Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun and president Bin Lin was also be present along with global vice president Hugo Barra at the global launch of the smartphone at an event in New Delhi.

The company's move is enough to indicate that Xiaomi understands the need to strengthen its presence in Indian mobile market. And, probably that's why the company decided to release the smartphone in India, China may be the second in line.

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.

Xiaomi also 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.