Xiaomi’s New Launch – MI 8 Flagship Smartphone

The company also launched another special variant, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which has additional features such as in-display fingerprint sensor, transparent back and 3D face recognition – Xiaomi’s New Launch – MI 8 Flagship Smartphone

Xiaomi's New Launch - MI 8 Flagship Smartphone
Xiaomi’s New Launch – MI 8 Flagship Smartphone

Xiaomi has unveiled its latest flagship phone Mi 8 in China. The launch took place at an event held in Shenzhen, where the company also unveiled its latest AI-powered MIUI 10 OS along with a host of other products. This year’s annual launch event was special as it also commemorated the company’s 8th year anniversary.

The phone comes in three RAM/storage variants – 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB and 6GB/256GB which are priced at Yuan 2699 (about Rs 28,500), Yuan 2999 (about Rs 31,600) and Yuan 3299 (about Rs 34,800).

In addition to the regular Mi 8 smartphone, the company also launched a special variant, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which has additional features such as in-display fingerprint sensor, transparent back and 3D face recognition.

Specification At a glance:

Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a 6.21 inch Full HD+ AMOLED notched display with a resolution of 2248 x 1080p and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The phone sports a glass and metal design, with a 2.5D curved glass. It is available in white, blue, gold and black colour options. The phone runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor which is supported by LPDDR4X RAM.

Xiaomi's New Launch - MI 8 Flagship Smartphone
Xiaomi’s New Launch – MI 8 Explorer

The notch on the front has a 20MP camera, proximity sensor, earpiece, an Infrared Lighting and an Infrared lens. The phone supports Face Unlock feature thanks to the Infrared sensor and the Infrared lens. According to Xiaomi, the phone can detect a face even in darkness and cannot be fooled by a photo or a video of the person.

On the camera front, the device comes with 12MP + 12MP dual rear cameras with 1.4 micron pixel, 4-axis OIS. The camera setup consists of wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens with f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture rate respectively and an LED flash. The phone packs in a 20MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture rate on the front notch.

For connectivity, the device supports Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual-frequency GPS, USB Type-C, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, A-GPS, GLONASS among others. The phone is powered by a 3400 mAh battery.

In addition to the regular variants, the company has also unveiled a special Explorer edition of the Mi 8 phone. The phone is available in 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant and is priced at CNY 3,699 (about Rs. 39,000).

The event also witnessed Xiaomi launching AI-powered OS MIUI 10 along with Mi 8SE smartphone, 75-inch Mi TV 4, Mi VR Standalone and Mi Band 3 smartband.

Xiaomi has announced the Mi 8 as its latest flagship that boasts of being the company’s first-ever notch display offering

Xiaomi has officially launched its latest flagship smartphone as the all-new Mi 8 at an event in China today. The Xiaomi Mi 8 launch comes as the 8th year anniversary celebration of the Chinese technology major. Alongside the regular variant of the smartphone, a limited edition by the name of ‘Explorer Edition’ has also been introduced at the launch event.

As for its specifications, the Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a 6.21-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display by Samsung that comes with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a 2248X1080 pixels resolution. The Mi 8 is also the first smartphone by Xiaomi to come with a notch display which can also be hidden by the user. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and carries a 6GB RAM and three different storage options, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The Mi 8 comes with a USB Type-C port and a Dual GPS support, binding together the L1 frequency with L5 frequency used in the aeronautical industry.

The smartphone will start retailing in China from June 5 on online and offline stores

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Mi 8 carries a dual camera setup at the back with two 12-megapixel sensors with f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture, the former being a Sony IMX363 sensor and the latter being a Samsung S5K3M3 telephoto sensor. At the front, the device houses a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture and offers features like AI portrait selfies and AI Beautitfy.

Xiaomi's New Launch - MI 8 Flagship Smartphone
Xiaomi’s New Launch – MI 8 Explorer

Security options on the Mi 8 include 3D Face detection and a fingerprint sensor. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a Vivo X21 like an in-display fingerprint sensor and also a see through back panel.

Xiaomi claims that the Mi 8 received a 99 points overall rating on the DxOMark, a better score than Xiaomi’s own Mi Mix 2S and the Apple iPhone X, both of which scored a 97. On AnTuTu, the device scored a whopping 301,472 as per Xiaomi, a highest ever score on the testing platform.

Xiaomi Mi 8 will start retailing at CNY 2,699 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage version. The 128GB storage option is priced at CNY 2,999, while the most expensive 256GB version will retail at CNY 3,299.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition will have only one variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage which is priced at CNY3,799.

IN DETAILS SPECIFICATION : Xiaomi MI 8 Explorer Edition

2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
LAUNCH Announced 2018, May
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2018, July
BODY Dimensions 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm (6.10 x 2.94 x 0.30 in)
Weight 177 g (6.24 oz)
Build Front/rear glass, aluminum frame (7000 series)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.21 inches, 97.1 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2248 pixels (~402 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
– HDR10 display
– DCI-P3
– MIUI 10
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
CPU Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
GPU Adreno 630
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128 GB, 8 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@30/240fps
Secondary 20 MP (f/2.0, 1.8µm), 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Face ID, fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 4.0+)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Black (transparent back)


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