Xiaomi unveils Mi 8 phones, its '8th anniversary flagship'


Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi showed off all kinds of shiny new devices at a launch event in Shenzhen today, chief among them the Mi 8, the latest in the company's series of line of high-end Android handsets.

Both the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition feature a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,240 x 1,080. It has similar specs to the regular Mi 8 but a translucent rear, 3D face sensing IR sensor in the notch at the front and an in-display fingerprint sensor. If it launches in India, this means it would be Xiaomi's most expensive television with expected price that will be around Rs 1 lakh, given the fact that Yuan 8,999 roughly equal to Rs 95,000. Similar to Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X launch past year, Xiaomi is differentiating the Mi 8 family to cater to various price points.

The Mi 8 will be available in China from June 5. The Mi Band 2 successor is another one of the additions which now comes in two new variants.

Xiaomi's MIUI 10 features a revamped task manager to leverage the full potential of a taller, full-screen display. The company said it will offer MIUI 10 for a number of existing models, but didn't say what version of Android is churning beneath that custom skin. Here's a detailed comparison between Mi 8, OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 keeping the specifications and features in mind.

It's the follow-up to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which now features in our best cheap fitness tracker guide - and despite its super low price comes with fitness tracking, sleep monitoring and a bunch of other features too, so we have high hopes for this tracker. Exposure and white balance inaccuracies, loss of detail and inconsistent sharpness are the main issues that you may experience with the Mi 8's videos. Tucked in the notch is a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/1.8 aperture.

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Other than that, the SE is every bit the same phone as the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer edition, with the same software, cameras, and dual-frequency Global Positioning System. Furthermore, AI will be used to determine what apps are being used more by the user, and the OS will open them quickly.

The Mi 8 has a pair of 12-megapixel cameras on the back side and a 20-MP snapper on the front. The smartphone will be made available with 6GB RAM and a choice of 6GB, 128GB or 256GB built-in storage.

The dual-SIM 4G VoLTE smartphone supports Bluetooth 5.0, dual band Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack, Type-C USB connector, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock, gyro, proximity, compass and accelerometer among others. The fingerprint sensor is now located right below the camera module. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 platform with Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) and Adreno 630 graphics, achieving an AnTuTu score over 300,000.

Of the new models, the Explorer Edition probably represents the best value despite not offering much of an upgrade in raw power over the standard version. And if the Chinese pricing is anything to go by, the handset should prove an extremely competitive rival for the Apple flagship, with the Mi 8 starting at 2,699 CNY (RM1675.37).