Xiaomi UK Launch event - £1 Smartphone and £20 off voucher
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Xiaomi UK Launch event - £1 Smartphone and £20 off voucher

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Website is live for the launch event. Looks like the sale is starting from 12:00 on the 9th Nov and they suggest they are offering smartphones for £1 and also £20 discount vouchers.
Worth keeping an eye on this :-)

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Launch site details here - event.mi.com/uk/…ife
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Xiaomi Launch Event London: 2pm - 8th November. You can watch the live stream of the event on Youtube - link

Xiaomi has already confirmed that Three will carry its devices in store and online from 9 November so contract phones will be available. It will also be opening its own Mi outlet store in central London, although no confirmed date yet.

Speculation that the products unveiled tomorrow could be the Xiaomi Mi 8 or Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 based on the image released below.

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Won't get through, guaranteed haha, a quid for a phone though, not too shabby j guess. Haja
Xiaomi launching in the UK from tomorrow. This phone will be available for £499.99 - just checked gearbest - £548! Plus it comes with standard warranty!
Prices are on the home page sliding banner. link: mi.com/uk/


I feel they a bit too steep , hoping price drop in near future.


Like to hear other people opinions?

EDIT:

Mi 8 Lite - £249
POCOPHONE F1 - £329
Redmi Note 6 Pro - £219
Mi 8 - £459
Mi 8 Pro - £499

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£1 smartphone if you spend £399 on any other product I bet
BricksBricksBricks11 m ago

Do you understand how websites work? They didn't just have 3 phones …Do you understand how websites work? They didn't just have 3 phones available. Whilst I don't know the exact numbers, neither do you. Those metrics and data would not at any point be delivered to the end user, and ultimately visible in the source code of a page.Sigh.


Do I understand? You mean when my job role is a web developer... I have a pretty strong understanding yes.
May I refer you to their terms and conditions? mi.com/uk/…tml


In particular, clause 4:
1) Products available under this sale are limited in quantity and are given away on first-come, first-serve basis. Sale will be held in different slots with £1 price (VAT exclusive) on each day from Nov. 9th, 2018 at 12:00 to Nov. 11th, 2018 at 23:59 (GMT+0) as per the following schedule:

12:00 Nov. 9th: Mi 8 Lite 6GB RAM 128GB ROM, Black, 3 units

20:00 Nov. 9th: MI A2 4GB RAM 64GB ROM,Black, 3 units

12:00 Nov. 9th: MI A2 4GB RAM 64GB ROM,Blue, 2 units

12:00 Nov. 9th: MI A2 4GB RAM 64GB ROM,Gold, 2 units


So politely as possible: jog on.


In fact, I'll go one step further as you seem to like going down the condescending route. When their page loads, it renders this page: event.mi.com/uk/…les whereby the button actually says "Loading".

It then makes an AJAX call to fs.buy.mi.com/uk/…ill which returns the sales details and therefore updates the UI. You'll see in the response of this 4 objects, each with a "qty" field.
Edited by: "mbeard" 9th Nov
The only difference Xiaomi launching here will make to me is the opportunity of more readily available spare parts for the Xiaomi phones I will continue to buy from China lol. Not that any of the, I think, 11 Xiaomi's being used by members of my family/friends have ever shown any sign of malfunctioning. I simply won't pay a ridiculous premium for a 12 month warranty. But each to their own...
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i am sure people on here will be complaining if it costs 5 p more tahn buying direct from china
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£1 for a phone!


Must resist the inner cynic!!
Wait,what?
Can't wait to get me a mi mix 3 for a one pound note.
Will be interesting to see the handset pricing compared to getting direct from China. Also would warranty be valid in UK although bought from China.
Mrswitch14 m ago

Can't wait to get me a mi mix 3 for a one pound note.


In your dreams
Do you think the Uk store be about 20% more expensive what with vat now
£1 smartphone if you spend £399 on any other product I bet
androidavis8 m ago

Do you think the Uk store be about 20% more expensive what with vat now


And the rest.
Somebody said the other day that Xiaomi launched in Ireland and the mix 2s is €460 which is about £400. You can get it under £300 now from China
cartwheelbob45 m ago

Somebody said the other day that Xiaomi launched in Ireland and the mix 2s …Somebody said the other day that Xiaomi launched in Ireland and the mix 2s is €460 which is about £400. You can get it under £300 now from China


My guess is this:

Take China prices
Add on 20% VAT
Add on 10% to that for margin

So, £300 Mix 2S:
£60 VAT = £360
10% incremental margin = £396 (to get rough figures)

I think it will be like this for all models.
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deleted79467
i am sure people on here will be complaining if it costs 5 p more tahn buying direct from china
deleted794675th Nov

i am sure people on here will be complaining if it costs 5 p more tahn …i am sure people on here will be complaining if it costs 5 p more tahn buying direct from china


I wish, I had this discussion other week
Someone posted the Pocofone for £330 from Amazon, that's £100+ more than the China price
The only difference Xiaomi launching here will make to me is the opportunity of more readily available spare parts for the Xiaomi phones I will continue to buy from China lol. Not that any of the, I think, 11 Xiaomi's being used by members of my family/friends have ever shown any sign of malfunctioning. I simply won't pay a ridiculous premium for a 12 month warranty. But each to their own...
Once in the UK It will be interesting to see if Chinese websites increase their prices for UK customers. Knowing we'll have to pay it or pay the rip UK price.
cartwheelbob2 h, 38 m ago

Somebody said the other day that Xiaomi launched in Ireland and the mix 2s …Somebody said the other day that Xiaomi launched in Ireland and the mix 2s is €460 which is about £400. You can get it under £300 now from China


Yes, three phones and other gadgets are now available exclusively through 3 Ireland.
Via prepay the Redmi 6 @ €149.99, Redmi Note 5 @ €199.99 and Mi Mix 2S @ €459.99.
They are available without upfront costs on 24 month contract
ScubaDudes58 m ago

Once in the UK It will be interesting to see if Chinese websites increase …Once in the UK It will be interesting to see if Chinese websites increase their prices for UK customers. Knowing we'll have to pay it or pay the rip UK price.


Unlikely. The closer to UK prices Chinese/other prices creep, the more likely they are to lose the sale entirely. I wouldn't anticipate much of an increase at all - if anything, I expect prices to become more keen, as people realise they have options and will pay a premium for here and now, rather than waiting 3 weeks and potentially have customs and the like.

More competition is a good thing.
Any idea when the London store is opening. Will be there
edit looks like November 8th at 2pm.
Edited by: "shabbird" 5th Nov
Reading the blurb on the site it states that their aim is to keep their net margin on hardware below 5% for 80 years - that is how the Chinese are going to win through over Apple and Samsung - "death by a thousand cuts"
If they can sell them at their domestic prices and they are still making 5% margin, can you imagine how much margin Apple have?
Edited by: "bisto" 5th Nov
bisto5th Nov

Reading the blurb on the site it states that their aim is to keep their …Reading the blurb on the site it states that their aim is to keep their net margin on hardware below 5% for 80 years - that is how the Chinese are going to win through over Apple and Samsung - "death by a thousand cuts" If they can sell them at their domestic prices and they are still making 5% margin, can you imagine how much margin Apple have?


R&D is basically nil since Xiaomi just takes parts from suppliers and mashes it together. Whereas Apple invests in their processor design via in-house engineers and Samsung invests in screen development, RAM and so on.

Advertising also very minimal.

That's what's making up the bulk of your top tier phones. But yes the margin is still crazy, even without those factors.
shabbird1 h, 16 m ago

Any idea when the London store is opening. Will be there edit looks …Any idea when the London store is opening. Will be there edit looks like November 8th at 2pm.


November 8th at 2pm is the launch date, store will open after that. Can't share the date just yet (though I do know the proposed one).
plebbygiraffe42 m ago

R&D is basically nil since Xiaomi just takes parts from suppliers and …R&D is basically nil since Xiaomi just takes parts from suppliers and mashes it together. Whereas Apple invests in their processor design via in-house engineers and Samsung invests in screen development, RAM and so on.Advertising also very minimal.That's what's making up the bulk of your top tier phones. But yes the margin is still crazy, even without those factors.


Huawei have a huge R&D team - 80 odd thousand people. Granted they are now operating at the top end of the market too for price, but they can still bang out the excellent 8x for £200 retail in the UK.

Xiaomi have 38% of their workforce involved in R&D, so money wise they might not be smashing it, but resources like that will eventually pay off.
cactusbrandy2 h, 46 m ago

Unlikely. The closer to UK prices Chinese/other prices creep, the more …Unlikely. The closer to UK prices Chinese/other prices creep, the more likely they are to lose the sale entirely. I wouldn't anticipate much of an increase at all - if anything, I expect prices to become more keen, as people realise they have options and will pay a premium for here and now, rather than waiting 3 weeks and potentially have customs and the like. More competition is a good thing.


Exactly what I think.
bellboys4 h, 12 m ago

The only difference Xiaomi launching here will make to me is the …The only difference Xiaomi launching here will make to me is the opportunity of more readily available spare parts for the Xiaomi phones I will continue to buy from China lol. Not that any of the, I think, 11 Xiaomi's being used by members of my family/friends have ever shown any sign of malfunctioning. I simply won't pay a ridiculous premium for a 12 month warranty. But each to their own...


Absodudely! I use quite a few bits of Xiaomi electronics, including 2 phones, and it's all good quality.
bisto5th Nov

Huawei have a huge R&D team - 80 odd thousand people. Granted they are now …Huawei have a huge R&D team - 80 odd thousand people. Granted they are now operating at the top end of the market too for price, but they can still bang out the excellent 8x for £200 retail in the UK.Xiaomi have 38% of their workforce involved in R&D, so money wise they might not be smashing it, but resources like that will eventually pay off.


As you point out, Huawei's top of the line rivals Apple and Samsung. P20 Pro was £800. Mate 20 Pro £900. And yes, they are heavy on R&D as they make their own chipset.

The reason their budget phones are cheap is because they get filtered down tech when the R&D has been paid off.

Xiaomi makes more than phones. Specifically on phones, which is the topic of conversation, Xiaomi only takes third party parts and makes a phone out of it. All they need are engineers to piece that all together. Most of their R&D will be in other areas and more design-focused. In other words, cheaper, compared to the technical side.
plebbygiraffe1 h, 59 m ago

As you point out, Huawei's top of the line rivals Apple and Samsung. P20 …As you point out, Huawei's top of the line rivals Apple and Samsung. P20 Pro was £800. Mate 20 Pro £900. And yes, they are heavy on R&D as they make their own chipset. The reason their budget phones are cheap is because they get filtered down tech when the R&D has been paid off.Xiaomi makes more than phones. Specifically on phones, which is the topic of conversation, Xiaomi only takes third party parts and makes a phone out of it. All they need are engineers to piece that all together. Most of their R&D will be in other areas and more design-focused. In other words, cheaper, compared to the technical side.


I do see your point regarding Xiaomi, but regardless of who put the R&D in to make the components for their phones - the devices are well designed and good quality. They will certainly steal a good few sales away from other android based manufactures in the UK and probably a good few from Apple too.

I think that these cracking budget(ish) handsets from Huawei and Xiaomi are going to force Apples hand and get them to release the long rumoured 'cheap' Apple device sooner than they wanted?
bisto5th Nov

I do see your point regarding Xiaomi, but regardless of who put the R&D in …I do see your point regarding Xiaomi, but regardless of who put the R&D in to make the components for their phones - the devices are well designed and good quality. They will certainly steal a good few sales away from other android based manufactures in the UK and probably a good few from Apple too.I think that these cracking budget(ish) handsets from Huawei and Xiaomi are going to force Apples hand and get them to release the long rumoured 'cheap' Apple device sooner than they wanted?


Not a hope. If anything Apple's prices are likely to increase. It is positioning itself as a premium brand as the number of smartphone sales decreases. That way it can sell fewer phones at higher prices, leaving the lower-end brands to fight over the middle market.
As a comparison look at how Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, McLaren have got more and more expensive with each model release. I can't see any of those brands taking on the likes of BMW and Mercedes in the mass market. And that is the sort of brand positioning that Apple covets
ClotBot5th Nov

Will be interesting to see the handset pricing compared to getting direct …Will be interesting to see the handset pricing compared to getting direct from China. Also would warranty be valid in UK although bought from China.



It's certain that the model and/or serial numbers will be specific to the UK/EU official channels and any claims for grey imports will be rejected (or charged at full cost).
Just to put price difference into perspective. I got the Redmi 5A Note Prime in Bangkok Xiaomi store for the equivalent of £70 in May. Bought one from eBay here for £120. Can imagine that phone would've cost around £200 here had there been a store at that time.
I'm betting there will be about 40% increase in prices compared to buying from China, unless the Chinese government also subsidies this UK outlet like they subsidise China retailers.

20% VAT is a given plus whatever else they think the market will take, that's often how the prices are worked out... ie what they can get away with in a given market.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 6th Nov
deleted794675th Nov

i am sure people on here will be complaining if it costs 5 p more tahn …i am sure people on here will be complaining if it costs 5 p more tahn buying direct from china


If you opt for a carrier bag it will cost 5p more
Xiaomi trying sales tactics that might be legal in India, not off to a good start
jamie01522 h, 18 m ago

November 8th at 2pm is the launch date, store will open after that. Can't …November 8th at 2pm is the launch date, store will open after that. Can't share the date just yet (though I do know the proposed one).


Are the public not able to visit the UK store in London on the 8th then? Or is it exclusive to the press/media only?
Anyone wondering the price. They already launched in Ireland, price of Redmi note 5 3gb is equivalant of 173gbp compared to around 110gbp in other regions so yes, they will be much more expensive in the UK. Still better to just buy a global version off aliexpress unless you need a warranty you'll probably never use. I heard their warranty service is worthless anyway.
jellytotz2 m ago

Are the public not able to visit the UK store in London on the 8th then? …Are the public not able to visit the UK store in London on the 8th then? Or is it exclusive to the press/media only?


50 Mi Fans have received invites to the event, but the event is not in the store. Can't reveal the location as it's secret, but the store opening isn't directly connected to the launch event.
You can get an idea by going to their Netherlands site where you can buy a Redmi 5 Pro for just 249 euros.

I think there might be some upset people when the website and store opens.

Edit - just ignore this post, I got it all wrong as wixelix pointed out.... but unfortunately it might be worse than the 40% increase I said.... looks nearer 50% increase
Edited by: "spannerzone" 6th Nov
jamie0152 m ago

50 Mi Fans have received invites to the event, but the event is not in the …50 Mi Fans have received invites to the event, but the event is not in the store. Can't reveal the location as it's secret, but the store opening isn't directly connected to the launch event.


Ok sorry I'm confused. I understand you saying about the invite only etc.

Bottom line is - when can I, as a public member, visit the store?
jellytotz2 m ago

Ok sorry I'm confused. I understand you saying about the invite only etc. …Ok sorry I'm confused. I understand you saying about the invite only etc. Bottom line is - when can I, as a public member, visit the store?


I know the date but not allowed to say, all I will say is that it's not happening on the same day as the launch event. It isn't far away though. I'm planning to go to the store launch, wonder how busy it will be on the first day!
spannerzone6 m ago

You can get an idea by going to their Netherlands site where you can buy a …You can get an idea by going to their Netherlands site where you can buy a Redmi 5 Pro for just 249 euros.I think there might be some upset people when the website and store opens.



Ehh, thats clearly not an official store. Better to go by Ireland prices. 199 euro for note 5. still 50% more than other regions.
Edited by: "wixelix" 6th Nov
wixelix4 m ago

Ehh, thats clearly not an official store. Better to go by Ireland prices. …Ehh, thats clearly not an official store. Better to go by Ireland prices. 199 euro for note 5. still 50% more than other regions.


Dang you're right and I'm an idiot... I meant to go to the French Mi store where the Note5 is 199 euros... that'll teach me to rush and not check things. Anyhoo..... you've shown it's 50% more so even worse that what I said I thought it would be

I'll edit my link and then get my coat.
cartwheelbob5th Nov

£1 smartphone if you spend £399 on any other product I bet


That's not how Chinese companies do it - they just sell very limited quantities with such prices.
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