Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro with pressure-sensitive in-screen fingerprint sensor comes to the UK

By | 8th November 2018

Xiaomi is rapidly expanding in Europe, officially unveiling the flagship Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S in Ireland last week and also announcing that they would be officially launching in the UK today. While in Ireland, Xiaomi has launched in partnership with Three, the company is maintaining slightly more independence in the UK (though they are still selling through Three). With Mi branded stores on the way following job listings posted a few months ago, it would appear that they are not going to be quite as tied down to Three stores only in the UK. Xiaomi is launching the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro in the UK, and it will be available off-contract for £499 from the 9th of November.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is a pretty special smartphone, in that it has a number of stand-out features that the rest of the competition doesn’t. With a fingerprint sensor under the display along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 6GB or 8GB of RAM, this particular handset has all the hallmark traits of a 2018 flagship. It has a notched 6.21-inch AMOLED display with the same camera hardware as the powerful Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Entering a new market is always going to be difficult for any smartphone manufacturer, so doing it with a powerful but unique smartphone is definitely the way to go. Previously, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro was only available in China.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Display6.21-inch (2248 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:7:9 AMOLED display
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845 @ 2.8GHz and Adreno 630 GPU
RAM6GB and 8GB options
Storage128GB  (UFS 2.1)
Battery3,000mAh, Quick Charge 4.0+
Front Camera20MP with real-time AI portraits
Rear Cameras – 12MP 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size
– 12MP Samsung S5K3M3 sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, 2X zoom
ConnectivityDual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, Dual-frequency (L1+L5) GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC
SoftwareMIUI with Android 8.1 Oreo core
Dimensions & Weight154.9×74.8×7.6mm @ 177g
Extras – IR Face unlock
– Pressure sensitive fingerprint sensor
– Dual SIM (nano + nano)
– USB Type-C