Chinese phone maker Xiaomi’s latest phone features a 5 inch, full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3080mAh battery. In other words it’s got specs to rival some of the most powerful Android phones on the market.

But it’s priced to sell. A Xiaomi Mi4 with 16GB of storage will set you back just $320. The 64GB model goes for $400.

Both models should be available in China on July 29th.


Other specs include a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and 4G LTE, making the phone one of Xiaomi’s first to feature LTE support. It also supports GSM and HSPA networks.

The phone is also Xiaomi’s first to sport a stainless steel frame around the edges, although the front and back panels are plastic. Xiaomi will also offer a range of back covers that let you customize the device.

The Xiaomi Mi4 has a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, and GPS.

Xiaomi has a habit of offering high quality hardware at low prices. The company’s latest flagship continues that trend, offering specs you’d normally find in a smartphone that sells for twice the price. Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8) phones, for example, typically sell for around $600 and up.

Unfortunately the Mi4 probably won’t be available outside of China at launch. While Xiaomi is starting to offer devices outside of its home country the company doesn’t plan to enter the US market until 2015 and Xiaomi is just now getting around to offering last year’s Mi3 smartphone in India.

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8 replies on “Xiaomi Mi4 is a flagship phone with a budget price”

  1. Give Xiaomi some time … they are working on it. Launching a product in the US is no easy job; that is why they hired Hugo Barra to do so.

  2. Yup, they;ll sell 250,000 phones in a 1/2 hour online and half of those will go to Cronies that will mark them up a Lot and dump them on the regional market illegally – and without a warranty or any real support. Then there’s the crummy custom UI they insist on jamming down your throat. It is all a shame, because they’re getting the hardware and the base price right for the most part. Either do it right or stop Xiaomi – as it is right now you are hurting yourself outside of China.

  3. The specs are amazing for this price range. I wish they’d officially support Cyanogen Mod at launch time and then this thing would take off like crazy. That way the lack of official support and updates from the company itself gets negated since the Cyanogen Mod community does all the work anyhow…

  4. Many Chinese made phones can be found in “alternate” markets. While they may not be officially released in the States, a little looking is all it takes to finds sources. Of course you are on your own if problems occur.

    1. And the LTE bands used in China are different from those used in the United States (Although i believe carriers use the same bands as AT&T)

  5. The problem I have with these phones are that they are never available here for those prices. I like the look and design of Xiaomi phones, but until they are available outside of the east and able to interact with my bandwidths….

    1. It’s not a problem if you happen to live in China — and a billion people do.

      But yeah, in the United States I tend to find things like this interesting for their “hey, look what’s possible” potential. The fact that Xiaomi plans to enter the US market next year also means they’re worth keeping an eye on.

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