Xioami Mi 8 is finally official and most of the rumors turned out to be true. As expected, it comes with a notch – the first Xiaomi phone to do so. Taking a leaf out of Apple’s book, Xiaomi has packed self-developed infrared sensors to offer face unlock feature in the MI 8.

Like OnePlus 6 and Vivo X21, the Mi 8 user will be able to toggle off the notch on the display. Like the competition (read OnePlus 6 and Honor 10),  Xiaomi also works with glass and aluminum fame in its seventh generation flagship. The phone has four-way curved glass back panel which is pierced by dual optics and fingerprint sensor.

The Mi 8 features a 6.21-inch AMOLED panel from Samsung along with 3D face unlock setup and a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The screen has 2240X1080 pixels resolution with 18.7:9 aspect ratio.

Inside, the phone packs Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 845 mobile processor along with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage.

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The phone comes with 12-megapixel dual camera setup which manages to score 105 on DxOMark test. Another key highlight of the phone is dual-frequency GPS, which as per Xiaomi is more accurate than regular GPS.  

Xiaomi Mi 8 Prices

  • Xiaomi Mi 8 6GB+64GB Prices CNY 2,699
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 6GB+128GB Price CNY 2,999
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 6GB+256GB Price CNY 3,299

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

The biggest talking point of the Mi 8 Explore Edition is a transparent back panel which certainly is a head turner. Another addition from Mi 8 to the Explorer Edition is an in-display fingerprint sensor and iPhone X like 3D face unlock which will also work in a dark room. Xiaomi packs additional 2Gigs of RAM and 128GB ROM in the Explorer edition. Rest of the specs remains the same as the Mi 8. 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition Price

  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Exloprer Edition 8GB+128GB Price: CNY 3,799

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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 

Following Apple’s footstep, Xioami also announced trimmed down version of its flagship and named it with an SE suffix. The Mi 8 SE becomes the first phone boarded by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. The phone is equipped with a smaller 5.88-inch AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Despite featuring a notch at the top, it doesn’t come with iPhone X style fancy 3D Face ID unlock feature. The handset includes a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

On the optics front, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has a 20MP selfie camera on the front and a dual 12MP + 5MP dual camera unit at the rear end. Xiaomi is also offering in-trend AI enhancements such as beautification, bokeh and scene recognition in the device. The 8 SE is shipped with a 3,120 mAh battery along with a USB Type-C based 18W Quick Charge 3.0 charger.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Prices

  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 4GB + 64GB version price CNY 1,799
  • Xiaomi MI 8 SE 6GB + 64GB Version price CNY 1,999

Xiaomi Mi 8 / Mi 8 Explorer Edition specifications

  • 6.21-inch Full HD+, AMOLED display, 18:7:9 Aspact Ratio; max 600 nits brightness, 60000:1 contrast ratio, DCI-P3 color gamut
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor, Octa-Core, Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM / for Explorer eddtion 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 64GB / 128GB  / 256GB (UFS 2.1) storage
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to MIUI 10
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • 12MP rear camera with 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, Optical zoom, 4K video recording, secondary 12MP rear camera with  Samsung S5K3M3 sensor,  f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, 2X zoom
  • 20MP front-facing camera with real-time AI portraits
  • IR Face unlock  (Mi 8) / 3D Face unlock (Mi 8 Explorer Edition)
  • Fingerprint sensor (Mi 8) / in-display fingerprint sensor (Mi 8 Explorer Edition)
  • Dimensions: 154.9×74.8x 7.6 mm; Weight: 175g (Mi 8); 177g  (Mi 8 Explorer Edition)
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, Dual-frequency (L1+L5) GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3400mAh battery for (Mi 8) / 3000mAh for (Mi 8 Explorer Edition); Quick charge 4+ fast charging

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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE specifications

  • 5.88-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Display, 18.7:9  Aspact Ratio, max 600 nits brightness, 60000:1 contrast ratio, DCI-P3 color gamut, 2.5D curved glass
  • QualcommSnapdragon 710 Mobile Platform, Octa Core, Adreno 616 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to MIUI 10
  • Dual SIM
  • 12MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.4μm pixel size, Dual PD, f/1.9 aperture, 5MP secondary camera with 1.12um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture
  • 20MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB Type-C Audio
  • Dimensions: 147.28×73.09 x7.5; Weight: 164g
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO , Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
  • 3120mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0

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