The Mi4 was launched by Xiaomi earlier this year, and since then it's been selling fairly well in China. Those looking to import the device however, have been unable to if they want to enjoy 4G LTE with their purchase. That's because the current version in production from Xiaomi is a WCDMA 3G version, which limits users to slower, 3G speeds. Of course, if you're in a country with poorer 4G network support, then this version of the Mi4 might be just right for you, but those looking to take advantage of newer 4G networks have been left waiting. That wait might be coming to an end soon though, as there's word that Xiaomi is ready to release an FDD-LTE model of the Mi4 come December 16th.
GizChina has reason to believe that the company is preparing a 4G-capable version of the device, and that a launch in the next week or so could be on the cards. You might be wondering what "FDD-LTE" is, and literally it stands for "'frequency-division duplexing", as oppose to the "time-division duplexing" used in TDD-LTE. Duplexing refers to transmitting and receiving at the same time, and all you really need to know is that FDD-LTE is used more commonly in Europe. My network of choice here in the UK users 4G, and I get good coverage near my home, as such I would need the FDD-LTE version to take advantage of those faster speeds. The Mi line of devices has proven popular in Europe before, and with a new FDD-LTE version of the Mi4, I'm sure importers will be busy trying to get the latest from Xiaomi into the country. If you want to read more about the Mi4, then you can always take a look at our review here.
If only Xiaomi would make their way into Europe, then fans wouldn't have to import their devices, but at least the company is gearing up to make devices that will take advantage of quicker networks outside of China. With the hope that Xiaomi can expand further West, it's an exciting time to be an Android fan, with more and more devices launching all the time. Let us know if the Mi4 is something you've been waiting for, or are you just unlikely to import a device in general?