Windows 10 Mobile ROM now available for Xiaomi Mi 4

Windows 10 Mobile ROM now available for Xiaomi Mi 4
Back in March, we told you that Microsoft was testing a Windows 10 Mobile ROM for the Xiaomi Mi 4. Today, the ROM has been released by Microsoft. Even though we've seen the Mi 4 running on the platform as early as last April, Xiaomi has released new photos on its Weibo page, showing its current flagship phone powered by Microsoft's mobile operating system.

At the time that we first heard about Microsoft's plan, it appeared that Windows 10 Mobile ROMs would be made available for a number of different Android phones. As of now, it will be offered for the Xiaomi Mi 4, the Xiaomi Mi Note series, and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 tablet. Once installed, the ROM overrides Android and turns the handset into a native Windows 10 Mobile device.

Microsoft expects to benefit from users providing feedback so that it can improve the platform, and from those signing up for Microsoft's services. It also will add to its revenue from Mi 4 users buying apps from the Windows Store after installing the ROM.


source: Xiaomi via GizmoChina

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Mi 4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3080 mAh

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32 Comments

1. Joulukas

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

May the porting begin!

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft custom ROM! Sweet!

3. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Release it for Redmi-1S, It has a huge user base..

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Same thoughts.

4. Illuminati007

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Dang it! Well done Xiaomi. They release a alternate official OS for the new MiPad 2 while the owners of the previous gen are still waiting for the kernel sources. They are very well aware of the fact that the MIUI tablet rom is unusable and multitasking is dreadful.

5. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Awesome! I'd love to see this for my One M8, too. One question, Alan: What is the difference between a WP installation and a ROM? I mean, apart from the installation process.

6. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Rise of windnws phone

7. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Rise of windnws phone

8. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

It is making me consider it as a replacement for my 920. I was thinking about 950, but it is too expensive for me, and this looks like a decent phone

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1520, better screen, better camera, probably better battery. IMO that is. Got 2 for under 250 each.

32. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

Hell, I have loved that phone since the day it was announced, but never managed to get one, because here in my country they still are soo expensive. But 250 for it is a very good deal

10. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

I feel low now going for OP2 instead of xiaomi mi4

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And now, we just wait until Windows rom is available for other Android phones...

15. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

A phone with similar hardware to the mi-4 should be able to use this rom.

12. grogi

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Does it support Mi3 as well?

13. aimkul

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2015

well the new f**k s**t is this.The cheap chinese will get win 10 before premium lumia's.Great job microsoft.Keep it up.Your flagship is also not running the proper win 10 version but chinese will.

24. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

It has the same version as 950/XL

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Mine is actually ahead of the 'proper' windows version. My 1520 has had win10 support since early this year. Using it as a daily driver since day one of preview launch. I have no fear with my backups in place.

14. vishavD

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

I wonder if it will have all the features like continuum like in new lumias or it will be a watered down version of win 10 just for testing purposes.....

16. Illuminati007

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

It'll certainly not have continuum as MS would like to keep this feature exclusive to its flagships. Seems like a step down to me if someone ends up flashing it.

17. vishavD

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

It seems to me MS is trying to pull a oneplus here, a marketing stunt, trying to become relevant among devs again because xiaomi has one of the most active online community but they are failing here too because mi4 is not as popular as mi 4i or redmi 1s.

18. vishavD

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

It seems to me MS is trying to pull a oneplus here, a marketing stunt, trying to become relevant among devs again because xiaomi has one of the most active online community but they are failing here too because mi4 is not as popular as mi 4i or redmi 1s.

19. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

No, continuum just requires new enough hardware. I believe Acer announced/released a phone that supports continuum. Microsoft isn't keeping anything but the Pureview cameras exclusive to their phones.

23. Illuminati007

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

As of yet is what I meant friend. Surely they're not gonna take away the best feature in the OS.

20. vishavD

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

It seems to me MS is trying to pull a oneplus here, a marketing stunt, trying to become relevant among devs again because xiaomi has one of the most active online community but they are failing here too because mi4 is not as popular as mi 4i or redmi 1s.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is hardware not software restricted. Continuum is literally running two full screens at once, and two app platforms at once, sorry but the 801 just isn't going to cut it.

21. vishavD

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Duplicate posts again and again. Something wrong with my network or phonearena?

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Damnnnn xiaomi. Nothing but wins!

25. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

So.. has anyone gotten it to work on other phones yet..? ( It's only a matter of time )

29. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Great!! Now we need Microsoft to release a android rom , for all of the lumia phones

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