Samsung and Apple’s top smartphone series have a new challenger. A China smartphone domineer, Xiaomi on Monday unveiled a new smartphone, Mi4.The smartphone which some refer to as the “iPhone of the East” is considered a Galaxy and iPhone hybrid.

The Mi4 has a 5-inch full-HD screen and runs a special modified version of Android that Xiaomi uses in all of its phones. Like the iPhones,Mi4 is all-metal with smoothly-cut edge perimeter.It features a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 16GB of 64GB of internal memory.

To beat Samsung’s android phones, the device will run Xiaomi’s custom MIUI operating system – a skinned version of Android that allows for more customization and that removes the Android app drawer in favour of putting all the programs on the home screen (just like an iPhone).

Xiaomi also unveiled an fitness tracker dubbed the MiBand which tracks the wearer’s sleep and steps and can be used also to unlock Xiami’s phones.

Xiaomi however sells its phones only in China and other few emerging markets. It is said to have sold more phones than Apple in China.

Their Mi3 smartphone is ranked seventh in top selling Smartphones by Counterpoint Technology Research Firm as of May this year. Apple is rumored to be working on iPhone 6 which could be released before end of this year.

 

 

 

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