Xiaomi has officially announced the Mi4 at their launch event in Beijing, China. The new smartphone, expected to be one of the best sellers in China, has the looks, the internals and some options when it comes to changing the back covers.
Design changes on the Xiaomi Mi4 include a new metal frame on the side, offering a more premium feel in the hand. The back is still plastic, but Xiaomi has added various options for back covers, including wood, bamboo, leather, and fabric.
The front has three capacitive buttons, for back, home and recents, similar to every Android device. Xiaomi will be adding a new version of their MIUI skin, running some of the top applications in China.
Internally the Xiaomi Mi4 will run a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16 or 64GB of internal storage and a 3080mAh battery. The Mi4 will offer quick charging, but Xiaomi give no specifics on how long the battery should last.
Xiaomi has added a 13MP rear camera with f/1.8 lens, on the front, there is an 8MP with the same f/1.8 lens, offering 80 degrees FOV. The front camera megapixel size is quite impressive, even if it will only be used for selfies.
No word on how much the back covers will cost individually, but the price for the smartphone is typical Xiaomi. The 16GB version will come for around $320, while the 64GB will be available for $400, excellent prices for the specs and design.
Xiaomi has a few markets outside of China where the Mi4 will probably visit, including Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and a few other Asian countries. No word on European or US release, Xiaomi is looking to break into the US market by 2015.