(UPDATE: It’s happening, folks. I just received an invite to the Xiaomi Mi 4i launch event on July 20.)
The days of teasing are essentially over: Xiaomi’s mid-tier variant of its current flagship phone, the Mi 4i, is headed to the Philippines this July. This has been confirmed by no less than the company’s local Facebook page. And if what’s happening in India is anything to go by, the phone may not even be the subject of a flash sale when it becomes available through online and offline stores.
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Similar to most of Xiaomi’s Android offerings, the Mi 4i is a low-cost smartphone whose centerpiece is a second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor backed by 2GB of RAM and an LTE modem for faster mobile connections. Its 5-inch, full-HD IPS display should make for an enjoyable gaming and movie-wataching experience.
The Mi 4i is headed to the Philippines this July, and it may not even be the subject of a flash sale when it becomes available through online and offline stores.
Unfortunately, its plastic unibody exterior leaves out a couple of Android essentials, namely a microSD card slot and a removable back cover.
The Mi 4i currently retails for Rs. 12,990 in India, where it made its debut. That’s around P9,300, so it may be safe to say that the phone won’t break the P10,000 price barrier.
Specs of the Xiaomi Mi 4i:
* Dual SIM with LTE support
* 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core CPU
* Adreno 405 GPU
* 2GB RAM
* 16GB non-expandable storage
* 5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass (1,080 x 1,920 resolution)
* 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
* 5-megapixel front camera
* 3,120mAh battery
* Android 5.0 Lollipop
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Xiaomi Mi 4i review from Android Authority’s YouTube channel