The Mi 8 smartphone has been launched at Xiaomi’s annual product launch event which was held in China. It is Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone and, expectedly, comes with some of the premium specifications and features. The smartphone has also powered by some of the biggest major specifications which includes an infrared face unlock feature, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, a dual rear 12-megapixel camera setup, and a 20-megapixel selfie camera. A new and latest model with the Mi 8 Explorer Edition has also been launched, and comes with some of the advanced innovative features like 3D face recognition, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a transparent back. The company, as expected, also launched the Mi 8 SE smartphone at the same event, with some of the latest gadgets as well like the Mi Band 3 and MIUI 10.
Xiaomi Mi 8 price, release date
The Mi 8 price has been set at CNY 2,699 which is roughly Rs. 28,600 in Indian currency for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, CNY 2,999 which is roughly about Rs. 31,600 in Indian currency for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant, and CNY 3,299 which is roughly Rs. 34,800 in Indian currency for the 6GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model. The smartphone will be made available in four color variant of White, Gold, Light Blue, and Black. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition also comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage and bears a price tag of CNY 3,699 which is roughly Rs. 39,000 in Indian currency. Pre-orders for the Mi 8 has already been started from today, with sales starting from today itself. Mi 8 Explorer Edition availability details have not been confirmed yet.
Operating System and Display
The smartphone runs on the MI User Interface 10, and smartphone sports a display of 6.21-inch full-High Definition+ (1080×2248 pixels) Samsung AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 88.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, and support for Always On display.
The smartphone is powered and supported by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with a claimed AnTuTu benchmark score of 301,472. The smartphone has also comes up with 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, with 8GB RAM exclusive to the Explorer Edition.
On the optics department, the smartphone bears a dual camera setup which support with two 12-megapixel sensors, video detection, AI detection, 1.4-micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel autofocus, and AI portraits. Xiaomi claims a DxOMark photo score of 105 as well which is a latest technology in the smartphone. With respect to the selfie department, the smartphone is equipped with a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.8-micron pixels, AI portrait selfies, and beautification mode as well.
With respect to storage department the phone gets three version of 4GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of inbuilt onboard storage.
The smartphone has also some of the connectivity options which include Wifi, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, dual-band GPS (with L1/ L5 signal support, said to be the world’s first phone with this feature), and USB Type-C. It bears a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, while the Mi 8 Explorer Edition has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Some of the sensors on the smartphone include barometer, digital compass, infrared, proximity sensor, finger print sensor and gyroscope.
The smartphone bears a battery capacity of 3000mAh which is non removable one with support for quick charge 4.0+, but ship with a standard 18W Quick Charge 3.0 charger.