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Xiaomi turns up its Mi flagships to 8

01 June, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Xiaomi has taken the wrappers of the Mi Band 3 at its event in Shenzen, China where it also unveiled the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, all of which run on the latest MIUI 10 interface.

Xiaomi has launched a plethora of smartphones/gadgets in China on the 31st of June, including the Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer's edition, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Xiaomi-Oculus VR headset and the Mi Band 3. The Mi 8 also features an infrared camera paired with a dedicated infrared illuminator for face unlocking similar to the iPhone X. The higher end Explorer Edition offers 3D face unlock and also includes a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor.

The handset comes with the best Android chip set available, Snapdragon 845; it has 6GB of RAM; it has the same excellent camera hardware as the just two-months-old Mi Mix 2S; and it has a proven design - albeit proven by another company - with a brilliant 6.2-inch AMOLED display from Samsung. If it launches in India, this means it would be Xiaomi's most expensive television with expected price that will be around Rs 1 lakh, given the fact that Yuan 8,999 roughly equal to Rs 95,000.

And today a more familiar brand has done the same with Xiaomi's Mi 8 ...


EXPLORER EDITION. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with extra bells and whistles for discerning phone lovers. Talking about the video recording performance, the report added that Mi 8 camera comes with accurate, smooth and fast autofocus "with good subject tracking" along with wide dynamic range and "attractive" color rendering. "It sports a 0.78" OLED screen, a marked jump in size from the Mi Band 2's 0.42" one. The Mi 8 SE is a less powerful member and it features a Snapdragon 710.

A Xiaomi spokesperson declined to comment when we asked if the company wanted to talk about the Mi 8's similarity to the iPhone X. The aspect ratio is 18.7:9, which is the same as the Mi 8. This allows users to see the phone's internal bits (some of them, anyway), and could encourage either not using a protective case or investing in a clear one. Around the back, you'll see the phone's dual camera system is stacked vertically, er - just like that on the iPhone X.

The Mi 8 SE has a 5.88 inch Super AMOLED display with a 2248 x 1080 px resolution. There's a MarvelAvengers edition which comes with 8GBof RAM and 256GB of storage. The Explorer Edition will cost the most - at 3,699 Chinese yuan (or about $575, £435 and AU$760). The fingerprint sensor is now located right below the camera module. The front camera has features such as AI-enabled bokeh mode, beautification features, etc. 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).

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