Xiaomi officially enters the United Kingdom with the Mi 8 Pro

Alfred Osborne
November 9, 2018

Despite being the fourth-largest global smartphone brand, Xiaomi has yet to really crack the western market, with its popularity in Asia accounting for most of its market share. The Beijing-based manufacturer has partnered with mobile network Three, which will sell Xiaomi-branded handsets online and in its brick-and-mortar stores nationwide.

The Mi 8 Pro sports a 6.21-inch AMOLED display, transparent glass back cover, an AI-powerful dual camera set-up and infra-red facial recognition technology, and bears a close resemblance to Apple's iPhone X thanks to the "notch" at the top of its display. According to Xiaomi, this'll get you up to 19 days of battery life in standby mode. It also has a 13MP rear camera that includes phase detection autofocus and a 5MP front-facing selfie camera. Pre-orders open tomorrow, ready for a 21st November delivery. It can also be picked up SIM-free for just £99. The carrier is offering a range of 24-month contracts, starting from £12 a month, with a one-off £19 upfront cost.

Now Xiaomi is ready to launch the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite in the United Kingdom, which will mark its next major global expansion.

The Mi 8 Pro ships in a Transparent Titanium finish for £499.

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Xiaomi has confirmed that it will begin selling phones and smart home devices in the United Kingdom. That could soon be changing, however, as following a recent expansion into Spain and Italy, Xiaomi has now officially launched in the UK.

In addition to the products themselves, Xiaomi's also launching a physical retail store in Westfield London on November 18. We are thrilled to make great strides by announcing our arrival in the UK.

That is now changing as today, Xiaomi held an event in London to celebrate the company's official launch in the UK.

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