Xiaomi’s new Redmi 4 smartphone is expected to launch in China today. Xiaomi is hosting a live-stream for the event in Beijing, which is expected to start at 7 pm (4.30 pm IST). According to reports, Xiaomi will launch the Redmi 4 as well as the Redmi 4A smartphone at the event. The company has also put out new teasers for the launch event. Redmi is Xiaomi’s affordable brand, and the Redmi 4 is likely to carry forward a similar pricing.
Xiaomi’s own MIUI forum has confirmed the Redmi 4 will be launching today. Xiaomi’s CEO and co-founder Lei Jun will be hosting the event, and will also reveal some inside story about their new concept phone, the Mi Mix. Xiaomi’s live MIUI thread will also have updates from the Redmi 4 event.
Earlier reports had indicated the Redmi 4 smartphone has already been approved by TENNA in China and it will be priced at 1299 yuan, which is around Rs 12,000. According to leaks, Redmi 4 will sport a 5-inch TFT 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 5 MP selfie camera. It will have a Qualcomm chipset with an octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, and a fingerprint scanner on the back.
The battery on the Redmi 4 will be 4,000 mAh battery. Reports also says Xiaomi could launch a cheaper Redmi 4A alongside the Redmi 4 at the same event. Both phones will have the latest MIUI 8 version on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Xiaomi’s been on a smartphone launch spree recently with the Mi 5s, Mi Note 2, Mi Mix devices. However, it doesn’t look these phones will be coming to India anytime soon. The Mi Mix is their new ‘concept’ phone with an bezel-less display and ceramic body. Mi Note 2 is the successor to the original Mi Note and comes with a dual-curved display, similar to the now defunct Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
For Xiaomi, the Redmi series has done well in India with the Redmi Note 3 being the best-selling online phone in the country. Now with Xiaomi launching the Redmi 4 in China soon, it won’t be surprising if it brings this phone to India next.