Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphone Mi 8

Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphone Mi 8

Xiaomi says the Mi 8 will be available in China from as 2,699 yuan (around £315) - which means you can buy three for the price of just one iPhone X.

The Mi 8 SE carries a 12MP + 5MP lens setup and a Snapdragon 710 SoC, another first for Xiaomi.

In addition to this Xiaomi Mi 8 SE have the AI-powered rear dual camera that offers a number of alluring features.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, and, it also comes with 3D Face Unlock as well as In-display Fingerprint Scanner. And that's not to mention Mi Meng, Xiaomi's version of Apple Animojis.

The Mi 8 comes with a 6.21-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display.

As mentioned earlier, the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition feature similar specifications but differ in terms of design. On overall scores, the Mi 8 loses out to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, the Huawei P20, HTC's new U12+, and Huawei's four-camera P20 Pro.

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On the software front, the Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 9 out-of-the-box which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes in Black, Red, Blue and Rose Gold colors. The downside is that like most limited edition Xiaomi phones, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is unlikely to make its way outside of China.

The Mi 8 will go for 2,699 yuan ($421 USD) in 64GB flavor, 2,999 yuan ($468 USD) for 128GB, and 3,299 yuan ($515 USD) for 256GB.

Beyond that, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition seems to have taken some well-known design cues from Apple's iPhone X. For selfies and video calling, there is a 16-megapixel AI-powered front camera which comes with a dedicated portrait mode to add those bokeh effects to your selfies. The Explorer Edition will retail for $577, the SE for $281.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has as smaller screen and a different processor.

The notch on the Mi 8 is larger than what we have seen on other recently launched Android smartphones. It is backed by a 3,120mAh non-removable battery and supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. In China, the special under display fingerprint sensor-equipped 128GB variant - the Vivo X21 UD - has been priced at CNY 3,598 (roughly Rs. 37,100) and its already available to buy in the Chinese market. The company is reportedly prepping up to release the Redmi S2 midrange smartphone but rebranded as the Redmi Y2. Let us know in the comments!

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