Xiaomi, which is touted as the Apple of China, has unveiled its latest flagship, the Mi4, at an event in China today. The phone comes with all the usual hardware that is seen on flagships today and is a noticeable upgrade from the Mi3, but contrary to rumors, the Mi4 only features a metal frame around the sides of the device while keeping the plastic back.
Xiaomi has stated that it went with plastic to make the device more customizable by offering removable back covers, including wooden, fabric, and leather back covers. In terms of hardware, the phone sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for the ultimate selfies, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-inch Full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, and 3GB of RAM. The Mi4 will come in 16 and 64GB variants like its predecessor, and features a 3,080 mAh battery that is said to last a day and a half and take only an hour to reach 60 percent charge level.
The Mi4 also features nano-coating for water-resistance, though some will no doubt rue the lack of proper water-resistance. The 16GB version of Xiaomi Mi 4 will cost 1,999RMB ($322), while the 64GB version will retail for 2,499 RMB ($402). Those are stunning prices as is the norm with Xiaomi’s phones, but as always, there’s little to no chance that the device will launch officially in the US.