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The Fastest Mi Phone – Xiaomi Mi 4 Launched Ahead of iPhone 6

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Xiaomi the so called “China Apple” has already launched its flagship product, earlier than Apple Inc’s flagship product, at the company’s “The Journey of a Piece of Steel” event yesterday.

While iPhone 6’s launch date is yet to be confirmed, Xiao Mi 4 was already launched this week together with the Mi Band, Xiaomi’s first wearable device. The Mi 4 was named as “The Fastest and Most Gorgeous Mi Phone Ever”. Mi 4 will also be released this July.

Lei Jun, the founder of Xiaomi, stated on the event that the company sold 57.36 million phones in its first three years of operation, TechinAsia Liveblog reports.

Xiaomi Company sold 7.9 million Xiaomi Mi phones – 17.4 million Xiaomi M2 phones, 10.5 million Xiaomi Mi 3 phones, 18 million Hongmi or the so called Redmi outside China and 3.56 million Hongmi Note or Redmi Note.

The company claims that Xiaomi Mi 3 was sold out 40 minutes just after its release in India, NDTV reports. The company is expecting to have greater revenue for the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 4.

According to XiaomiChina, Mi 4 will feature a stainless steel frame that has an unbelievable craftsmanship and polish. Its hardware has a 2.5gz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset processor, 3 GB RAM and can choose from 16 or 64 GB internal storage. It has a 5 inch screen size with a 1080x1920p full HD resolution and a very high colour gamut.

The company also posted that Mi 4’s stainless steel metal frame features have undergone 40 processes and 193 steps.

For its camera specifications: 13 megapixels is installed on the rear camera with real-time HDR and 4K video recording. While the 8 megapixels front camera has an 80-degree wide angle. The smartphone has a durable 3080 mAh internal battery with a quick charging ability.

“The Xiaomi Mi 4 has Android 4.4 under MIUI V6 – so that’s the first time a Xiaomi phone launches with the very latest version of Android in China.” says on TechinAsia Liveblog. “The new Mi 4 has a very slim bezel at each side, but the company assures people that the screen will ignore accidental inputs on the side.”

The 16 GB Mi 4 is available for US$322 or AU$342.91 while the 64 GB Mi 4 will be available at US$400 or AU$425.97.

Xiaomi Smart Phone with MIUI OS Released

If you’ve already seen the Xiaomi M1 announcement about a month ago, well, forget it, because Xiaomi has already made some significant changes since then. What we’ve just learned from today’s Beijing launch event is that the M1 — now officially “Xiaomi Phone” — no longer packs a 1.2GHz dual-core chip; instead, it’s been given a bump to a Qualcomm MSM8260 SoC, thus becoming the first Chinese phone to sport a 1.5GHz dual-core chip. As part of the Snapdragon package, the phone is also powered by a powerful Adreno 220 graphics processor, which will no doubt make good use of the phone’s 1GB RAM and a staggering 4GB ROM. Oh, and that ¥2,600 (about US$410) price tag? It’s now ¥1,999 ($310), and will be available for pre-order on August 29th for October delivery. Read on for more surprises!

Unlike most phones with a 1400mAh or 1500mAh battery these days, the Xiaomi Phone gets a ginormous 1930mAh cell instead, and we’re promised to get two days worth of real-life usage out of it — CEO Lei Jun emphasised the “real-life” part, so we shall see. Another surprise — albeit an odd one — is that this phone supports both GPS (with A-GPS) and Russia’s GLONASS, meaning President Medvedev can navigate around his country just fine while updating his Weibo Twitter.

As for the rest, you get a 4-inch 480 x 854 LCD courtesy of Sharp (LCD for better outdoor performance, and 4 inches for Asian ergonomics), three touch buttons below the screen, a customisable “Mi key” (camera shutter or Weibo; long press for home screen), an eight megapixel camera with an F2.4 lens, and a dual antenna design that plays well with any kind of grip (obviously a little wink at Apple). Dimension-wise we’re looking at 125mm x 63mm x 11.9mm, weighing 149g or 5.3 ounces — just a tad heavier than the iPhone 4. As for accessories, we’re told that there will cases in at least seven bright colors, along with spare batteries of the same set of colors (that’s how awesome Xiaomi is).

Of course, let’s not forget the real star here: the MIUI (pronounced “mee-you-eye”) OS, which is a low-level custom UI based on Android 2.3.5. There’s no question about MIUI’s rapidly increasing popularity in recent years (Xiaomi quoted a user base of about 500,000), but if you insist on trying other Android flavors on Xiaomi’s hardware, then you’ll be pleased to know that this phone lets you flash whatever firmware you like.

If you’re starting to doubt the Xiaomi Phone’s reliability, you shouldn’t — we’ve been told that this phone’s been thoroughly torture-tested in the lab, simulating two years worth of usage. “This is why we take much longer than shanzhai factories to make a phone,” said the CEO. We’ll see about that in two months time, really looking forward to it.