Mi 8 may come to India, hints Xiaomi

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25 Jun 2018

Mi 8 could launch in India next month, hints Xiaomi

To commemorate its 8th-anniversary, Xiaomi launched the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphones in China last month.

And now, these Mi 8 series smartphones could arrive in India as early as next month, according to a Xiaomi executive.

Notably, the Mi 8 was recently introduced in Russia and France as well.

Here's more about these devices.

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 Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Everything to know about Mi 8 Explorer Edition

This phone features similar specs to that of 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.

1 million Mi 8 series smartphones sold in 18 days

In what could be a record of sorts, in just 18 days, Xiaomi has sold nearly 1 million units of the Mi 8 series smartphones. These figures are exclusive to units sold in China alone where the sales started on June 5.

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