Xiaomi's Mi 4C Android phone went on sale in China last week (22 September). Here we look at how to buy the Mi 4C in the UK, and why you might want to. Also see: Best new phones coming in 2015/2016.

Xiaomi Mi 4C UK release date: When is the Xiaomi Mi 4C coming out?

The Xiaomi Mi 4C will not officially go on sale in the UK, so there is no UK release date. However, it went on sale in China on 22 September. Read on for details of how to buy the Xiaomi Mi 4C from China.

Xiaomi Mi 4C UK price: How to buy the Xiaomi Mi 4C in the UK

Geekbuying is stocking both 16- and 32GB variants of the Xiaomi Mi 4C and offers free shipping to the UK. The 16GB model will ship on 20 October, and the 32GB model on 25 October.

For the 16GB model with 2GB of RAM you'll pay £159.40. Click here to buy the 16GB Mi 4C.

For the 32GB model with 3GB of RAM you'll pay £192.63. Click here to buy the 32GB Xiaomi Mi 4C.

As ever, when buying phones from China we highly recommend you first read up on our advice on buying grey-market tech.

Xiaomi Mi 4C

Xiaomi Mi 4C specifications: What to expect from the Xiaomi Mi 4C

The Mi 4C from Xiaomi is one of few new phones to support USB Type-C rather than Micro-USB for charging and data transfer. Currently there's the OnePlus 2, new MacBook, Chromebook Pixel and a few Chinese devices you probably won't have heard of. However, we're about to see many more USB Type-C devices with tomorrow's launch of Android Marshmallow, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, with support for USB Type-C built into the new operating system. Also see: Best Chinese phones 2015 UK and How to buy Xiaomi in the UK.

In fact, the Mi 4C is the first USB Type-C phone to also support Qualcomm Quick Charge (the OnePlus 2 does not). This means you can drastically reduce charging time for the phone's built-in 3080mAh lithium-polymer battery. (Also read our Tronsmart USB Type-C Quick Charge car charger review.)

The Xiaomi Mi 4C doesn't ship with Android Marshmallow, of course, having been announced prior to its release. This Xiaomi phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7 out of the box.

As we mentioned above, there are two variants of the Mi 4C, with a cheaper model offering 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and a more expensive version offering 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. At the time of writing we are awaiting our review sample of the 16GB model in black from Geekbuying; the phone is also available in pink, blue, yellow and white. Also see: Best phones 2015.

Both phones feature a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with a 5in full-HD (1920x1080) IPS display. They are dual-SIM phones, with both SIMs able to operate on 4G LTE networks, and both feature a 13Mp rear camera with LED flash. An Edge Tap feature allows you to tap the phone's side to take a photo, or double-tap to go back.

See below for the Xiaomi Mi 4C full specifications.

• Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7

• Processor: 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit

• Graphics: Adreno 418

• Display: 5in full-HD (1920x1080) IPS with Sunlight Display

• Memory: 2GB/3GB

• Storage: 16GB/32GB

• Connectivity: 4G LTE Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby (Micro-SIM); dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi; GPS; Bluetooth 4.1

• Charging port: USB Type-C

• Camera: 13Mp Sony IMX258 with two-tone flash, Phase Detection autofocus; 5Mp front camera

• Battery: 3080mAh with Quick Charge

• Dimensions: 138.1x69.6x7.8mm

• Weight: 132g

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