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Will the recently announced Xiaomi Phone be available in the UK?

No details of it here yet on Mobot but the Chinese company Xiaomi recently announced production of the, originally titled, Xiaomi Phone, or possibly 'Xiaomi-One'.

Announced spec is Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon chipset with a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, Adreno 220 graphics, 1GB of RAM and a 1900mAh battery.

The current suggested price is $310 and I'd probably buy one now at that price if available in the UK, but the question is will it be?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Aug. 30, 2011 at 15:53

Doubt you'll be able to get it from anywhere but ebay or some HK based export company. I'd think twice even if the seller is reputable - warranty repairs and OS updates and fixes would be questionable, and with a phone like that you won't find many mods/hacks to help you when things get pearshaped.
For the money I'd rather buy 2nd hand. Something that has a bit of warranty left and that has software that is proven to be stable.

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RiTSo  Aug. 30, 2011 at 13:54

I should just add that further details can be found by searching Google for the name above. I'm not sure Mobot would like links to competitor sites.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 15:01

You won't get banned for links, don't worry, especially as your links would be relevant to your question and help someone to answer it. I doubt we'll ever see that phone released in the UK, even if we do, it'll be more like £310 not the equivalent to $310, VAT and the rip off Britain attitude of companies will make sure of that.

RiTSo  Aug. 30, 2011 at 15:08

There was one guy listing them on eBay for £250, based in the UK, but he had no major feedback for this kind of thing and his listing has now disappeared.

Sitting here with my broken Orange San Francisco I'd pick one up if the price was right.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 15:53

Doubt you'll be able to get it from anywhere but ebay or some HK based export company. I'd think twice even if the seller is reputable - warranty repairs and OS updates and fixes would be questionable, and with a phone like that you won't find many mods/hacks to help you when things get pearshaped.
For the money I'd rather buy 2nd hand. Something that has a bit of warranty left and that has software that is proven to be stable.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 16:12

Yeah, I have to say, I agree with Jan, I'd much rather put my money towards a second hand LG optimus 2x, even though it's the worst of the dual core phones, it's a far safer choice than this phone which no one ever seems to have got their hands on and won't have a UK warranty or any 3rd party help. I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole if it was my money.

RiTSo  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:26

As far as I can see the phone was actually designed around the Miui android ROM which, according to them, is one of the most popular releases 'IN THE WORLD'! Marketing aside it does seem to have a solid base of developers and from what they say is updated every Friday night, so I'd have no concerns on the software side.

Hardware wise it may be difficult to get the company to fix any issues, as I suspect they are very much China based, but assuming UK retailers get hold of stock then that would be your first port of call. The problem then is it comes back to what Matt says about cost and if it's in the UK retails system it will probably not be $310!

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:46

Software isn't really a problem, hardware on the other hand...we don't really have that much Chinese stuff over here in the UK and I doubt that's about to change with this phone. Firstly, I believe it will never have an official UK launch, secondly if it does, it'll cost way more than $310, defeating the point of buying it in the first place, it'll be about £100 less than other top of the range phones such as the HTC Sensation and the Galaxy S2, personally, I'd leave it well alone for the time being.

RiTSo  Aug. 30, 2011 at 20:49

Agreed, looks like it is a matter of wait and see.

forest4us  Sep. 21, 2011 at 05:23

Firstly,buying a second hand handset involves a 40% risk that sooner or later it will be blocked(barred),because contract holder decides to stop paying on his contract at some point.
Secondly,hardware of that phone is soo beautiful:CPU Qualcomm MSM8260,45nm ARMv7 dual core.
GPU:Adreno 220.
Software:it will have two roms installed:original Android+MIUI.
Don't worry about the price tag.Unless you want a warranty,no point of ordering it in UK,just order it delivered from China by recorded delivery.
I think it will spice up a little market of overpriced android smarfones,bringing a good competitor.
;)

RiTSo  Sep. 21, 2011 at 14:41

The last news I saw on the phone said that they had filled all 300,000 pre-orders. It's one thing filling them and it's another thing fulfilling them!

There was also a piece on Engadget about it getting the more up-to-date Android releases before it ships and then another in January. I'm not going to bother Googling to find out which nonsensical food based product name each one has!

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 21, 2011 at 14:44

Nonsensical? Damn, alphabetical order is so confusing sometimes :p.

RiTSo  Sep. 21, 2011 at 14:47

Nothing against the alphabetic part of it, just the food part! I like to work in old money whereby you had 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3.........

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 21, 2011 at 14:51

Well that's Google for you, the fun, friendly face, of faceless corporations :p. They still do have numbers, the food names were originally internal codenames that ended up becoming public names as well. There's no A or B because they were Alpha and Beta test builds, apparently.

Treab  Sep. 21, 2011 at 15:01

are you two thinking of ice cream sandwich?

or jelly bean?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 21, 2011 at 15:04

Y'what? I'm lost :p, they all have food codenames don't they?

Treab  Sep. 21, 2011 at 15:06

ice cream sandwich is the next one after gingerbread...

jelly bean is the one after that :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 21, 2011 at 15:31

Oh yeah, I know that :p, I'd be a pretty bad tech geek if I didn't ;)

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