Xiaomi Mi 4 official: metal frame, great specs, 8MP front camera, wood back covers

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 22, 2014

xiaomi mi 4 press (1)

Xiaomi just introduced the Mi 4 at a launch event in Beijing, and it’s a looker.

We don’t have the full details for now, but those that we do have are pretty interesting. Starting off with the build, just like earlier reports suggested, the Xiaomi Mi 4 features a stainless steel frame, made with “unbelievable craftsmanship & polish” in the words of Xiaomi’s head of international expansion, Hugo Barra. The chamfered edges of the steel frame give the Mi 4 a very sleek appearance, even if the back cover is actually plastic.

xiaomi mi 4 press (4)

The back cover is removable and Xiaomi will offer a variety of options for the material, including several types of wood, bamboo, leather, and fabric. It’s a trend that Motorola pioneered and OnePlus adopted for the One, which just received its bamboo cover option today.

xiaomi mi 4 press (2)

Moving on to specs, you get a 5-inch Full HD LCD display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 64GB of storage. There’s a 13MP f/1.8 camera on the back, while the front sensor is a whopping 8MP, with an f/1.8 lens with 80-degree field of view. The Mi 4 will come with a great 3,080 mAh battery with support for quick charging.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 will be available for CN¥1,999 ($320) for the 16GB version, and CN¥2,499 ($400) for the 64GB model.

  • agureghian

    I bet xiaomi wont charge 50 for a backplate like oneplus…

    • I bet it’ll be easier to have a Mi4 than a oneplus one ^^

  • a+i

    pls come to india but again for just around 15000 to 18000 inr

    • they already came to india, wake up.

      • salilmulay

        He said *again*. Mi-3 is in India officially, he hopes for Mi-4 too at similar pricing :-)

        • tom

          MI 3 already sold out in India in less than an hour.
          The site selling it “Flipkart” went down due to huge traffic.

        • good point

  • MasterMuffin

    F/1.8, isn’t that huge, especially for a front facing camera!? This phone is pretty awesome

    • Jonathan Kramer

      Totally dude.. that’s a VERY fast lens for a phone. Wonder how quickly they push updates vs other mfg?

      • Viktor

        From experience, I have the Mi3, the updates for the developer ROM come out every Friday, and I mean every Friday. The updates for the stable ROM, come out 1-2 a month. I am using the developer ROM because I’m a sucker for the updates:)

        • Jonathan Kramer

          Very cool.. never have seen these phones in the US though.. I don’t spend these kinds of $$ without getting to play with a device.. I realize the new version just was announced so I’ll be curious to see where it will turn up in a retail location.. My AT&T contract just ended so I plan to sell my Galaxy S3 and get something more current

          • Viktor

            If you’re interested, the official reseller is: iduygou.com

          • Pitahson

            google says webpage not available but even so, I wouldn’t be able to use it on T-Mobile likely. almost all unlocked international phones leave out the AWS band

      • crackinthewall

        If you’re talking about Android updates (JB 4.2 to 4.4), they’re pretty much average to poor. Only the Mi 3 is on Kitkat right now, the Redmi 1S is on JB 4.3, the Redmi Note is on JB 4.2, their 2012 flagship is still on 4.1 if I’m not mistaken.

        If you’re talking about MIUI itself, they’re pretty good at it and definitely a lot better than any other company who modifies Android out there. There’s a developmental update nearly every week and a stable update near monthly. Even though their phones are on different base Android versions, they’re mostly updated to the latest MIUI build. That’s akin to HTC updating the One X to Sense 6 while keeping it at JB 4.2.

    • rdeleonp

      What’s the sensor size?

      • MasterMuffin

        Don’t know

        • Guest

          Nexus 5 on the Left, Mi 4 on the right.

          Not bad, Xiaomi.

        • rdeleonp

          According to PhoneArena, it’s 1/3.06″ … It’s OK…

  • xmi

    Xiaomi already announced the price on their FB page: RMB 1999 (USD320+) for the 16GB and RMB 2499 (USD400+) for the 64GB verison. You don’t need a freaking contact to buy them (in Asia ^_^) True iPhone killer on the loose!!

    • Roberto Tomás

      is the iPhone still a thing? Liast I heard they were still amking sub 5″, dual core toy-phones.

      • Victoria

        Sadly it’s still a thing where I live, and I guess for most of the world.

        • Roberto Tomás

          hey where are you from?

          • mobilemann

            in the US they still have 41% marketshare, and they’ve never actually sold less phones YoY. People who get upset that Apple is doing great, simply don’t like technology, and are generally just fanboys.

            This company is pretty funny about their apple connections, (this phone is by far the most iphone looking of any android imo) And they announced it in a black turtleneck with jeans to a slide that said “one more thing…”

            But yeah, AA, so let’s hate on, right? lol.

          • Boonlumsion Piyapon

            sale more but loss market share is still bad to ecosystem.

          • mobilemann

            they are still gaining share in the us. And no, so long as they keep selling more, (therefore the eco system expands) it’s not a bad thing. Why do you care? They can both win.

            If you feel like you’re on a team, team apple or team android, you’re doing tech wrong.

          • Boonlumsion Piyapon

            “sorry for my poor english” This one is more on marketting.

            so long as they keep selling more, therefore the eco system expands. Is not correct.

            eco system base on profit and profit base on market share.

            1. If “I” have limit money to make one game on one system I will chose the one that return more profit to me.
            2. If “I” have more (but still limit) money X system give much more profit than Y system. I might go for two game in X system and none for Y.

            That why when Android born apple ad “there is an app for that” – to keep Android form have market share –
            That why Apple requires that applications for iPhone “must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++ or JavaScript (Until they got sue by Adobe) – to make app hard to port –
            That why when Android have some market share apple keep show number of profit on wwdc – to say that I give you more profit –

            you can see this in many case eg. game console, ie6 compatablity or why symbian and bb fead away.

          • mobilemann

            lol, no. There is no logic there.

            More devices in the hands of users (year over year) = more paying customers = your eco system expanding. This can happen at the same time as marketshare is shrinking.

            Yes, the eco system is based on profit. The more profit flowing to developers the more attractive the eco system. Adobe’s tools work great for producing iOS apps. You’re talking about a flash conversion tool story from 4 years ago.

            so no, you still have no clue what you’re talking about.

          • Boonlumsion Piyapon

            you don’t get that profit (%) base on market share. and developer (as part of ecosystem) flowering bigger profit.

          • mobilemann

            No, you don’t get profit based on market share. A bigger pot doesn’t matter, if there’s less money. (that’s the case) It gets better and better for the play store YoY too, so there’s always that.

            anything for the brand in your pocket to be the winner? so boring.

          • Boonlumsion Piyapon

            but developer don’t know what pot give more money.

            they only know that pot I trend to have money haft pot and pot A trend to have money 1/4 pot

            so when both pot have same size they give pot I priority but when pot A much bigger than pot I priority will change

          • Victoria

            Israel :P

          • salaal khan

            You Israelis should get out of Palestine :)

          • Victoria

            STFU and don’t start a political discussion here.

          • salaal khan

            you piece of crap leave Palestine alone i wish there is a day when all you Israelis suffer the pain that our Palestinian brothers and sisters are going through.you are the disgrace of humanity may Allah Guide you to the right path.:)

  • Guest

    $320 for 16 GB
    $400 for 64 GB

  • Leo

    Aftersales service? :D
    Consider I’m lucky if I (ever) found one xiaomi service center in my country :D

    • xiaomi is officially selling only to india, malaysia, philippine, singapore, taiwan and china. if you live outside one of this country, you had to expect the same customer service as any import product.

  • eliHd

    $80 difference for additional 48GB memory wtf?! I just bought a 32gb micro sd card for $10 of ebay. Such a rip off!

    • salilmulay

      It’s more than what it actually costs, but way less than what others charge (Apple, Samsung charge $200 more for 64GB phone than their 16GB phone)

      • i hope this shit will end some day..

      • Tay

        Apple does… Samsung charges $100

    • Jayfeather787

      Flash storage on the phone is very different from SD card storage. The flash storage costs a lot more because it is a lot faster. Plus if you buy a 32 GB card off of Ebay for 10 bucks, it will only work for a week at most. It’s a good deal for 48 more GB.

      • So, um…

        $33 for all of the memory in an S5, ($41 on the iPhone 5)

        More than $10 sure, but definitely not $80.

        Good deals are highly subjective.

        • Risvegliare R

          i didnt get what you’re implying here, i think that’s an on contract phones, keep in mind that xiaomi and of course Oneplus one is an off contract phone. Let me enlighten you that in my country the difference in phone storage is a lot. like $250 dollar difference between a 16 GB and 64GB for Iphone 5s and also for Iphone 5. Which is unreasonable because from what i read, flash storage is like $0,5/GB

    • Mur

      Look up the speeds of a micro card and compare them to the speeds of a ssd.

      • eliHd

        I understand that msd speed is very slow compare to ssd, however most people who buy smartphones they use it for browsing web, listening to music, play simple games and take pictures of their cats or food. And sd card is enough for such tasks. I probably will get xiaomi 4 but not at the price above.

  • Zuke

    Well, I guess you missed what Xiaomi Mi 3 is doing in India


  • Van

    American 4G LTE coverage or bust

    • Jason C

      Seriously. I know it’s a relatively new phenomenon, but there’s proven demand for hi-tech, low-cost phones like the Mi4 and the OPO in the US, and I wish these manufacturers, who are doing a terrific job, would get on board with US LTE compatibility. I’d be collecting these things like baseball cards.

  • quaser8386

    The big question for me is how long will it take the ‘big boys’ to respond to the hype? If both these manufacturers can produce high quality phones are significantly lower prices, (and I’m including OPO here) consumers are going to realise very quickly that the big names have been ripping them off. Those self-same big boys are going to have to respond either by lowering prices significantly, or producing products worth the premium prices they charge. Either way, consumers can only win, at least in the short term.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    What is the OS??

  • Jonathan TAM

    Best part… the Xiaomi Mi 3 from the Xiaomi website is now 240 USD!!!!

  • Mamoon Bakeer

    Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo …etc. Why do you pay attention to these “hard to buy” smartphones since they are meant for the Chinese market and some might be better than that but are still limited to very few countries.
    My point is: as long as those manufacturers do not reach us with their products and some of them “OnePlus” is playing a bizarre marketing scheme through invitations, then we must not honor them with reviews, first looks, benchmarks …etc.

    • BotondKisKovacs

      I see what you did there, secret Samsung/Apple representative…

      • Mamoon Bakeer

        Really?? I live in Jordan. I have tried to buy one of Xiaomi Mi3 or OnePlus One but until now I failed. Amazing & cheap smartphones but I am unable to buy it. I hope you understand me right now.