Xiaomi officially enters the United Kingdom with the Mi 8 Pro

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Xiaomi will also open its first Mi store in the region on November 18.

Smartphones have remained at its core since its 2010 founding in Zhongguancun - China's Silicon Valley - and sales have skyrocketed, making Xiaomi the world's fourth-largest smartphone vendor at the end of previous year, according to International Data Corp.

Months after we first heard Xiaomi would be coming to the United Kingdom, the brand has just announced it'll be bringing its latest flagship phone to market. This comes just days after Xiaomi had confirmed that photography features of the Mi Mix 3 would trickle down to the Mi 8 and the Mi Mix 2S.

You'll also need to be registered as a member at Mi.com/UK to be eligible for the heavily discounted items.

Ahead of their launch in Malaysia tomorrow, Xiaomi has officially revealed the price of their two latest smartphones for our market, the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite.

All are features found on rival high-end phones that can cost more than £700, but Xiaomi is to sell the Mi 8 Pro starting at £499, as part of a strategy it calls "honest pricing". 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.


Still, unlike Huawei, Xiaomi was not founded by a veteran of China's armed forces and sells handsets instead of telecom infrastructure so there may be less cause for concern.

Those who aren't fast enough on the draw for the £1 promotion might be able to take advantage of another launch day promotion from Xiaomi.

On the rear of the device is a dual camera with two 12MP lenses working in tandem.

As some European consumers have pulled back from expensive outlays for an iPhone or Samsung, Xiaomi's more affordable product has proved a hit in countries like France, Italy and Spain.

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.

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