Lenovo Vibe S1 vs Xiaomi Mi 4: Mid-range devices from China

Lenovo Vibe

Xiaomi’s Mi 4 smartphone is one of the best flagship offerings on the market at the moment. Lenovo, which is one of the biggest competitors of Xiaomi in China has been competing with the company in last couple of years in the smartphone segment. The Lenovo Vibe S1 is the brand’s latest offering in the mid-range segment to go against the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 4. They both offer quite a few similar specifications, and are priced in the almost same segment.

If you are looking to purchase a new mid-range smartphone, the Mi 4 and the Vibe S1 are among the best offerings. To choose the one best out of these, let’s quickly compare their specifications.

Lenovo Vibe S1 vs Xiaomi Mi 4: features compared


The Lenovo Vibe S1 offers a premium build with a lightweight aluminium frame weighing at 132 grams and measuring 7.8mm around the waist. The Xiaomi Mi 4 on the other hand is a slightly overweight offering measuring 8.9mm around the waist and weighing at 149 grams. Overall, Lenovo’s Vibe S1 appears more premium than the Xiaomi Mi 4 in terms of design.

Display and OS

The Lenovo Vibe S1 and Xiaomi Mi 4, both the smartphones offer compact 5-inch displays bearing resolutions of full HD and pixel density of 441 ppi. In terms of media viewing experience, the both offer similar specifications. Software-wise, while the Mi 4 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, while the Vibe S1 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.


The Vibe S1 is fuelled by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, which is further supported by a meaty 3GB of RAM and a Mali T760 MP2 GPU. The Mi 4 on the other hand is backed by a more powerful 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, aided by 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. For storage, the Mi 4 offers 16GB of internal memory, while the Vibe S1 offers much meatier 32GB of internal memory.


Camera features of the Lenovo Vibe S1 and Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphones are similar. They both are equipped with 13MP rear snappers, aided by digital zoom, an LED flash, full HD video recording, and 8MP front snappers for selfies.

Connectivity and Battery

While the Lenovo Vibe S1 is a 4G LTE-enabled smartphone, the Mi 4 is a 3G only device. They both offer Wi-Fi, dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth, and GPS. In terms of battery life, the Mi 4 is backed by a 3,080mAh battery that delivers up to 280 hours of standby time, while the Vibe S1 gets power from a 2,500mAh unit that provides up to 288 hours of talk time.


The Lenovo Vibe S1 is the world’s first smartphone to boast dual front-facing 8MP and 2MP cameras. The secondary 2MP camera on the device helps it to capture depth information, adjust background blur, cutting and pasting images onto different backgrounds. The Mi 4 on the other hand is one of the best powerful smartphones in the sub-Rs 15,000 range, The Vibe S1 has been priced at Rs 15,999, while the Mi 4 is available for around 14,999 on the online stores.

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