While Xiaomi now has a new favorite, the Mi 5, the company hasn’t forgotten about its previous generation flagship smartphone. That said, Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi 4S.
It’s basically a refresh of the Mi 4, one that offers several improvements in the hardware. Whereas, the Mi 5 is specced enough to be considered a high-end smartphone, the Mi 4S is somewhere in the gap between midrange and high-end.
Compared to the Mi 4, the Mi 4S has a faster processor and better 4G LTE support. It also has bigger battery capacity, upgraded exterior design and better main camera (now with phase detection autofocus). Also setting the Mi 4S apart from the previous series, including the Mi 4c and Mi 4i, is its use of a hybrid microSD slot and fingerprint sensor. It has 64GB of internal storage, with no other storage options available. The Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 7.0 runs out of the box.
The remaining specs of the Mi 4S are more or less the same: 5-inch IPS display, 3GB of RAM, 5-megapixel selfie camera and infrared sensor. Interested mobile users might also appreciate the Quick Charge 2.0 feature via the USB Type-C connector.
Xiaomi Mi 4S Specs
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow (MIUI 7.0)
- 5-inch IPS LCD (1080×1920 HD), ~441ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (MSM8992) hexa-core processor
- Adreno 418 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 128GB
- 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Dual SIM with dual standby
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.1
- USB Type-C
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Dimensions: 139.3 x 70.8 x 7.8mm
- Weight: 133g
- Li-Ion 3260mAh non-removable battery
The official price of the Xiaomi Mi 4S is CNY 1699 (approx. Php12,350). It will be available in March. Color options to choose from include gold, purple, black and white.