Xiaomi launches in United Kingdom with new Mi 8 Pro

Xiaomi announces big US event in New York

Chinese phonemaker Xiaomi is releasing its first handset in the United Kingdom, as the company seeks to expand its reach beyond Greater China.

It's set to cost £499.99 in the United Kingdom, 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. The downside to that is United Kingdom customers would previously have had to import Xiaomi devices from China or other parts of Asia, potentially adding customs fees and VAT, reducing the overall value proposition. Most of these Xiaomi products have been launched with introductory prices and the company at the launch event said that the prices are subject to change.

Xiaomi has confirmed that it will begin selling phones and smart home devices in the United Kingdom.

That is because the Mi 8 Pro is not only launching with the same £499 price tag as its Chinese rival, but it also comes with an array of similar technologies such as an in-display fingerprint reader.

As you can see above, the design of the phone features a clear glass element that shows you the internals of the device.

As of now, the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Pro, and the Xiaomi Poco F1 might receive a software update (as a beta release), as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC powers all three smartphones. I have to say, it looks incredibly cool - move over colour gradients, I want a transparent phone!

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. A big part of the camera system, and a growing trend in the smartphone market, is also the AI scene recognition, which can detect up to 25 objects/scenarios and optimises the image accordingly.

As for Mi 8 Lite, the 4GB/64GB variant will be made available for RM 999 through Mi Official Store on Shopee starting from 10 November.

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