Xiaomi launches in Britain with flagship device

Ruben Fields
November 10, 2018

Xiaomi ranks as the fourth-largest smartphone company in the world, with customers mainly concentrated in China and parts of Asia.

Prior to the company's official debut in the UK, Xiaomi already had a presence in the European market with Spain where the company has 10 stores. This year, though, it would appear that things may take a turn for the better, as a new leak detailing Xiaomi's Android Pie roadmap surfaced earlier.

Xiaomi announced its United Kingdom product portfolio at an event held in London earlier today.

Xiaomi entered the United Kingdom market by launching the Mi 8 Pro, the Mi Band 3, the Redmi 6A and the Mi Electric Scooter.

As per our report, the Mi 8 Pro is indeed the Mi 8 Explorer Edition that was launched in China on May this year as opposed to this similarly named variant that was released in China a few months later. 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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The most striking and unique aspect of the phone is undoubtedly the glass black. You can clearly see the NFC sensor, the large carbon-fibre wrapped battery cell and even the Snapdragon chip at the top of the phone.

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 first batch of devices to get the stable China ROM update included Mi 6X, Mi 8 SE, Mi Mix 2, Redmi Note 5, Redmi 6 series etc.

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.

Elsewhere, the 12MP+12MP (one wide-angle, one telephoto) camera configuration is the same as on the original Mi 8, with a Sony IMX363 primary sensor and Samsung S5K3M3 secondary sensor, and that phone scored 105 for photos according to DxOMark. Under the hood, it runs on a Snapdragon 660 processor and it comes in two spec options - 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage.

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