Xiaomi Mi 4

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Xiaomi Mi4
Manufacturer Xiaomi Inc.
Slogan Since July 2014: "The Fastest & Most Gorgeous MiPhone Ever."
Series MiPhone
Compatible networks GSM, CDMA, 3G, EVDO, HSDPA, LTE
First released August 2014; 1 month ago (2014-08)
Availability by country August, 2014
Predecessor Xiaomi Mi3
Related Xiaomi Mi2S
Type Smartphone
Form factor Bar
Dimensions 139.2 mm (5.48 in) H
68.5 mm (2.70 in) W
8.9 mm (0.35 in) D
Weight 149 g (5.26 oz)
Operating system Original: MIUI 5
Current: MIUI 6, released August 16, 2014 (2014-08-16)
CPU 2.5 GHz quad-core
GPU Adreno 330
Memory GB RAM
Storage 16 or 64 GB
Battery 3080 mAh
Data inputs Multi-touch touchscreen display,
microphone,
gyroscope,
accelerometer,
digital compass,
proximity sensor,
ambient light sensor
Display 5 in (130 mm) diagonal
(16:9 aspect ratio),
multi-touch display,
LED backlit IPS TFT LCD,
1080x1920 pixels at 441 ppi
Rear camera 13 MP back-side illuminated sensor,
HD video (2160p) at 30 frame/s,
IR filter,
dual warm/cool LED flashes,
aperture f/2.2,
facial recognition,
image stabilization
burst mode
Front camera 8 MP, HD video (1080p)
Website www.mi.com/en/mi4

The Xiaomi Mi4 (Chinese: 小米手机4) is a smartphone developed by Xiaomi Inc. It is part of Xiaomi's high-end smartphone line, and was released on August, 2014. Xiaomi held an event to formally introduce the high-end phone, and it's complementary smart-accessory, the Xiaomi MiBand, during the Xiaomi New Product Launch Event 2014 on July 22, 2014.

Similar to the principle of the Xiaomi Mi2, the Mi4 is a highly-revamped version of its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi3. The phone is of a very different design to its predecessor. It was also the first Xiaomi device to ship with an older version of the MIUI mobile operating system, MIUI 5, which was introduced in August, 2013 compared to it's successor, the MIUI 6, which was introduced in August, 2014.

Reception towards the device was generally positive, though there were still a high amount of negative feedback from users of Apple's iPhone due to it's similar design and quality, some media companies hailed it to be one of the best smartphones available in the market due to its high-end hardware which is sold for a comparably at a lower price compared to competitor smartphones. However, others criticized it for being too similar to Apple's iPhone and iOS and blatantly following Steve Jobs's cult, while others showed security concerns about unidentified information the device sent to Chinese servers.

History[edit]

Before its official unveiling, media speculation primarily centered around leaks; including photos of the early prototypes of the device and screenshots of the MIUI 6, these leaks were later proven to be fake.

Xiaomi announced the Xiaomi Mi4 and MiBand during a media event at the CNCC on July 22, 2014. While the device was announced in July, 2014, it didn't become available until August, 2014, shortly before the unveiling the MIUI 6.

On August, 2014, the Xiaomi Mi4 was released in China and then began branching out to other countries. Xiaomi operated in a limited, however expanding, list of countries and consumers outside of the countries it operates in have to buy it online if the want to.

Features[edit]

Operating system and software[edit]

Main articles:

Main article: MIUI

The Xiaomi Mi4 features MIUI 5, Xiaomi's variant of the Android operating system. The user interface of MIUI is similar to Apple's iOS and Samsung's TouchWiz and is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the Android operating system and it's multi-touch interface. Internal accelerometers are used by some applications to respond to the movement of the device such as rotating it vertically (one common result is switching from portrait to landscape mode).

The Xiaomi Mi4 is surprisingly supplied with MIUI 5, released on August 16, 2013, instead of MIUI 6 which was released at roughly the same time as the device. The device includes an updater application which allows it to update it's OS to the latest version of MIUI available for it. MIUI 6 adds a more iOS-like user interface as well as various other features. MIUI comes preinstalled with a pre-installed back-up and sync application called MiCloud, similar to Apple's iCloud.

Design[edit]

The device maintains a similar design to the iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5 in (12.7 cm) Sharp/JDI OGS fully laminated touchscreen, with a screen resolution of 1080x1920 at 441 ppi. It's home button is similar to it's predecessor and is mainly touch-based with adjustable haptic feedback. The phone itself weighs 149 grams (5.26 oz) and uses an aluminum composite frame. The device is currently available in two color finishes, black and white, and is expected to be available in various other colours in the near future like most of Xiaomi's previous devices.

Hardware[edit]

The Xiaomi Mi4 is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AC) chipset, making it the fastest Android smartphone to date according to the AnTuTu benchmark application. It's processor is a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 and it's graphics card is a Adreno 330.

The phone includes a 3080 mAh battery, which provides 280 hours of standby time. The battery is contained inside of a compartment with an exchangeable back plate.

It comes with a 13 megapixel primary camera and a 8 megapixel secondary camera, making it one of the first smartphones to follow the selfie trend.

Accessories[edit]

Main article: Xiaomi Mi Band

The Xiaomi Mi4 was announced with a complementary US$12 smart-accessory known as the Xiaomi Mi Band which is a waterproof sleep-cycle smart alarm, fitness monitor, sleep tracker and remote smartphone unlocker. It comes in various exchangeable bands and has a 30 hour battery capacity.

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