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Xiaomi Mi4 tipped to cost $499 with 2K screen, Snapdragon 805 and 3 GB RAM

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Xiaomi Mi4-2Look out, LG G3 and Oppo Find 7, the Quad HD display phablet arena may get quite crowded pretty soon. But before Samsung can take a stab at it with the Galaxy Note 4, one of Oppo’s local China-based rivals will likewise try to leap from dark horse status to world heavyweight title contender.

Only Xiaomi should bump into the same production and distribution difficulties, so I wouldn’t expect their Mi4 to get a much wider release than the Find 7. Asia in August, maybe early September, plus a handful of European markets subsequently.

A North American bow is a long, long, long shot, unless you count unorthodox retail channels like eBay sellers. But yeah, on paper the Xiaomi Mi4 could really give LG’s G3 a run for its money, rocking pretty much the same outstanding specs and costing $499 tops.

Xiaomi Mi4

That’s the listed price of an online retailer claiming it’s temporarily out of stock, although it may well be a lame attempt at scoring free, undeserved publicity. Either way, multiple sources have been tipping us off on Mi4’s features list, poised to include top-notch stuff like a 5.5-inch Quad HD, aka 2K display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB on-board storage and 16 megapixel OIS camera.

Also, 4G LTE connectivity, plus a wicked selfie-friendly 8 MP front snapper and Android 4.4 KitKat-based MIUI V6 software. Design-wise, a few just-leaked photos seem to hint at aluminum as the premium build material of choice, though Xiaomi officials have debunked the story. But worry not, the faux metal (read plastic) shell should still look outstanding.

Via [Phone Arena], [GSM Arena]

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