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October 26, 2018

Get ready U.K., Xiaomi has big plans for you in November

by John_A

Xiaomi will officially launch its first smartphone and other products in the U.K. in November. This is a serious push by Chinese brand, which has a considerable international following, as it will also open a retail store in one of London’s largest and busiest shopping centers. The official launch will take place on November 8, with the store opening on November 10.

While Xiaomi is best known in China and India, it has been increasing its presence in Europe since late 2017, when it launched in Spain. In 2018, it has also added France and Italy to the list. There have been hints Xiaomi would launch in the U.K. ever since a partnership with Hutchison telecom was announced, which owns the country’s Three network. At this time, there’s no indication Xiaomi phones will be sold through Three though.

The company says it will launch a, “flagship smartphone,” and a range of its smart home products. This follows the model it used in Spain last year, when it launched the Mi Mix 2, the Xiaomi Mi A1, and connected products including its fitness tracker. Today, the Spanish online store contains more devices including the Mi 8, the Mi A2, Xiaomi’s electric scooter, and the Mi Box Google Cast-equipped TV set top box.

Exactly what it will launch in the U.K. is unknown, but to make a splash, it will likely introduce either a brand new device or one which has so far not launched outside China. The Mi Store will open in the Westfield shopping center in White City, which is the largest shopping center in Europe, ensuring Xiaomi receives a considerable amount of attention.

Xiaomi has a strong community of fans around the world, almost regardless of whether the brand has an official presence in their country; but breaking into the U.K. market will not be easy. It faces a stiff challenge from established smartphone brands such as Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, along with rapidly growing Honor and OnePlus. OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 6T in more carrier retail stores than any of its previous devices, making it a formidable opponent in the affordable, high-spec device market.

We’ll bring you all the news from Xiaomi and its U.K. launch over the coming weeks.

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