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Xiaomi Announces the Mi 4, 5″ Full HD Display and Snapdragon 801 for $320

Xiaomi announced their latest smartphone early this morning, the Mi 4. Before you go getting excited for a new contender on US shores, make note that Xiaomi has stated that it will not make the phone available for US buyers, as our buyers are not in their plans as of right now. In the chance that you do import one from overseas, without knowing if it features the proper radios to work on our networks, the phone likely will not have access to Google Play for all of your apps and services. It’s a downer, but it is what it is.

Regardless of where the phone will land, the Mi 4 features a good spec list, especially considering its price of approximately $320 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 64GB variant. The device features a 5″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing shooter (Sony sensor), 8MP front-facing camera, 3,080mAh battery, stainless steel frame, and comes running Android 4.4+ with a bit of MIUI tweaks on top. 

One thing to note is that the Mi 4 will be made available with a ton of backplate options, including wood options (Bamboo, Rosewood, Walnut, etc.), Leather, Stone, and even cloth.

Look below for the full list of specs, then let us know down in the comments section if this device would interest you if it came to the US with the proper radios and Google support.

  • Stainless steel frame, unbelievable craftsmanship & polish
  • Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB RAM, 16/64GB Flash
  • 5-inch 1080p IPS display, very high color gamut (84% of NTSC range)
  • 13MP rear camera, f1.8, real-time HDR, 4K video recording (Sony IMX214)
  • 8MP front camera, f1.8, 80-degree wide angle (Sony IMX219)
  • 3080mAh internal battery, quick charging at 9V/1.2A or 5V/2A
  • Swappable back plate
  • UMTS & TDD-LTE support (international FDD-LTE availability TBA)
  • Approx. $320 (16GB) and $400 (64GB)
  • Optional: approx. US$ 16 screen & water accident insurance)

Via: Xiaomi | +Hugo Barra
  • Dt Bell

    When I think of wood backs, I think, how many people use a case?

  • Andrea Bassolino

    >> the phone likely will not have access to Google Play for all of your apps and services

    Why you say that? MIUI has full access to Google play.

  • kevin keller

    Anyone got the wallpaper?

  • Looks like…an iPhone?

    I wish this was in the states though Sheesh!

    That camera looks nice

  • Lumia Nexus

    wish i could buy this in UK

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “it will not make the phone available for US buyers” – so another non-story?

    • youssef jbili

      who cares he US isn’t the only country in the world

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      You can import it. I did. It’s an incredible device (the Mi3 that is). Also, this company is going to be expanding here soon.

  • Daistaar

    Sounds like a less expensive S5. Not bad China.

  • Charles Walker

    Does anybody else find it odd they dropped on-screen nav buttons for their own soft touch? Even more odd is they strayed away from Android defaults (back button on right?)

    On another note, this phone appears to be a superior alternative to the LG G3 by being a much more practical size with a 1080p screen.

    • dstaley

      Xiaomi has never used on screen navigation buttons. I assume it’s because they’ve received a lot of feedback from users that prefer capacitative buttons.

    • PoisonApple31

      Didn’t the back button default to the left again in Android starting with ICS?

      • Charles Walker

        IDK about ICS, but Jelly Bean for sure.

        • PoisonApple31

          I think I read your post wrong. Even so, I put my back button on the right on my G3. So used to Samsungs…

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      I can shed some light on this. The phone runs MIUI (an awesome version of Android). It comes with a theme manager that changes the entire phone in ways that are pretty impressive. To keep everything in proportion, they’ve opted for soft touch. If you install the stable version of MIUI on a Nexus 4 or 5, you’ll see that some themes have some pretty fierce conflicts with on-screen buttons. Having moved from the Nexus 5 to the Mi3 myself, I actually prefer it. More screen, you know?

  • acejavelin

    If this was available in the US, unlocked with LTE and HSPA+ support for AT&T’s network and stock-ish AOSP with Google support, I’d be all over the 64GB model… The specs are crazy good for the price, would be enough for me to give up my Nexus 4 finally.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Don’t also forget: New Xiaomi Mi Band is ridiculously cheap…

  • Droid Ronin

    That is a crazy deal given those specs, but probably near useless for US if it doesn’t support our bands.

  • these companies have terrible customer service. You get what you pay for.

    • dstaley

      Xiaomi is not like other Chinese companies. They have tons of service centers across the countries they sell devices in. In fact I’d say their customer support is probably a bit better than bigger manufacturers due to them being a bit smaller.

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      Xiaomi does not. I have their Mi 3 and many accessories. They’ve never let me down.

  • T4rd

    Why would it not have access to Google Play? Is it running some forked version of Android or something (doesn’t say OS version in the specs)?

    • proparham

      it runs MIUI of course. apparently in China they dont really care about google play so its easier not to implant it right ?

    • Droid Ronin

      It’s probably going to launch with MIUI v6; MIUI in itself has its own ecosystem with their own app store, media library, cloud storage system, etc.

    • Octopus

      Oustide Chine, it would come with Google Play.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Sooooo…. Not available in the US, and probably no compatible bands? Got it.

    • htowngtr

      On the flipside it will get a lot of the international One+ customers off the waiting line.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Are they even selling international?

        • htowngtr

          OnePlus? Yes.

  • truth_cutz

    This will probably be easier to get than a One+

    • george

      Don’t count on it. Xiaomi generally sells out of their limited stock within 15 seconds, and they only restock once every few months.

    • Bryan Mills

      This is an idiotic statement.

      • truth_cutz

        Thanks for your feedback.

      • Sean Zubrickas

        You’re right, this ^ is.

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    • Miguel Angel Portela

      Incidentally, it is. Though it takes some time at first. I have the previous flagship, the Xiaomi Mi3. I bought it over the One Plus. I can’t eve begin to go over how amazing this phone and it’s accessories are. I avidly await this new one.

  • htowngtr

    Whoa… Nice. Work on USA lte?

    • dstaley


    • Maxim∑

      Due to Xamoi’s position and the high chance of a lawsuit from Apple, none of Xamoi’s products are being imported in the US atm so no reason for US radio support

    • Nexus4User

      I dont’t think the LTE version will work in the US any time soon. But it may have some other radios (like HSPA+) that may be good. I am going to buy one anyway just to try. To me, it is better and more attractive than other candidates S5, G3, Z2, M8, 1+1, etc.

      • Miguel Angel Portela

        I have the previous model, the Xiaomi Mi 3. It has no LTE radio at all but it works just fine on ATT’s HSPA+. T-Mobile only gets edge.