After some suspense, Xiaomi finally revealed the specs of the successor to its popular flagship Mi3 phone, the Mi4. It seems the rumoured specs leaked on Weibo yesterday were somewhat accurate though not fully so.
Compared to the Mi3, the Mi4 gets a processor upgrade, more RAM and a slightly higher capacty battery though the camera seems to be essentially the same as the one on the Mi3.
A little evolution, not much revolution
The Mi4 gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 while the Mi3 packed the Snapdragon 800. You also get a nice 3GB of memory as opposed to 2GB in the older model and as rumoured, the screen is a 5-inch 1080p screen with full lamination.
This time around though, there'll be a choice between either 16GB of internal memory or 64GB, with no in-between. The camera seems pretty much the same - a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera. A Sony stacked CMOS camera, no less. 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.
As for LTE, Xiaomi 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.
Also announced was the next revision of its MIUI, where version six will apparently go live this August 16.
A surprise, though, is the Xiaomi smartband. Apparently retailing for 79 yuan (S$16) and coming in a variety of pretty colours, it's called the Mi Band. Besides having a claimed 30 day standby time, it can also be used to unlock your Mi phone, monitor sleep and exercise data, and is apparently waterproof.
At the launch event in Beijing today, CEO Lei Jun shared some pretty good numbers with the crowd saying that Xiaomi has sold 26.11 million phones so far in H1 2014, an increase of 271 per cent from H1 2013.
The Mi4 is priced at 1999 yuan (S$400) for the 16GB version and 2499 yuan (S$500) for the 64GB unit.
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