Xiaomi has just announced the evolution of its mid-range Mi 4i — the Mi 4s. What this seems to be is a Mi 4i body, but with a better everything else.
Similar to the Xperias of yore, the Mi 4s has twin front and back glass panels with a metal chassis sandwiched in the middle. The display is a 5 inch Full HD (1080p) IPS LCD panel, which is the same as what was found in the Mi 4i, but is brighter.
The dimensions of the 4s are a pretty compact 139.26 x 70.76 x 7.8mm, and this allows the device to weigh in at just 133g. Also included into the metal frame is a fingerprint sensor, which should make unlocking the device much easier.
Internally, the System on Chip (SoC) gets a huge boost. Gone is the sluggish quad-core Snapdragon 615, and in is the octa-core Snapdragon 808. Memory (RAM) has also received an upgrade, going from 2GB to 3GB which should make the device operate much smoother under heavy load. Storage is a hefty 64GB, expandable with a micro-SD card with up to 200GB of storage.
The camera has also received a boost in terms of its autofocusing capabilities. While it still is a 13MP, f/2.0 module, it now has the aid of phase-detection autofocus alongside the existing dual-tone LED flash for better skin tone imaging.
The battery has a 3260 mAh capacity with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support, and the device runs MIUI 7 (the Xiaomi skin) on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Connectivity-wise, the phone supports 4G+ with VoLTE, dual SIM and USB Type-C.
The 64GB model is priced at 1699 Chinese Yuan (S$365), and given Xiaomi’s good track record in bringing their devices here, we should see it coming to Singapore soon, but there aren’t any concrete details yet. It will be available in black, white, gold, and pink.