Xiaomi announces new flagship Mi4 phone and $13 fitband

Xiaomi’s Mi3 smartphone was the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone (the company also made another version running on the Snapdragon 800), and now the company is introducing its 2014 flagship in the form of the Mi4.

Like the WCDMA version of the Mi3, the Mi4 is based on a Qualcomm SoC; in fact it’s the same quad-core Snapdragon 801 that’s in the Galaxy S5. It also boasts a 5-inch 1080p display, 3 GB of RAM, a 13MP camera in the back, an 8MP camera up front, either 16 GB or 64 GB of integrated storage, a massive 3080 mAh battery, and support for LTE. All of this is packed into a plastic casing with a metal band around the edge that gives it an iPhone vibe.

The Mi4, with its $320 starting price, is news enough for one day, but it seems Xiaomi wasn’t content with just one major product announcement for today. The company also unveiled a new smartband for monitoring activity and sleep and unlocking your phone. The device, dubbed the Mi Band, apparently lasts 30 days on a single charge (no, that’s not a typo) and will cost just CN¥79 when it goes on sale. That’s less than $14 CAD.


It’s not clear if Xiaomi plans to launch the Mi4 or the Mi Band in North America, but it does show that OEMs are listening to consumers’ demands for wearable accessories that are priced like accessories.