Just ahead its official unveiling, the Xiaomi Mi-4 has cropped up in a couple of leaked pictures, showing off a sleek looking handset, complete with a metallic finish on the smartphone’s back cover. However, looks can be deceiving, as the Xiaomi M-4’s body is actually made of plastic, rather than a premium metal, a la the HTC One.
Vice President of Xiaomi, Li Wanqiang, has confirmed that, despite appearances, the back cover is not made of metal. We saw a similar illusion with the brushed metal look of the LG G3. Li Wanqiang insisted that metal was used extensively throughout the device, although that could just mean wiring on the PCB for all we know.
Other hardware rumors include the possibility of either a Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor, a 1440 x 2560 display somewhere in the range of 5 to 5.5 inches, although some rumors are suggesting just a 1080p panel, 3GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The handset is shaping up to have everything you would expect from a flagship device.
The Xiaomi Mi-4 is scheduled to make its first official appearance tomorrow, July 22nd.
What do you make of this emerging trend in faux metal cases?