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31 May 2018

Xiaomi launches Mi 8, 8 SE, Mi 8 Explorer Edition

In the race to deliver the best flagship smartphone, the Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has upped the ante to take on Apple and its arch-rival Huawei.

Commemorating its 8th-anniversary, Xiaomi has unveiled its 2018 flagship smartphone, the Mi 8, along with Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

All the three phones pack impressive internals at irresistible prices.

Here's our roundup.

Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 8: At a glance

Xiaomi Mi 8: At a glance

The Mi 8 features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080x2248 pixels) Samsung AMOLED display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 88.5% screen-to-body ratio, and support for Always On display.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 6GB and up to 256GB of storage.

The dual-SIM (Nano) phone runs MIUI 10 and packs a 3,400mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 4.0+.

Camera

Mi 8: Camera specifications and features

The Mi 8 gets a rear dual-camera setup comprising twin 12MP sensors with 1.4-micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel autofocus, and AI-powered features such as Apple-inspired "Studio Lighting".

The company claims a DxOMark photo score of 105 which is higher than Apple's flagship iPhone X.

On the front, the phone offers a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.8-micron pixels, AI portrait selfies, and beautify.

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Connectors and sensors onboard the Mi 8

The Xiaomi Mi 8 offers 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, dual-band GPS (L1 and L5 bands) and USB Type-C. Onboard sensors include a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gyroscope, infrared, and a proximity sensor.

One-of-a-kind

Everything to know about the Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Everything to know about the Mi 8 Explorer Edition

This phone features similar specs to the Mi 8, but with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage and a see-through glass back.

Notably, Xiaomi claims this is the first Android smartphone to feature three-dimensional infrared face unlock technology - just like Apple's Face ID.

The handset also comes with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner, an industry first feature, claims Xiaomi.

Less-powerful Mi 8

All about the Mi 8 SE variant

Completing the trifecta of Mi 8 smartphones is the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.

It features a 5.88-inch AMOLED Full-Screen display with a 2.5D glass on the front.

The phone globally debuts the new Snapdragon 710, Qualcomm's chipset for upper-mid-range devices.

In terms of optics, you get a 12MP+5 MP rear dual-camera setup with a 20MP camera up front and AI-powered portraits.

Price and Availability

Top-end specs come at surprisingly affordable prices

Top-end specs come at surprisingly affordable prices

The Mi 8 costs CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 28,600) for the 6GB RAM/64GB inbuilt storage variant, CNY 2,999 (about Rs. 31,600) for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant, and CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,800) for the 6GB RAM/256GB inbuilt storage model.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has been priced at CNY 3,699 (roughly Rs. 39,000) while the details of Mi 8 SE are still unknown.

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