Xiaomi is currently offering a new deal everyday in its Daily Picks promotion at the official Mi Store. However, some of the best deals are available from unofficial sources.
GearBest, Geekbuying and other online retailers like these offer to ship Chinese tech globally at much lower prices than we pay in the UK. These retailers are often responsible for the samples that are sent to us for our Xiaomi phone reviews.
One of GearBest’s top deals right now is on the brand-new flagship Mi 10. Although this phone has been announced globally, there is still no word on a UK onsale date, and so your only option is to buy from abroad. When purchasing Xiaomi phones from China always look for the global models, since these will run full Google services and support English language out of the box.
With Mi 10 to cost from £799 in the UK, GearBest currently stocks the 8GB Mi 10 for just £556.11 when you use coupon code GBMI10SALE at checkout. It represents unbeatable value at this price.
If you’re looking for a newly released Xiaomi phone, sites like GearBest are not only the cheapest option, but also often the only place you can actually get hold of the phone. It is already listing the Poco F2 Pro from £418.50, for example.
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Right now the western world is naturally cautious about buying things from China. However, with things starting to return to normality there, it may actually be faster to import tech products than it is to deal with stock shortages and delivery headaches in the UK.
Health professionals assure us that the virus is unlikely to be able to survive on any packaging. However, wherever possible, we would recommend purchasing from the company’s EU warehouses if only to rule out the need to pay import duty when shipping goods from China to the UK. If your parcel is intercepted by Customs you may otherwise be asked to pay duty at 20% of whatever value is written on the shipping paperwork – do factor this into the cost.
A few years back, importing Xiaomi phones to the UK was plagued with issues. Chinese ROM models do not come preinstalled with Google services, and in such cases you would need to install this yourself and navigate a Chinese menu and keyboard to get it set it up correctly. Connectivity was also an issue, with one of the three 4G bands used in the UK (800MHz/Band 20) rarely supported, and this could leave O2 users out in the cold. Thankfully, if you take care to purchase only Global ROM models, these are all a thing of the past.
Some of these issues do still apply to other Xiaomi products, however. Xiaomi laptops typically come with a Chinese Windows 10 OS, so require some know-how to install an English operating system, an OEM version of which will cost you only £10-20. With older products, such as the Mi Band 3, Chinese versions will naturally have Chinese menu icons. And many Xiaomi products shipped from China come with Chinese user manuals – Google is your friend here if you’re not sure how to get them set up.
It’s worth pointing out that any Xiaomi product you buy from the UK Mi Store will be an English version, and none of these issues will apply. They do, however, typically command slightly higher prices, and that’s largely because Xiaomi has less control over the supply and distribution costs outside China.
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