Is this the fastest smartphone in the world?

According to Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, the Mi 4 is the fastest smartphone to date, combing mighty specs with elegant design. Let’s take a look at the new handset…

The LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One (M8) - all pretty nippy as smartphones go. But a company in China is developing a handset that - theoretically at least - blows them all out of the water.

Xiaomi isn't really a known quantity here in the UK, but it's the fastest-growing electronics company in China, and the sixth biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world. And now its unveiled a smartphone it describes as the 'world's fastest smartphone'.

The Xiaomi Mi 4 has some pretty meaty specs indeed - a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM - which are slightly higher than those of Sony, Samsung and LG's current flagship phones.

Xiaomi has been described as the 'Chinese Apple', and that's certainly reflected in the Mi 4. It's design is very iPhone-esque, with a metallic strip around the edge and similar curves to those of the iPhone 4 and later. Two models are available, one with 16GB of internal memory and one with 64GB, and both feature a rear-mounted 13 megapixel (MP) camera, and an 8MP front-facing snapper.

The 5in screen's bigger than that of the iPhone 5s, and has 17% higher resolution too. The Mi 4's also cheaper - the 16GB version costs around $320 (£188) and the 64GB model costs around $400 (£235).

So the big question - when can you get your hands on one? Ah. See, here's the thing, you can't - at least, not without getting one imported. Xiaomi doesn't operate in the UK - it focused primarily on Asian markets. However, it's hinted at going global recently, so who knows - maybe it'll eventually start selling smartphones here as other Chinese mobile manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE have.

Don't expect it to remain the 'fastest smartphone in the world' for long though - it'll likely be comprehensively beaten when the next wave of flagship phones are launched next year, if not before.

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