Xiaomi goes desi: Mi 4i at Rs 12999, Mi Band for Rs 999 - The Indian Express

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5.30 pm: Xiaomi founder Lei Jun on stage. Announces free Mi Bands for everyone in the audience. Also one coloured-free strap.

5.23 pm: Mi Band will cost Rs 999, much to the cheers of the audience. But that was expected. It will be available exclusively on Miwebsite only. First 1,000 units will be Rs 1 and registrations starts April 28.

5.20 pm: Hugo Barra announces that the Mi Band will also be coming to India. It's a fitness tracker that has a 30-battery although you can get 50-day battery.

This is water-resistant. There's black, blue, green and pink versions. Xiaomi has come with leather straps for these as well. It supports any Android 5.0 device.

5.13 pm: Finally Hugo Barra reveals the price and it's Rs 12,999, which has really impressed the crowd. Registrations start for Flipkart from 30 April and later on it will be available on Snapdeal, Amazon, MobileStore, as well.

5.10 pm: Hugo Barra is now showing videos about how Xiaomi does a rigorous testing when it comes their smartphones. They even have a test to check how the phone responds when you put it your pocket and whether it bends. Barra takes a pot-shot at Apple saying,"It's very clear some companies didn't run this test."


Once again, Barra repeats the specs, when all people really want to know is the price and availability.

4.59 pm: 2G, 3G and 4G are supported on both SIMs. Supports WiFi 802.11 AC with Mu MIMO which is a new industry standard. Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB On-the-Go.

4.58 pm: MiUI is getting visual IVR in India, which will work for compatible IVR systems. In short, don't have to listen to annoying automated voices on your phone when you're looking for some information. It will be in beta mode for now and Xiaomi will rely on the community to add more IVR systems in India.

4.56 pm: Mi 4i is shipping with Android L, the first Mi device to ship with Android L.

4.55 pm: Mi 4i is shipping with a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor (2nd gen) which Barra says is faster than the previous one. It has an Octa-core architecture, 4-cores for battery saving and 4 for running apps. 1.7 Ghz and 1.1 Ghz for the two sets and this is designed by Qualcomm India. Guess we know what the 'i' stands for now.

The regular Mi 4 had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. Mi 4i has 2GB DDR3 RAM with 16 GB storage space.

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4.50 pm: HDR mode is getting some new tweaks and more automated function, which Barra says will improve your photography on the new Mi 4i. We're still waiting for what is unique in this smartphone, because if you've attended a Xiaomi event, you've heard all of this before.

4.48 pm: Hugo Barra takes a group selfie, in what is a pretty crowded venue.

4.42 pm:: Sony/Samsung 13 megapixel camera with a two-tone flash. According to Hugo Barra, this is the same technology on the Xiaomi Note. Also the torch feature is part of the camera. It has a 5 megapixel front camera with 80-degree wide angle. This is less that the regular Mi 4 which has an 8 megapixel front camera. So that's a disappointing downgrade. Oh and there's a selfie-timer.

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In other features, Hugo Barra is going on and on about the beautify app in the Xiaomi camera.

4.33 pm:  Xiaomi Mi 4i has a full HD screen and it's a 5-inch display, which is pretty much the same as the last Mi 4. This is fully laminated with OGS Corning Concore display, again same as the Mi 4. We're still waiting to see what the 'i' factor is in this phone.

4.30 pm: Xiaomi Mi 4i has a 3120 mAh battery. There's a soft matte touch back cover with anti-grease coating as well.

4.20 pm: Xiaomi Mi 4i is confirmed. It has a 5-inch screen and unibody polycarbonate body.

4.00 pm: Xiaomi is holding an India event today, which is one of the biggest launches from the company in the country. Why? Because CEO and founder Lei Jun; president and co-founder Bin Lin and VP International Hugo Barra will all be present at the event.

The event which has a teaser titled 'i is coming' will take place in Delhi and Xiaomi has opened it up for fans as well. Xiaomi is rumoured to launch a new smartphone is apparently named Xiaomi Mi 4i, thus answering the 'i' that Xiaomi says will be coming.

Mi 4i will have reportedly have a 1.65GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, and run on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out-of-the-box.

Xiaomi, which is currently the world's most valued start-up, has made quite a splash in India. The company had recently launched the Mi 4 (16 GB and 64 GB) version in India. It remain to be seen how the Xiaomi will add something new to the Mi 4i.


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