The Xiaomi Mi 4i is coming, and it's expected to bring a little revolution when it comes to affordable flagship-grade smartphones with an alluring price to feature set.
Xiaomi, the world's biggest start-up, valued at some $45 billion (Uber, the car hauling company, is second with $40 billion valuation) has now announced that it will livestream the event live from New Delhi in India. India also happens to be the expected primary market for the Xiaomi Mi 4i. An extremely price-sensitive market, India is a huge opportunity for Xiaomi, as it is the world's second most-populated country and smartphone penetration is still low compared with the rest of the developed world.
What do we expect to see in the Xiaomi Mi 4i? First, it will clearly be based on the widely successful Mi 4 handset, but speculations run rampant that it might be made out of plastic to allow for greater cutting in costs. Xiaomi has so far released five teasers for the Mi 4i: one relating to its high resolution, another one dedicated to craftsmanship involved in its making, a third one suggesting it has managed to fit a larger battery than most, and finally two that suggest the Mi 4i will carry a nicer feeling when you touch the body of the phone and be more comfortable to hold.
That's all pretty vague, but the official Xiaomi Mi 4i unveiling event will kick off soon, revealing all the details. You can tune in and watch it live here (the broadcast will be in English, not Chinese):
Starting time: 3:30am PT | 6:30am ET on April 23rd