Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro was shown off by the firm on Thursday, November 8, and seems set to launch a radical challenge to the OnePlus 6.
That is because the Mi 8 Pro is not only launching with the same £499 price tag as its Chinese rival, but it also comes with an array of similar technologies such as an in-display fingerprint reader.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro boasts a 6.21-inch AMOLED display at a resolution of 1080×2248, meaning all content should look crisp and vibrant.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powers the hardware and is joined under the hood by an Adreno 630 GPU and 8GB of RAM.
This means the Mi 8 Pro should offer snappy performance across Google’s Android operating system.
Unlocking the product has been made easy by the facial recognition technology present that is accompanied by a fingerprint reader underneath the display.
Scanners have slowly started to shift underneath screens this year with the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro also offering such functionality.
The body of the Chinese flagship is made from the same combination of glass and aluminium present on a number of other top-tier devices.
However, Xiaomi have differented the Mi 8 Pro by offering it in a single colour the firm is dubbing “Transparent Titanium”.
The rear glass panel is clear and Xiaomi claims it allows owners to see the “phone’s intricacies” with ease.
Mi 8 Pro comes with a dual camera system on its rear that is compromised of a 12-megapixel main and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor.
Xiaomi claims its new flagship is capable of taking stunning shots in both bright and low-light conditions.
Moreover, the manufacturer has also highlighted the clarity present in selfies taken on the phone’s 20-megapixel front-facing sensor.
The Mi 8 Pro is fitted with a 3,000mAh battery that supports fast wired charging.
Finally, Xiaomi is pricing the Mi 8 Pro incredibly aggressively at £499.
Such a cost is the same as the baseline OnePlus 6T that recently debuted in New York City.
However, unlike its Chinese rival, the Mi 8 Pro is only available in one version.
Xiaomi has also ensured the Mi 8 Pro comes with a number of essential accessories for anyone that picks one up.
Not only is a case included with the product, but the Chinese tech giant have also kindly included a USB-C adapter so user’s can use their traditional wired headphones if they want to.
The Mi 8 Pro will be made available in the UK on November 9 at a number of networks and retailers.
• John Lewis
• Carphone Warehouse
• Currys PC World
• Mobile phone direct
Finally, the hardware can also be purchased through Xiaomi’s online store.
The firm is also opening its own authorised Mi Store at London’s Westfield shopping centre on November 18.
The outlet will sell the Mi 8 Pro in addition to a number of other Xiaomi products.