Moto X (2014) vs Xiaomi Mi4 – Best Specs and Prices Comparison

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If you’re looking for a new smartphone, chances are that you’ve stumbled across these two at some point, and maybe you are even stuck between them. If that’s the case, stick around for this smartphone comparison that can surely sway you one way or the other as it will show you what are the strong points of each device.

Design and Display

Starting off with the display, we have a 5.2 inch screen using AMOLED technology and a 1080 x 1920 resolution, fronting the device, in the case of Motorola’s new Moto X. This is clearly above the 5.0 inch display used by the Xiaomi Mi4, which makes use of Sharp/JDI OGS and the same resolution as the Motorola handset. The smaller screen however, provides a bigger pixel density of 441 ppi, as compared to the Moto X’s 424 ppi.

Although the new Moto X shows no changes in terms of shape for its body, it does however sport a new aluminum frame instead of the plastic one. A metallic finish can be found around the Motorola logo as well, says Android Origin. The front and back panels can be taken into the Moto Maker features and customized according to your liking.

Xiaomi isn’t called the iPhone of China for nothing, as the exterior appearance greatly resembles that of an iPhone device. The same stainless steel design is present on the edges of the handset, and the included plastic fixers give it a very nice touch. The metal frame grants the device a premium look, despite its plastic back cover.

Hardware and Battery

Similarities are found at the processor level , where there is a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Krait 400 processing unit clocked at 2.5 GHz on both sides, with the Moto X benefiting from the support of 2 GB of RAM, while the Xiaomi Mi4 has 3 GB.  The internal storage comes in 16 and 32 GB variant for the Moto X while the Mi4 offers 16 and 64 GB models. For the two, microSD is not an option.

The camera department is also similar. There is a 13 MP shooter on the rear of both devices and feature dual LED flash. The front facing camera is where the Moto X falls behind, with only 2 MP, whereas the Mi4 comes with 8 full MP for the front facing camera.

The battery is yet another category where the Xiaomi Mi4 excels, with a large 3080 mAh battery which is superior to the 2300 mAh battery of the Moto X.


The operating systm in both cases is Android KitKat, but while the Xiaomi handset features the 4.4.3 build, the Moto X comes with KitKat 4.4.4 and promises an upgrade to Android 5.0 when it releseas.

There are some extra features that are worth mentioning, and might make the difference between choosing one device or the other.

The Moto X comes with the following features:

  • Battery unit charges in 15 minutes
  • Improved vocal control and response by using the command “Ok, Google”
  • Silence alarms and reject calls by swiping over the screen
  • NFC support
  • Support for nano-SIM
  • Advanced customization options via Moto Maker, with beautiful back panel textures

The Mi4 is priced at about $400 while the Moto X is priced at around $500.

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