Xiaomi 14 Civi Review 2024

Xiaomi 14 Civi Review The Xiaomi 14 Civi launch in India fills a void in the sub-Rs. 50,000 marking a significant move for the company as it approaches a decade in the Indian market. Unlike its previous strategy, Xiaomi now competes with rival smartphone brands in this price range with the introduction of the premium 14 Civi, designed to stand out as a flagship device. Xiaomi’s recent product releases, such as the 14 and 14 Ultra, demonstrate its efforts to cater to diverse consumer preferences, positioning itself both in the premium and mass market segments. Looking ahead to 2024, Xiaomi appears well-positioned for success, having refined its smartphone lineup and shared insights into its strategy during the Civi unveiling event. The 14 Civi is a notable addition to the sub-Rs. 50,000 segment, offering a compelling option compared to competitors like the OnePlus 12R and Samsung Galaxy A55, which may not deliver as effectively in practice as they promise on paper.

Xiaomi 14 Civi Review 2024

In 2024, Xiaomi aims to regain its success. The Xiaomi 14 Civi is a great example of this. It stands out in the under Rs. 50,000 category without feeling cheap. Fans will love the phone’s return to form. Xiaomi excels at competitive pricing in new market segments. The Xiaomi 14 Civi has many positives. It’s designed for easy use, has a fantastic display, and boasts powerful speakers. The performance rivals pricier flagships launching later in 2024, and users familiar with MIUI will like HyperOS. The battery life falls short compared to competitors, but bloatware is managed well, despite some notifications initially. For those seeking a phone under Rs. 50,000, the Xiaomi 14 Civi should be your top choice.

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Xiaomi 14 Civi Design: Aesthetically pleasing

  • Dimensions – 157.20×72.77×7.45mm
  • Weight – 179.3 grams
  • Colours – Cruise Blue, Matcha Green, and Shadow Black

The Xiaomi 14 Civi belongs to the premium 14 series by Xiaomi, indicating it features top-notch materials. With metal frames and a design optimized for one-handed use, it offers an aesthetic appeal.

I’m pleased that Xiaomi has maintained the Civi’s design aesthetics more similar to the Xiaomi 14 than the 14 Ultra. The 14 Civi, with a 6.55-inch screen, strikes a great balance in terms of size, positioning itself between the 14 (6.36-inch) and 14 Ultra (6.73-inch). Weighing 179.3 grams, it is the lightest in the lineup, offering a comfortable option compared to competitors like the OnePlus 12R (207 grams) and Samsung Galaxy A55 (213 grams). As expected, the 14 Civi (7.4mm) is also the slimmest in its price range, enhancing its practicality.

Leica-able cameras

The Leica cameras are a significant selling point of the Xiaomi 14 Civi, similar to Vivo’s collaboration with Zeiss. Xiaomi has incorporated Leica lenses, including the Summilux lens found in the Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Ultra, into the Xiaomi 14 Civi. This model features a triple-camera system consisting of a 50MP main camera (equipped with a Light Hunter 800 image sensor and optical image stabilization), a 50MP telephoto lens (with 2x optical zoom), and a 12MP ultra-wide lens (providing a 120-degree field of view). Additionally, there are two 32MP front-facing cameras on the smartphone. Overall, this camera setup is considered one of the most versatile in its price range.

In the real world, the Xiaomi 14 Civi’s camera is mostly positive with one misstep. Scenery photos shine, especially on the Xiaomi 14. The Leica color science in this phone adds an artistic touch to photos that many users appreciate. The images of buildings, skies, and flowers are vivid and impressive. The camera system handles dynamic range well. Users can pick natural or punchy colors with Leica Authentic and Leica Vibrant options.

The Xiaomi 14 Civi excels in portrait photography with its 50MP telephoto lens. The 1x and 2x shots look great with nice background blur. You can play around with different filters and lenses for diverse effects. This sets the Xiaomi 14 Civi apart from other phones in a unique way.

The Xiaomi 14 Civi smoothens facial features, sometimes losing details and sharpness in portraits. Compared to other phones, portrait shots may not be consistent. In low light, it slightly outperforms the OnePlus 12R but lacks some details in night photos. The telephoto lens lacks OIS, making it challenging to capture good shots in low light. Selfies with the main camera are sharp with natural skin tones. But the wide-angle camera washes out colors a bit. It automatically adjusts zoom levels based on the number of people in the frame. The Xiaomi 14 Civi offers various modes for video recording, including a Cinematic Vision mode for content creators. All four cameras can record 4K videos, with the primary camera being best due to OIS. The Cinematic Vision mode allows widescreen recording (2:4:1 ratio) with subject tracking feature.

Performance and software

The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset ensures the phone performs well, with up to 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB/512GB of USF 4.0 storage. The Xiaomi 14 Civi handles daily tasks smoothly, even with extensive use for various activities such as watching videos, texting, attending calls, and photography. While it can manage casual games, it is not designed for heavy gaming like “Call of Duty: Mobile.” HyperOS offers a more user-friendly interface compared to MIUI, with ongoing improvements for a cleaner and lighter experience. There are increased customization options, resulting in a smoother overall operation. Xiaomi guarantees three years of software updates and up to four years of security patches.

Battery life

Xiaomi has successfully integrated a 4,700mAh battery into the sleek design of the smartphone, which is slightly smaller than the 5,000mAh batteries found in many rival smartphones. Despite this, the Xiaomi 14 Civi is designed to last all day but may require charging overnight with regular use. On busier days with heavy usage such as extensive photo and video capturing, the phone may need to be charged before bedtime. An advantage of the device is the 67W fast charging adapter included in the package, capable of fully charging the phone in approximately 40 minutes, which is convenient for quick recharges.

Xiaomi 14 Civi Display

  • 6.55-inch Quad Curved AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 3000nits peak brightness

If you prefer larger screens, you may not find Xiaomi 14 Civi appealing. In comparison, the 14 Civi offers a 6.55-inch display, while the 12R has a 6.78-inch screen and the Galaxy A55 features a 6.6-inch screen. The Civi showcases an AMOLED quad-curved display, a first in its price range. It also comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, 3000nits peak brightness, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 460PPI, and is certified for TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light (hardware solution).

Verdict

The Xiaomi 14 Civi is highly recommended unless you intend to use it for gaming. In my opinion, the Xiaomi 14 Civi offers a balanced experience, rendering the Xiaomi 14 somewhat obsolete despite its starting price of ₹69,999. While the Xiaomi 14 excels in portrait photography, offers a better hand feel, and has superior battery life, there are few other notable distinctions between the two models. The majority of consumers may find the Xiaomi 14 Civi to be a superior choice over the Xiaomi 14, although it faces strong competition from the Vivo V30 Pro, OnePlus 12R, iQOO Neo 9 Pro, and other smartphones.

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