Xiaomi Mi 4

Xiaomi unveiled its flagship device for the year, the Mi 4, at an event in China today. The Mi 4 features a metal frame and better hardware in the form of a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC. The device is also the first Xiaomi handset to offer LTE connectivity, and will be on sale later this month to the equivalent of $320 for the 16 GB model, and $400 for the 64 GB version.

The camera at the front has been upgraded to 8 MP from the 5 MP on the Mi 3, as has the RAM, from 2 GB to 3 GB. The battery has also received a slight boost to 3080 mAh (from 3050 mAh). During the announcement, Xiaomi president Lei Jun said that the battery on the Mi 4 would last users a day and a half, and that it would take just an hour for the battery to reach 60 percent charge level.

Other specs remain the same, which include a 5-inch full-HD display, 13 MP camera at the back and storage variations of 16/64 GB.

While earlier leaks referenced an all-metal chassis, the Mi 4 in fact features a plastic back, with a metal frame around the sides of the device. Xiaomi has stated that it went with plastic to make the device more customizable by offering removable back covers, of which there will be a lot of options available, including wooden variants.

The Chinese vendor is well on its way to achieve the 40 million sales mark it set itself earlier this year, after surpassing 26.1 million sales in the first six months. Xiaomi will look to continue the momentum in China with the launch of the Mi 4, while expanding to other markets like India, where the Mi 3 is set to go on sale starting today.

What do you guys think of the Mi 4? Would you be interested in buying the device if it were available in your country?