Hugo Barra and Xiaomi took to the stage in New Dehli today to reveal the company’s latest smartphone. What they showed off was a surprisingly powerful new device with a surprisingly low price tag.


This is the new Xiaomi Mi4i, an update to their Mi4. It’s both thinner and lighter than the previous model, at just 7.8mm and 130 grams. That’s slightly thicker than the iPhone 6, though Xiaomi notes several other ways their phone beats Apple’s latest.

For one thing, they needed a bit of room to stuff in a generous 3120mAh battery. That’s nearly 25% larger than the non-removable battery the Galaxy S6, and it’s just a tad smaller than the one in the Nexus 6.

Getting back to how the Mi4i stacks up to the iPhone 6, it’s also got a larger disaply — a 5-inch 1080p panel. That makes for a higher pixel density (440ppi vs 326ppi on the iPhone 6). The Mi4i also boasts a higher screen-to-body ratio, something we’ve seen more manufacturers boasting about lately as bezels start to become a thing of the past.

Under the hood of the Mi4i you’ll find an octa-core Snapdragon 615. A 13 megapixel stacked CMOS camera sits on the phone’s back side, paired with a 5 megapixel f/1.8 shooter on the front.

As for software, the Mi4i runs Xiaomi’s latest MIUI skin on top of Android 5.0. All in all, it’s a pretty impressive package for a phone with a retail price of around $200. Like a lot of the slick — and reasonably-priced — gear that Xiaomi has unveiled since Hugo Barra joined the company, though, you’ll probably have to look to sites like AliExpress if you want to pick one up… though it’s always possible they could list the Mi4i in their new U.S. web store.

At least you won’t be alone. Even Xiaomi’s fans in China won’t be able to get their hands on the Mi4i initially. It’s the first device the company is launching outside the country.

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8 replies on “Xiaomi unveils $200 unibody Mi4i”

  1. Editors, please take an extra minute to state that the processor is 32-bit or 64-bit and whether it supports LTE. Those are important details that your readers care about. From what I can see, it looks like a Snapdragon 615 is 64-bit and supports LTE.

  2. That’s a big battery for 5″ phone. 2 days battery life should be easy for this phone.

  3. FYI

    1. No microSD, which is a problem for a 16GB phone.
    2. It is a PLASTIC unibody construction. Non-replaceable battery.
    3. Reseller prices will probably be about $50 more than the $200 list price.
    4. On the plus side, list as having WCDMA 850 and 1900, so will work of ATT/Cricket… but not at LTE speeds.

    I do like the fact that it is 5″. Most of the China phones that are good values tend to be 5.5″ with big bezels.

    1. With $10-25 USB battery packs, replaceable battery is less of an issue. 16GB storage still is

  4. Does it have a microSD or a 32/64GB option? I suspect it has 2GB of RAM. Sounds really good for me, but only if it has a bigger or extendable storage.

  5. Great to see a manufacturer adding more battery even it weighs slightly more. That’s a tradeoff I think a lot of people would love to make. Xiaomi seems to know what they are doing.

    1. YES. Happy to trade a little thickness / weight for 2 day battery life.

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