Xiaomi is a fairly familiar name for UK smartphone buyers, but until recently, the Chinese company’s phones were not officially available in this country. That has changed, with the launch of Xiaomi in the UK and Europe with several phones, including the new flagship Mi 8 Pro. At £ 499 (VAT included), the Mi 8 Pro will offer competition for players such as the £ 499 OnePlus 6T , the £ 379 Huawei Mate 20 Lite and the £ 399 Honor 10.
It is worth noting that Xiaomi is a leading smartphone manufacturer, which ranks fourth in global shipments in the second quarter of 2018, according to IDC, so its decision to enter the UK and European markets It will cause some concern to traditional operators.
At first glance, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro looks pretty standard: black chassis, rounded corners, edge-to-edge screen, minimal bottom bevel, notch. But he flips the receiver and there is something completely new: the back of the glass is transparent, with the phone’s circuits (although not the actual circuit that powers the phone) clearly visible under it.
If you look at someone who holds the phone, you will hardly notice it, but it is a clear mark of difference, and it is quite intelligent.
The twin lenses of the camera are slightly raised from the back plate, displaced to the side. The other notable design feature is the red ignition switch, as also seen in the high-end Huawei Mate 20 Pro. One area in which the most affordable flagship smart phones tend to compromise is dust and water resistance: as with the OnePlus 6T (and its predecessors), there is no IP rating for the Mi 8 Pro.
Unfortunately, the phone’s glass is incredibly smooth and slippery. He fell off the arm of my chair several times during the test, either because the vibration notifications made him wobble, or simply because he was unbalanced and had no friction to keep him in place. This is a perennial problem for glass-backed phones, but no less irritating for that.