Xiaomi Mi 8 Officially Announced: All You Need To Know

Xiaomi Mi 8 (White)

The Mi 8 has officially made it out in China as expected today. This latest flagship from Xiaomi brings lots of goodies and a notable upgrade when compared to previous series—a fancy body design language, beautiful display, powerful processor, professional-grade cameras, and top-notch security measures. All in all, it doesn't disappoint in what it has offer to compete with others on a global scale.

The phone display is a pure AMOLED made by Samsung, fitted into a 6.21-inch screen. The resolution is set to 2248x1080 pixel while the aspect ratio is 18.7:9. The cut out in aspect ratio is replaced by a notch (can be hidden in settings) which harbors the front camera and a dedicated IR camera alongside with the usual proximity and ambient light sensor. The front camera uses a 20MP sensor and it is specifically meant for taking selfie with various AI enhancements (AI Beautify, AI Portrait e.t.c) puts in place, but when it comes to face unlock the IR camera handles that.

Xiaomi claimed the IR camera works pretty well in the dark so users won't have problem unlocking their phones at night. Literally, the Mi 8 can be said to have two front camera. Apart from face unlock, a fingerprint sensor is also put in place as an additional security measure. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back.

Mi 8 color options

The phone beauty is made manifest by its curved glass front and back, lined around the edges by a 7 series aluminium frame, which doesn't seem to affect its slim 7.6mm body profile. Dual camera setup exist on the back— vertically aligned is 12MP+12MP dual camera, the first having a Sony IMX363 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 1.4µm pixel size, while the secondary 12MP telephoto camera has a Samsung S5K3M3 sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. Xiaomi claimed a DxO mark score of 105 for photo and an overall DxO mark score of 99.

The Mi 8 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 on top, packed an octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor, supports dual GPS frequency, and is powered by a 3400mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+.

At the launch event, Xiaomi also introduced an upgraded model of its latest phone dubbed Mi 8 Explorer. It has nearly the same specs as Mi 8 but comes with a pressure-sensitive display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. Also, it utilize 3D facial recognition technology that can scan 33,000 facial points, letting users unlock their phone in  lightning speed and to create animated emojis based on facial expression. The Mi 8 Explorer comes with a transparent glass back and will only be available in 8GB RAM/256GB storage version.

It is worth mentioning that the Mi 8 lacks a 3.5mm audio jack and wireless charging.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Specifications

  • 6.21-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2248x1080) resolution, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, DCI-P3 color coverage, 60000:1 contrast ratio, 600 nits brightness
  • 64-bit 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB (UFS 2.1) built-in storage (non-expandable)
  • 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.6" Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4μm pixel size, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), twin-tone LED flash; secondary 12-megapixel rear camera (telephoto), with f/2.4 aperture, Samsung S5K3M3 sensor, 1μm pixel size, 4K video recording
  • 20-megapixel front camera, IR camera
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI 9, upgradeable to MIUI 10
  • Fingerprint sensor / in-display fingerprint sensor (Explorer)
  • Dual SIM
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band + 2x2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE, 3G, 2G, Dual GPS frequency, GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3,400mAh, Quick Charge 4+
  • Dimensions: 154.9 × 74.8 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Colour(s): Black, Gold, Blue, White

The base model with 6GB RAM/64GB storage is priced at CNY 2699 ($432), the 6GB RAM/128 storage version at CNY 2999 ($480), while the 6GB RAM/256GB storage version costs CNY 3299 ($528). Only the Mi 8 Explorer comes with an 8GB RAM (+256GB storage) with the price set at CNY 3699 ($592). Sales for the phone will begin on June 5th in China.
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