Xiaomi Mi 4: hands-on photos and official press renders

Xiaomi Mi 4: hands-on photos and official press renders
Xiaomi took the wraps off its new flagship, the Mi 4, today, a device that puts a focus on refined design with a sturdy metal frame, but also does not compromise on performance, as it comes with the latest Snapdragon 801 system chip.

Right after the official Xiaomi Mi 4 event wrapped up in Beijing, the company aksi posted official hands-on pictures along with all the usual press renders of the device to show it off to the general public.

In terms of design, you'd notice that the chamfered edges and metal sides that make the Mi 4 stand out among other Android smartphones. It's also surprisingly friendly for single-handed use as it features a 5-inch display with an ultra thin bezel. The secret Xiaomi sauce, however, is not in the hardware alone, but rather in its MIUI custom skin, full of customization options.

We'll be exploring those features of the Mi 4 in depth in the near future, but at the moment take a look at the official hands-on images and press renders of the Xiaomi Mi 4 right below and feel free to let us know whether you like what you see.

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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



1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That looks One Neat Premium Device! MiUi > TouchWiz

4. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

It looks like a cheap iPhone.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

cheap iPhone is an Oxymoron as iPhone is never cheap!!

22. Nokia99

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

The camera is stolen from the galaxy s4,,, the bottom is stolen from apple and HTC one,,. the side keys and back panel are stolen from the Lumia 930

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You make it sound like XiaoMi has made a perfect phone.

27. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Nokia is dead

29. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

BB is dead not nokia

32. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

actually the camera is stolen from the oneplus. and i don't really think you can call it theft. as many oems use sony exmor sensors.

37. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

OMG it has a metal border what an apple copycat!!1!

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

*If looks is all you care about. I would rather have TouchWiz's multi-window, UPSM, S-health, Knox, HDR in video/0.3 auto-focus, etc. and oh I almost forgot this: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Buy-the-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-and-get-575-in-freebies-from-Samsung-Galaxy-Gifts_id53397

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I must agree with you, l would prefer TouchWiz over any kind of UI's. Sadly, Samsung didn't bring the newest TouchWiz for my Note 10.1(2012) after 4.4 update. The same thing also applies to the other Galaxies.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung still has its camera HDR advantage over XiaoMi HDR. Wonder Mi4 changed that. PA please confirm this in your Mi4 review.

31. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

i am sure i am not the only one who prefers speed and smoothness over touchwiz features . Once samsung improves touchwiz and starts to use premium contraction i think it will be samsung galaxy s2 all over again ( the phone that brought samsung ahead of HTC except this time samsung would have the best phone in the market .)

35. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Touchwiz in GS5 is pretty smooth and works flawlessly.

42. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

smoothness is subjective . coming from a nexus 4 there is definitely something wrong with touchwiz .If you really wanna see flawless performance pickup nexus 5 or m8.

13. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Two reasons why I think MiUi can never be better than TouchWiz. One, MiUi is most likely hardwired to their devices and users have to use/pay for some of their services(since they are not making money off their devices, they have to make money from somewhere). Two, can't use many Google apps, just like Amazon devices, since they're forked version of the Android. MiUi simply has too many restrictions and limitations. (fyi, I've never used Xiomi devices.)

18. rantao333

Posts: 345; Member since: May 21, 2013

i used both MiUi and touchwiz, honestly, Miui is much more better than touchwiz. customization : miui > touchwiz update : miui > touchwiz

21. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Touchwiz has many options to customize their skins from third parties(in fact, perhaps too many). And, if users still aren't satified with their skins, they can root their devices, and don't even have to use Touchwiz. If MiUi is freely allowed to customerize their skins and and even root their devices, their business model breaks down, because MiUi is where they make money. If users don't use MiUi, they don't make money. There is always a price for things, whether you pay upfront or down the line.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its depend where the XiaoMi phone is intended. China market - no Google apps and play store only the native store and services. International market - only Google apps and play store. No traces of China apps and services. No bloatware. I already bought 3 RedMi Note meant for international market. I give it away as gifts.

26. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That's interesting. However, that means Xiaomi has lost its biggest advantage outside of China. Outside of China, they're no different from other Chinese makers. They'd have to make profit off of their devices(however thin). Which is probably why only Xiaomi's cheap or older versions of their flagships are available outside of China.

40. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

XiaoMi stock availability are much lower than the big brands no threat to them yet.

30. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I use MIUI launcher in my S4. Yup, touchwiz have many options but MIUI is also good considering that they have lesser bloatwares and their UI is freakingly responsive just like nova launcher. Let's not forget Touchwiz' kiddie fonts that's already too boring to use. I prefer the MIUI's minimalist approach. Xiaomi makes money out of their phones and other gadgets such as TV and powebanks. Their company's goal was to create affordable high end phones. Xiaomi makes profit by selling gadgets, Samsung makes profit by flooding the market with goof-named phones and marketing gimmicks. Going to ditch my S4 once I have Mi 4.

38. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"..Samsung makes profit by flooding the market with goof-named phones and marketing gimmicks." Every company wants what Samsung has right now, which is to flood/dominate the market. What is wrong with that?? "goof-named phones," huh? Galaxy is one of the best marketed brand in the world, I don't see anything goofy about this. As for marketing gimmicks, Steve Jobs wasn't an innovator or even an inventor, he was a marketing genius. Currently, Samsung has that title in the smartphone world. Again, what's wrong with that?? In order to achieve sucesses as big as iphone and galaxy phones, you need brilliant marketing and brilliant devices. So far, only Samsung and Apple have managed to achieve both at the same time. This is why they're making billions of profit every quarter while others sputter. It's hard to achieve both at the same time.

33. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014


28. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I wish that Xiaomi kind of manufacturers bring down proudy and greedy OEM's (Shameshung, ipple, Sony) and show them what is real value for money?

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

iPhone and Galaxy series just had a baby o.O Nevertheless, it's one good looking device.

3. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Mi4 is improvement over Mi3 in the looks department.

19. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Seriously? Lol. Mi3 looks dyaum sexy than this.

5. bolleyjara

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I would love to have this phone.


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

bezels on this thing is slim! Xiaomi tryna come for LG wigs

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