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 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?