The Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is all set to launch its Xiaomi Mi4, almost 6 months after its launch in home country in July, but the exact date is still not revealed.
In an interview with Digit, Xiaomi global operations vice president Hugo Barra merely said that the new smartphone will be released in India at “the end of the year” but insisted that the Indian variant will be completely a new version, hinting at not harping on old specs or features already covered in media.
The new version will have the TD-LTE feature that is missing in the Mi4 that is being sold in China. Otherwise, other static specs include the 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, 3 GB of RAM, the Adreno 330 GPU with a 16 GB memory. Unlike other gadgets, this will run the second latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with MiUI v6.
With a 5-inch full-HD IPS display, Mi4 sports a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera for selfies and is fitted with a slightly bigger battery of 3080 mAh than its predecessor models.
This will be in addition to the over-hyped launch of its latest phablet Redmi Note to be released in India priced at Rs.9999 in December.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note is already released in Taiwan and Indonesia, where Xiaomi claimed they are being sold at the rate of 10,000 units in 40 seconds and want to enter the bigger market in India next month. Hugo Barra, in his blog posting on Facebook said: “Mi Indonesia: 10,000 Redmi Note out of stock in under 40 secs today! Redmi Note coming to India next.”
Redmi Note runs on Xiaomi’s MIUI OS, a tweaked version of old Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and sports a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display, with 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM. With 8GB memory, it can be extended with a microSD card slot up to 32GB. On camera front, it has one 13MP rear camera and another 5MP front camera for selfies. It is fitted with a 3100mAh battery.