While the Xiaomi Mi5 was wowing us here in Barcelona, the Chinese press got their hands on the all new Xiaomi Mi4S.
Not present in Barcelona was the new Xiaomi Mi4S, this new device from Xiaomi is an update of the original Mi4, retaining the same 5-inch FHD form factor, but with a new alloy and dual glass design.
The dual glass panels come in white, black, pink or gold with the CNC alloy chassis getting matching silver, grey or gold fishes. Materials isn’t the only external change as the rear of the phone features a round fingerprint scanner similar to that found on the back of the all alloy Redmi Note 3 Pro.
A 16 mega-pixel F2.0 camera with PDAF is specced on the rear, which sounds like the same spec as the Mi5 but without OIS, The front camera is an 8 mega-pixel unit also with F2.0 aperture.
Update: seems the camera specs were a little mixed up and the Mi4s has a 13 mega-pixel camera not a 16 mega-pixel. We need to also confirm the aperture and front camera details.
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Specification changes continue with a 6 core Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3GB RAM, 64GB EMMC 5.0 memory, and even micro SD to boot (or dual SIM cards).
Xiaomi have even found time to boost the battery capacity to 3260mAh which is charged for USB Type 2 and Fast Charge 2.0.
The Mi4S will support all Chinese networks out of the box and will also include VoLTE. The launch date is the 1st March (the same as the Mi5) with pricing being a very competitive 1699 Yuan.