Xiaomi boss confirms Mi4 “Won’t have stainless steel body”


Hitting up Weibo today with an interesting piece of news is Xiaomi Co-founder Liwan Jiang who tell us the Xiaomi Mi4 won’t have a stainless steel rear after all.

After a teaser that featured a brushed steel background and even sending out July 22nd launch invites on sheet steel, the entire media (us included) were starting to think that a steel bodied Mi4 was a given!

With leaked specifications of the Mi4 pointing at a more subdued flagship, a stainless steel body seemed a good way to go and a great way to move Xiaomi from the cheap and cheerful segment of the phone market to the sleek and succulent.

But this is not going to happen, at least not this time around. Xiaomi boss Liwan Jiang has shot down such rumours as being false. What we are more likely to see is a phone based on a stainless steel chassis, rather than a HTC M8 style steel body.

If this is true it would leave room in the Mi4’s price (believed to be 1999 Yuan, $320) for a real killer feature.

After teasing the use of 304 stainless steel recently, Meizu bit back with their own use of stainless steel spanning the last 7 years. What do you think of the lack of a stainless steel body on the Mi4? And what do you think Meizu’s reaction will be if any?

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