Xiaomi’s newest telephone will get a metal body, IR blaster and prime specs for simply $320
Having bought 26.eleven million telephones within the first half of this yr, the beast from the East that’s Xiaomi is again once more with a brand new flagship Android telephone: the Mi four. For the primary time ever, the corporate is including a contact of metallic — the widespread SAE 304 chrome steel, to be actual — to the telephone’s body, which is sandwiched between a flat 5-inch 1080p display and a swappable, barely curved plastic again cowl. The interior specs are as you’d anticipate: 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 16GB/64GB of inner storage, 13MP f/1.eight primary digital camera, 8MP selfie digital camera, LTE radio (finally), 802.11ac WiFi plus a three,080mAh battery. As a bonus, you additionally get an infrared transmitter to play with the TV (which Xiaomi additionally sells). As normal, the Mi four will probably be very reasonably priced: Simply CN¥1,999 or about $320 for the 16GB model, and CN¥2,499 or about $four hundred for the 64GB model (each off-contract, in fact).
Admittedly, from afar, the black Mi four’s entrance aspect and body do remind us of the iPhone 5 or 5s, however you need to give credit score to Xiaomi and its companions — Foxconn and HiP — for the additional work gone into crafting the metallic elements. The shiny chamfer alone takes greater than six hours to complete, apparently, they usually’ve additionally added a nano-coating to the edges to discourage fingerprints and liquids. The result’s a sixty seven.5mm-broad physique — beating the Smartisan T1’s sixty seven.74mm — that sits comfortably in your hand, and the telephone solely weighs 149g.
The Mi four shall be obtainable for pre-ordering in China as early as July twenty ninth, and you will additionally be capable of decide up one of many many again covers to fit your style — be it bamboo, wooden, leather-based, material and even stone textures. On prime of that, you’ll be able to add CN¥ninety nine or about $sixteen for an annual insurance coverage for damaged display plus unintentional liquid injury. Sadly, Xiaomi reps advised me that there isn’t any information relating to the telephone’s international availability simply but, so keep tuned.
The increase in Xiaomi’s gross sales determine is helped by the corporate’s enlargement into different elements of Asia, together with Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and, very lately, India. You possibly can thank ex-Googler Hugo Barra for that, who has been very palms-on with this undertaking. On a associated observe, there at the moment are sixty five million activated MIUI customers, who will have the ability to improve to model 6 as of August sixteenth. After 26.eleven million telephones — which interprets to 33 billion yuan or about $5.32 billion — thus far this yr, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun expects to promote a grand complete of 60 million telephones in 2014, which might be greater than twice of that from 2013. With that worth level and Lei’s promise to maintain a tighter grip on the availability chain, it will little question be a stroll within the park for Xiaomi.
Replace: Xiaomi’s additionally launched a $thirteen health band alongside the Mi four. We’ve a sense that it may promote very properly.
- Key specs
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- Sort Smartphone
- Working system Android
- Display measurement 5 inches
- Inner reminiscence sixteen GB
- Digital camera thirteen&#one hundred sixty;megapixels
- Introduced 2014-07-22