Price, specifications and features

Xiaomi Mi 8: Release date, specs, features and price

Xiaomi has unveiled its new flagship Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphones featuring a notch, 3D face unlock, animated emojis, an in-display fingerprint sensor and more.

The Mi 8 will be priced at around $421, the Explorer Edition priced at $577, while the Mi 8 SE will go for $281.

Under-the-hood, it is said to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, AI-powered dual camera and a full day's battery. Apple launched the iPhone SE and just like the iPhone SE, the Mi 8 SE is a smaller version of the flagship Mi 8.

Alongside launching the Mi 8, Xiaomi also launched the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition to celebrate the 8th year anniversary of Xiaomi.

Is the Xiaomi Mi 8 coming the UK?

Meanwhile the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is due to be launched later, although Xiaomi has so far not announced an exact release date.

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.


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. MIUI 10 is Xiaomi's custom Android operating system and is found on all its devices. But Xiaomi claims the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first to actually do it in 3D, which adds more security.

The 20 MP front camera that resides insides the notch has f/2.0 aperture and 1.8 μm pixel size. However, this comparison isn't based on prolonged usage of the two smartphones, so we can not ascertain true sustainability of any of them.

Some of the features of MIUI 10 include a revamped task manager, gesture controls and AI portrait mode for enhanced Bokeh shots. In comparison, the Mi 8 comes with the same amount of RAM, but it is available in the 64, 128 and 256GB storage models. The premium flagship smartphone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor so you know it can be really fast and powerful.

Inside the Xiaomi Mi8 is a Synaptics-made in-display fingerprint sensor, and today we've got the details. Users that've used similar fingerprint sensors outside of touchscreens will find that these the in-screen fingerprint sensors work at basically the same speed and with the same accuracy, too.

For those wanting more, the company also announced a souped-up "Explorer" version that sports a pressure-sensitive finger scanner and the iPhone X-like facial unlock feature.

Xiaomi says the Mi 8 is the first phone to use dual-frequency Global Positioning System. The Mi 8 will have a starting price of 2,699 Chinese yuan (which converts to about $420, £315 and AU$555) while the Mi 8 SE's base price will start at 1,799 Chinese yuan (approximately $280, £210 and AU$370). The TV will be going on sale in China at a price of Yuan 8,999.

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