Xiaomi Mi4 Philippines Price Will Start At Around Php 14,000! In The Flesh Photos of the 2014 Flagship, Out!

I've just asked our friends from Xiaomi Philippines just when Filipinos can expect to see and purchase the company's 2014 flagship, Xiaomi Mi4, on their local online store. They didn't give any word on the exact release date - as they're still planning it - but they did share the projected SRP of the two variants of the handset.

Xiaomi Mi4 Philippines, Xiaomi Mi4

Like what was posted on Mi Philippines' official Facebook page yesterday, Xiaomi Mi4 16GB version will most likely sell for only Php 14,000 while the 64GB will go for roughly Php 17,500. At those amounts and considering the device's design, construction, and set of technical specifications, I think Mi-4 is already a steal.

Xiaomi Mi4 Philippines, Xiaomi Mi4

Unveiled by Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun via a media in Beijing, China, Xiaomi Mi4 - in stark contrast to its predecessor which had a mere plastic shell - flaunts a full metal frame crafted using a process similar to what Apple employs on its aluminum-clad smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi4 Philippines, Xiaomi Mi4
In the flesh photos of Xiaomi Mi4, courtesy of Xiaomi Global

As I've shared in my previous Mi4 post, apart from having a more luxurious build, Xiaomi Mi4's technical specifications and features represent a considerable upgrade from last year's flagship. Xiaomi Mi4 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system - heavily-skinned by the latest version of the Chinese company's MIUI interface which allows users to make lots of customization and swaps Android's default app-tray for an app-laden home screen reminiscent of Apple's iOS. The handset is powered by a Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU based Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, handles multitasking with 3GB of RAM, and has 16GB and 64GB internal storage options.

Xiaomi Mi4 Philippines, Xiaomi Mi4

In terms of features, LTE-enabled Mi4 sports a 5-inch 1080p IPS display with very high colour gamut, a 13 MegaPixel rear camera with f1.8 aperture, Sony IMX214 lens and real-time HDR, 4K video recording, 8 MegaPixel front camera with f1.8 aperture, 80-degree wide angle Sony IMX219 lens, and non-removable 3,080 mAh Li-Ion internal battery with quick charging feature at 9V/1.2A or 5V/2A.

Xiaomi Mi4 Philippines, Xiaomi Mi4

Although having a metal frame, Xiaomi Mi4's back plate is made of plastic and is user-replaceable. And along with the release of the phone, the Chinese company will also make these covers available to consumers so they can change the look of the device to match their outfits or simply their moods.

Xiaomi Mi4 Philippines, Xiaomi Mi4

So what do you think about Xiaomi Mi4, TP Friends? Do you like it? Are you going to purchase a unit when it becomes available in Pinas later this year? Let me know your thoughts below.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Xiaomi Mi4
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm
Weight 149 grams
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat, MIUI Skin
Display 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
Internal Storage 16 and 64 GB options, non-expandable
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Front: 8 MegaPixels, 1080p @ 30fps
Video Capture 2160p, Full HD 1080p @ 30fps, HDR, Full HD for Front Camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC player
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), USB On-The-Go Support, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Variant: Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3,080 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Full Metal Frame, MIUI Skin
Announcement China: July 22, 2014
Availability China: July 29, 2014
TP Guesstimate: Q3 2014
Price Official SRP in China:
16 GB - $320
64 GB - $400
TP Guesstimate for Philippines c/o Mi Philippines:
16 GB - Php 14,000
64 GB - Php 17,500

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