Hugo Barra Tears Down New Mi 4i, Confirms Non-expandable Storage, Corning Glass Protection

by John Nieves  April 27, 2015

Mi 4i teardown

Xiaomi shows us what’s inside the Mi 4i

If you’re a fan of tear downs and Xiaomi, we may have a treat for you: Hugo Barra, VP for Xiaomi Global has gone ahead and teamed up with PhoneRadar to tear down the company’s newest international flagship, the Mi 4i. When the Mi 4i was launched, it wasn’t made clear if the 16GB of storage in the phone was expandable or not, nor the quality of the glass protection on the device. In the video Barra explains why they only went with 16GB of storage, as well as how much of that storage is available for users when the get the phone.

Xiaomi Mi 4i specs

  • Second gen 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 cta-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5-inch full HD OGS Sharp/JDI, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 16GB of storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera by Sony/Samsung
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM, Dual LTE
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android Lollipop 5.0 with MIUI 6
  • 3120mAh battery

He also explains that the overheating issues of the Snapdragon 615 SoC doesn’t apply to the one used in the Mi 4i, as the company uses the second generation of the chip that’s supposed to be free from those troubles. You can view the entire video below:

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    Sayang ang potential kung walang expandable storage tsk tsk, aesthetics over functionality. I don’t care how sleek it is if it’s a crippled phone

    Dissapointed with non expandable Memory but, meh, Too many apps to go through isn’t a big deal to me, and how much music or movies can you really watch anyway. Forcing me to manage my storage is a good thing I suppose.

    Eh, i guess 16gig of space is the “Minimum” requirement for this year… which is “Okay” i guess if you have a OTG flash drive carrying around with you, i mean they are a lot cheaper than an mini SD card and installing so many apps really REALLY drains the battery thanks to Android’s Core Program design to give apps too much freedom inside the phone…