- Xiaomi has confirmed that it will begin selling phones and smart home devices in the U.K.
- The Mi 8 Pro is currently available in China and UK.
- In UK, retails for GBP 499.99, which is roughly around Rs 47,300.
- The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ support.
- The Chinese brand revealed the Redmi 6A, Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro as the first phones that will hit the market.
- Xiaomi will also open its first Mi store in the region on November 18.
Xiaomi, the world’s fourth ranked smartphone maker, entered Britain on Thursday with the international debut of its flagship Mi 8 Pro, which it hopes will win fans in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple.
Xiaomi has officially entered U.K with the launch of Mi 8 Pro alongside a range of other products including Mi 8, Redmi 6A smartphone, the Xiaomi Band 3 fitness tracker, and the Mi electric scooter. Apart from U.K, Xiaomi is steadily rolling out its range of products in new regions including Latin America and parts of northern and eastern Europe.
— XiaomiUK (@XiaomiUK_) November 8, 2018
Though Xiaomi products were available in the UK through a 3rd party, this marks the official entry and a major push for Xiaomi. They will be available through brick-and-mortar Mi Store in Westfield London which will be opened on November 18. The Chinese smartphone giant first debuted the Mi 8 Pro alongside the Mi 8 Lite in China back in September, following Mi 8 which launched in May. The company’s senior VP, Wang Xiang said: “Today we witness a new chapter in Xiaomi’s global expansion journey, underpinned by our global ambitions.”
As far as the specifications are concerned, the Mi 8 Pro comes packed with a 6.21-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 2248 x 1080 pixels resolution. The Xiaomi phone supports features like Always-on display mode, Colour temperature adjustment, HDR display, Reading mode, among other things. On the camera front, the Mi 8 Pro packs an ultra light-sensitive AI camera on the rear panel. As for the configurations, the Mi 8 Pro comes with a dual camera setup on the rear with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel for wide-angle shots and secondary sensor of also 12-megapixel. The second camera is a telephoto lens.
The main camera is paired with 4-axis optical stabiliser, and aperture of f/1.8, while the second camera comes with an aperture of f/2.4 and is basically for portrait shots. 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. On the front, the Mi 8 Pro comes with a 20-megapixel camera which pairs with 3D Beautify, AI portrait mode, Selfie timer, Face recognition, and HDR imaging.
On the hardware front, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 AIE flagship processor with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage which can be expandable via microSD card. The Mi 8 Pro comes with dual-SIM support and runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ support and USB Type-C reversible connector port.
The Mi Pro comes with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor. This only activates the unlocking process once you place your finger on the screen, which is faster and more power-efficient and is 29% faster compared to the in-display fingerprint sensor on the Mi 8. It sports a 6.21-inch (2248 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:7:9 AMOLED display and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU. It packs 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB (UFS 2.1) storage and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI.
Xiaomi is bringing its “entry-level” Redmi 6A phone to the UK too, along with other Xiaomi products like its Band 3 fitness tracker and its electric scooter. A Xiaomi retail store is slated to open in the Westfield Mall in London on Nov. 18.
Mi Band 3
As for the Mi Band 3, it has a 0.78-inch OLED display, compared to 0.42-inch in the Mi Band 2 so that it can display more characters including WhatsApp, Facebook or SMS messages, Weather info, caller ID and more. It also 5ATMwaterprooff so that you can take it for swimming under 50 meters. It comes with improved activity tracking, and it shows real-time data for running, cycling, walking, and other activities. It still has a button on the front, and you can view the caller name on the band, and reject the call with a long press of the button. It has a larger 110mAh battery that promises about 20 days of standby.
Mi Electric Scooter
The Mi Electric Scooter weighs just 12.5kg and has a folding design that lets you fold it in just 3 seconds with a press of a button. It has a DC motor with integrated die-casting molding that protects its internal structure. The maximum torque of the motor is 16N·m, rated power is 250W and offers instantaneous maximum power up to 500W. The maximum speed of the scooter is 25km/h. It has 8.5-inch front and rear pneumatic tires for excellent shock absorption and stability.
Availabilty & Prices
The Mi 8 Pro starts at £499 ($653 or Rs.47,515 approx.). The device sports a transparent glass back design so you can see inside the phone. Xiaomi also launched the Redmi 6A mobile phone priced at £99 ($130 or Rs. 9,455 approx.), the Mi Band 3 costs £27 ($35 or Rs.2,545 approx.), and the Mi electric scooter costs £399 ($523 or Rs. 38,045 approx.). All the products are available from Mi website.