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.

Xiaomi Mi4 leaked image

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?

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • The world of smartphone is really getting interesting..

  • Luka Mlinar

    The back button is on the wrong side :/

    • Max Weninger

      Nope :)

      • Jayfeather787

        Yeah it is.

        • Max Weninger

          Don’t be ignorant and you will see that it has only advantages especially as devices gets larger and larger. You need back button way more often and if you thumb is short it is better that way. And you are no lefty ofc :)

          • Luka Mlinar

            If it’s a phablet then it’s fine but it it’s a phone, it’s the wrong side. Unless you want to give your user carpal tunnel syndrome. So why not switch it depending on the screen size.

    • Emmanuel

      For Samsung users, it’s not really new… it’s been in that side since forever…..

    • MasterMuffin

      There are more phones with the back button on that side than those with it on the the other side :)

      • Luka Mlinar

        Same with the power button. Even though the majority prefer it on the right side of the device, OPPO puts it on the left.

        • MasterMuffin


  • Benjaminhft

    Looks like HTC one back design.. Hmm

  • Marvin Dolorfino

    1440×2560?! Seems like people got bored with the 1080p already… while I’m sitting here with a 720p phone still… Haha

    • Magnetic1

      They say or rather I read some where that holographic display will require 4 times the resolution to produce the standard resolution. Well now that we can get such high density displays in the mobile platform, I think it would be interesting to see if more eye tracking holographic displays appear in the market and work quite good.

      • Marvin Dolorfino

        Ah. This is why I love technology. They get even more and more interesting, giving us things we couldn’t imagine would become real in the future. But… I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to get one asap. Maybe like, at the time it gets replaced by another innovation or something. XD

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  • kolyamba

    And nobody knows, that it’s Mi2 with different back cover (you can buy any cover for it on aliexpress) on the left photo? Mega fail… It’s not real photo, guys.

  • Tjaldid

    NEVERMIND THAT THE NEW CURVED SENSOR FROM SONY COULD ARRIVE IN THE Z3!!! http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/07/21/rumoured-specs-of-sonys-23-inch-curved-camera-sensor-for-smartphones-leak/

  • Richard Gao

    “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.”

    The HTC One is made of premium metal. It’d make sense if there wasn’t a comma before “a la”, but this sentence means that the author thinks the HTC One is made of plastic.

  • Sere83

    this is a confirmed fake

  • chanman

    “just a 1080p panel”….

  • Maxnoob

    This unnecessary resolution is a waste of time. Why not improve the 1080p screens, giving better readability in sunlight and power consumption?

  • Christian Jocef Austria

    Them ugly buttons.