Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has announced its latest Mi 4 handset. This comes after the company hired Google's Hugo Bara who played a big role in Android and Nexus.

The Mi 4, which has been unveiled on the Xiaomi Facebook page, is the new flagship handset for the company. The spec list is pretty impressive with a Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5GHz being backed by a whopping 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM. And speed is even guaranteed on the storage which uses eMMC 5.0 whether you choose the 16GB version or up to the 64GB model.

The screen is a 5-inch 1080p display made by Sharp. While the camera is 13-megapixels in the rear and the impressive 8-megapixel CMOS camera from Sony on the front. There's also a 3,080mAh battery so getting all day use shouldn't be a problem.

The rumour mill has also suggested different variations on the Mi 4 including a mini model. At this stage there have been no announcements of any other models.

The only facts that aren't clear are the release date and pricing. In fact it may not even be released outside of China at this stage. If it does go international we'd imagine it, like most Chinese manufactured handsets, will undercut the competition for pricing considerably.

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