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Xiaomi Mi 4 impresses with iPhone-inspired design (pictures)

The flagship phone from the Chinese company may look to have borrowed some ideas from Apple, but it does stand out.

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Aloysius Low

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Xiaomi's flagship Mi 4 boasts powerful internals, including a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM. It also comes with either 16GB or 64GB of storage space.

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The rear cover is removable, though you'll need a suction cup to pry it off. There's also a wide variety of designs to choose from.

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The phone's design resembles the iPhone 5S, especially the stainless steel metal edge.

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It's currently only on sale in China, but will soon be in wider circulation throughout Asia.

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Unlike other Android phones that have moved on to onscreen keys, Xiaomi still uses physical touch-sensitive buttons.

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The metal edge feels good, and helps protect the phone.

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The phone sports a pretty good 13-megapixel camera.

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The Mi 4's frame bears more than a few similarities to Apple's iPhone 5S (top).

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It's considerably cheaper than Apple's effort, however, starting at 1,999RMB, which converts to $320, £190 or AU$345.

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