With its Pocofone F1 having gone on sale across the pond a week ago, Xiaomi has officially launched in the UK with its flagship Mi 8 Pro smartphone leading the way followed closely by its Band 3 fitness tracker and the budget-busting Redmi 6A. And if that isn’t quite enough for you, Xiaomi has also brought a ton of its smart connected appliances to the UK ranging from scales to luggage and even an electric scooter. There’s a lot to cover, so join us after the break for more details.
What is Xiaomi?
The first question you might ask is what Xiaomi is and where did it come from? In short, it’s a relatively new technology company that was founded in China in April 2010 by a group of six engineers and two designers. The company’s mantra is to produce “Amazing Products” at “Honest Prices” with the vision of being the “Coolest Company.” These are great buzzwords for sure, but in real terms, Xiaomi has shipped more than 100 million smart devices (excluding smartphones) to more than 70 countries worldwide.
When it comes to smartphones, Xiaomi has shipped more than a 100 million units, with the new Mi 8 series accounting for more than 6 million units, and placing 4th in the global smartphone market. 2018 has seen the company expand slowly into Western Europe via Italy, France, and Spain before coming to the UK. Enough about Xiaomi the company though, let’s take a closer look at the Mi 8 Pro, Redmi 6A, Band 3, and Electric Scooter.
Mi 8 Pro
First up is the Mi 8 Pro which also launched as the Mi 8 Explorer Edition at the tail-end of May in China with the eye-catching transparent rear panel. Featuring a 4-sided glass design, in-display fingerprint reader, a notched 6.21-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of built-in UFS 2.1 storage, dual 12MP rear cameras, and a 20MP selfie camera, the Mi 8 Pro is now on sale in the UK for £499. Besides buying it directly from Xiaomi’s online store, you can also order it from more familiar retailers such as Amazon, Three, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, Argos, and more.
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The Redmi 6A is at the budget end of the spectrum with a £99 price tag. The phone sports a 5.45-inch 720p notchless display, MediaTek A22 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, MicroSD card support up to 256GB, a 13MP rear camera, 5MP selfie camera, Dual-SIM slots, and a 3,000mAh battery. It costs £99 when bought directly from Xiaomi’s UK store, but you can grab the Redmi 6A bundled with the Xiaomi Band 3 fitness tracker (below) for £99 from the Three UK network.
Xiaomi Band 3
Also launched was the Xiaomi Band 3 fitness tracker that sports 20-day battery life, 50-meter water resistance, and compatibility with iOS and Android operating systems. The display is .78-inches big and shows information such as battery life, real-time heart rate, step count, calorie count, date and time as well as your sleeping metrics. It also displays real-time notifications such as app messages, incoming calls, caller ID, text messages, and activity goals. Priced at £26.99 from retailers such as Amazon and Carphone Warehouse, the first 10,000 units bought from Xiaomi’s online store are discounted to just £19.99 each.
I know the Electric Scooter isn’t Android-related, but it sure looks like a lot of fun. Capable of traveling up to 30KM on a single charge, Xiaomi’s Electric Scooter weighs just 12.5KG and comes with an LED headlight, regenerative braking, and the ability to use a smartphone as the dashboard. While the Electric Scooter will cost £399 when it becomes available later this month, the first hundred units will cost just £299 when bought directly from Xiaomi’s store in Westfield, London that is opening on November 18th.
Besides smartphones, a ton of other Xiaomi products will also be available to buy in the UK ranging from toothbrushes to weighing scales, kettles, lamps, earphones, speakers, laser projectors, robots, luggage, air purifiers, laptops, and a whole lot more. Needless to say that all the device will bring smart features when paired with your smartphone as part of the Mi ecosystem.
Are you excited to see Xiaomi products officially launched in the UK?