Xiaomi’s been cranking out high quality, low-cost phones for a few years. But most models released to date have lacked support for high-speed 4G LTE networks. It looks like that’s about to change.
A handful of LTE-enabled smartphones from Xiaomi recently found their way through the Chinese equivalent of the FCC.
There’s no word on whether we’ll see a 4G version of the more powerful Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone… but with it’s likely that the company will unveil its next-generation flagship phone, the Mi4 on July 22nd. So there might not be that much need to update last year’s model.
It’s not clear if or when any of these specific devices will be sold in the US or Europe, but the Xiaomi has already started offering some of its devices in India, Singapore, and other regions outside of its home country of China. The company plans to enter the US market in 2015, although we’ll have to wait until then to see if it brings these phones or newer models to the States.
While LTE support isn’t as important in some emerging markets as it is in the US, the feature could help Xiaomi sell phones in regions where customers expect 4G support.