After making its product available in the European market in Spain, France and Italy, China-based Xiaomi has now officially entered the UK market.
While Xiaomi products were available in the UK through third-party sellers, the company has announced that it will open its official brick-and-mortar Mi Home Store in Westfield London on 18th November.
In the UK, the company has launched a few products, including Mi 8 Pro flagship smartphone, Redmi 6A entry-level phone, Mi Band 3 fitness tracker, and Mi Electric Scooter.
The Mi 8 Pro comes with a 6.21-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and runs Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor. It packs 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage but there’s no microSD card slot for expanding storage. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor.
It features a dual camera setup on the back, consisting of two 12-megapixel sensors and a 20-megapixel f/2.0 camera sensor on the front side. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box with the company’s MIUI 10 interface. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for fast charging technology.
The Redmi 6A is a budget smartphone with 5.45-inch HD+ display and Helio A22 quad-core processor. It features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper. It runs Android Oreo and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 wearable device features a 0.78-inch OLED display that supports WhatsApp, Facebook or SMS messages, Weather info, caller ID and more. It also 5ATM waterproof so that you can take it for swimming under 50 meters.
It comes with improved activity tracking, and it shows real-time data for running, cycling, walking, and other activities. It still has a button on the front, and you can view the caller name on the band, and reject the call with a long press of the button. It has a larger 110mAh battery that promises about 20 days of standby.
As for the pricing, the Mi 8 Pro starts at £499 (approximately $653) while the Redmi 6A mobile phone is priced at £99 (approx. $130). The Mi Band 3 costs £27 (~$35) and the Mi electric scooter costs £399 (approximately $523).
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