Just today, Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s VP of global operations, officially announced the new Xiaomi Mi 4i, which is the manufacturer’s first smartphone debuting outside of its home market China. Said to be a new proposition hitting the mid-range market, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is a more budget-minded alternative to the company’s recent high-end flagship featuring lower processing parameters and polycarbonate unibody case.
Xiaomi Mi 4i with 64-bit octa-core processor for just $200
The new Xiaomi Mi 4i arrives equipped with a 5-inch Full HD display with pixel density of 441 ppi covered with a special protective layer of OGS Corning Concore, which is reported to be as durable as Corning Gorilla Glass. The screen features adaptive brightness technology called Sunlight display, which enhances viewing experience in broad sunlight.
Moving on to the processor, the slate is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 with eight Cortex A53 cores, including four cores clocked at 1.7GHz responsible for high performance and four 1.1GHz cores being energy efficient. Additionally, Adreno 405 will take care of graphics. When it comes to memory capabilities, the Mi 4i processor unit is supported by 2GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB of built-in storage.
On the optics side, the Mi 4i offers its future users a 13-megapixel main camera delivered by either Sony or Samsung sporting f/2.0 lens and double-tone flash. The rear shooter is accompanied by a 5-megapixel f/1.8 unit with wide-angle lens.
As you’ve probably noticed, the Mi 4i’s secondary camera unit is identical to the one founded in the recently released high-end offering, the Mi Note. What’s more, the optic features are additionally supported by special selfie-timer and “Beautiful” mode, which automatically enhances photos using the camera filters.
The phone is kept ‘alive’ by a massive 3,120 mAh battery and the handset features dual-SIM support with both slots accepting LTE cards. All these, let’s say, pretty powerful specs are closed in a measuring only 7.8 mm unibody shell made of soft touch plastic, which makes the phone slightly slimmer than the original Mi 4.
The Mi 4i is the first phone running the Android 5.0-based version of MIUI 6. The handset is sold in five color options, including traditional black and white and more exotic orange, blue and pink variants. The phone is scheduled to become available for purchase on April 30 labelled with an attractive price tag of something round $200. It will be sold via the company’s own online store.