Stainless Steel-Clad Xiaomi Mi4 with 8-MP Sony Front-Camera Officially Unveiled; Price, Specifications Details
Stainless steel-clad Xiaomi Mi4 with 8-MP Sony front-camera has been officially unveiled.Xiaomi India

A senior official of Xiaomi has reportedly revealed that the company is planning to release the recently unveiled Mi4 in India by this year end.

Hugo Barra, vice-president (global operation), Xiaomi, in an interview with The Economic Times has revealed that Mi4 would set foot in India by December end.

Currently, the company is making arrangements to make Xiaomi Mi4 pass certifications, since the phone's hardware and antenna calibrations have to be adjusted to make it compatible with India's network specifications.

"India is the most different market that we've had so far, with the most heterogeneous requirements from a network perspective," Barra said.

He also revealed that the company intends to set up R&D center in Bangalore (Karnataka), so that Xiaomi can build and design smartphones specific to India.

Considering the fact that the subcontinent is the third biggest smartphone business arena in the world with a staggering year-to-year growth of 84-percent, it's no surprise that the company is interested in building a name in India as soon as possible like it did in China.

Within four years of its conception, Xiaomi, popularly known as China's answer to Apple has toppled leader, Samsung in the home country and also displaced the South Korean consumer electronics giant, LG from the top 5 global smartphone leader's chart.

In that order, the company has already opened exclusive service centers in Bangalore and Delhi and has plans to open similar shops as well as customer care call centers to cater to consumer queries faster.

Going by the recent flash sale records of Mi3 (around 95,000 units sold in six flash sales), it is evident that Xiaomi is a big success and now Redmi 1S is all set to go on sale on 2 September (read full report here) and it is likely to stir up a huge storm in the highly competitive Indian budget smartphone market.

The company's dirt cheap feature-rich devices make glamorised devices from LG (Google Nexus 5), Motorola (Moto X), Samsung (Galaxy Grand 2) and other tier-1 brands seem overly priced.

This is an exciting time for citizens who will be spoilt for choices in selecting smartphones as numerous domestic and MNC brands launch low-cost devices to get a formidable foothold of the Indian market.

Even Motorola has big plans for India, the American technology firm has also confirmed to announce new devices in the subcontinent, just a day after the global launch in Chicago on 4 September.

Motorola India has begun sending out invites to select media houses for an event scheduled for 5 September in New Delhi.

Many believe that the company would launch the much awaited successors of Moto X and G series smartphones along with new Moto 360 smartwatch. [Read full report, here].

To make things more exciting, Celkon, Micromax, Karbonn and Spice have joined hands with search engine giant, Google to launch $100 (around ₹6,000) stock Android smartphones in India around Diwali. This is a part of American company's Android One project to give consumers affordable devices with guarantee of getting new updates as soon as it is released. [Note: Intex Technologies is also in talks with Google to join the Android One project].

Key Specifications of Xiaomi Mi4, Mi3 and Redmi 1S:

Models Xiaomi Mi4 Xiaomi Mi3 Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Display 5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080p) screen with Sharp / JDI OGS (One Glass Solution) full laminationPixel density : 441 ppi (pixels per inch) 5.0-inch full HD(1920x1080p) IPS LCD screenPixel density: 441 ppi 4.7-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS LCD screen with AGC Dragontrail glass shieldPixel density: close to 312 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Android v4.4 KitKat with MIUI Android v4.3 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI Android v4.3 Jelly Bean with custom MIUI
Processor 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU with 1.6GHz CPU speed
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 305
Storage capacity 16GB/64GB 16GB/64GB 8GB, expandable up to 64GB
Camera Main: 13.0-megapixel Sony IMX214 camera with 6 element lens, f1.8 aperture, real-time HDR, 4K video recording, CMOS sensor, 0.3-second auto-focus featureFront: 8.0-megapixel Sony (IMX219) 80-degree wide-angle camera with 5 element lens, f1.8 aperture Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, dual-LED flash, HDRFront: 2.0-megapixel camera (with full HD video recording ability) Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash, HDR,Front: 1.3-megapixel camera
Battery 3080 mAh (Li-Ion Polymer) 3,050 mAh; (non-removable) 2000 mAh (Li-Polymer);
Network 3G & 4G LTE, 3G 2G & 3G
Add-ons water-repellent nano-coating, IR-blaster, stainless steel frame, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4/5.0 GHz), Bluetooth v4.0, Bluetooth HID, and other standard connectivity features Mini-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), micro-USB v2.0, A-GPS, GLONASS Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (with LE, A2DP), micro-USB v2.0, GPRS/EDGE, microSD card slot,
Dimensions 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm 144.0 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm 137.0 x 69.0 x 9.9 mm
Weight 149 g 146 g 158 g
Price (In china)16GB model: ¥1,999RMB (around $322/€239/₹19,400)32GB model: ¥2,499 RMB (around $400/€300/₹24,300) ₹13,999/- ₹5,999/-