Xiaomi introduces Mi 4 Android and incredibly affordable Mi Band wearable

Chinese OEM Xiaomi has been catching out attention lately with some decent hardware, like the Tegra K1-powered Mi Pad or the very affordable Redmi 1S we just took a look at. Now it’s back with both a high-end smartphone and super-cheap wearable, as the company introduces the Mi 4 and Mi Band.

The Mi 4 sports a five-inch 1080p display, runs a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, and has a solid 3GB of RAM. The phone packs a 13MP main camera, very high res 8MP front-facer, and offers either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. And to power that hardware, Xiaomi gives the phone a phablet-sized 3,080mAh battery. The Mi 4 goes up for sale in China next week, where it will fetch the equivalent of about $320 (16GB).

That combination of specs and price makes for a pretty attractive package right there, but the real deal here may be the Mi Band wearable. With no display, it’s more akin to Sony’s SmartBand than anything like a smartwatch, tracking steps and sleep patterns, as well as acting as a key to unlock your phone. But while Sony’s offering costs $100, the Mi Band will retail for more like $13. At that price, we’re almost surprised Xiaomi’s not just giving them away with any phone purchase.

mi-bandSource: Reuters, TechCrunch

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