Xiaomi is opening a retail store in London as it extends its Europe push

Xiaomi is opening a retail store in London as it extends its Europe push

Chinas Xiaomi enters UK with phones, wristband and scooter

Xiaomi has launched its smartphone range in the UK. The fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world this week revealed plans to sell its consumer devices via its own online store, Amazon UK, John Lewis, and Argos, to name a few.

Xiaomi has also partnered with mobile network Three to sell its handsets on 24-month contracts online and in retail stores nationwide. The launch is a big deal for Three, which will become the first carrier to ever sell Xiaomi-branded smartphones on-contract in the UK. 

It’s set to cost £499.99 in the UK, and you’ll be able to get it exclusively on Three or from a variety of third-party retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse and Xiaomi’s new store in London if you’re happy to buy the phone outright.

Unmissable deal: Get a new Xiaomi smartphone for £1

To mark the launch, the Beijing-based firm has announced some unmissable discounts to its popular smartphone range, including handsets for £1.

That’s set to cost £26.99 from Three, Amazon, Carphone Warehouse, Currys and a variety of other retailers. If you hurry, you’ll be able to buy the band for £19.99 but that’s only for the first 10,000 orders between November 12 and November 23.

The unbelievable promotion is part of a limited time “doorcrasher special” deal to mark Xiaomis launch into the UK market.

The company also revealed youll be able to buy the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 from a variety of third-party retailers. Youve been able to buy the Mi Band 3 in the UK through other channels since earlier this year, but this is the first time Xiaomi has specifically sold it.

Speaking during its UK launch event, the smartphone manufacturer said only the “fastest” customers to rush to its online retail portal would be able to snag the killer deal. Trawling through the T&Cs for the promotion, its not difficult to see why only the fastest will be able to get a handset for a pound – Xiaomi is only making 3 of each model available at the heavily discounted price.

As you can see above, the design of the phone features a clear glass element that shows you the internals of the device. Those are dummy components that you can see, but it gives the phone a different look to almost any other phone on the market.

Unsurprisingly then, the Mi 8 Lite Black with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage – usually £279 SIM-free – has already sold-out at the £1 offer price.

The Mi 8 Pro will go on sale from November 9. The company has also brought the Mi 8 to the UK too, and that offers similar spec but there are a couple of missing features as it doesnt include the in-display fingerprint scanner.

Thankfully, there are a few more chances to get a Xiaomi-branded hanset for £1. At 8pm on November 9, the company will slash the price of the £259 Xiaomi Mi A2 to £1 as well, followed by the Mi 8 Lite on Saturday November 10 at 12pm, and finally, the £259 Xiaomi Mi A2 on November 11 at midday.

Those who want to try to get the deal will have to be registered as a member at Mi.com/UK before the sale starts.

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Unfortunately, the deal is not valid for the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro – the companys latest flagship device, with a 6.21-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, AI-powered dual 12MP camera system, IR face unlock, 8GB of RAM and a pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor.

Ahead of the launch, the company has already confirmed that mobile carrier Three will be its exclusive network partner, with Xiaomi-branded devices set to arrive online and in physical retail stores across the country from Friday November 9, 2018.

The Mi 8 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage is available in Transparent Titanium for £499. It will be available from November 9 via Three, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World, Very, Mobile Phones Direct, Katana and Mi.com/UK.

When the Mi Mix 3 was announced in China last month, prices for the entry-level 6GB/128GB model started at 3,299 RMB, which is roughly £370. Meanwhile, the maxed-out 10GB/256GB variant was priced at 4,999 RMB, which is around £560.

Those who arent fast enough on the draw for the £1 promotion might be able to take advantage of another launch day promotion from Xiaomi. Customers who spend over £99 on their first order will be eligible for a £20 discount at checkout.

Fingers crossed customers here in Blighty will get the chance to bag a Mi Mix 3. This stunning handset, which was announced in China last month, has a bezel-free screen, 10GB of RAM but is the first 5G-connected smartphone to go on sale.

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For example, the Redmi 6 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage and a dual-camera with 12MP and 5MP sensors will drop from £149 to  £129.

Its doubtful that Xiaomi will announce any previously unannounced products during its presentation, since this is about bringing existing hardware to a new market – not introducing a brand-new device.

During the announcement, Xiaomi said there would be a “limited number” of people able to bag the £20 discount, however, it did not specify the exact numbers.

Should the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 arrive in Three stores nationwide tomorrow, were unlikely to see the same aggressive prices, although it would be a great way to make a splash in a new market.

Wang Xiang, Senior Vice President of Xiaomi Corporation, said: “Today we witness a new chapter in Xiaomi’s global expansion journey, underpinned by our global ambitions. We are thrilled to make great strides by announcing our arrival in the UK. 

Xiaomi is poised to launch its smartphones in the UK. The hugely-successful Chinese company is holding a press conference in central London to announce its plans for the UK market.

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“By bringing a range of our amazing products at honest pricing we want to offer more choices and let everyone in the UK enjoy a connected simple life through our innovative technology ”

Fortunately, for those whose invite was lost in the post, Xiaomi is streaming the keynote presentation online. The event kicks-off at 2pm GMT (9am ET, 6am PT). 

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Xiaomi’s entry into the UK follows its arrival in France and Italy this May, and the official entry last November into Spain, its first Western European market, where it had already become the third largest smartphone vendor. As of today, Xiaomi is now sold in 74 markets worldwide.

Xiaomi has launched its smartphone range in the UK. The fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world this week revealed plans to sell its consumer devices via its own online store, Amazon UK, John Lewis, and Argos, to name a few.

Xiaomi has also partnered with mobile network Three to sell its handsets on 24-month contracts online and in retail stores nationwide. The launch is a big deal for Three, which will become the first carrier to ever sell Xiaomi-branded smartphones on-contract in the UK. 

Swiping from the left or right of the screen acts as back, while swiping from the bottom of the screen will take you back to the home screen. Swiping from the bottom and holding your finger in place for a split second will show you your open apps. From this open apps screen, you also have access to a split screen function, allowing you to view two apps at once. Im not sure actually how useful it is – a 6-odd inch screen might sound large for a phone but its not exactly big enough for multi-tasking. Still, if you want a browser and your emails open at the same time, or perhaps want to keep an eye on Twitter while playing a game, the Mi 8 Pro gives you the option to do that.

To mark the launch, the Beijing-based firm has announced some unmissable discounts to its popular smartphone range, including handsets for £1.

Since Xiaomi is a new brand to the UK, it means that some network features arent supported on the handset. Im on EE, and despite the network boasting the best 4G coverage in the UK, I barely get a signal in my area – a suburban area thats about 15 minutes away from a major city, I add. Basically it means to make calls when Im at home, Ive had to rely on Wi-Fi calling. None of the major networks currently support Wi-Fi calling on any Xioami handset. Hopefully this is something that will change as the brand becomes more established in the UK, but if signal is an issue in your area, its something to be mindful of.

The unbelievable promotion is part of a limited time “doorcrasher special” deal to mark Xiaomis launch into the UK market.

Xiaomi is probably not a brand name that means much to you – at least at the minute. The Chinese company has just officially launched in the UK , so its a name you can expect to start seeing more of. Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is their latest handset, and its being released here before any other country that isnt called China. Oh, and it has specs to rival leading brands flagship handsets – but without a known name emblazoned on the back. The Mi 8 Pro also happens to be much more reasonably priced: £499, in fact.

Speaking during its UK launch event, the smartphone manufacturer said only the “fastest” customers to rush to its online retail portal would be able to snag the killer deal. Trawling through the T&Cs for the promotion, its not difficult to see why only the fastest will be able to get a handset for a pound – Xiaomi is only making 3 of each model available at the heavily discounted price.

One fancy piece of tech that the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro sports is a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint reader. And… actually, its pretty cool. The last two phones Ive owned have both had fingerprint scanners on them but its a feature Ive never particularly bothered with. Its always been an extra layer of faff, but now the scanner is right in the screen – the same area Id have to tap or swipe to unlock anyway – it seems a hell of a lot more convenient.

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Unsurprisingly then, the Mi 8 Lite Black with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage – usually £279 SIM-free – has already sold-out at the £1 offer price.

Separately, you can also have Dual Apps, allowing you to have two instances of the same app working alongside each other. You could have two WhatsApp accounts, for instance, or have one Facebook app logged in for work and another for your personal account without needing to switch between them. Im not sure how useful each of these functions are for the average person who doesnt need to share their phone with anyone, but its there should you ever need it.

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Thankfully, there are a few more chances to get a Xiaomi-branded hanset for £1. At 8pm on November 9, the company will slash the price of the £259 Xiaomi Mi A2 to £1 as well, followed by the Mi 8 Lite on Saturday November 10 at 12pm, and finally, the £259 Xiaomi Mi A2 on November 11 at midday.

Xiaomi, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, has started to sell its products in the UK for the first time. 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.

Those who want to try to get the deal will have to be registered as a member at Mi.com/UK before the sale starts.

The Mi 8 Pro ships in a Transparent Titanium finish for £499. It includes 8GB of RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage and will be available from the 9th November via Three, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World, Very, Mobile Phones Direct, Katana and Mi.com.

Unfortunately, the deal is not valid for the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro – the companys latest flagship device, with a 6.21-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, AI-powered dual 12MP camera system, IR face unlock, 8GB of RAM and a pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor.

Wang Xiang, Senior Vice President of Xiaomi Corporation, said: “Today we witness a new chapter in Xiaomi’s global expansion journey, underpinned by our global ambitions. We are thrilled to make great strides by announcing our arrival in the UK. 

Xiaomi is bringing its bezel-busting flagship Mi 8 Pro to the UK

The Mi 8 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage is available in Transparent Titanium for £499. It will be available from November 9 via Three, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World, Very, Mobile Phones Direct, Katana and Mi.com/UK.

Redmi 6A boasts a 3,000mAh battery capable of keeping the smartphone in standby one mode for up to 19 days. It also has a 13MP rear camera that includes phase detection autofocus and a 5MP front-facing selfie camera. It will sell for £99 SIM-free.

Xiaomi launches in UK with new Mi 8 Pro

Those who arent fast enough on the draw for the £1 promotion might be able to take advantage of another launch day promotion from Xiaomi. Customers who spend over £99 on their first order will be eligible for a £20 discount at checkout.

Xiaomi’s flagship device will be available in Three stores and online on a range of 24-month contracts starting from £19 upfront and £22 per month, rising to £19 upfront and £46 per month for All You Can Eat (AYCE) data.

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For example, the Redmi 6 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage and a dual-camera with 12MP and 5MP sensors will drop from £149 to  £129.

But the star of the show is the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro – a flagship phone with a 6.21-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845, AI-powered dual 12MP camera system, IR face unlock, 8GB of RAM and a pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor.

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During the announcement, Xiaomi said there would be a “limited number” of people able to bag the £20 discount, however, it did not specify the exact numbers.

Xiaomi’s entry into the UK follows its arrival in France and Italy this May, and the official entry last November into Spain, its first Western European market, where it had already become the third largest smartphone vendor.

Wang Xiang, Senior Vice President of Xiaomi Corporation, said: “Today we witness a new chapter in Xiaomi’s global expansion journey, underpinned by our global ambitions. We are thrilled to make great strides by announcing our arrival in the UK. 

“By bringing a range of our amazing products at honest pricing we want to offer more choices and let everyone in the UK enjoy a connected simple life through our innovative technology ”

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Xiaomi’s entry into the UK follows its arrival in France and Italy this May, and the official entry last November into Spain, its first Western European market, where it had already become the third largest smartphone vendor. As of today, Xiaomi is now sold in 74 markets worldwide.

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