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Xiaomi unveils 5-inch Mi 4 smartphone, priced at S$400 (16GB) and S$500 (64GB)

By Sidney Wong & Janelle Li - on 22 Jul 2014, 3:13pm

Xiaomi unveils 5-inch Mi 4 smartphone, priced at S$400 (16GB) and S$500 (64GB)

Image source: Weibo

Originally reported at 3.13PM

Xiaomi today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 4.

The Mi 4 sports a 5-inch, 1080p display and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor with 3GB RAM. It is powered by MIUI V6, which is expected to be released on August 16. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3,080mAh battery. Storage-wise, the Mi 4 comes in 16GB and 64GB variants, and it seems that there is no memory card slot.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 supports two quick charging standards.

We will be updating this section as soon as we have more information. 

Updated at 3.22PM: It seems that the Mi 4 has a metallic frame, which explains the event tag line of "a journey of a piece of steel metal".

Image source: Weibo

Updated at 3.30PM: The Mi 4 supports 4G LTE connectivity, although it is unclear whether Xiaomi will make any modifications to the radio modem to work with the 4G bands used in Singapore.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 also supports LTE CAT 4 speeds. <br> Image source: Weibo

Updated at 3.41PM: The Mi 4 measures only 67.5mm wide, which makes it easier to be used in one hand. Based on the specs of the current 5-inch smartphones, its closest competitor is the Huawei Ascend P7 at 68.8mm. The Mi 4 also weighs 149g and its rear is resistant to water, oil and fingerprints.

Image source: Weibo

Updated at 4.04PM: The 13-megapixel rear camera has an aperture of f/1.8 and is capable of 4K video recording. In addition, it has an intelligent flash feature that can combine the images taken before and after firing the flash to produce a dynamic effect. The front-facing camera is no slouch either; it has an aperture of f/1.8 and 80-degree wide angle lens. The cameras can be activated within 0.5 seconds and have zero shutter lag.

Updated at 4.14PM: Based on current estimates, the Mi 4 will support FDD LTE (the standard used in Singapore) by the end of the year. The 16GB Mi 4 is priced at 1,999 yuan (S$400) and the 64GB model will cost 2,499 yuan (S$500). Both prices are based on currency rates at press time.

Image source: Weibo