While Xiaomi has recently made its move to the UK launching the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro outside China for the first time, we've been treated to a glimpse of what the company's next smartphone might offer. 

The unsurprisingly-named Mi 9 has been given the render treatment by concept guru Ben Geskin, giving us a peek at a phone with three cameras on the rear and a smaller notch on the front, evolving beyond the current Mi 8.

@VenyaGeskin1Stunning Xiaomi Mi 9 concept image 2

Geskin has also provided some "probable" specs. Some of these things will be a dead certainty - like the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware, thought be called 8150 (rather than 855) - due for launch in December 2018.

Elsewhere the specs could see a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, 6-8GB RAM, 3700mAh battery, a triple rear camera with 48-megapixel main sensor, in-display fingerprint scanner and 5G, according to Geskin.

At the moment there's little to corroborate any of these specs: 5G could be open to debate (there might not be network support, so 5G might follow in later devices), and we're not sold on it using a 48-megapixel main sensor for the camera (Sony's latest). Experience suggests that a lower megapixel count will garner better results.

Xiaomi's global expansion has enveloped Europe in 2018, so it will be interesting to see how Xiaomi will launch its next device - will it be a home launch in China, or will it go for a big bang on the global stage with an announcement at Mobile World Congress 2019?

Rumours have said that Xiaomi will be the first to announce a devices with the new Qualcomm hardware, which could even push it to CES 2019 in January.

ee.co.uk - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

Sections Phones Xiaomi