So after much speculation, rumours and so called “leaks”, Xiaomi has finally unveiled its successor to the popular Mi3, the Mi4.
So what can we expect from the Mi4?
As expected, the Mi4 gets some upgraded insides as well as a brand new version of the company’s MIUI. The new Xiaomi flagship is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor that’s quad core and clocks in 2.5GHz. There’s also a memory bump, as the Mi4 now has 3GB instead of the 2GB its predecessor sported.
The screens still a 5-incher but this time, Xiaomi has given it the full 1080p treatement. There’s also a slight bump in battery capacity but not by much as the Mi4 comes with 3080mAH compared to its predecessor’s 3050mAH batt. Xiaomi’s even given you a choice in storage capacities, though it’s kind of weird that you only have a choice between a 16GB and 64GB model with no in-between model.
You’ll also be chuffed to know that Xiaomi has finally made their flagship LTE enabled. The only thing is that it supports TDD-LTE and not the more common FDD-LTE standard, which is what our telcos here are running under. No news if a there will be a FDD-LTE model so we’ll just have to wait and see if that particular model will come out later.
The Mi4 will be running on Android 4.4 KitKat with the company’s popular MIUI running over it. You’ll be glad to know that the popular UI is also getting a version bump to V6. Of course this version will also be open to existing Xiaomi phones and it’ll go live on August 16.
The Mi4 is price at 1999 yuan for the 16GB version and 2499 yuan for the 64GB unit.
Hold on a minute, there’s still more
If you think the Mi4 was the only thing that Xiaomi announced, think again. Xiaomi also announced its very own smartband, the Mi Band. It’s Xiaomi’s take on the activity tracker and aside from the usual (tracking sleep and activity), it also functions as an alarm and is able to unlock the Mi4 via Bluetooth. What’s most surprising about this though is not he fact Xiaomi has gotten into the smart wearables game, but how cheap they’ve made it.
The Mi-Band is going at a measly 79 Chinese Yuan which comes up to less than RM40. That’s practically a tenth of the price most other activity trackers in the market.