News by Luke Jones on Tuesday April 14, 2015.
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Xiaomi has been gearing up to launch a new smartphone, with the company sending invitations for a global announcement on April 23rd. The New Delhi launch will apparently see the Chinese giants' new flagship released, the so-called Xiaomi Mi 4i. Adding a bit of credibility to those claims is the fact that the handset has passed through GFXBench for a benchmark test.While the recently launched Mi Note Pro is Xiaomi's highest spec'd device and will remain the flagship it seems, the Mi 4i is expected to be the core selling handset in the portfolio and an affordable version of the Mi 4. With that in mind, Xiaomi is keeping the smartphone well spec'd, but not neccasarily bleeding edge. The device passing through GFXBench had a 1080p 4.9-inch Full HD screen, a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front facing snapper, 16GB of on board storage, dual SIM support, LTE connectivity, and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop straight out of the box. As this is a more affordable alternative to the high end Mi 4, Xiaomi is apparently going to sell the Mi 4i for around $192-$208 USD. While Xiaomi is talking up the fact this is a global announcement, it is still unlikely that the Mi 4i will find its way to European or North American markets. In fact, we expect the handset will be rolled out in India and of course China.
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