The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (not to be confused with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 unveiled last August) is successor to the excellent Mi Note. It's a flagship phablet with a screen that is curved on both edges, much like the now-discontinued Galaxy Note 7, and the Global model supports all UK 4G networks. Last week we heard full details about the new Mi Note. Here's everything you need to know about the Mi Note 2, including how to buy it in the UK, the price, features and specifications. Also see: Is Xiaomi's Mi Mix the most extraordinary phone you've ever seen?

Mi Note 2 UK release date, price: How to buy Mi Note 2 in UK

The Mi Note 2 will not officially be available in the UK, but you can buy it through Chinese importers such as GearBest. The company is currently listing the Mi Note 2 on pre-order, and says it will ship after 15 December. Also see: Best Chinese phones 2016

Note that the price you pay is not be a straight conversion to Sterling from the Chinese RRP, but it will still be cheaper than European flagships. You should also take into account that your rights are slightly different when buying from China, and that you will have to pay a small import fee if requested by Customs upon the phone's arrival to the UK. For more buying advice see our guide to grey market tech.

The Mi Note 2 will be available in the following models:

4GB RAM, 64GB storage: RMB 2799 (£337.94)

6GB RAM, 128GB storage: RMB 3299 (£398.31)

6GB RAM, 128GB storage (Global): RMB 3499 (£422.46)

The 4GB RAM, 64GB storage Mi Note 2 is listed at GearBest for £400.51/$509.99. Pre-order the Mi Note 2 here.

For the first time a Xiaomi phone willl work on all UK 4G networks, but you will need to choose the Global model in order to get all 37 bands.

Mi Note 2

Mi Note 2 specifications: What to expect from Mi Note 2

The Mi Note 2 is a large 5.7in phablet with a metal chassis that comes in Piano Black and Glacier Silver. It's a true rival to the now-discontinued Note 7, and not least because of its dual-curved edge screen - the hardware is also incredibly impressive. 

• 5.7in (1920x1080, 386ppi) AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16 million colours
• MIUI 8 (custom Android 6.0 Marshmallow, outlined in the video below)
• 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821
• Adreno 530 GPU
• 64GB/128GB storage
• 22.5Mp Sony IMX318 rear camera, f/2.0, EIS (gyro), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
• 8Mp Sony IMX268 f/2.0 selfie camera with autofocus
• Video recording: 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 30fps
• Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
• Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
• Bluetooth 4.2
• USB Type-C 1.0
• 192k/24-bit Hi-Fi audio with AQSTIC audio chip
• Fingerprint sensor
• 4070mAh lithium-ion battery, non-removable, with QC3
• 156.2x77.3x7.6mm
• 166g