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Xiaomi Mi 8 launched: "6.21" flagship with vertical dual-lens camera

01 June 2018
Xiaomi Mi 8 launched:

Let's see what we can gleam from the info we have so far!

It has a larger OLED display than the Mi Band 2 did, at 0.78in compared with the 0.42in of its predecessor, and comes in black, orange or blue. We reported about the purported specs of the Mi 8 and a possible Mi 8 SE variant yesterday and most of that info has come true.

The Android is packing a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution (2,248 x 1,080). Tucked in the notch is a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/1.8 aperture. 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. The smartphone will be made available with 6GB RAM and a choice of 6GB, 128GB or 256GB built-in storage.

It comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM variant with 64GB of internal storage.

On the imaging front, the Mi 8 sports a vertical orientation of dual 12 MP cameras with an LED flash in the middle. This means, once the older Xiaomi smartphones are updated to MIUI 10, they will support bokeh mode even if it is a single camera lens. The Mi 8 is said to have scored 301472 in Antutu benchmark test. It also uses dual Global Positioning System, which it claims makes location data more accurate.

Most visibly, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a cool see-through glass back, something we've seen before on HTC devices, including the hot new HTC U12 Plus.

Among a bevy of product announcements during a press event in Senzhen, China today, Xiaomi unveiled its newest flagship Android phone line, the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Low noise can be observed in nearly all light conditions - the cameras only struggles in really dark environments.

All of these are powered by MIUI 10, the latest iteration of Xiaomi's custom flavor of Android 8.1.

Besides security, the 3D infrared camera is used for...an Animoji clone.

The star feature of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the in-display fingerprint scanner. This should allow the phone to unlock faster. It's just an Apple-esque suffix that denotes a smaller, less powerful variant of the Mi 8.

There's also MIUI 10 - the latest version of Xiaomi's Android skin - to look forward to, though numerous new features this update will bring are intended for users in China.

Rumours are rife that the company might unveil a low-end model Mi 8 SE with watered down specifications.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is due to release in China on June 5, while the compact Mi 8 SE is due to be released a couple of days later on June 8. Xiaomi Mi 8 also offers "Dual GPS" which the company says gives more accurate location by eliminating radio disturbances from buildings.

This is a very affordable fitness tracker too with the price set at 179 Chinese yuan for the most basic version, which roughly translates as $30 / £20 / AU$36.

Still photography is a strong point for the Mi 8's camera, but it's not quite as good when it comes to video recording. With the Mi 8 it is doing what it does best, inviting comparisons to Apple and then packing impressive technology (and a price) that will draw favorable attention from its fans and those not keen to spend $1,000 on a phone.

In terms of design, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE resembles the standard Mi 8 SE with a slightly smaller display along with an all-glass design.