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General Features
Brand – Xiaomi
Handset Color – White
Form – Bar
SIM Size – Micro SIM
Call Features – Loudspeaker
Model Name – Mi 4i
Touch Screen – Yes
SIM Type – LTE + LTE, (Dual Standby)
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
In the Box – Handset, 3-Pin UK Charger, USB Cable, User Guide

Operating Freq – GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; WCDMA – 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100; LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
User Interface – MIUI 6
Graphics – Adreno 405
OS – Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
Processor – Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Resolution Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels
1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 PPI
95% NTSC color gamut
Fully laminated Corning® Concore™ glass
All-new Sunlight display with hardware-level
pixel contrast adjustments
IPS 178° wide viewing angle

Memory and Storage
Memory – 2GB RAM
Internal – 16GB (approx. 12GB usable)

Video Player – Yes
Full HD FM – Yes
Music Player – Yes
Supports MP3

Video Recording – Yes, 1920 x 1080
Other Camera Features – Integrated Flash Support, Supports Beautify, Refocus, f/2.0, Sony/Samsung IMX214 Camera, 5-element Lens, Stacked CMOS Sensor, Full HD (Rear Camera) HD Recording
Full HD Rear Camera – Yes, 13MP
Front Facing Camera – Yes, 5MP

Internet and Connectivity
Audio Jack – 3.5 mm
Preinstalled Browser – MIUI Browser, Chrome Browser
Android Bluetooth – Yes, v4.1
Supported Profiles (LE) 4G – Yes
Navigation Technology – Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Internet Features – Email
EDGE – Yes
GPRS – Yes
Tethering – USB
USB Connectivity – Yes
OTG Compatible – Yes
3G -Yes

Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
Size 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm (5.44 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)

Sony/Samsung/ATL 4.4V lithium-ion polymer battery
3120mAh (typ)
3030mAH (min)

Package will be mailed out via Singapore Post with tracking number.
Typically will take 6-12 working days to reach destination upon mailing.

Apple dipped to 3rd in Chinese smartphone market in June

Despite the country being a key market continuing to see tremendous growth, Apple nevertheless lost ground in China to native phonemakers Xiaomi and Huawei during the June quarter, according to Canalys market research data teased on Monday.


Xiaomi reclaimed the lead with a 15.9 percent share, Canalys said. Huawei grew 48 percent sequentially to a 15.7 percent share, helping to push Apple down to third place, and growing faster than any other company in the top 10. Samsung and Vivo took fourth and fifth place.

Canalys didn’t quote Apple’s exact share in advance of publishing a full report later this week. In July, however, Apple announced that it had shipped 47.5 million iPhones worldwide during the June period, and that Chinese revenues were up 112 percent overall — presumably because of the iPhone, its flagship product.

Canalys analyst Jingwen Wang commented that while Apple and Samsung have increased channel coverage through flagship stores and small- to medium-sized phone retailers, the Chinese smartphone market stayed stagnant during the June quarter. As a result, competition “has never been so intense,” Wang said.

Apple is continuing to succeed on a global level. Recent Strategy Analytics data pointed to Apple becoming the second-biggest cellphone vendor worldwide during the June quarter, including not just smartphones but basic “feature” phones, which often sell in poorer markets that smartphones can’t reach.

Why Xiaomi Smartphones Are So Cheap !!!

Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi is known for selling cheap or yet good phones, which is almost third of the price of Apple products. Now the company is becoming the leading smartphone vendor but how does it manage to pull it off?


Xiaomi claims that it prices its phones just above their costs. But according to company officials the use of traditional marketing and distribution practices long with support from the Internet, helps the company to fuel the sale of its smartphones.

Xiaomi unveiled its first flagship smartphone back in August 2011 in the form of Mi 1. The consumers were given impressive specs at a cutting-edge price of 1,999 yuan. At that time the smartphone stood out as a major bargain to other high-end phones including the iPhone 4 which was available for 4,999 (Rs. 51,078) yuan.

The company further managed to keep the 1,999 yuan (Rs. 20,450) for the flagship and along with that the company released a list of smartphones in the Hogmi series at lower-specs and even lower prices, starting at 699 (Rs. 6,130) yuan only, which helped the company to become China’s third largest smartphone vendor.

Xiaomi’s flagship smartphones features impressive specifications and attract customers because of their low price, and result of which Xiaomi is able to extract some profit from the sale of its smartphones. When Xiaomi Mi 3 was released the cost of the device was itself $157.

But according to Minatake Kashio, Fomalhaut’s director, Xiaomi is making 100 dollars of profit with Mi 3 smartphone. The profit margin is however low for Hongmi devices, which according to Fomalhaut, estimates cost $86 for the build which was price around $113.

Unlike other smartphone vendors, Xiaomi doesn’t spend money on advertisements and solely depends on selling phones to its consumer through e-commerce websites. Due to which it saves all its money which would have been spent on physical stores and maintaining staffs.

Also Xiaomi runs its own website Tmall.com, which is one of the China’s biggest online retail sites. The site not only offers handsets, but also accessories such as headphones, T-shirts, company’s toy rabbit mascots and stuffs like that.

To boost the awareness about the company, Xiaomi depends on social networking sites and its own Mi fans to spread the world.

Limited Quantities

Yes, as we all know, Xiaomi manufactures phones in limited quantities which helps it keep the cost down. The Xiaomi phones are exposed to flash sales and thousands of handsets gets sold out in just matter of a few seconds.

Due to this, the company has to face less risk by managing a smaller inventory. It also lets Xiaomi gradually ramp up production as component costs decline over time. But because of this customers have to wait which may result in lost sales as seen with some Hongmi devices.

A Kindle-like business model

Xiaomi wants to attract buyers not only through hardware specs but also through software. Xiaomi offers plenty of themes which can be purchased to change the interface look of the device. Purchasing can be done by using Mi credits online. How much Xiaomi draws from software selling is currently unclear. But it uses its own custom version of Android Operating System on its smartphones and tablets.

International expansion

According to a research firm Analyst, “A lot of people are trying to replicate the Xiaomi model.” She added, “Chinese vendors including Huawei, ZTE and others are also building similar high-end products for low prices and using online channels to drum up sales”.

Xiaomi doesn’t want to be limited to China. The company has already started the expansion with countries including some in Southeast Asia as Brazil, Mexico and Russia. And don’t forget India.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Tipped to Sport Fingerprint Sensor

A new report has emerged claiming that Xiaomi’s next Mi 5 flagship will be launching in November. Apart from the release time-frame, the report tips built-in fingerprint scanner alongside purported complete specifications list. A recent report also claimed that the Mi 5 might launch in October or November this year.

According to the latest report, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is codenamed Libra and will include fingerprint scanner technology. No other detail about how the fingerprint scanner feature will work on the handset has been revealed in the new report. This is in line with a previous report that suggested that Xiaomi filed a patent and detailed the fingerprint recognition method via the handset’s buttons.

Some of the new purported specifications (via Mobipicker) of the Mi 5 aka Libra smartphone tipped include a 5.3-inch display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution that can offer pixel density of 554ppi. Under the hood, the handset is said to be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset, which is yet-to-be-revealed by Qualcomm.

Other details leaked about the Mi 5 smartphone include 4GB of RAM, apart from storage variants of 16GB and 64GB with expandable storage support. The rear camera said to sport a 16-megapixel resolution, and the front camera a 6-megapixel resolution. A 3030mAh battery is likely to be back the device. The handset is said to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with MIUI version on top.

Preliminary leaks had suggested a different set of innards for the Mi 5 including a 5.5-inch display; an 8-megapixel front camera, and a 3000mAh battery. Several reports had also pointed to a July launch time-frame for the Mi 5.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Tuesday announced that it started making devices in Brazil for sale locally, promising to dramatically undercut rivals on price in the first big step beyond Asia for the world’s most valuable technology startup. Xiaomi announced that Redmi 2 smartphone will go on sale in Brazil next week for 499 reais .

Xiaomi Mi 4i With Octa-Core SoC Spotted

The ‘Global Mi Phone Premiere’, which is set to happen in India on April 23, is expected to see the launch of several new devices. However, new certification and benchmark listings over the weekend tip Xiaomi might introduce a new variant of its current flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 4 handset. Called the Mi 4i, the name ties in with the ‘i’ logo and caption on the event invite.


While the invite just mentioned “I IS COMING”, new reports indicate that the Chinese smartphone maker might introduce the Mi 4i, which was spotted by Chinese website MyDrivers on Singapore’s Infocomm Development authority (IDA) database, and also on GeekBench, a benchmarking website over the weekend.

As per the GeekBench listing, the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop-based Mi 4i smartphone will be powered by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.65GHz and coupled with 2GB of RAM. This makes the Mi 4i a less powerful variant of the Mi 4 flagship, which houses a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 3GB of RAM.

Interestingly, the specifications of Mi 4i closely match the also-unannounced Xiaomi handset codenamed ‘Ferrari’ that appeared in a benchmark listing last month. The benchmark had listed a 4.9-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, Adreno 405 GPU, 12-megapixel rear camera, 4.8-megapixel front camera, and 16GB of built-in storage, in addition to the specifications from the latest leak.

At this point, the availability date or the price of the Mi 4i is not yet known. The upcoming global premier of Xiaomi will see CEO & Founder Lei Jun, President & Co-Founder Bin Lin, and VP Xiaomi Global Hugo Barra, in attendance.

The firm last week said it has set a new Guinness World Record for mobile phone sales by selling 2.11 million handsets in a 24-hour flash sale held to celebrate its fifth anniversary – the Mi Fan Festival. The half-day bonanza, which brought in CNY 2.08 billion ($335 million) from sales of handsets and other accessories broke the previous record held by Alibaba’s Tmall, which sold 1.89 million handsets on Singles’ Day in November during a 24-hour event.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Tegra K1 Processor

The Mi Pad which was announced last week is Xiaomi’s first ever tablet that looks rather promising. The Android tablet market is highly competitive and Xiaomi believes it can be a game changer to deliver a better experience on a tablet. At Xiaomi’s launch on Monday, we managed to get a quick hands-on with the Mi Pad.

At first glance, it looks like an iPad mini from the front. The only difference is the Mi branding at the top left and the discreet capacitive Menu, Home and Back buttons at the bottom. The front 7.9″ display is the exact same unit that’s found on the iPad mini Retina Display model which pushes 2048×1536 pixels resolution. Over at the back, it has a glossy finish like the iPhone 5C. We had the white colour unit and it looks pretty cheap. Nevertheless, it is still solid to hold and we reckon it probably look better in darker colours.

Even with the heaps of Android models available, the iPad still commands the largest market share for tablets. This is due to the Android’s tablet experience which is hampered by its software experience and limited amount of tablet optimised apps.


Xiaomi strongly believes they could tackle this problem. In mainland China, they have their own App Store for the Mi Pad which makes discovery of quality tablet apps easier. Since gaming is a major usage for tablets, the new Tegra K1 chipset with 192 Cores Kepler GPU opens up the possibility of desktop-like gaming on a mobile device.

The Tegra K1 processor is a 2.2GHz Quad-Core unit that’s mated with 2GB of RAM. There’s a choice of 16GB and 64GB of on-board storage which you can expand with a microSD card up to 128GB. The back gets a 8MP camera from Sony, without assisted LED light and the front comes with a 5MP shooter. The battery on the Mi Pad is rather huge with a 6,700mAh capacity that’s rated to last 86 hours of music or 11 hours of video playback. It is availabel as a WiFi only device and it supports faster connectivity with 802.11ac.

During our short hands-on, we didn’t get to explore much as the software is still a prototype. The MIUI interface for the tablet looks more simplified and it is different from what you get on their smart phones or your typical Nexus tablet.

The Mi Pad isn’t on sale yet and they target to release this in mainland China as early as end-June or mid-July depending on how fast they can finalised its testing phase. In China, the Mi Pad is priced at 1,499 Yuan (about RM776) for the 16GB version and 1,699 Yuan (about RM880) for the 64GB unit.

In case you’re wondering, Xiaomi will be bringing the Mi Pad into Malaysia sometime later. With their official presence in Malaysia, they hope to release their new products shortly after it goes on sale in China.

Overall, the Mi Pad is a potential disruptor in the tablet industry and we are excited to see if Xiaomi can deliver an Android tablet experience that could finally put a dent in Apple’s iPad dominance. During the Mi Pad unveiling, Xiaomi says there are 100 optimised tablet apps and 400 games available for the Mi Pad. They are targeting to bring this figure up to 1,000 each by year end. It is still a far cry from what the iPad is enjoying right now but things may change rapidly in the mobile industry.

Xiaomi Mi Pad Hands On Video Here

Xiaomi to launch a new budget model will cost more than $65

Xiaomi made a name for itself by offering capable smartphones at affordable prices. The company’s current entry-level offering, the Redmi 2, retails for the equivalent of around $110, but Xiaomi is reportedly aiming to beat that.

The prominent Chinese manufacturer is working on a new model, and we may have been treated to a live photo of said device. The lone image reveals the back of the smartphone, and one might say that it’s identical to the existing Redmi 2.

The rumored specs are also quite similar and feature a 4.7-inch 720p display, single gig of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. An 8MP/2MP camera combo will be in charge of capturing memories, and the phone will boot Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

One notable difference is the chipset, where an LC1860C is being used instead of the Snapdragon 410 in the Redmi 2. The said piece of silicon is a product of Leadcore Technology which is a major Chinese manufacturer of application processors.

Xiaomi were allegedly targeting a CNY399 price, which translates to the rather extreme $65. At some point along the way however, that was deemed impossible and the smartphone will command a higher price, so expect a number between $65 and the Redmi 2’s $110.

Xiaomi Is True Android, Bluebox Assertion Proved False

Recently security consultancy Bluebox Labs reported spyware, malware along with major security flaws found in the latest Xiaomi Mi 4 phone. Since, Xiaomi Investigations were in progress we were hesitant to write the article till we received an official statement from Xiaomi.
Hugo Barra, Vice President International has stated that Bluebox’s report are inaccurate and that the security consultancy was performing tests on a counterfeit and not the official product. In press release he said,
We are certain the device that Bluebox tested is not using a standard MIUI ROM, as our factory ROM and OTA ROM builds are never rooted and we don’t pre-install services such as YT Service, PhoneGuardService, AppStats etc, Bluebox could have purchased a phone that has been tampered with, as they bought it via a physical retailer in China. Xiaomi does not sell phones via third-party retailers in China, only via our official online channels and selected carrier stores.
This statement raises a major concern as it confirms counterfeits are largely sold in China; buying a counterfeit would put Xiaomi’s users security at risk. The company claims that they are imposing strict restrictions and laws to prevent the counterfeits escaping China and to root out such third party Retailers.


Xiaomi’s OFFICIAL Statement
On March 5 2014, Bluebox published an initial report on their website claiming that a Mi 4 bought in China comes pre-installed with malware. Here’s our response after careful investigation:
Xiaomi and Bluebox have confirmed that the device Bluebox obtained is a counterfeit product.
Bluebox’s reported findings are therefore inaccurate and not representative of Mi phones.
We always recommend our users buy Mi phones only through our official channels, including Mi.com and select partners such as mobile operators and authorised retailers.
All Mi phones sold around the world are verified to be fully Android compatible.
We have concluded our investigation on this topic — the device Bluebox obtained is 100 percent proven to be a counterfeit product purchased through an unofficial channel on the streets in China. It is therefore not an original Xiaomi product and it is not running official Xiaomi software, as Bluebox has also confirmed in their updated blog post.
Hardware: Xiaomi hardware experts have looked at the internal device photos provided to us by Bluebox and confirmed that the physical hardware is markedly different from our original Mi 4.
IMEI number: Xiaomi after-sales team has confirmed that the IMEI on the device from Bluebox is a cloned IMEI number which has been previously used on other counterfeit Xiaomi devices in China.
Software: Xiaomi MIUI team has confirmed that the software installed on the device from Bluebox is not an official Xiaomi MIUI build as our devices do not come rooted and do not have any malware pre-installed.
As this device is not an original Xiaomi product, and not running an official Xiaomi MIUI software build, Bluebox’s findings are completely inaccurate and not representative of Xiaomi devices. We believe Bluebox jumped to a conclusion too quickly without a fully comprehensive investigation (for example, they did not initially follow our published hardware verification process correctly due to language barrier) and their attempts to contact Xiaomi were inadequate, considering the severity of their accusations.
With the large parallel street market for mobile phones in China, there exists counterfeit products that are almost indistinguishable on the outside. This happens across all brands, affecting both Chinese and foreign smartphone companies selling in China. Furthermore, “entrepreneurial” retailers may add malware and adware to these devices, and even go to the extent of pre-installing modified copies of popular benchmarking software such as CPU-Z and Antutu, which will run “tests” showing the hardware is legitimate — fooling even very discerning buyers.
Xiaomi takes all necessary measures to crack down on the manufacturers of fake devices or anyone who tampers with our software, supported by all levels of law enforcement agencies in China.
We have so far not received meaningful reports of counterfeit Mi phones outside of China. However, to give our international users peace of mind, an English version of our verification app (that certifies the authenticity of Mi hardware) is in the works.
Like all other consumer electronics brands, we always recommend buying Mi phones through authorized channels. Xiaomi only sells via Mi.com, and a small number of Xiaomi trusted partners including mobile operators and select authorized retailers, such as Flipkart in India and others that will be announced in the future.
In addition, contrary to what Bluebox has claimed, MIUI is true Android, which means MIUI follows exactly Android CDD, Google’s definition for compatible Android devices, and it passes all Android CTS tests, the process used by the industry to make sure a given device is fully Android compatible. All Xiaomi devices sold in China and international markets are fully Android compatible.

Xiaomi Great New Phone Is a Lot Like an iPhone

Apple is unstoppable. It is the most valuable company ever, selling record numbers of devices around the world. But for the first time, I’ve held a phone in my hands that I think should give Apple pause. And here’s the funny thing: You can’t even get it here.

During a press event not long ago, where it introduced itself to US journalists, Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi gave away phones to the reporters in the crowd. Yes, the company’s flagship handset, the Mi Note, has been out for a few weeks. But holding one still felt like a big deal. When the phones went on sale in China last month, they reportedly sold out in three minutes. Here in the US, you can’t get a Mi Note or any other Xiaomi phone at all.

I’m an Apple user, though not out of any great devotion to the company. I use Apple stuff because it works for me. It does everything I need, when I need it, without the slightest trouble. But after a few weeks of playing with the Mi Note, I could easily ditch my iPhone for one. Not because it’s a big revelation, or anything radically different. Quite the opposite: I could switch because it doesn’t feel that different. And at half the price of a comparable iPhone, that similarity makes all the difference.

A Phone for the Rest of the World
This isn’t a review, because I’m not a gadget geek. Which is the point. I’m like most people with an iPhone. I like things that work, that make my life better, and when I find something that does both, I stick with it. As such, I’d argue that converting me is a bigger deal than getting some hardcore Apple partisan to switch. Presidential candidates don’t try to sway the other party’s base; it’s the swing voters who make all the difference. And like mushy moderates, my tech preferences are based more on the experience than the specs.

Of course, my preferences don’t matter in this brewing rivalry, at least not yet, since Xiaomi doesn’t sell its phones in the US. But even as Apple reported its best quarter yet in “greater China,” Xiaomi became China’s bestselling smartphone maker. And if Xiaomi can, in theory, anyway, get me on an Android phone, then it’s not so surprising that a larger share of the surging Chinese smartphone market—more than 420 million units shipped in 2014—is opting for Xiaomi instead of Apple.


Xiaomi’s answer to the iPhone 6 Plus feels very much like its rival. Its screen is a bit bigger. It’s a bit thinner, too, and weighs nearly a half-ounce less. The Mi Note’s screen is comparably gorgeous at an identical 1080p. It has a higher-resolution camera that takes beautiful pictures, and a slightly bigger battery. I was able to get all my favorite apps from Google Play. The hardware and software are smooth, snappy, and, above all, elegant, an advantage Apple has long had over most of its Android rivals.

And all this for $370 without a contract. I will say I missed Touch ID, but that’s exactly the kind of picayune feature geekery that will have little influence on which company dominates the market in China and India. Xiaomi sells its phones for so little because it’s decided it’s not a hardware company; instead, it likes to say it’s an Internet company, a maker of online services onto which the phones merely serve as windows. Because I was using the Mi Note in the US, I wasn’t able to do much with MiUI, the online platform that Xiaomi has leveraged to capture 100 million users so far.

But again, I’m not the one who matters to Xiaomi anyway. American consumers like myself look at MiUI and say, “that looks like iOS or Google or Amazon.” But for Chinese consumers, MiUI isn’t something that was designed for the US market and adapted to suit China. Xiaomi clearly has looked at the US market and said, “Apple’s got that locked down. Let’s build a phone for the rest of the world.” And the world has responded.

Future Fans
One more thing. The Mi Note is the first thing ever that has made my kid forget about the iPad. For anyone without children under 10, the iPad is to that age group as raw meat to a lion: Try to take it away and you might get bitten. That all changed when the Mi Note came home. When I finally thought to ask today, no one could even say where the iPad was, because I realized we had always relied on the kid to keep track. His quick adoption of what he calls “the Chinese phone” speaks to the ease of transition from iOS onto Xiaomi’s take on Android.

It also speaks to what should be Apple’s other great cause for concern. Yes, Xiaomi could fizzle out as quickly as it flared up if its gamble on internet services doesn’t make up for the money it’s not making selling handsets for so little. But if its business model works, it could well have landed in the US by the time my kid reaches the age where he is starting to buy his own devices. For his generation, Xiaomi could be as viable a choice as Apple.

Ironically, my experience with the Mi Note probably means one more sale for Apple. I still have a puny iPhone 5S, but I’ve become a big-screen convert thanks to the Mi Note. Because I can’t get one here, I’ll probably end up getting a 6 Plus.

Xiaomi testing Lollipop based MIUI6

Hugo Barra spoke on Xiaomi’s plans for Lollipop, indicating that Mi users would be the first to receive MIUI 6, based on Google’s latest sweet treat. Now thanks to a new post on the MIUI forum, it seems that beta testing is finally getting started.

According to the post, Mi 2/S/A users will be able to try out the beta ROM soon, provided they meet a few requirements such as having “English forums credits over 50” and that they are willing to report bugs to the forum. Of course only a finite number of applicants will actually be granted access to the beta, with a total of 50 testers to be selected by January 30th of 2015. For those wondering why Xiaomi is choosing to focus the beta on an older device, one possibility is that they wished to use older hardware so any performance issues are more visible, though obviously that’s really just speculation on our part. In other words, if the Mi 2 is running flawlessly (performance wise), than getting MIUI 6 working on other devices should be even easier.


As for what to expect from the Lollipop-based update? While it’s hard to say for sure, we can probably expect new MIUI features alongside many of the under the hood improvements that come with Lollipop. Some of the biggest user-facing changes in Lollipop surround Material Design, although some of the skinned Lollipop ROMs we’ve seen on the market (like LG’s ROM on the G3) have made very little use of the new design language. If an earlier statement from Barra holds true, Xiaomi is working hard to strike a balance between the MIUI skin and the new Material Design elements in Android 5.0. Hopefully this means we can expect the best of both worlds.

For those interested in getting involved with the beta, you can find more information here. Xiaomi fans: what are you hoping to see in MIUI 6? Let us know in the comments below.