Xiaomi set to launch Mi 4 by end of January

Xiaomi Mi 4

The Apple of China, Xiaomi is set to take few jaws of Apple and Samsung. Yesterday, the company announced Mi Note and Note Pro – their new flagship smartphone of 2015. In addition to this, the company also announced that it is going to unveil Mi 4 at the end of this month that will go on sale in February. Moreover, it says that the device will be lighter, sleeker and much cheaper than Apple’s iPhone 6.

The Mi Note will be available in two variants, 16 GB or 64 GB supported by a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM. As far as camera is concerned, the company provided a 4 mega-pixel of front-facing camera and a 13 mega-pixel primary camera, powered by a 3000 mAh battery. It boasts 5.7 inches 1080p IPS display that makes the device a legit opponent of iPhone 6. However, while handling the device it doesn’t seem like using an iPhone 6 plus. “Our phone is lighter, thinner, narrower and shorter than the iPhone 6 Plus,” declared Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun. “But we have a bigger screen.”

“The Mi Note Pro will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor and 4GB of RAM, in addition to having a 2K display. Arriving in late March, the device will cost 3299 yuan,” he further added.

As per the reports, the Mi 4 will be running on updated version of MIUI 6, boast a 2.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It is featured with  a 5 inches 1080p OGS full lamination display and a new 8MP front facing camera, meanwhile its primary camera remains the same as Mi 3, which is 13 megapixel, fueled with 3,080mAh battery. It is expected by Xiaomi to launch the device with a price tag between Rs. 17,000- Rs. 20,000.

As TeCake earlier reported, Xiaomi will stick to its ‘Online Only’ strategy in selling their products in Indian smartphone market, if it gets an active response on Redmi Note 4G handset. The Mi 4 will also go on sale exclusively on Flipkart via the same flash sale model.

Besides this, Xiaomi is set to sign the lease for its R&D centre in Bengaluru, expected to be launched Q2 of this year. “We have taken a 20,000 sq ft building on lease for the R&D centre in Cessna Business Park, Bengaluru,” says Manu Jain, head of India operations. “We plan to have it operational by the second quarter, 2015. So by April or May, the development center should be up and running.”

Recently Xiaomi has closed a $1 billion funding round and is keen to work with Indian startups. Jain said that the company is developing its own ecosystem like it has done in China. The company is looking forward to work in partnership with Indian companies in mobile technology, content aggregation and connected devices. He further added, “We may co-develop, invest or launch their products. We have discussed with a few startups so far.”

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