Xiaomi Mi4 official, touted as its fastest Android phone yet

The Chinese manufacturer takes the wraps off its new flagship, its MIUI V6 user interface and a smartband. Phew!

Following much speculation, Xiaomi has finally taken the wraps off the successor to its popular flagship Mi3 phone, the Mi4.  

So what do you get for your money? Compared to the Mi3, the Mi4 gets a processor upgrade, more RAM and a slightly higher capacity battery – though the camera seems to be essentially the same as the one on the Mi3.

Evolution, not revolution

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The Mi4 gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 while the Mi3 packed the Snapdragon 800. You also get 3GB of memory as opposed to 2GB in the older model and as rumoured, the screen is a 5-inch 1080p display with full lamination. The camera setup seems much the same as before - a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera. A Sony stacked CMOS camera, no less. 

This time around though, you'll get a choice between either 16GB of internal memory or 64GB, with no in-between. As for the battery, this time around it's a 3080 mAH capacity one where the Mi3 had 3050 mAH. A very small tweak but still an upgrade anyhow.

Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi4 will support 4G but only TD-LTE so far, no word on whether or when it will support the more common FDD-LTE standard.

The Mi4 wasn't the only thing that Xiaomi revealed. It's also announced the next revision of its MIUI Android skin; version six will go live this August 16. More surprising, it's also announced a smartband – the Mi Band – that can also be used to unlock your Mi phone and monitor sleep and exercise data. Xiaomi claims that it'll have a 30-day standby time, too.

The Mi4 is priced at 1999 yuan (£190) for the 16GB version and 2499 yuan (£235) for the 64GB unit.

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