Back in the day Prime Day used to be a one-day Amazon-only thing. Now it's two days (July 15-16 2019) and all sorts of vendors are getting in on the act. And the best part is you don't need to be an Amazon Prime member at all!
GearBest, a well-known retailer of discounted Xiaomi products, is running it's own Prime Day sale. There are all sorts of voucher codes and flash deals running over the next couple of days, but we've highlighted some of our favourites below.
The Mi 9T, which hasn't even launched in the UK yet, is down to £291.96 (64GB) and £320.35 (128GB), while Mi 9 SE offers incredible value at £227.08 (64GB, UK RRP £349). Higher up the line the Mi 9 64GB is just £300.07, while the 128GB model is down to £332.51. The Mi Band 4 is a snip at £30.81, too.
Xiaomi itself is also holding a Summer Sale over on the UK Mi Store, which should go live later today. We'll see 200 units of the Mi Mix 3 reduced from £499 to just £299, while the Redmi 7 is also getting a price cut from £179 to £149. Additionally it's throwing in a free Mi Band 3 with Redmi Note 7 sales, and a 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2S with Mi Mix 2S. For everything else there's £10 off every £100 spent.
If you'd rather stick to Amazon for your Prime Day deals, even non-members can scoop incredible deals on Mi A2 (down to just £152.90), Mi A2 Lite (32GB £149.99; 64GB £169.99), the Pocophone F1 (£285) and Mi Band 3 (£19.24). You should note with these Amazon deals, however, that we're fairly sure a Mi A3 is imminent, while Mi Band 4 is out now.
Best Xiaomi Deals
Xiaomi Buying Advice
This might sound obvious, but remember that if you do buy from China the product is likely to be Chinese. The Chinese Mi Band 3, for example, has Chinese icons that you probably won't understand - and the UK version is so cheap anyway (£26.99 retail price and currently available on Amazon at £19.24) that the few pounds you might save simply isn't worth it.
For Xiaomi phones you can get around this by looking for a Global model on which Google services are preinstalled (if you do get a Chinese model you will need to install Google services yourself).
Double-check which connectivity bands are supported in the product listing - Chinese-ROM Xiaomi phones very often skip Band 20 (800MHz) 4G LTE. This isn't the end of the world for many customers as it's one of three 4G bands we use in the UK, but if you're on a network that uses only that band for 4G (O2, GiffGaff, Sky Mobile etc) you will be limited to 3G or Wi-Fi.
Xiaomi laptops are gorgeous, powerful and excellent value devices, and the only thing that stops us recommending them to UK users is the fact they are sold running Chinese-language Windows 10 with a US keyboard layout.
You might be able to get through the setup procedure using Google Translate, but you'll still find much of the OS is Chinese. A better approach is to reinstall an OEM version of Windows 10 designed for UK users, and you can get these for as little as £10-£20.
As well as reinstalling the OS you'll want to install missing drivers that are wiped during this process, which you will be able to find online if you have another computer you can use to download them. A driver updater utility will also help here. Note that you will probably need to have to hand a wired mouse to install these drivers if the trackpad drivers are missing.
Ignoring the language issues, one other thing to watch when buying from China is that you are liable for paying import duty. Yes, it's true that not all parcels are picked up by Customs, and you might 'get away with it', but by law you should pay 20% of the value printed on the shipping paperwork. Some people find they get a request for this payment several weeks after the product is delivered, while others will have to pay before it is delivered. Either way, if it looks like a good deal, make sure it still sounds like a good deal when you multiply it by 1.2.
Not sure what you're looking for? Also see Best Xiaomi phones.
1. Xiaomi Mi 9 (64GB)
Now: £300.07 (£199 off)
2. Xiaomi Mi 9 (128GB)
Now: £332.51 (£216 off)
3. Xiaomi Mi A2 (64GB)
Now: £152.90 (£106 off)
We gave the Mi A2 4.5 stars out of 5 – here's why.
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (32GB)
Now: £113.54 (£65 off)
An unbeatable budget phone at a great price - read our full review.
5. Xiaomi Mi 9T (64GB)
It's not even available in the UK yet, but the Mi 9T starts at €329 in Europe.
6. Xiaomi Mi 9T (128GB)
Not yet officially available in the UK, this is the top-end model of Xiaomi's Mi 9T, which costs €369 in Europe.
7. Xiaomi Mi Band 4
Now: £30.81 (£4.18 off)
Read our full review of Xiaomi's brand-new fitness tracker, which is unbeatable on value.
8. Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (64GB)
Now: £227.08 (£121 off)
The Mi 9 SE is now officially available in the UK, where it costs £349 for the 64GB model.
9. Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (128GB)
Now: £243.30 (£155 off)
Mi 9 SE is now officially available in the UK, where the 128GB model costs £399.
10. Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Now: £299 (£200 off)
Xiaomi's top-end 2018 flagship, at an incredible price. Read our full review of the Mi 8 Pro.
11. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Now: £409.95 (£90 off)
Read our full Mi Mix 3 review.
12. Xiaomi Electric Scooter Pro
Was: €499.99 in Europe
Before it's even announced in the UK GearBest is offering the opportunity to get your hands on a discounted version of Xiaomi's Pro electric scooter.
13. Xiaomi Electric Scooter
Now: £356.03 (£42 off)
Xiaomi's Electric Scooter is officially available in the UK, but a lot cheaper if you buy from abroad. Read our full review.
14. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (64GB)
Now: £121.65 (£77 off)
15. Xiaomi Mi 8
Now: £311.19 (£147 off)
Last year's flagship is a cracking deal at £311. See our full review.
16. Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Now: £285 (£45 off)
Flagship specs at an incredible price, it comes recommended by our editors. Read our full Pocophone F1 review.
17. Xiaomi Mi Band 3
Now: £19.24 (29% off)
The king of the budget fitness trackers, at an incredible price - read our full review.