News by Luke Jones on Monday November 03, 2014.
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Xiaomi's Mi4 smartphone is a solid piece of kit, even if from an aesthetic point of view it is a fairly accurate rip off of an iPhone 5s. The newly crowned third biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world is now apparently working on a toned down version of the flagship.Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun used Chinese social media network Weibo to confirm the news, saying the new variant of the Mi4 will be called the "Youth Edition" and will cost 1799 Yuan (about $294). It will be a direct rival device to the Meizu MX4, another Chinese built smartphone that has been selling well in Asia. The normal Mi4 is a high spec'd smartphone that has hit a target in China thanks to its high end metal looks (did I mention it looks like an iPhone 5s) and performance quality. It ships with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD screen, a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, an 8 megapixel front facer, 16GB of storage, and a 3080 mAh battery. It is worth remembering that the Youth Edition is unlikely to have those top shelf specs, although if Xiaomi keeps up its aggressive model that has disrupted the likes of Samsung, the handset should be value for money at around $300.
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