Xiaomi’s been a huge smartphone force in China and we’ve covered pieces of that force here on Pocketnow. While we should be past their unconventional ways with the flash sales and cryptic forum press releases (you can thank the ever uneasy process of translation and English proficiency of moderating forum members), we just aren’t. And we’re discovering this all anew with the upcoming release of not the Xiaomi Mi5, but the Xiaomi Mi 4c.
The English forum post had up just a teaser poster saying that “the prince is coming” with some hype text about the previous phones in the Mi 4 series, the availability date of September 22 and a hook for people to see if the phone will come outside of China.
The Chinese post held up pictures of the Mi 4i, saying that the 4c will likely take a lot from its predecessor’s body. But instead of an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, the 4c may switch in a heftier hexa-core Snapdragon 808. There’s a five-inch 1080p display (possibly the same Sharp-made one as on the 4i), 2GB RAM/16GB ROM and 3/32 configs, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a five-megapixel front camera, a battery rated at 3,080mAh, support for what looks like the Quick Charge 2.0 standard and Android 5.1.1 paired with MIUI 7. Band support for all of China’s carriers is expected.
Pricing-wise, one of our sources says it will come down to 1,499 RMB (235 USD as of this post). Availability will likely be short-lived with the rumored 200,000 units available and thus, likely limited domestically.