Xiaomi Mi 8 is officially unveiled – Hands-on with the Mi 8

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Xiaomi has finally unveiled their new flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi 8. The company is celebrating it’s 8th anniversary since it was established, hence the they decided to number it the 8th iteration.

In terms of design, you may have already noticed that it looks extremely similar on the front, back side – and even software wise, however Xiaomi is known to offer a light skin that runs really well and smooth on nearly all of their devices – no matter if you’re fan of the Apple inspiration or not, they managed to do it properly.

Xiaomi has jumped on the bandwagon and made the rear panel all-glass and included a 7000 series aluminium frame. However, the other device which is called ‘Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition’ still has the same design, the rear panel is transparent – exposing the internals in a beautiful way – it looks gorgeous in our opinion.

It’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB of RAM and it has 64/128/256GB storage options – as you’d expect, it’s not expandable via a MicroSD card.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition will have the same internals, except the storage and RAM. It will have 8GB RAM and 128GB non-expandable storage.

The display is a large 6.21″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2248 (~402 ppi) and it’s HDR10 certified. We would have like a larger resolution in a 2018 flagship, but since this is a much ‘feature’ packed display – we can’t complain. As you probably noticed, it has a notch up on top which can fortunately be toggled with a switch inside the settings.

Speaking of the notch, Xiaomi has even managed to make an apparently secure way to get access to your phone by using 3D Face unlock – IR sensors – just like on the iPhone X. It can allow you to securely sign into your device, even in dark environments.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the rear center – as opposed to some leaks saying that it would be embedded into the screen – underneath it. But, the leaks are actually true this time around, for the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The Explorer Edition has an in-screen built-in fingerprint sensor which works as you would expect.

Other features include Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C on the bottom, no headphone jack and NFC – no surprises here and we’re happy to see NFC too for payments and accessories.

The dual rear camera on the back is a combination of 12MP f/1.8 aperture and a 12MP f/2.4 aperture sensors that stands out among other similarly priced devices with its 99 point DxOMark rating. It does indeed sound impressive and if you’d like to see the DxO review, you can find it here.

The selfie shooter is a 20MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture with of course – a lot of AI enhancements and features – that seems to be a highlighted feature nowadays. It’s worth noting that the Face detection sensors are separate, therefore they are not used to enhance the selfie photo by any means.

Both devices will run Android 8.1 Oreo on top of MIUI. MIUI 10 was also announced with a lot of new features – these will come to the MI 8 and a bunch of other devices sometime in mid-late June.

The Mi 8 will be available from 5 June from both the offline and online stores where Xiaomi is available.

The Xiaomi Mi 8’s price will start from CNY 2,699 for the 6/64 GB version, CNY 2,999 for the 6/128GB version and CNY 3,299 for the 6/256GB version. These prices range between $420 and $515, or €360 and €440 at current rates.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition will only have one variant – the one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage up for sale for CNY 3,799 or around $600/€500 – it will also only be available a month later the standard Mi 8.

Watch our Review of the Xiaomi Mi 8

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