Xiaomi might have global ambitions, but its latest phone is still sticking close to home. The Xiaomi Mi 4i was just announced for the Indian market, and it looks like a great mid-range phone that's priced around $200. It will be out on April 30th.

Let's get the spec list out of the way first.

  • Ultra-compact unibody design
  • 2nd gen Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor 1.7GHz
  • 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB Flash
  • 5"screen, 1920x1080, 441PPI, Sunlight Display
  • 3120mAh battery, 1.5 days of normal usage
  • 13MP camera, two-tone flash, 5MP front camera
  • 4G dual SIM, dual standby
  • MIUI 6 on Android 5.0

Xiaomi is talking up the screen on this device, calling it a "sunlight display." Apparently it will be better than past LCDs for use outdoors. The device runs on a Snapdragon 615, which is a 64-bit chip with eight Cortex-A53 cores, four of which are clocked at 1.7GHz and the other four at 1.1GHz. That's paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There doesn't appear to be a microSD card, though. The Mi 4i is made of a soft touch plastic and comes in a number of colors.

On the software side, the Xiaomi Mi 4i runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with the heavily modified MIUI skin. Since this device is destined for India, it does have Google services built-in. Xiaomi's Chinese devices tend not to have Google for obvious reasons.

The Mi 4i is priced at Rs. 12,999 and is available for pre-order/registration (in white only) on Flipkart.