The world finally gets to witness the recent launch of the Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone, at Xiaomi’s annual product launch event in China. Now, this is the latest flagship smartphone, which in all probability is loaded with premium specifications and features. The list of probable specifications includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, a dual rear 12-megapixel camera setup, infrared face unlocks, and a 20-megapixel selfie camera. Along with this, a Mi 8 Explorer Edition has also been launched, which comes with exclusive features like 3D face recognition, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a transparent back. The company, as expected, also launched the Mi 8 SE smartphone at the same event, as well as the Mi Band 3 and MIUI 10.
Xiaomi Mi 8 – Price and Release date:
The Mi 8 price has been fixed at CNY 2,699, rounding roughly to ₹28,600 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, CNY 2,999, i.e. around ₹31,600 for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant, and CNY 3,299 i.e. roughly ₹34,800 for the 6GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model. The smartphone would be made available in variants of White, Gold, Light Blue, and Black color options. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage and bears a price tag of CNY 3,699 i.e. roughly ₹39,000. Pre-orders for the smartphones have opened, with sales starting from June 5.
Xiaomi Mi 8- Specs and features:
The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 10, and the handset would also boast of a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2248 pixels) Samsung AMOLED display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 88.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, and support for Always On display. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with a claimed AnTuTu benchmark score of 301,472. It also comes with 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, with 8GB RAM exclusive to the Explorer Edition.
Talking of the camera department, the flagship handset sports a vertically stacked rear dual camera setup that gets two 12-megapixel sensors with 1.4-micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel autofocus, AI portraits, AI scene detection, and video detection. Xiaomi, in fact, claims a DxOMark photo score of 105. Also, when compared to the Mi Mix 2S, the DxOMark team has spotted that the new Mi handset has a slightly improved dynamic range. This records a wide tonal range along with high levels of detail in shadows as well as highlights. Noise levels on the smartphone are also noted as well-controlled. However, the negative part states that it has been noticed that noise reduction on the handset sometimes losses finer details.
Coming back to the Xiaomi Mi 8, on the front, it sports a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.8-micron pixels, AI portrait selfies, and beautify. As for storage, the phone gets 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of inbuilt storage.
Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi (dual-band, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, dual-band GPS (with L1/ L5 signal support, said to be the world’s first phone with this feature), and USB Type-C. It also bears a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, while the Mi 8 Explorer Edition has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Other sensors on board both include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gyroscope, infrared, and a proximity sensor.
The Mi 8 measures in at 154.9×74.8×7.6mm, weighing around 175 grams. There is a 3400mAh battery under the hood. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has the same dimensions but weighs slightly more at 177 grams. It also bears a smaller battery along at 3000mAh.
Xiaomi in addition, also unveiled its take on Apple’s Animoji 3D avatars, calling them Mi Meng. Xiaomi’s Mi Meng avatars can capture up to 52 facial muscle movements, which doesn’t only imitate expressions but also the user’s voice.