Xiaomi Mi 4 and Mi Band Wearable, or How to Use Tech for World Domination

Being called the “Apple of Asia” wasn’t enough for Xiaomi, and this Chinese company went to great lengths to prove that they’re even better than that. Xiaomi Mi 4 and the Mi Band wearable are the latest proofs of that.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun unveiled at a press-conference in Beijing the company’s latest flagship smartphone and its debut in the world of wearable tech. Xiaomi Mi 4, the Chinese manufacturer’s latest phone, features a metal back that could make some people think of the iPhone, but all similarities stop there.

Lei revealed his confidence that the Xiaomi Mi4 is superior to Apple’s smartphone: “Our product really is better than the iPhone. Even our white color is whiter!” Of course, his claim is backed not only by the ridiculously low price of only $320 (less than half than the $700 price tag of the iPhone in China), but also by the device’s performance.

This company made a habit from creating powerful devices, the Mi Pad tablet, which is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC, being one of the latest such examples. Xiaomi Mi4, on the other hand, is powered by Qualcomm’s 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801 CPU. On top of that, the flagship is equipped with a 5-inch FHD display, 3GB of RAM, an 8 MP front-facing camera and a 13 MP rear-facing one. In terms of storage capacity, Xiaomi Mi 4 will come either with 16GB or 64GB of internal memory. Everything is powered by a 3,080 mAh battery that should be more than enough for a work day.

Mi Band, the other piece unveiled at Xiaomi’s most recent press conference, is a wearable that while doesn’t impress with its functionality, it does so with its design. This fitness and sleep tracker is water-resistant (being IP67 certified), and has 30-day standby power, which is quite a lot in terms of wearable battery life.

Unlike typical sleep trackers, the Mi Band will also act as a smart sleep cycle alarm. In other words, it will wake you up when you’re the most invigorated. This piece of wearable tech will also enable you to unlock your smartphone without a password, and I tend to believe that it will work with all Android phones, not just with Xiaomi’s. Best of all, the Mi Band will be around $13, a fraction of the price of items made by more “reputable” manufacturers.

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