Xiaomi launches in Britain with flagship device

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Despite being the fourth-largest global smartphone brand, Xiaomi has yet to really crack the western market, with its popularity in Asia accounting for most of its market share. 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. 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.

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi's two premium smartphones - Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2S - are borrowing the Night Scene photography feature from the Mi Mix 3 in their latest MIUI 8.1.1.8 software update.

To check for the latest MIUI ROM update on the above mentioned compatible Xiaomi devices, users can head to Settings on their devices and then select About phone System updates Check for updates.

The company's products will be sold both online and in store, including at an authorized Mi outlet due to open in London's Westfield mall on November 18.

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The Mi 8 Pro originally debuted in China this May, and it's easily the most exciting of the bunch.

The Chinese brand revealed the Redmi 6A, Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro as the first phones that will hit the market. 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.

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.

For exmaple, the Redmi 6 with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage and a dual-camera with 12MP and 5MP sensors will drop from £149 to £129. 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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