Xiaomi has finally announced its 8th Anniversary flagship smartphone ‘Xiaomi Mi 8’ with three variants. First one is the regular Mi8 which is Company’s first smartphone with a notch. It is powered by latest SD845 and also features Dual frequency GPS.
Second variant is the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. This one is very similar to Mi 8, but comes with several special features. The first we can see a cool see-through glass back, 3D Face Unlock and pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor.
And the last one Mi 8 SE is a smaller and cheaper variant with smaller display and Snapdragon 710 processor. Now, let’s see in detail what Mi 8 and its variants has to offer:
Xiaomi Mi 8 Key Specs
All the Mi 8 features are still not revealed but here I am summing up what has been known so far.
Mi 8 boasts a 6.21 inch OLED screen from Samsung with a top notch design. It has a full HD+ resolution and has a great 18:7:9 aspect ratio with 88.5% screen-to-body ratio.
The Mi8 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processor which currently powers some of the high-end devices. The powerful processor is combined with 6 GB RAM and has a storage capacity of up to 256GB.
Mi 8 has got a triple camera set up and uses AI feature enhancement for better low-light shots. On the back 12MP dual cameras are mounted with OIS, dual-pixel autofocus and AI-powered portrait mode. The camera here is clearly inspired by iPhoneX.
On front you get a 20MP selfie snapper with an aperture of f/2.0. Selfie snapper also uses AI with AI Beautify and AI portrait selfies.
Mi 8 comes with USB-C interface for all the connections. Mi 8 is the first smartphone with Dual GPS. The phone uses L5 frequency, used mostly by the aeronautical industry along with the traditional L1 frequency. It surely makes location-based services like navigation more precise.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explore Edition
The Explore Edition is a more exclusive variant of Mi 8. It features several unique specs and some of them are industry’s first!. This device has a cool see-through back panel that gives a peek to the internals of the device.
Xiaomi claims that it is the first Android device infrared based 3D face recognition technology, like we have seen before in iPhoneX’s Face ID. And ya, besides security you can use this 3D camera to create your own Animoji clone.
This smartphone features an in-display fingerprint sensor which is pressure sensitive and Xiaomi calls it an industry’s first feature. Previously we have seen in-display sensors in some devices but this version with pressure sensitivity is first one. Company claims that it will unlock your phone really fast.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
Xiaomi has taken this SE suffix from Apple which denotes a less powerful and cheaper version of Mi 8. This device is a bit smaller than Mi 8 and falls in mid-range category.
It features a 5.88 inch AMOLED display and is the first device to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor.
The 710 chip is said to have 20% greater performance with 30% less power consumption than the popular mid-range 660 SoC.
Also Read: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC Review
Prices & Availability
The prices for International markets is still not revealed by Xiaomi but it will surely be slightly higher than the Chinese market.
Mi 8 will be priced $421 for 6GB/64GB variant, $468 for 6GB/128GB variant and $515 for 6GB/256GB variant.
The Mi 8 Explore Edition is the most expensive one with $577 and has only one variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE will be available in a sale for China on June 5 and June 8 respectively. While Explorer Edition will be available later but date is not specified by Xiaomi.