While running benchmark test for a recent review I was surprised by the high scores posted by a little known smartphone that comes in at just over US$200. When all was said and done and I tallied up the results, I was shocked to see it had actually outgunned the LG G4. Which phone performed such an impressive feat?
The Xiaomi Mi 4c. Now, we all know that Xiaomi does some pretty good marketing around producing the fastest phone of all time. Lots of companies say lots of things to get you to pay attention. But this is the first time I've seen something as striking as a device that costs less than half – if not a third – of the price of a mainstream flagship outperforming one in benchmarks.
Of course, benchmark results aren't everything, and you've got lots of other things to consider too, like camera and battery performance (check out our Xiaomi Mi4c review for details), software and after sales service and so on. But if you're simply interested in knowing what the most powerful phone for the lowest possible price is, then you really should take a look at the Xiaomi Mi 4c.
Unfortunately, the Mi 4c won't be sold officially in the US, but you can easily track one down via OppoMart or an online retailer that will ship it over to you (just make sure it has the right network bands to work with your carrier). I'm now looking forward to the Xiaomi Mi 5 more than ever before.
The moral of the story is this: don't let a high price tag fool you into thinking something is necessarily better. The Mi 4c has clearly shown how a cheap phone can provide flagship performance.
This is not to say the LG G4 isn't a great phone – it is. It just demonstrates that the Mi 4c is too. It all goes to show how affordable a phone can be while still providing top tier performance. I, for one, never thought I could pick up a $200 phone with more power than the G4. Until now. Xiaomi just made a believer out of me.
Did you see this coming? What other low cost phones have top-shelf performance?