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.
|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.
|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
- Proximity Sensor
- Ambient Light Sensor
- 3,080mAh Li-Po Battery (Non-removable)
- ₱14,000.00 Estimated Retail Price