Mi 4i will be available from April 30 in India, before any other market. Though the device will not be launched in mainland China, it will be sold in markets like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia later in May.

Xiaomi Mi 4i sports a 5-inch Full HD display and is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core processor backed by 2GB of RAM.

The smartphone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes with 16GB storage and has a 13MP rear camera with dual-tone flash and a 5MP front shooter.

Mi 4i gets its power from a 3,120mAh battery. On connectivity front, it supports 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-and GPS.

"This is a flagship product that has drawn a lot of inspiration from India. A lot of tweaking has been done keeping in mind the Indian consumers and is made for India," Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra said here.


     
He added that the device speaks of Xiaomi's focus on the Indian market and consumers.
     
"We were thinking of India from the very beginning when the product was being designed," he said.

Xiaomi also said it plans to launch its data centre in India by later this year or by early next year as it looks to address data security concerns of Indian authorities.
    
In October last year, Xiaomi had announced that it will set up a local data centre in India to cater to the domestic demand here, following concerns raised by Indian Air Force and security solutions provider F-Secure about data protection of user data.
     
"We are still committed. We said by first half (of the year), we will have details ready. We are looking at launching it later this year or early next year," Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra said.
     
Though he declined to comment on the investment details, the data centre would be one of the significant investments the company is making in India.
     
Barra had earlier said an infrastructure team from China was coming in to explore the options.
    
Investments in data centre depends on the rack space that the company sets up or leases. According to analysts, it could be in millions of dollars.
     
Following global concerns about security of user data hosted on servers in China, the company partnered Amazon Web Services (AWS) to migrate data of its international (non-Chinese) customers to centres in the US and Singapore.