Review: Drop 4G support, drop the price, sell, sell, sell
Xiaomi sometimes has a weird way of doing things, and the Mi4 Overseas Edition is just one example of this. The company is selling a crippled version of their Mi4 flagship for peanuts, sans 4G connectivity.
So what’s going on here? Well, a lot of people in a lot of regions simply don’t need 4G yet, so Xiaomi thought it would be a good idea to start selling a 3G version of their hit phone. The upside is that the Overseas Edition costs just $227, or about $10 less than the excellent mid-range Xiaomi Mi4c, which we reviewed a couple of months ago.
What’s the catch? For starters, the phone does not support 4G networks, obviously, and it’s only available in white, with 16GB of storage. For many users, lack of 4G and limited storage will be a deal-breaker. However, for anyone that doesn’t need 4G and loads of storage, the Mi4 Overseas Edition looks like a great deal.
There might be another reason for Xiaomi's decision to market a cheaper Mi4. The phone has been around for a while, and its successor is not in sight yet. It appears that Xiaomi decided to "skip" the Snapdragon 810 processor and wait for something better for its flagship, causing a slight delay.
Anyway, this is a flagship phone at mid-range pricing. You still get a Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM, not to mention excellent build quality and good looks. So what is it really like?