The Chinese company, Xiaomi, is reportedly making plans to release the much-awaited 2014 flagship - Mi4 - in India next year.
While announcing the release details of Redmi Note at a press meet in Delhi, Xiaomi officials in an interaction with BGR India said Mi4 is expected to set foot in the subcontinent in early 2015.
"Things have taken a bit longer than we anticipated," said the executive, without detailing any time frame of Xiaomi Mi4 release.
The delay in Xiaomi Mi4 launch in India has to do with the regulatory approval. The company is making arrangements to make Mi4 pass certifications, since the phone's hardware and antenna calibrations have to be adjusted to make it compatible with Indian network specifications.
Similarly, Xiaomi too faced some problems to make the budget phablet Redmi Note available in India. Logistic issues had forced the company to delay the phablet release in India to December, which was supposed to make its debut before Diwali festival.
However, Xiaomi, now has confirmed that the Redmi Note (3G) flash sale will kick off at Flipkart on Tuesday, 2 December, whereas the 4G model is slated to hit select cities across India via Airtel shops, a little later in the month.
For the uninitiated, Xiaomi Mi4 flaunts 5.0-inch full HD display and runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU, 3GB RAM and 16/64GB inbuilt memory.
Key Specifications of Xiaomi Mi4 and Redmi Note:
|Models||Xiaomi Mi4||Xiaomi Redmi Note|
|Display||5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080p) screen with Sharp / JDI OGS (One Glass Solution) full laminationPixel density : 441 ppi (pixels per inch)||5.5-inch HD (1280x720p) IPS LCD screenPixel density: close to 267|
|OS||Android v4.4 KitKat with MIUI||Android v4.2 Jelly Bean with custom UI|
|Processor||2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU||3G model: MediaTek Octa-core processor with either 1.4GHz or 1.7GHz CPU speed4G model: 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 330||3G model: Mali-450MP44G model: Adreno 305|
|Storage capacity||16GB/64GB||8GB, expandable up to 32GB|
|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, LED flash, HDRFront: 5.0-megapixel camera|
|Battery||3080 mAh (Li-Ion Polymer)||3100 mAh (Li-Polymer);|
|Network||3G & 4G LTE,||2G/3G & 4G (optional model)|
|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||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0 (with LE, A2DP), micro-USB v2.0 (OTG), GPRS/EDGE, microSD card slot,|
|Dimensions||139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm||154.0 x 78.7 x 9.5 mm|
|Weight||149 g||199 g|
|Price||[In China]16GB model: ¥1,999RMB (around $322/€239/₹19,400)64GB model: ¥2,499 RMB (around $400/€300/₹24,300)||3G Model: ₹8,999/-4G model: ₹9,999/-|