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China's Xiaomi unveils the Mi 4 smartphone

Chinese smartphone maker said its latest smartphone, the Mi 4, will go on sale on July 29 in China, but release dates elsewhere are yet to be confirmed.

SINGAPORE: China's smartphone maker Xiaomi has revealed its latest smartphone, the Mi 4, on Tuesday (July 22), touting that the device is its "fastest" and would come with 4G capability.

A Xiaomi representative told Channel NewsAsia that the Mi 4 will be on sale in China from July 29 and will be compatible with telco China Unicom's mobile network, but the release dates for other markets - including Singapore - are not confirmed.

In a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, CEO Lei Jun said the device will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz processor and would come in two storage capacities - 16GB and 64GB.

The 16GB Mi 4 will be available at approximately US$320 (S$400), while the 64GB version will cost US$400 (S$500).

The device will also have a 5-inch, 1080p screen, front and rear cameras, and a 3,080mAh Lithium-ion battery, as well as sport a new MIUI v6 operating system, which will be released on Aug 16.

The Mi 4 is the first Xiaomi smartphone to have 4G capability, with the previous handsets such as the Redmi and Mi3 limited to 3G.

The spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia that the 4G capability in the Mi 4 to be released in September - a TDD-LTE version - is not compatible with Singapore networks, but the FDD-LTE version, which will likely be released later this year, will be compatible locally.

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