Xiaomi officially unveiled its newest flagship smartphone called the Xiaomi Mi 4 during a launch event in Beijing.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 is touted as “The Fastest Mi Phone Ever!” by the company. It has a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 5-inch JDI OGS full HD display, 13MP Sony CMOS camera and 3,080mAh battery.

Many thought that the Xiaomi Mi 4 would be made of metal. However, it’s just frame which is a stainless steel. It gives the Mi 4 a premium look and feel after undergoing “40 processes and 193 steps”.

The quad core Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcoom gives the Mi 4 its blazing performance. An Adreno 330 handles graphics and the 3GB of RAM preserves the smooth operation even if a lot of apps are open.

There are two storage options of the Mi 4 – 16GB for approximately ₱14,000 and a 64GB version with a higher price of around ₱17,500. However, the 16GB version might be the only one to reach the Philippines.

Xiaomi Mi 4
This is the stainless steel frame of the Xiaomi Mi 4

I’m glad that Xiaomi didn’t increase the screen size of the Mi 4 – it’s still a 5-inch panel like the Xiaomi Mi 3. Nevertheless, it has been upgraded to a JDI OGS display with full lamination which is brighter and draws less power from the battery.

For the cameras, Xiaomi Mi 4 still has a 13MP main shooter with a Sony IMX214 sensor, f/1.8 aperture and an LED flash. It is capable of shooting 4K video and has real time High Dynamic Range capability.

Xiaomi Mi 4 also has an 8MP front camera with a Sony IMX219 sensor, f/1.8 aperture and 80° wide angle field of vision. This is a huge improvement over the 2MP front camera of the Mi 3.

Xiaomi Mi 4 Back Cover Styles
Different styles for the Xiaomi Mi 4 back cover

Xiaomi Mi 4 runs on MIUI v6 which is based on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. Other Mi phones will also receive MIUI v6 starting August 16, 2014.

It already has support for 4G TDD-LTE but that isn’t compatible with the LTE networks in the Philippines. Xiaomi will soon announce if Xiaomi Mi 4 will have FDD-LTE compatibility which is what Globe and Smart is using.

The 3,080mAh battery of the Xiaomi Mi 4 isn’t removable but has quick charging feature. You can also change the back plate depending on your color and style preference.

Xiaomi Mi 4 Specs

  • 2.5GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS 
  • MIUI v6 User Interface
  • 5.0-Inch FHD JDI OGS IPS Display (1080 x 1920 Pixels, 441 PPI)
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 13.0 Megapixel Autofocus Sony IMX214 Main Camera with LED Flash
  • 8.0 Megapixel Sony IMX219 Front Camera
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/64GB Internal Storage
  • 4G TDD-LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Wi-FI and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Infrared Blaster
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • FM Radio
  • USB OTG Support
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Barometer
  • E-Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • 3,080mAh Li-Po Battery (Non-removable)
  • ₱14,000.00 Estimated Retail Price
Xiaomi Mi 4