As we reported earlier, the Xiaomi Mi4 had been leaked just prior to being launched with what looked like a metal back which was actually plastic. Hours later, the Xiaomi Mi4 launched for real and we can confirm one thing: We were right on both points; it’s made of metal and plastic.
Xiaomi Mi4 Launched in China:
Just hours after the Xiaomi Mi4 leaked by an U/K Sinai Weibo user, the Xiaomi CEO Li Wanqiang officially announced the Xiaomi Mi4 at a press conference in China.
We can now confirm the details of the new Xiaomi Mi-4 flagship phone as such:
- Quallcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC
- 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
- 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM
- 16GB or 64GB storage options
- 5 inch 1080p screen from Sharp or JDI with One Glass Solution
- 13MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera with stacked Sony CMOS sensor
- 3080mAh battery
- Infra Red sensor for remote control duties
Prices have been confirmed as ranging from $320 (£187.50/€237.63) for the 16GB model and $400 (£234.43/€297) for the 64GB model.
As noted above, rumours and leaks suggested that the Mi4 would have a faux metal rear casing. We can now confirm this to be true, but also that they will be available in other finishes too, such as wood, bamboo, metal, marble, fabric and leather. This technique is one also used by Motorola on the Moto X in the USA.
The Xiaomi Mi4 is constructed of a stainless steel machined frame which is sandwiched between the plastic rear cover and the glass of the screen, looking very much (it is said) like an iPhone.
The Xiamo Mi4 will run the very popular MIUI on top of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Along with the Mi4, the company launched a sports wearable called a Mi Band, which tracks your fitness and sleep, has a smart alarm, can unlock your phone without using a password, has a 30 day standby battery and is IP67 water resistant. Essentially, it’s a Fitbit which can also unlock your Xiaomi Mi4.
Further details, and a video, of the Xiaomi Mi-4 are available on Engadget website.