unit at RM1,249 for the 16GB model. Take note that this isn’t the official Xiaomi Malaysia stock but DirectD will be covering it with their own 24 months in house warranty.
Before this, the Mi 4 was only available here (unofficially) in 3G, since the 4G variant for China uses TDD-LTE which isn’t supported by most international 4G networks. 3 weeks back, they finally had announced its FDD-LTE version that would work with our local 4G bands.
UPDATE: It comes to our attention that Xiaomi’s FDD-LTE model from China only supports Band 1 (2100MHz) and Band 3 (1800MHz). Meanwhile, our Malaysian 4G LTE networks operate in either 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies. As a result, 4G connectivity will be limited on the Mi 4 as it lacks support for 2600MHz that’s being widely used. This is a similar situation with the iPhone 5 in Malaysia which connects to 4G LTE solely on 1800MHz. Thanks anonymous tipster for the heads up.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 which was launched 6 months ago is finally available with 4G FDD-LTE support. Prior to this, the Mi 4 was only available in 3G (WCDMA), 3G (WCDMA + CDMA) and 4G (TDD-LTE) variants. For those who managed to get a unit locally had to settle for the 3G version.
The Mi 4 FDD-LTE (Unicom version) is priced at 1,999 CNY for 16GB which is about RM1,129 in our local exchange rate. At the moment, it isn’t available with 64GB of on-board storage. It will be going on sale in China on 16th December and there’s still no word of its international availability. For those craving for a 4G handset, the Redmi Note 4G is the only option right now and it is going on sale today for RM589.
Fake phones are a real issue. We’ve heard of a number of cases of people who’ve been duped thinking they got a great deal on a high-end phone only to find out later that the phone is a fake.
The makers of these fake phones have gotten so good that it’s difficult to tell the fakes from the real stuff so be weary of “too good to be true” deals promising high-end phones for cheap.
Speaking of cheap phones, the already good value for money Xiaomi Mi 4 now has a fake version and according GizChina that managed to get their hands on it, the fake Mi 4 — on the surface, at least — is a damn good knock-off complete with built-in IR blaster.
For US$150, the fake Mi 4 looks virtually identical to the original but when you get your hands on it, you’ll be able to tell that something’s not quite right. For starters the build quality is not as polished as the real deal (there’s quite a lot of light leak coming from the capacitive buttons and LCD panel), and then there’s the odd “No.1” logo o the back part where the Mi logo should be. Also, the specs is crap.
The fake Mi 4 gets an el-cheapo 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a paltry 1GB of RAM (versus a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM on the original Mi 4). The 5-inch display is a 720p unit instead of the full 1080p IPS panel you get in the original Mi 4. The battery capacity is much smaller as well at just 2,250mAh battery versus 3,080mAh in the Xiaomi Mi 4, and you get forget about LTE support as well.
Xiaomi is already a household name for high performance and quality products for a fraction of the price. Its powerbanks and smart phones were disruptive in every market they entered. Most recently they have expanded to India which has been proven to be a massive market for Xiaomi. In an interview with The Economic Times, Hugo Barra, the VP of Xiaomi Global says that they were not ready for the tremendous growth in the Indian market.
He added that to fulfil the massive demand, Xiaomi had to move supplies from China and various markets. By doing so, they would have substantial quantity so that each flash sales won’t run out in seconds, which would obviously piss off a lot of customers. The next model to debut in India is their 5.5″ Redmi Note which they expect to go on sale in the next 2 months. Hugo also shared that logistics from China to India were challenging and they even had to charter planes to ship in stocks for the Big Billion Day last week.