Xiaomi announces the $205 Mi 4i, its first smartphone to debut outside China

Xiaomi announces the $205 Mi 4i, its first smartphone to debut outside China

At its event in India today, Xiaomi announced the Mi 4i. It’s the first Xiaomi phone to see its initial release outside of China, and it costs only $200.

It packs an impressive amount of features into its affordable frame: a 5-inch 1080p IPS display coming at 44i ppi, a 13MP megapixel main camera and 5MP one for your selfies. Inside, you’ll find 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Snapdragon 615 processor to power the Android Lollipop software.


Design-wise, the phone’s 7.8 mm thick. It’s a unibody polycarbonate(AKA fancy plastic) design with a soft-touch finish a coating to prevent fingerprints. There are five colors available; you’ll get the standard black and white, as well as orange, light blue and pink.

It also comes with an impressive 3,120 mAh battery, much bigger than other phones around its size. Xiaomi says it’s one of the first to use a new high-density battery technology to fit that much juice into a thin frame. When you need to top the battery off, a quick-charge feature will deliver 40 percent of a charge in just an hour (full charge in three), according to Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi 4i Colors

The Mi 4 will be released on April 30 in India for a price of 12,999 Rupees – or around $205. It’ll also land in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia in May.

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