Xiaomi teases a new product, could it be a metal Mi-4?

July 11, 2014
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Xiaomi Mi-4 teaser brushed metal

Xiaomi took to the social media sphere to tease something new. Officially, we’ll have to wait until their July 22nd announcement, but it is not hard to imagine we’ll be seeing a brushed metal backed Mi-4 smartphone.

We do not have much on deck to tell you about specifications for this new device. We’ve seen the rumor mill churn up a 5.2-inch HD display, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB internal storage, a 13MP camera and LTE connectivity. Nothing here we wouldn’t expect from a current, or up and coming, flagship device. But, what about the processor.

Current rumors have us believing that the Xiaomi Mi-4 will ship with either the Snapdragon 801 or perhaps the Snapdragon 805 SoC. Perhaps Xiaomi will surprise us and ship with the Nvidia Tegra K1, like they recently slipped into the Mi Pad. I suspect this is unlikely, and that many would see the K1 as a disadvantage for the new MIUI equipped phone, but hey, I thought I’d mention it anyway.

Xiaomi Mi4 Tease Banner

Xiaomi recently announced some first half 2014 numbers. We applaud them their current success, and we suspect that the earlier they start shipping the Mi-4 to customers, the sooner they will hit their goal of shipping 60 million units in 2014. Certainly, their goal will be easier met with their current push into India.

With these sorts of sales numbers, and this caliber of device hitting the market, we must be impressed with how successful Xiaomi has been with their MIUI interface. Sure, there are plenty of AOSP devices out there, but I’d love to learn just how many MIUI users have gone ahead and loaded the Google Play Store and apps, or just skipped the devices altogether in favor of an alternative that comes with Google’s Android installed.

In the words of Xiaomi’s Google+ post:

“The journey of a piece of steel metal” – Coming to you on July 22 at our 2014 Xiaomi Annual New Product Launch Event . What do you think will be revealed – any guesses?

Comments

  • Technocrat

    Events which i expect wrt xiaomi-
    1) They day they change that ugly ios style(i dont know why they are obsessed with that ugly look).
    2) They day stable cm/omni release for xiaomi product.

    • iANDROID8.1

      obviously you haven’t tried MIUI yet, don’t just judge it by the way it looks it’s one of the awesome custom android skin/os out there -_-

      • Technocrat

        my problem is with theme.. and theme only…
        i like plain dark themes rather than bright and colorful
        And default one is not so…
        Yeah i dint look at miui for past year atleast..

        • iANDROID8.1

          MIUI theme store has a lot of themes that might suffice your preferences :D

    • MasterMuffin

      MIUI is cool, though obviously not for everyone. They had the original theme engine with the possibility of mixing different themes for years before CM!

      I especially love the lock screen theme that puts a piano on your lock screen and you can only open the device if you know what song you need to play and how to play it :)

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  • Harvie Boles

    They must this asap so that mi3 users can enjoy the source code :P

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  • deppman

    “Perhaps Xiaomi will surprise us and ship with the Nvidia Tegra K1, like they recently slipped into the Mi Pad. I suspect this is unlikely, and that many would see the K1 as a disadvantage for the new MIUI equipped phone, but hey, I thought I’d mention it anyway.”

    What?! By all appearances the S805 is looking to be a dud compared to the K1. It isn’t even much of a bump from the s801. See http://m.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2354691/snapdragon-805-benchmarks-slightly-outperform-the-galaxy-s5-one-m8 — it scores just under 20k in 3dmark and geekbench 3 of 2821. And that’s on a QC supplied liberal-power-constraints benchmark tablet. And the s805 has no integrated modem.

    The K1 scores 30K in 3dmark and geekbench3 of 3470. And the s805 can’t compare in compute or API support. So, you consider a 33-50% performance boost and DX11/OGL4.4/OpenCL/CUDA a “downgrade”? What exactly would be an “upgrade” then?

    Even the old “Tegra is a power hog” argument doesn’t seem to hold much weight. I own a Jetson TK1 with the chip, and have measured its performance and power-draw. At 2.3Ghz its a 2.5W TDP chip for spreadsheets, web browsing, or similar. Its a 5W TDP chip for gaming. And its a 8W TDP chip if you insist on using full-on compute – but nobody does that on a phone. Those numbers seem quite competitive with the S805.

    I am certainly hoping for a “surprise”.