Xiaomi probably surprised a number of its home-grown fans in China when it announced that its new Mi 4i would be heading to India first, but such is the company’s focus on the fast growing Indian market. However, it looks like Chinese customers are in for a new low cost device of their own called the Mi 4c, complete with some beefed up specifications.
A picture from China of the back of the box has given away pretty much all of the specifications for the Mi 4c, which appears similar to the Mi 4i in many regards. There’s the same 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and similar 3,080mAh battery as the Indian handset.
However, the Xiaomi Mi 4c is expected to ship with a high performance Snapdragon 808 SoC, the same chip found in the LG G4. This SoC features two high power Cortex-A57 CPU cores, four lower power A53 cores and an Adreno 418 GPU. For comparison, the Mi 4i ships with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, which is built solely from lower performance Cortex-A53 cores and an Adreno 405 GPU. This should give the Mi 4c considerably more grunt in demanding scenarios and while gaming.
The Mi 4c also apparently comes with a USB Type-C connector, another first for a Xiaomi smartphone. Although not listed on the back of the box, the smartphone is also expected to ship with a 5-inch 1080p display and Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 7 operating system. A 32GB variant is also likely in the works.
We don’t have any official details regarding the handset’s price tag yet, but the Mi 4c is expected to cost around 1,299 Yuan, which is almost exactly the same price as the Mi 4i. That’s potentially a very good deal, even for a Xiaomi handset, given the extra processing hardware on board. A release announcement is expected sometime in the first week of September.