Xiaomi unveiled its flagship smartphone Xiaomi Mi 8 today at an event that also marked the 8th anniversary of the company. It is a successor to the previously launched Mi 6. The new Mi 8 bears an iPhone X like notch on the display and comes with high-end specifications. It is positioned in the budget premium segment which also has the OnePlus 6, Honor 10, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and several others. The phone has got three different variants and the pricing starts from CNY 2699 (~ Rs. 28,456).
The Xiaomi Mi 8 rocks a 6.21-inch Full HD+ display made by Samsung. This is an AMOLED display which promises vivid colours and deeper blacks. It is a bezel-less phone and the screen has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, as mentioned earlier, there is a notch on the top. It is easy to notice that the notch is bigger than other Android smartphones, because Xiaomi has fitted an infrared facial recognition system there. The design seems premium as it sports a metal + glass body. It is available in three different colour options: Black, White, Gold and Light Blue.
Talking of the camera, there’s a dual rear camera setup on the back that combines two 12-megapixel sensors. They come with 4-axis OIS for a stable output and on the software side, the camera has got AI portrait mode and AI scene detection. Xiaomi claims that the Mi 8 has scored 105 in the DxO mark ratings that scores cameras based on their performance. The front camera is of 20 megapixels and comes with adequate features on the software side. It also helps you unlock your phone with the help of Infrared sensors fitted in the notch.
Performance-wise, the Mi 8 rocks the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset that is fitted in other rival phones as well. It gets 6GB of RAM to handle the overall multi-tasking. There is an 8GB RAM variant too but it is exclusively for the special ‘Explorer’ edition of the phone. On the software side, the phone packs in the latest MIUI 10 (which was launched today as well). It is based on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo. A new addition on the software side is Xiaomi’s own take on Apple’s Animoji. It is called as Mi Meng and will imitate your face as well as voice. The phone is available in three storage variants: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
In terms of connectivity, apart from the other conventional options, the phone has got dual-band GPS which makes it the first smartphone in the world to come with this feature. There is 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and an USB Type-C port for charging. There is no 3.5mm audio jack in the phone though. The Mi 8 packs a 3400mAh battery unit that will offer a decent battery backup. It is further enhanced with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+ support but you will have to buy a separate charger to make use of this technology. The one that ships with the phone supports only up to QC 3.0.
The lower variant of the phone with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at CNY 2699 (~ Rs. 28,600), the middle variant that comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs CNY 2,999 (~ Rs. 31,600) and the top variant with 6GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at CNY 3,299 (~ Rs. 34,800). Pre-orders for the phone has already begun in China and it will be available for purchase starting June 5.