One of China’s most anticipated smartphones has been announced this week, with Asian manufacturer Xiaomi officially unveiling the Mi 4 handset, packing plenty of power.
The Mi 4 handset is the natural successor to the Mi 3, which generated plenty of interest in China and other neighbouring countries thanks to its superb design and seemingly super-powered spec list.
It looks like the Mi 4 has continued the good work as well, wowing many smartphone experts yet again, and getting us here in the UK interested as well.
Sporting a 5” 1080p display, the Mi 4 offers up one of the best screens in the smartphone market, competing with the likes of the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 without a problem.
Behind the display we’re being offered a Snapdragon 801 chipset, a quad-core 2.5GHz processor and 3GB RAM, again proving decent competition and even surpassing some of our current flagship options here in the UK.
Two variants of the handset have currently been announced by Xiaomi, with a 16GB and 64GB option set to hit the market, it’s unknown whether Micro SD cards are to be supported by the handset however.
The cameras aren’t slouches either, with the main lens boasting 13 megapixels, whilst the front facing lens packs a whopping 8 megapixels, that’s the same lens on paper as found on the back of the iPhone 5s if you hadn’t noticed.
Topping off the spec sheet is a 3080mAh battery, again standing head and shoulders above plenty of current flagship handsets on the market, making the Mi 4 look a very attractive proposition for smartphone fans.
Android KitKat is the OS built into the handset, whilst MIUI 6 is the user interface plastered over it, giving it a unique feel compared to stock Android, which should please most users.
If the specs were impressive, then the design should have you completely stunned, with the Mi 4 boasting a beautiful stainless steel frame not too dissimilar from that on the Nokia Lumia 930.
One major difference from the Nokia though is the ability to choose the finish that adorns the back side of the device, with Xiaomi offering up the choice of wood, bamboo, marble, fabric and leather style finishes.
Currently, the Xiaomi Mi4 16GB version is set to retail at just £200 sim-free, with the 64GB option setting you back around £250, prices which obviously look seriously attractive.
The only catch? Currently the Mi 4 is only being listed as available in East-Asia, with no international release scheduled yet.
So, you won’t be able to find it in your high street stores, but there’s nothing stopping you ordering direct from China if you’re happy to, although this will add an import charge.
This also means that customer support isn’t exactly going to be the best either, but with specs like these you could argue that it might well be worth the possible problems.
Of course, it might be worth waiting a while to see if Xiaomi does decide on an international launch, but we wouldn’t be holding our breath yet if we were you.
Written by Luke Hatfield