Xiaomi launches iPhone killer Mi 4 in China

The metal framed Mi 4 looks like an iPhone 5 and sports the powerful SD 801 chipset

Xiaomi has just launched the Mi 3 in India, which features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset running a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor, 2GB of RAM and coupled with an Adreno 330 graphics unit. Now the well-known Chinese smartphone brand has launched one of the most powerful Android handsets, the Mi 4.

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The Xiaomi Mi 4 features a very powerful chipset—the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with a quad-core krait 400 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics unit. The display is a 5-incher full HD IPS OGS panel with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels. The rear camera is a Sony IMX214 13MP capable of capturing 4K videos, while the front camera is a Sony IMX219 8MP. The Mi 4 will come in two variants of internal storage—16GB and 32GB. Connectivity includes LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, GPS and GLONASS.

The Mi 4 also features an IR blaster which can act as a universal remote control. The handset is powered using a 3080 mAh battery, and the operating system is Android KitKat v4.4.3 MIUI V5. The product will receive the next version update, the MIUI V6 on 16 August. The Xiaomi Mi 4 will features stainless steel frame and is IP67 certified dust and water resistant. The rear panel is replaceable, and you can switch it with different colours according to your preference.

The Mi 4 measures 8.9mm in thickness and weighs 149 grams. The look is similar to that of Apple’s iPhone 5, except for the rear panel. The front-panel sports the 5-inch display with three touch buttons—Home, Back and Menu. Towards the top is the earpiece, sensors and the 8MP camera. On the rear is the 13MP camera which is centred (towards the top) unlike the iPhone which has the camera in the corner. An LED flash is seen below the camera. The right side features the power and volume buttons, while the left-side houses the mini SIM card. The top features the 3.5mm audio jack and the IR blaster while the bottom sports the large speaker grill and the micro USB/MHL/OTG port.

The Mi 4 has been launched in China, and we are not sure when will it be launched here in India. The Mi 4 could carry an approximate price tag of Rs 23,000 when expected in India. At this price, Xiaomi will force smartphone manufacturers to cut down the prices of handsets, setting a possible new benchmark in the country. The handset will cost less than half the price of most flagship high-end smartphones from leading brands. With a waterproof body, a powerful hardware and cameras incorporated by Sony, the Xiaomi Mi 4 could be the next, most desired mainstream Android smartphone.

Also read: Xiaomi Mi 3 review

Also read: How to install Xiaomi’s custom MIUI V5 Android OS for your smartphone

Take a look at some of the product shots below.

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