UK Deals of the Week: Samsung Galaxy phones on sale, half price Amazon Echo Dot

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 deals

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!

U.S. Deals:

This week’s deals include a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for just £599, a Samsung Fast Wireless Charger for half price, a big saving on the Fitbit Versa smartwatch, and much more.

Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.

Huawei P20 deals

Phone deals

Huawei P20 (SIM-free, 128G) – £399 (was £599) @ Amazon

Motorola Moto G6 (SIM-free, 32GB, single SIM) – £169 (was £219) @ Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S8 (SIM-free, 64GB) – £362 (was £609) @ Amazon

Nokia 7 Plus (SIM-free, 64GB) – £269 (was £349) @ Amazon

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (SIM-free, 128GB) – £599 (was £799) @ Appliances Direct

Nokia 1 (SIM-free, 8GB) – £54 (was £79) @ Amazon

Fitbit Versa deals

Accessories

Fitbit Versa smartwatch – £139 (was £199) @ Amazon

SanDisk Ultra 64GB MicroSDXC – £9.49 (was £34.99) @ PicStop

SanDisk Extreme Pro 128 GB MicroSDXC – £26.99 (was £56.99) @ Amazon

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones – £279 (was £329) @ Amazon

Samsung Fast Wireless Charger – £19.99 (was £39.99) @ Carphone Warehouse

Amazon Echo deals

Tech deals

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – £24.99 (was £49.99) @ Amazon

Kano Computer Kit – £79.99 (was £99.99) @ Argos

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Xiaomi’s UK Mi Store is like a crazier Apple Store where you can actually afford stuff

Xiaomi logo Mi Store UK

Xiaomi’s recent U.K. launch was something of a mixed bag, but between the arrival of mega-affordable flagship phones, electric scooters you can’t ride in public, and a ‘Flash Sale’ that went terribly wrong, there was one intriguing announcement that went a little under the radar.

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Unlike other Android OEMs — including other Chinese imports in the U.K. like Huawei, Honor, and OnePlus — Xiaomi didn’t just go through the usual motions of signing deals with carriers and opening a regional e-store.

Instead, the Beijing firm announced plans to open a brick-and-mortar Mi Store in the U.K on November 18.

Less than a week after a successful opening day where hundreds of Mi fans rocked up to grab themselves a bargain, Xiaomi brought me along to see the Mi Store in all its sparkly new glory and browse the company’s first wave of products for the U.K. — here’s what I saw.

Xiaomi Mi 8

Apples and oranges

Xiaomi’s new store is located in London’s Westfield shopping center in Shepard’s Bush — a gargantuan palace of shops and restaurants that stretches out over 1.6 million square feet and houses U.K. high street mainstays like Marks & Spencers, Boots, and Next, as well as luxury brands like De Beers, Mulberry, and Versace.

The Mi Store, which proudly stands out among the rest thanks to Xiaomi’s bright orange logo, sits on level one of the main interior, just a few shops down and across from another enormous store occupied by a certain tech industry giant from Cupertino, California.

Funnily enough, after strolling into the Mi Store and taking a quick glance at the layout and color palette, you can’t help but think of Apple either.

Xiaomi wireless earphones

The light beige tones punctuated by lit-up landscape advertisements with simple product renders adoring the walls. The adjacent wooden tables with multiple demo products to play with at your leisure. The checkout counter at the rear sandwiched between two wall racks of accessories. It all reeks of Apple Store.

As if product design similarities weren’t enough (just check out those AirPods-esque earphones pictured above), it seems Xiaomi can’t help but mimic the iPhone maker in its stores too… bar a few significant caveats.

Pocophone F1

Bargain hunting

Xiaomi has built a solid reputation for delivering phones with insanely high price-performance ratios, culminating in the uber cheap, Snapdragon 845-powered Pocophone F1, which just so happens to dominate the entire front table of London’s Mi Store.

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This ethos extends far beyond the company’s phones, however — a fact that becomes immediately clear when you look at the sheer scope and diversity of products on sale, particularly those without any touchscreens.

You could as easily walk out of the Mi Store with a new phone as you could a new bit of smart tech to play with like a sonic toothbrush, a self-dimming desk lamp, a 60 pound Android TV box, or a torch (that’s also a portable charger), or even a set of bathroom towels, precision screwdrivers, a pair of UV protected glasses, or an umbrella. That’s without even mentioning those eye-catching electric scooters that greet you as you first enter the door.


Perusing any aisle that isn’t covered in smartphones is like being dragged on a dizzying journey through the scattershot minds of Xiaomi’s product team. Think of a mini Ikea (or almost any other scandinavian-style design) and you’re about there.

Confusing or not, it’s a nice change of pace from the rigid phones-computers-watches-accessories tech store blueprint popularized by Apple, and it’s quite easy to find something you probably don’t need but find yourself incredibly tempted to buy — a feeling that’s even harder to deny when you see the price tags.


Most reading this article here on Android Authority will be acutely aware of the corners Xiaomi has necessarily (and understandably) had to cut to offer iPhone-lookalikes at less than half the price.

Almost every single one of Xiaomi’s products is carries a price tag that belies its stylish design and solid build quality.

However, for anyone walking in cold, unaware of those caveats, the allure of a phone that looks, mostly feels, and undoubtedly performs like an elite, 800+ pound flagship may be hard to deny. In fact, almost every single one of Xiaomi’s smorgasbord of products is accompanied by a price tag that belies its stylish design and generally solid build quality.

Accessories like USB-C cables and dongles are less than half the price of their identical equivalents at other major electronics stores. Likewise, if you don’t care about sound quality and just want the cheapest way to listen to podcasts on the go, you can grab a mega-cheap pair of earbuds for only five pounds.

Related: Best earbuds you can buy

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Mixing it up

The downside of Xiaomi’s bit-of-everything approach to its Mi Stores is that the phones almost get lost among the many fun distractions. What chance does another rectangular slab with a display on it have against a swanky smart kettle that can keep water fully boiled for up to 12 hours?

It’s a shame, because as well as the Pocophone F1 and the Mi 8 series — which includes the newly released Mi 8 Pro — Xiaomi has an impressive selection of Android handsets on display.

Be it the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Android One-powered Mi A2 Lite, or the aforementioned Pocophone F1, these are phones Xiaomi neglected to mention on its U.K. launch livestream, but thankfully get their time to shine face-to-face with the public.

The Mi Mix 3, Black Shark gaming phone, and Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook laptops should all arrive in 2019.

There are some notable absentees, however. The most obvious is the Mi Mix 3 bezel-less slider phone, which Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed for a U.K. release, but seems likely to make its way over early next year.

There’s also the Black Shark gaming phone and Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Air and Mi Notebook Pro laptops. The former I was told will launch sometime in 2019, while the Mi Notebook family (which I can’t wait to get my hands on) will apparently start making its way to the U.K. in Q1/Q2 2019.

Xiaomi Mi Store headphones

Despite these omissions and the store’s unashamed Apple knock-off aesthetic, I came away fairly impressed by Xiaomi’s new store.

It’ll certainly surprise those who only see Xiaomi as a smartphone maker, which is an image the company seems far more keen on retaining for its online business than it does in the physical retail space.

I initially had my doubts about this approach, but the store staff say on a good day they can shift up to 20 of those hilariously impractical electric scooters. As for the best seller overall, that goes to the automatic folding umbrellas.

I have to say, after giving one a feel… those are some damn fine umbrellas.

Black Friday 2018: Best UK tech deals and promos

Black Friday 2018 has officially kicked off in the U.K. and bargain hunters can get their hands on a bunch of killer savings.

Below are some of our favorite Black Friday U.K. deals that are available so far and we’ll be updating all the deals throughout the day.

To make life easier, we’ve gathered up all the major retailers into this one master post, and from there you can dive even deeper into the deals.  We also listed all retailers below alphabetically to make it easier to spot them.

For all the U.S. Black Friday, be sure to check out our round-up here.

Amazon

Electronics

Gaming

Smart Home

Phones

Argos logo on mug next to Google Home smart speaker Argos

Argos

Currys PC World store Currys PC World

Currys PC World

Google Store

November 14 – November 26

November 16 – December 26

November 16 – December 4

November 22 – November 26

John Lewis store logo Steve F / Wikicommons

John Lewis

Microsoft

Flickr/Mike Mozart

Samsung

The Samsung logo.

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UK Deals of the Week: Google Pixel 3 and Honor early Black Friday sales

Google Pixel 3 deals

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!

US Deals

This week’s deals include early Black Friday offers on a whole load of Google products, an iPhone X for less than 700 pounds, a killer offer on a Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Mi Band 3 bundle, and much more.

""Amazon Prime Day 2018: Deals, dates, and everything else you should know

Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.

Motorola One deal

Phones

Google Pixel 3 (SIM Free, 64GB) – £699 (was £739) @ Google Store

Google Pixel 3 XL (SIM Free, 64GB) – £829 (was £869) @ Google Store

Motorola One (SIM Free, 64GB) – £199 (was £269) @ Amazon

iPhone X (SIM free, 64GB) – £679 (was £999) on 12 months buy now pay later w/code N77PP @ Very

Honor 10, Honor 9 Lite, Honor Play Black Friday deals @ Amazon

Xiaomi Redmi 6A (SIM Free, 16GB) and Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – £109 (was £126.98) @ Three

Nokia 8 (SIM Free, 64GB) – £219 (was £259) @ John Lewis

Moto G6 Play (SIM Free, 32GB) – £129 (was £149) @ John Lewis

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 deal

Accessories

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 – £19.99 (was £26.99) @ Amazon

SanDisk 128GB Ultra A1 Micro SD Card – £19.99 (was £34.99) @ Base

Anker Premium Nylon USB-C to USB-A 2.0 Cable (2 Pack) – £5.59 Prime / £6.58 non Prime (was £8.99) @ Amazon (Anker Direct)

Google Pixelbook deals

Tech

Google Pixelbook (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) – £699 (was £999) @ John Lewis

Google Home – £79 (was £129) @ John Lewis

Google Home Mini – £29 (was £49) @ John Lewis

Google Chromecast (3rd Gen) – £20 (was £30) @ Argos

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UK Deals of the Week: Huawei Mate 20 Pro with free Huawei Watch GT, wireless charger

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!

Editor’s Pick

This week’s deals include a killer bundle on the brand new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, a heavy discount on a refurbished Google Pixel 2 XL, a huge saving on Sennheiser headphones, and much more.

""Amazon Prime Day 2018: Deals, dates, and everything else you should know

Below are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.

Phones

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (SIM Free, 128GB) w/ free Huawei Watch GT and Wireless Charger (worth £259) – £899 @ Various

Google Pixel 2 XL (Refurbished, SIM Free, 64GB) – £389 (was £464) @ Envirofone

LG V30 (SIM Free, 64GB) – £459 (was £559) @ Carphone Warehouse

Sony Xperia XA2 (SIM Free, 32GB) – £199 (was £249) @ Carphone Warehouse

Accessories

Lenovo HX03F Smart Watch – £15 (was £28) w/code DLN6CK90 @ Dresslily

Sennheiser Momentum-on 2.0 headphones – £69 (was £169) @ HMV

Qi certified RavPower 10W wireless fast charging pad – £7.49 Prime / £11.98 non-Prime w/code HDGAQQDW @ Amazon (Sunvalleytek-UK)

Tech

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote – £34.99 (was £39.99)

Xiaomi Indoor Temperature and Humidity Monitor – £7 (was £22) w/code DLSOHOT20 @ Dresslily

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