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.

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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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. hamza14860

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

Good job

25. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great job :)

38. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Awesome job!

40. sudhiir.reddy

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Copied steve job..!

49. alexsupertramp unregistered

and you a hand job

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

21. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

More like they couldn't.

31. GeekOB

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

33. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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

4. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Xiaomi copy everything from Apple.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

35. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

24. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

and they're not ashamed to admit it

28. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 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. :)

5. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

If only there was 4.5 variant...

6. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Who needs to buy iphone 6 ???

26. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

41. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

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.

36. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

bye bye iphone6

7. jayd3n

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

no SD card expansion?

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

10. danidin

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2014

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

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

15. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

It's a typo. 64 Gb it is

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

17. Adithya7184 unregistered

its already sold out in just 30 minutes

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