Smartphone maker Xiaomi launches in Britain with flagship device

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Elsewhere, the 12MP+12MP (one wide-angle, one telephoto) camera configuration is the same as on the original Mi 8, with a Sony IMX363 primary sensor and Samsung S5K3M3 secondary sensor, and that phone scored 105 for photos according to DxOMark.

Other core specs are pretty standard for a modern flagship, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It will use a 24 megapixel (MP) selfie camera and have rear 12MP + 5MP AI dual-cameras, all from Sony. There's one storage version at 128GB, and it's now unclear if you'll be able to use microSD cards with the phone.

Xiaomi launched the Mi 8 Pro earlier in the year, but the United Kingdom is the first country to get the handset outside of China.

Consumers have been able to buy Xiaomi phones in Spain since last November, and in Italy and France since May. This was achieved between October 9 and November 8, 2018. The company has also brought the Mi 8 to the United Kingdom too, and that offers similar spec but there are a couple of missing features as it doesn't include the in-display fingerprint scanner.

Xiaomi has also ensured the Mi 8 Pro comes with a number of essential accessories for anyone that picks one up. This feature was originally introduced with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. However, the brand is now officially coming to the United Kingdom and will hook up with tech distributors like Amazon, Three, CPW and John Lewis - as well as opening a flagship Mi Store in Westfield London.

It is also bringing its entry-level Redmi 6A device, priced from 99 pounds ($130), Wang said, and some of the other products in the "Mi" range, including its Xiaomi Band 3 fitness band and an electric scooter.