Don’t Like USB Type-C? Xiaomi Mi 4c Will Also Include MicroUSB Port

USB Type-C may be the next level in charging and data transfer, but, that doesn’t mean you have to have it. While, the “one port to rule them all” tagline does sound pretty impressive and is a definite crowd puller, it’s still not compelling enough for someone to go out and buy a device solely for it.

Then of course, there’s the limitation of using a specific type of cable for charging and data transfer. All in all, although USB Type-C is futuristic and all that, we can still live without it. And apparently Xiaomi knows what the buyer wants.

We all know that Xiaomi will announce its Mi 4c smartphone on September 22, in China. We know what you’re thinking, “Hey, where is the Mi 5?” but let’s leave that for another discussion. The Mi 4c, to be announced on September 22 has been confirmed by Xiaomi president and co-founder Lin Bin on a number of occasions now. The phone will give you a USB Type-C connectivity option, but, with a slight twist.

As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi seems to know what the buyer wants. So, it wants to give the buyer an option to try out (and possibly use it more often should they like it) the new USB Type-C, but doesn’t want to limit those who don’t want to.

So, it’s giving you a regular microUSB port on the Mi 4c, with a USB Type-C connector/adaptor – to be shipped along with the phone – to convert the standard into a USB Type-C, as and when you like. So, basically you can still use your standard Android charging cables with the Mi 4c, and the provided connector will turn it into a USB Type-C cable. That’s the best of both worlds for you.

This has been confirmed by Xiaomi president and co-founder Lin Bin on Weibo himself.

The Xiaomi Mi 4c is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with two variants: one carrying 16GB internal storage and 2GB of RAM, and another carrying 32GB storage and 3GB RAM.

The phone which is also reported to include an IR port is expected to be priced at $235 (roughly Rs.16,000) for the 16GB variant and $250 (roughly Rs.17,000) for the 32GB variant.

On the downside, the Mi 4c is expected to be a China-exclusive to begin with. Some reports suggest that Xiaomi may just build 100,000 units of it for sale.


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