Lost in the ongoing price wars between Sprint and T-Mobile for Apple’s iPhone 6s is the news of Xiaomi introducing a new smartphone called the Mi 4c. The handset is being positioned a less expensive version of the Chinese phone maker’s flagship device Mi 4. Apart from unveiling a new smartphone, Xiaomi also took the opportunity to launch a couple of new prepaid packages for Chinese mobile users.
The new Mi 4c is targeted primarily to the Chinese market (the Mi 4i, another Mi 4 variant announced back in April of this year, was introduced specifically for the Indian market), and it does come with impressive specifications. For instance, it features a 5 inch display screen, complemented nicely with a 13 megapixel camera on the rear side, and a 5 megapixel “selfie” camera on the front side.
With regards to hardware specs, the Mi 4c possesses a 64 bit chip. Xiaomi is claiming that the Mi 4c is the first handset to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor. This chip is supported with 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 16 gigabytes of internal memory for the basic Mi 4c edition. As for the enhanced version of the smartphone, it features 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of onboard storage. Also, the Mi 4c comes with USB Type-C port, Quick 2.0, and a 3,080 mAh battery.
The basic Mi 4c goes for about $203 while the enhanced edition goes for around $235. Both smartphones are expected to ship with Xiaomi’s older MI UI 6 operating system. However, the Chinese phone maker has stated that an upgrade to its new MI UI version 7 will be made available soon.
Apart from introducing the Mi 4c smartphone, Xiaomi also launched two mobile packages via its Mi Mobile brand of prepaid smartphone services. One is a pay as you go package that costs $0.02 per voice call minute, SMmS, or 1 megabyte of data. The other is a monthly bundle that costs $10 a month, and provides Chinese mobile users with 3 gigabytes of data. The first mobile package is made available starting from September 23rd of this year, while the other package will become live online sometime in the month of October. Both will be made available from Mi.com, the online store of Xiaomi in the Chinese market.
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