Xiaomi Mi4 review: China’s iPhone killer is unoriginal but amazing

Xiaomi (pronounced SHAO-mee) is a complete mystery in the West. We often hear stories about the “Apple of China” and how existing OEMs should be worried, but it’s rare to get a look at any actual devices from the company.

It has a quad core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 16 or 64GB (!) of internal storage, a 3080mAh battery, and best of all, no silly gimmicks. Everything that is here is here for a reason; it works. Xiaomi even managed to out-spec-sheet Samsung’s Galaxy S5 with more RAM (3GB vs 2GB) and a bigger battery (3080mAh vs 2800 mAh). A Galaxy S5 costs $700 unlocked, but the MSRP on a Mi4 is only about $320 (1999 Yuan).