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Xiaomi Mi 4 officially unveiled: claims to be the fastest smartphone in the world

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Xiaomi Mi 4 officially unveiled: claims to be the fastest smartphone in the world

Xiaomi, the company often referred to as the Apple of China, has just unveiled its latest flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 4 at a massive event in Beijing. Chief executive Lei Jun was welcomed by an Apple-esque atmosphere and thunderous applause, as he took the cover off the new Xiaomi Mi 4, a device with a clear focus on design, with a premium metal frame and chamfered edges that seem to have taken a page from Apple's design book.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 comes with a 5-inch 1080p, fully laminated display and top notch hardware: it runs on the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system chip clocked at up to 2.5GHz, and comes with a plentiful 3GB of RAM. Just like last year with the Mi 3, Xiaomi claims that the Mi 4 is the fastest smartphone in the world at the moment, something that we're eager to check in the near future. 

The battery is a sizable 3080mAh pack that can last around a day and a half according to Xiaomi, more than most other 5-inch flagship phones. The Mi 4 also supports quick charging at 9V/1.2A or 5V/2A, so you can juice it up to 60% in less than an hour.

Xiaomi claims the Mi 4 is the fastest phone in the world

In terms of cameras, the Mi 4 boasts a 13-megapixel rear f/1.8 shooter (with a Sony IMX214 sensor) capable of recording 4K video, and a high-res, 8-megapixel f/1.8 shooter with a 80-degree wide-angle lens that will allow for more people to fit in selfies. The Mi 4 comes in two versions: one with 16GB of internal storage, and another one that makes a jump directly to 64GB, skipping a 32GB model. The storage is also of the fastest eMMC 5.0 kind.

The special sauce of Xiaomi phones, though, is not merely specs, but rather it is their MIUI Android skin. MIUI is one of the richest skins out there, offering plentiful customization options and weekly updates. The next version of MIUI is also now coming in just about a month - it will arrive as MIUI 6.5 on August 16th.

Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 4 comes with a nice surprise: its full retail price is just $320 (1999 yuan) for the 16 gig model, and $400 (2499 yuan) for the 64GB version. Note that this is the price for China, where the phone will be sold officially. Xiaomi does not have an official distribution channel in the United States and Europe, so expect to see prices for unofficial imports of the Mi 4 higher there.

Xiaomi has made a name for itself for expanding rapidly in China, with smartphone sales reaching a whopping 26.1 million units in the first half of 2014. The company, however, is not just aiming at China - it's rapidly growing to the rest of the world, and the Mi 4 is an important step in that direction.



source: Xiaomi

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posted on 22 Jul 2014, 02:55 9

1. hamza14860 (Posts: 20; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


Good job

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:52 8

25. AnTuTu (Posts: 983; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Great job :)

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 05:48 3

38. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1475; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Awesome job!

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 06:34 7

40. sudhiir.reddy (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Copied steve job..!

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:50 5

49. alexsupertramp (Posts: 26; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


and you a hand job

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 02:55 12

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3775; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I am daring to dream that this phone will soon be available in the US for a reasonable price.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 02:59 23

3. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Thank goodness they didn't jump into the pointless QHD bandwagon!

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:25 3

21. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


More like they couldn't.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:35 14

31. GeekOB (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


they could.. but they didn't. there is no point in doing that at the expense of battery life. also sensible 5 inch display size.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:48 6

33. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 116; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


I have same point. I don't like QHD screen at all. Nothing but battery draining.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:03 3

4. Dude2014 (Posts: 182; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Xiaomi copy everything from Apple.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:09 27

8. fzacek (Posts: 2234; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Does the iPhone have a 5" 1080p display? I didn't think so...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:03 1

27. Finalflash (Posts: 1913; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Less Apple and more padfone infinity. This looks almost exactly like the padfone infinity.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 05:42 4

35. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


yeah.. its like padfone but whatever I dont care... I love the price tag

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:16 9

16. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3347; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah like the nice and big Full HD display, 3gb RAM, Android, 13 mpx camera, big battery etc. Plus a low price.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:48

24. pwnarena (Posts: 979; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


and they're not ashamed to admit it

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:04 1

28. marcski07 (Posts: 575; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


copy and make it great... that's competition... and copy is literally making a phone that looks like an iphone, more like inspired by design of apple, just like all the companies doing, huawei sony lg samsung and more. it's not a bad thing, because it benefits me. :)

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:03 2

5. adwienc (Posts: 135; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


If only there was 4.5 variant...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:06 12

6. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Who needs to buy iphone 6 ???

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:53 7

26. AnTuTu (Posts: 983; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Only brainwashed people who don't dare to dream lolz :p

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 06:35 1

41. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Who don´t care to spend at about $ 1000 in a "fashion phone", that´s it.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:29 1

30. michaelmicro (unregistered)


I think it's more a case of, who needs to buy a high end Android device from the likes of Samsung or Sony when you can get this or a Moto G? You'd still need to buy an iPhone to get iOS as you can't get it elsewhere.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 05:43 2

36. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


bye bye iphone6

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:08 1

7. jayd3n (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


no SD card expansion?

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:11 7

9. fzacek (Posts: 2234; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This is the phone that people were talking about when OnePlus was constantly delaying its phone. The OnePlus One is no longer such an amazing value, since this phone beats it and is almost the same price...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:12

10. danidin (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 May 2014)


$400 (2499 yuan) for the 32GB version??? you wrote there is no 32GB version...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:16 3

14. fzacek (Posts: 2234; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Typo. $400 for 64GB. I noticed that too...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:16 2

15. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


It's a typo. 64 Gb it is

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:13 4

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This is it. The Black looks damn sexy with simple and elegant design. Price it correctly and make international availability unlike OneMinus One then this phone can break records and this could make other OEMs run for their money.

BTW anybody experienced MIUI? How is it?

P.S.: Mi 3 got 100000 subscriptions in India and has very limited stock at flipkart.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:18 2

17. Adithya7184 (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


its already sold out in just 30 minutes

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 05:46 2

37. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Miui is very features rich and its not boring at all unlike many other android Roms... it is easy to use as well... I tried redmi

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 06:01

39. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Thanks buddy.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 01:35

54. cyborg009 (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


Do you get complete access to play store and all the apps? And do all apps that you use run without any force close issue?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 02:06

55. Adithya7184 (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


i using it from yesterday...till now no force closes...

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:13 5

12. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


This Beast will be a nice compliment to my Mi3, I just hope that the 64Gb variant isn't exclusive to China.

Bye OnePlus One lmao

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:14 1

13. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


dat side bezels

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:18 2

18. fzacek (Posts: 2234; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


What side bezels?

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:20 2

19. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2869; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Also the back cover is actually made of plastic and removable so that we can put other covers of wood, bamboo, leather, and fabric just like Motorola.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:24

20. justsayit (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 May 2013)


Iphone wannabe LoL

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:28 7

22. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Well at least it doesn't cost $800

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 03:33 3

23. sriuslywtf (Posts: 278; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Shut up and take my money!!

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:09 1

29. promise7 (Posts: 480; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


It's a really beautiful phone, but the band around it looks a lot like the iPhone 5/5s, and the back looks like a Galaxy S5. Together it looks really nice, plus they added a lot of rear cover choices like the Moto X, including wood (or maybe just looks like wood idk.)

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 04:44 3

32. shamatuu (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Dam pretty impressive for a chines company. I would honestly take this phone over iphone 5S and C any day of the week. I can't take Apple seriously as a competitor in the mobile space. That means i don't see Apple as a big player at all because they can't compete and match any on the Flagships from current companies. Both US and China. They will always be far away and will never catch up. Even with the rumor iphone 6 both versions. Even though its bigger they don;t utilize the big screens. All you get are more icons on a bigger screen.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:58 1

47. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1282; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It really doesn't matter who you consider to be a big player. "Men lie, women lie, numbers don't." -Jay Z.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 05:33

34. mike2959 (Posts: 283; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I wish someone would publish the LTE bands that the devices are capable of. Actually, get in the device's hidden menu, to truly see what the phone is capable of.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:45

46. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1282; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It is only compatible with China's LTE networks, so TD LTE (or LTE TDD). That version will be available in September. They say they will have an international LTE model (FDD) by the end of the year, but we all know that is not happening, because they will be sued out of existence if they ever start selling in the developed world.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:14 1

42. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 425; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Rip competition.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:25

45. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1282; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Rip-off competition? If Hugo Barra is doing interviews to scream that Xiaomi is not a rip-off, then it's just understood that they know that they are rip-off artists.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:21

43. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I am holding back on the purchase of the mi3 in the hope that this little beast is released in India in another 2 or 3 months. Everything is great but must say that I am disappointed with the display size.

By all accounts this phone is a powerhouse & across all computing platforms, only high end games come close to taxing current hardware. Thing is a 5 inch screen does no justice to the kind of eye candy & immersive experience that the hardware inside is capable of providing. Plus the controls can be extremely annoying on smallish screens.

IMHO this phone should have had at least a 5.7 to 6 inch screen. With the kind of design team that xiaomi seem to have, I am sure they could have ensured a manageable footprint despite a 6 inch screen

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:21

44. gaara6775 (Posts: 522; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Dayum, those covers

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 10:22

48. gigantos (Posts: 57; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Ok QHD is not beneficial yet, but why isn't it equipped with Snapdragon 805? Disappointing.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 12:48

50. huypaulha94 (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Does anyone else think it looks like if the iPhone 5 & the Galaxy S4 had a love child it would look like this?

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 18:25 1

51. Neo_Huang (Posts: 756; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Will this run on T-Mobile or Verizon's LTE networks?

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 01:05

52. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Exactly what I want to know too because from the way I'm looking at things I will be dropping the Oneplus One from my mind to get this instead.

posted on 23 Jul 2014, 01:15

53. lampshade_cn (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


only HSPA+/WCDMA this month, and CDMA in August, and TD-LTE in September
LTE-FDD? hehehe...

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 03:06

56. lumia920 (Posts: 108; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


xiaomi is flying in the air at high altitude. ... love you xiaomi. .. the real master of all phones. ...

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