Customers of Three's opcos across Europe will be able to pick up a range of devices from Xiaomi after CK Hutchison signed a global deal with the Chinese manufacturer.

The strategic alliance between the two companies covers all of CK Hutchison's telecoms and retail divisions, which includes Three opcos in Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK.

Xiaomi products such as smartphones, as well as IoT and lifestyle products including water and air purifiers, will be available to buy.

"Preferential"smartphone deals will be available in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden, CK Hutchison said, without specifying further.

Founded in 2010, Xiaomi is the world's fastest-growing smartphone manufacturer. According to data from research house Canalys, the company shipped 8.4 percent of all smartphones globally in the first quarter of this year - a year-on-year increase of 116 percent.

This puts it in fourth place behind Samsung (23.6 percent), Apple (15.5 percent) and Huawei (11.7 percent). Of the 28.1 million smartphones it shipped, 57 percent were outside of China.

Canning Fok, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director, said: “Xiaomi has high quality, well-designed products at accessible prices.

"We expect them to be well received by both our telecom customers and our general retail customers."

Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President, added: "As we deepen our international footprint, we are excited to partner with CK Hutchison, which will enable us to deliver on our vision to bring innovation to everyone across the world."

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