Smartphone maker Xiaomi launches in Britain with flagship device

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That could soon be changing, however, as following a recent expansion into Spain and Italy, Xiaomi has now officially launched in the UK.

While Xiaomi's strength lies in the smartphone segment, the new pricing will be affecting only two smartphones. 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. Today, it is Xiaomi's turn to increase prices and it affects a lot more products. There will thus be a zero-second instant start and Xiaomi promises that this would not slow down the device and in-turn claims the new line of devices will have an improved start-up speed.

The company has also brought the Redmi 6A to the United Kingdom which is a more affordable phone with a 5.45-inch HD display, powered by a Mediatek Helio A22 chipset and includes a 13MP rear camera.

-Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch price has been hiked by Rs 1,000. The company also moved 400,000 Mi TVs. Those are dummy components that you can see, but it gives the phone a different look to nearly any other phone on the market. It features a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with a notch at the top to give it a full-screen design. I only had a small amount of time to use the phone at the launch event, but the display looks decent - if not mind-blowing - with relatively punchy colours and a good level of contrast.

The first sale, with the black Mi 8 Lite, has already sold out, but there are more coming.

If you want to pick the Mi 8 Pro up for yourself, it'll be available on November 9 at Three, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World, Very, Gomobile, Mobile Phones Direct, Katana, and Mi.com.

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