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Xiaomi unveils Mi 4 high-end phone with 8MP front camera


Chinese device manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, today. With a metal frame and a distinctly iPhone-esque design the Mi 4 looks like a proper premium product and when looking at the spec sheet the interior components confirm this initial impression. 

Under the hood a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC and 3GB RAM should ensure that Android 4.4.2 and all apps run smoothly and without delay. Buyers can choose between versions with 16 or 64GB of storage and if you tend to shoot a lot of images and video on your phone the latter might be the better option as there is no microSD-card slot on the Mi 4.

Xiaomi says the 5-inch 1080p IPS screen offers 84 percent of NTSC color support, which takes it close to the Adobe RGB standard. The screen also features a fingerprint-resistant coating and can be used with gloves which should make taking pictures in cold climates a lot easier. 

With a 13MP rear camera the Mi 4 does not offer anything too exciting in terms of camera hardware. We have no detailed specs yet but we are almost certainly looking at a 1/3-inch CMOS sensor here, as we've seen it in a number of recent Android devices. The front camera features an unusually high 8MP resolution which should be helpful when capturing the occasional self-portrait.

There are a couple of interesting camera modes, too. Smart Flash captures two images of the same scene in quick succession, one with and one without flash, and  merges them for a better exposure. There is a subject tracking feature that allows you to lock the AF onto moving subjects and like most recent high-end phones the Mi 4 also offers a selective focus feature. The mode takes a series pf pictures of a scene at different focus settings and merges them. You can then select your preferred focus point after the pictures's been taken. 

At CNY1,999 (approximately US$322) the Mi 4 offers high-end specs at a mid-level price. We'll have to wait and see when it will becomes available outside China but with Chinese manufacturers such as Oppo, OnePlus and now Xiaomi clearly competing on price the more established manufacturers are probably hoping this won't happen too soon. 


  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5 GHz SoC
  • 5-inch 1080p IPS display (441 ppi)
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 13MP main camera
  • dual-LED flash
  • 4K video capture
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16/64GB storage
  • 3,080 mAh battery

Via: TNW


Total comments: 16

They are going to announce they sold out of the phone in 1 minute to generate buzz. Almost nobody would be able to buy one.


Oh wow. Another ~5" 1080p phone with a QSD800/801 CPU. But no OIS? No smaller screen? I'm getting boooooored now. Where's my AArch64?

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An s5 and 5s killer. Wish it had an sd slot but for 64 gb I dont need it plus the screen is biggger anyway its a winner.


I'm using the Mi3 16GB, it's truly the best phone for the price.
At $280, nothing beats it. The build quality is so much better than what you'd expect from sub $300 phone.


$322 is a mid level price? Damn. And it has specs high enough to run the homepage without lag? Impressed!


no card slot. no tkx.


No K1 processor? No sale..

Roderick Balle

I have the previous flagship Mi3, and it's a very good phone. Build quality is way better than the Galaxy S4, and Xiaomi's customised Rom, Mui is one of the best Android Roms getting around.

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100% copied design, congratulations...


The components (screen, cameras, internal circuits etc.) have become so standard, that no wonder if cellular phones look similar.
Xiaomi's price is good. Hopefully others will follow.


I disagree. Samsung now also has their own design, so do Sony and HTC. Huwaei and some other Chinese just simply copy the iPhone design. I live in Asia and have access to much more products everyday on the markets. Here they already sell the iPhone 6 with an Apple on the back. At least 50% of the mp3 players I see are copies of the ipod nano and shuffle.
It's no secret here that they just copy a design and nobody would deny it.

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"a distinctly iPhone-esque design" - thats a PC way of saying it... they even copied the app icons on the touchscreen

Lars Rehm

nah, the Android and iOS icons for most apps are pretty similar. Android also allows you to download and install your favorite icon packs, so you can stik on there whatever you want.

Murat Sahan

I wonder if there is a flash for the front camera? I think i remember there is one phone that has that (not talking about the phone with rotating camera) but can´t remember what brand it was.

Lars Rehm

Doesn't look like it but the Sony Xperia C3 which was launched very recently has a 5MP front camera and a front flash.

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They sure did!

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