There are some fabulous savings to be made in Xiaomi's Winter Sale. You'll save £10 when you spend £100 or more at the Mi Store, plus there are discounts of up to £70 on the Redmi 9 and Note 9 series, and £40 off Mi 10T Lite.
Generally speaking, the best deals are often found at unofficial stores - once primarily in China, but increasingly so within the UK.
It's true that GearBest, Geekbuying and other Chinese retailers typically offer to ship Chinese tech globally at much lower prices than we pay in the UK, and these retailers are often responsible for the samples that are sent to us for our Xiaomi phone reviews, but it can be a false economy when you factor in import duty, delivery times and differing consumer rights outside the UK.
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.
Best Xiaomi Deals
1. Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G (6GB/128GB)
Now: £249 (£50 off)
The 64GB version of Mi 10T Lite is also discounted by £30 at Amazon, allowing you to get your hands on 5G under £200!
2. Xiaomi Redmi 9 (4GB/64GB)
Now: £109 (£50 off)
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (4GB/128GB)
Now: £139 (£60 off)
This fantastic deal on our of our favourite budget phones is selling super-fast.
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £179 (£90 off)
The superbly-capable and affordable Redmi Note 9 Pro bundles in a ton of great specs, like a quad-camera setup, a Full HD display, a huge 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging and more, all for an incredible price.
5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S (6GB/128GB)
Now: £150 (£79.99 off)
6. Xiaomi Mi 10 (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £484.88 (£314.12 off)
Xiaomi's 2020 flagship is up for grabs with a huge discount on Amazon, making it one of the great smartphone bargains of the moment.
7. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £249.97 (£450 off)
8. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (6GB/128GB)
Now: £329.99 (£19.01 off)
9. Xiaomi Mi Essential Electric Scooter
Now: £279.99 (£119.01 off)
Get nearly £120 off Xiaomi's entry-level Mi Essential scooter. It's the lightest of the new range, but that also means the range isn't quite as far as that of its more expensive siblings. Laptops Direct has the Essential priced at £299.
10. Xiaomi Mi 1S Electric Scooter
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £389.97 (£109.03 off)
Get £109 off Xiaomi's Mi 1S Electric Scooter, the mid-range variant of Xiaomi's latest scooter range.
11. Xiaomi Mi Scooter 2 Pro
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £424.97 (£174.02 off)
It might be expensive, but it's Xiaomi's top-end electric scooter right now, with a 350W motor and a great range. Plus, the £174 discount from Laptops Direct makes it a little more tempting.
Find out more in our Xiaomi Mi Scooter 2 Pro review.
12. Xiaomi Mi Band 5
Now: £28.81 (£11.14 off)
13. Xiaomi Redmi AirDots
Now: £22.95 (£12.04 off)
Xiaomi Buying Advice
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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