Xiaomi turns up its Mi flagships to 8

Xiaomi turns up its Mi flagships to 8

Xiaomi turns up its Mi flagships to 8

Xiaomi also announced three new smartphones during the Shenzhen event which are the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

The Mi 8 will be available in China on June 8 starting at 2699 RMB (~$420) and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition sometime later priced at 3699 RMB (~$577). Xiaomi Mi 8 has a rear fingerprint sensor along with "Infrared Face Unlock" which lets users unlock the phone by looking at the screen even in the dark.

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

The Mi 8 is meant to commemorate 8 years of the Xiaomi brand and it reflects in the spec sheet.

Along with the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi Band 3, Xiaomi also launched the Mi TV 4 today, at its 8th Anniversary event. On overall scores, the Mi 8 loses out to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, the Huawei P20, HTC's new U12+, and Huawei's four-camera P20 Pro.

In addition to the hardware, Xiaomi is confirmed to announce the new Android Oreo-based MIUI 10 software.

Vivo X21 takes a slight lead with a 3200mAh battery, but the Xiaomi Mi 8 premium variant does not fall behind with its 3000mAh battery. Just like the flagship Mi 8 devices, the Mi 8 SE also sports notch display.

The company has recently expanded into Europe, so we may later see the Mi 8 on sale elsewhere. There's a transparent back on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, while the Vivo X21 comes with Black and Gold colour options for Indian users. This is an unusual resolution but that is because the aspect ratio falls to 18.7:9.

OnePlus 6 also features a dual rear setup- 16-megapixel primary lens with f/1.7 aperture, 1.22-micron pixels, gyro-EIS and OIS + 20-megapixel secondary lens with f/1.7 aperture, 1-micron pixels. Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM and 64/128 and 256GB of internal storage. There are some not-so-good camera behaviors including visible color fringing, slight inaccuracies in white balance, some loss of fine details in bright light, plus occasional autofocus delay and depth inaccuracies in bokeh mode. The limited edition phone does support both 3D face unlock and in-display fingerprint recognition, but its transparent back is apparently somewhat of an illusion. It is also expected to come with IP68 certifications and a bevvy of sensors including altimeter, biometric heart rate monitor, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 4.2 and more. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor sits under the hood, and Xiaomi is boasting that the handset earned a staggering 301,472 score on Antutu which, if legit, is the highest ever reached on the benchmark platform.

Meanwhile, the more premium Explorer edition will cost 3699 yuan, or approximately £433. Xiaomi will be launching its flagship smartphone in India soon which will give us a better idea. The phone is a cheaper and smaller version of Xiaomi's flagship Mi 8 smartphone.

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