February 24, 2016
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Xiaomi Mi 4s

Today, Xiaomi has unveiled its new Mi 4s smartphone at a launch event in Beijing, China. The handset again looks to be bridging the gap between the mid and high-ends of the market, offering a number of hardware improvements over last year’s Mi 4i.

First up, the Xiaomi Mi 4s has moved on up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a hexa-core chip that appeared in last year’s handsets like the LG G4 and the Nexus 5X. The smartphone is also now equipped with 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, and has a new microSD card slot, giving it additional memory options over the Mi 4i as well.

The display remains a 5-inch 1080p panel, but users won’t have many complaints with a pixel density of 441ppi. There is a familiar 13 megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone LED flash, which is accompanied by a 5 megapixel front facing camera.

Xiaomi Mi 4s colors

Xiaomi isn’t skimping on extras with the Mi 4s either. The handset now features a fingerprint scanner, opening up new security options.  The phone packs a 3,260mAh non-removable battery, which can be quickly juiced up using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. There’s also a USB Type-C connector on the bottom of the phone.

The Mi 4s seems like it will fit nicely in between the company’s older Mi 4 flagship and the new flagship Mi 5. The handset will be priced at CNY 1,699 ($260) when it goes on sale on March 1st. Color options include Black, Gold, Purple, and White.

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.
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