Xiaomi officially enters United Kingdom market with major retailer backing

Judy Cobb
November 11, 2018

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

In the wake of depreciating rupee and rising input costs, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Saturday announced that it's increasing the prices of its budget smartphones Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A, along with Mi Powerbank 2i and Mi TV (32-inch Pro and 49-inch Pro variants).

The front of the phone is less striking, with a very familiar look - meaning a relatively wide notch and a small chin at the bottom of the phone, like nearly every other Android phone to launch this year. The rear camera setup of the Mi 8 Pro comes with several features like Portrait mode with background blurring, Dual Pixel Autofocus, 4-axis optical image stabiliser, Single-tone flash, Low light enhancement, HDR imaging, Panorama mode, Burst mode, Face recognition, and AI Beautify.

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The smartphone has a 3400 mAh Li-ion battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 capability via USB type C port, and the device misses out on a headphone jack.

HDR results are especially impressive with the Mi 8 Pro, while Xiaomi has also added some bonus features including a Pro mode. The Band 3 fitness tracker is also there, but since it only costs £20 it won't be eligible for a price drop. You've been able to buy the Mi Band 3 in the United Kingdom through other channels since earlier this year, but this is the first time Xiaomi has specifically sold it.

That is now changing as today, Xiaomi held an event in London to celebrate the company's official launch in the UK. The Beijing OEM also reaffirmed its plans to open the first Mi store in the region in London's enormous Westfield shopping center on November 18.

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