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Xiaomi Mi4 Official With Metal Frame and Flagship Specs

by Jacob Kleinman | July 22, 2014July 22, 2014 10:00 pm PST

Xiaomi’s next phone is finally here! The highly anticipated Mi4 was announced earlier today in China. It’s the first phone from the Chinese company to include metal in its design and it boasts the same top-notch hardware you’ll find inside most other flagship Android phones on the market today.

The design definitely takes some inspiration from Apple, with its metal frame and chamfered edges, though the camera on the back reminds us more of Samsung’s Galaxy S5. Under the hood, the Mi4 packs a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, a non-removable 3080mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, 3GB of RAM and 16GB to 64GB of internal storage (no microSD card slot) and a 5-inch 1080p display.

Xiaomi has a history of offering its flagship phones at extremely low prices and the Mi4 is no exception. The device starts at CNY 1,999 (roughly $322) for the 16GB version, while the 64GB variant is priced at CNY 2,499 (about $400).

The Mi4 offers LTE radios, though it only supports the bands supported by China’s carriers. Xiaomi also says the device will get support for international FD LTE standards by the end of 2014, suggesting it may not launch outside of the country until later this year. Xiaomi’s new flagship phone will be available in China starting on July 29 with 3G support; the LTE model won’t hit the market until September.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...