Xiaomi bets big on Mi Homes for larger offline play

Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Xiaomi Mi Max 2

17 May, 2017

India's smartphone market seems to have recovered from the impact of demonetisation with sales growing by 4.7% to 27 million units in January-March 2017 compared to the previous quarter, says a report. The price will vary depending on the variants of the phone. There is a 2.5D screen on top of the display. The phone is powered by the 1.4Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor with Adreno 505.

Like the previous iteration, Xiaomi Redmi 4 series comes in different storage configurations- 2GB RAM+16GB ROM, 3GB RAM+32GB storage and 4GB RAM+64GB ROM- for Rs. 6,999, Rs. 8,999 and RS. 10,999, respectively. It will come with 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB using a microSD card placed in the included hybrid SIM tray. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper for selfies and video calling.

Connectivity options on Redmi 4 include 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, OTG support, microUSB port, etc. Sensors on board are rear-mounted Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, and compass.

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It runs Android 6.0 marshmallow-based MIUI 8, but the company has started testing the latest Nougat support. For those wanting a bit more oomph-factor from the phone can opt for the mid-range version with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The phone is fueled by a 4100 mAh lithium-polymer battery, with fast charging. Xiaomi Redmi 4 with be the third phone in the market for 2017, and the company is hosting a live stream for this event, which is taking place in New Delhi. The router will go on sale on Flipkart and Amazon India from June 8 for Rs 1,199. Router 3C comes with a 300Mbps transmission speed and can support up to 64 devices at a time.

According to industry sources, given the specifications of the three Redmi 4 models announced today, it is only the entry-level model with 2GB RAM that fits the traditional value-for-money positioning that the brand is famous for.

The Mi Router 3C is priced at just ₹1,199 in India, and it will be available through Xiaomi's Mi Home offline stores starting May 20.

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