Xiaomi, a renowned Chinese electronics company, has announced its latest flagship device Mi 4 during an event in Beijing.
The latest phone is said to be the fastest and the most striking device in the Mi phone series. It packs the top notch hardware and now the build quality has been improved by the addition of metal.
Have a look at some of key features of this device:
- 5-inch 1080p IPS display
- Stainless steel frame and Swappable back plates (plastic, wood, bamboo, marble, fabric, leather)
- Snapdragon 801 chipset (quad-core 2.5 GHz CPU, Adreno 330 GPU)
- 3GB RAM and 16/64GB internal memory (No memory card slot)
- 13MP rear camera, f1.8, real-time HDR, 4K video recording
- Secondary 8MP front camera, f1.8, 80-degree wide angle
- 3080mAh internal battery, quick charging at 9V/1.2A or 5V/2A
- 4G LTE Support, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio
- Android KitKat 4.4 with MIUI v6 on top
The 16GB version is priced at $320 and the price for 64GB version is approximately $400. This device is currently available only in China, its likely that prices in other markets will be the same.
Smartphone enthusiasts in Pakistan can expect this phone to be available in local markets around September 2014.
The company has also announced a water resistant Mi fitness Band. It offers fitness monitor & sleep tracking features and can unlock you Mi phone without a password. It is priced at $13 and will be available in different colors with stylish band options.
It merits mentioning here that Xiaomi is headed by Hugo Barra, a key former Google Android executive. The company is currently selling its products in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India.
Many devices including Mi 3, Redmi and Redmi Note are also available worldwide — including Pakistan — either through authorized stores or grey channel.
According to the statistics shared by company’s founder Lei Jun, Xiaomi has sold 57.36 million phones in its first three years of operation and 26.1 million of them were sold just in the first half of 2014.
The Mi 2 smartphone launched in 2012, happens to be the most successful product by the company, 17.4 million units have been sold to date.
Xiaomi products are not officially available in Pakistan, but you can find most of them in the market or buy from local online shops (sold at inflated prices).
The company has recently started its operations in India and got a very positive response. So its safe to assume the company will consider the Pakistani market very soon.