Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Nexus 5: the veteran against the intermediate novice

Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Nexus 5 – Design

Nexus 5 is a solid sheet of screen with sharp edges and a housing made of lightly rubberized matt plastic. The front of the device is very reminiscent of the LG G2, while the back is reminiscent of the Nexus 7 tablet. The rather conservative and minimalist design of the Nexus 5, however, the device is quite ergonomic and can be easily handled with just one hand.

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Nexus 5. front end / ANDROIDPIT

The power button is positioned on the right side while the volume buttons are on the left side. The bottom houses the micro USB port, and a small mono speaker. The front part features the approach and movement sensors, plus a camera and a notification LED.

The back features the device camera, LED flash and Nexus description inserted vertically. The bottom houses the logo of LG, the maker of the device in partnership with Google, and some inscriptions and certifications. The device is solid and guarantees a solid grip when used.

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Nexus 5. / ANDROIDPIT rear

Xiaomi Mi 4i has a different approach, with straight lines and more striking colors. The device is not surrounded by an aluminum bezel like the Xiaomi Mi4, but delivers a well-polished, seamless look. The back has a slightly rounded surface at its ends, making the device more ergonomic.

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Mi 4i front end. / ANDROIDPIT

The Xiaomi Mi 4i is a dual-SIM smartphone. In the dedicated SIM drawer on the left side of the device, two cards can be inserted. All physical buttons are located on the right side of the device, and at the bottom is positioned the micro USB connection. The rear houses the camera accompanied by the LED flash, and the bottom is centered the device speaker.

Overall, the design closely resembles the Apple iPhone 5c, with the good difference that Xiaomi doesn't use glossy (but opaque) plastic on the back.

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The back of the Xiaomi Mi 4i opaque plastic. / ANDROIDPIT

Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Nexus 5: Screen

Both devices feature the same screen size and technology: 5-inch IPS LCD and Full-HD (1080×1920) resolution. The Nexus 5's pixel density is 445 ppi, while the Mi 4i has 441 ppi. The performance of the screen is also similar in both models, and represents approximately 70% of the front.

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Nexus 5 screen with FullHD resolution. / ANDROIDPIT

Corning's Gorilla Glass 3-protected Nexus screen can reduce minor scratches and scratches. The Xiaomi Mi 4i features the OGS protection, also manufactured by Corning, and provides a thinner, touch-sensitive screen. With OGS technology the integrated touch layer is scratch protected, and delivers slightly higher protection than Gorilla Glass used in the Nexus 5.

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Xiaomi screen with FullHD resolution. / ANDROIDPIT

Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Nexus 5: Software

Nexus 5 runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with no proprietary interface. Nexus line devices receive updates immediately as they become available from Google. The previous version of Android M can already be installed on Nexus 5, which should receive the final version of the system by the end of the year.

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Nexus 5 running on Android M. / ANDROIDPIT

Xiaomi Mi 4i runs on Android Lollipop 5.0.2 and the MIUI 6.0 user interface. The pure Android user shouldn't like MIUI 6, as the typical app drawer is missing, so many apps are on the start screen. Xiaomi's interface does not follow Materia Design guidelines, and displays bolder colors between its contexts and menus.

Recently, an internal source at Xiaomi informed us that there are no MIUI upgrade plans for Android M in 2015. If this information is confirmed, the Mi 4i will run Android Lollipop all year round.

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MUIU 6 interface running on Mi 4i. / ANDROIDPIT
<h2 id= Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Nexus 5: Technical Specifications

The Nexus 5 runs on a 2.3 GHz four-core Snapdragon 800 Qualcomm and Adreno 330 graphic. Simple processing tasks like playing average games or opening social networks run smoothly or without delay. System transitions run smoothly as do games, which do not drop frames or freeze. Even based on the Krait 400 architecture, the Nexus 5 processor is powerful enough for most everyday tasks.

The Xiaomi Mi 4i runs on the 1.7GHz eight-core Snaodragon 615 processor and Adreno 330 graphics. The processor performs intelligent power management and prevents the device from overheating. You'll be able to run the latest Play Store games smoothly, plus social networks and messaging apps. A disadvantage of the apparatus is the lack of expandable memory which, in combination with 16 GB of internal storage, can become a problem.

The Nexus 5's combination of hardware and software is exceptional, capable of delivering satisfactory performance in most situations. The Mi 4i doesn't disappoint either, however, we noticed a slight warm-up in the next camera area after some game time, but nothing of concern.

Google Nexus 5 vs. Xiaomi Mi4i Technical Specifications

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Xiaomi Mi4i


Battery Size:

Screen size:

Screen Technology:


Front camera

Rear camera


Android version:



Internal Memory:

Removable Memory:


Number of cores:

Speed ​​mx


137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm
130g 130g
2300 mAh 3120 mAh
4.95 inches 5 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels (445 ppi) 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi)
1.3 megapixels 5 megapixels
8 megapixels 13 megapixels
LED Dual-led
5.1.1 – Lollipop 5.0 – Lollipop
Android Stock MIUI
2 GB 2 GB
16 GB32 GB 16 GB
Not available Not available
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
4 8th
2.3 GHz Not yet available.
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 HSPA, LTE, Dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.1

Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Nexus 5: Where to buy

The Nexus 5 got the cheapest time, but aged well. Your battery has gotten better with the Android M preview and several bugs have been fixed over time. In addition, it remains the last officially sold Nexus device in Brazil, as Motorola did not launch the Nexus 6 in the country. Here's where you can buy Nexus 5:

In India, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is sold for approximately R $ 626.51 (current price / tax free). The device is expected to be added to the manufacturer's Brazilian catalog, and its official announcement will take place on June 30th during the event taking place in So Paulo.

Xiaomi Mi 4i vs. Nexus 5: Conclusion

Both devices feature great processing set and fluid software. The Xiaomi Mi 4i is a newer device, so its specifications are better and offer the most current power management solutions. If Xiaomi keeps the value similar to the internationally traded, Brazilian users can count on an excellent cost / benefit among the currently available Android devices. Nexus 5 keeps its hardware and software combination impeccable, even after the arrival of Android Lollipop. However, against the Mi 4i Nexus is a choice for those who prefer a pure software experience without visual interference or additional features. In this comparison I choose Xiaomi Mi 4i as my favorite.

And which device of our comparative is your favorite?

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