Xiaomi Mi 4c Review: MiForce: Performance

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Performance

The rather affordable Xiaomi Mi 4c is powered by the top-tier Snapdragon 808 chip, which packs a six-core processor, Adreno 418 GPU and 2 or 3 Giga Bytes (GB) of RAM, depending on the chosen storage option (16 or 32 GB).


The processor of the S808 chip has two powerful Cortex-A57 cores ticking at 1.82GHz, and four energy-efficient Cortex-A53 blocks running at 1.44GHz. This is the same configuration we've already met in the LG G4 flagship.

GeekBench 3 gauges the multi-core performance and the Mi 4c is close to its Mi 4 siblings and the LG G4, but the raw performance, quite expectedly, is behind the octa-core devices.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX5

    5110

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    4589

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    4067

  • Meizu m1 note

    3988

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    3554

  • LG G4 (final)

    3522

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    3321

  • HTC One (E8)

    3229

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    3175

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2336

AnTuTu 5 takes in consideration processor, GPU and memory performance and the Xiaomi Mi 4c aced the test. Devices scoring above 50k are often considered as flagships, and the Mi 4c indeed offers top-notch performance.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    50875

  • Meizu MX5

    48915

  • LG G4 (final)

    48693

  • HTC One (E8)

    46857

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    46307

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    46283

  • Meizu m1 note

    39224

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    38786

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    34491

The compound BaseMark Operating System (OS) II 2.0 app is another useful benchimprint for measuring an overall score of a device. It addition to the CPU, GPU and memory, the BaseMark Operating System (OS) II 2.0 also tests web and system performance. The Mi 4c almost climbed on top of the chart, but it was bested by the Meizu MX5.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX5

    1252

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    1233

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    1063

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    984

  • Meizu m1 note

    880

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    860

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    296

The single-core performance is better than any other device in the chart below, becautilize the Cortex-A57 core is faster and more powerful than any Cortex-A53.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    5739

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    3434

  • Meizu MX5

    3262

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    3008

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2990

  • Meizu m1 note

    2617

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    2065

The multi-core score is unimpressive though, as 8 cores is still greater than 6 cores.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    24538

  • Meizu MX5

    22976

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    21516

  • Meizu m1 note

    14565

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    14276

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    13521

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    7891

The Adreno 418 GPU was designed to handle Quad HD displays easily, but the Xiaomi Mi 4c puts it in charge of a 1080p screen. That's the reason it came on top of any other GPU in our chart - it's just more powerful than the Adreno 405 or similar equivalents on other chips.

The offclassy screen tests puts the Adreno 418 inside the Mi 4c on par with the same GPU within the LG G4.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    35

  • LG G4 (final)

    34

  • HTC One (E8)

    28

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    27.6

  • Meizu MX5

    27

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    23

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    23

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    15

  • Meizu m1 note

    15

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    14

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • LG G4 (final)

    15

  • HTC One (E8)

    12.3

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    11.6

  • Meizu MX5

    10

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    8.5

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    8.4

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.8

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    10

  • LG G4 (final)

    9.9

  • Meizu MX5

    4.8

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    4.5

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    4

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2.9

And quite expectedly the Mi 4c aces the onclassy screen benchmarks and beats even the LG G4 with Quad HD screen, becautilize of its 1080p native resolution.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    35

  • HTC One (E8)

    29.9

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    28.2

  • Meizu MX5

    27

  • LG G4 (final)

    25

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    24

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    23

  • Meizu m1 note

    16

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    15

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    14

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    15

  • HTC One (E8)

    12.9

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    11.3

  • Meizu MX5

    9.5

  • LG G4 (final)

    9.4

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    8.7

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    7.9

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    6.2

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.7

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    9.7

  • LG G4 (final)

    5.6

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    4.9

  • Meizu MX5

    4.7

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    3.9

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    2.9

BaseMark X is another GPU intensive test where the Xiaomi Mi 4c does great.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    12096

  • Meizu MX5

    10403

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    8518

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    7780

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    5656

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    4875

  • Meizu m1 note

    4617

  • HTC One (E8)

    3063

And here is surprise for you - the Mi 4c did awesome on the web browser tests. The Mi Browser aced both the JavaScript Kraken benchimprint and the compound BrowserMark test. Nice job!

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    4506

  • LG G4 (final)

    4639

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    6137

  • HTC One (E8)

    6460

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    9504

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    10712

  • Meizu MX5

    11414

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    11439

  • Meizu m1 note

    15055

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    25088

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2113

  • LG G4 (final)

    1992

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    1554

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    1505

  • Meizu MX5

    1471

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    1396

  • HTC One (E8)

    1362

  • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

    1203

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    744

  • Meizu m1 note

    536

Xiaomi Mi 4c is the most powerful mid-ranger you can acquire correct now. The Snapdragon 808 chip turned out an excellent performer when powering the flagship LG G4 with a Quad HD screen, but putting it in charge of the 1080p Mi 4c turned it into a real beast. There is literally no department where the Mi 4c is lacking in terms of performance and with the optimized MIUI 7 it's one of the hottest deals on the market correct now.


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