After a tantalizing session with teasers, leaks and renders, Xiaomi has finally launched the Mi 8 at an event in Shenzen, China. The Xiaomi Mi 8 launch is aligned with the 8th Anniversary of the company. That apart, Xiaomi has also launched the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi Band 3 and the MIUI 10, but more about it later. As with all of the Xiaomi flagship phones, the Mi 8 comes equipped with the best hardware in the market and is topped with a dash of cool features that are expected to help it gain some brownie points.
Xiaomi Mi8 Highlights
The Xiaomi Mi 8 features a 6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED FHD+ display with an 18:7:9 aspect ratio. The now ubiquitous notch marks its presence on the Mi 8 as well. Thanks to the thinned bezels and the reduced jaw, Xiaomi has been able to achieve an 88.5-percent screen to body ratio. Other specifics of the display include a brightness range of up to 600nit and a 60000:1 contrast ratio. Powering the Xiaomi Mi 8 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 at 2.8GHz and is paired with 6GB/8GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
Camera options on the Mi 8 include a dual rear camera setup consisting of 12MP+12MP sensors. The rear camera offers 4-Axis OIS, Dual pixel autofocus, AI portraits, AI scene detection and basic video editing tools. Sticking to the trend, Xiaomi has also unveiled the DxOMark scores for its camera. In accordance with the DxO Mark result, Xiaomi Mi 8 primary camera scores 105 for still images as opposed to the iPhone X that managed to score 101. The front camera on the Xiaomi Mi 8 is a 20-Megapixel unit with f/2.0, AI portrait selfies, and AI Beautify.
The AI scene detection on the Mi 8 is expected to help users take better pictures. This is done by ascertaining the conditions and automatically adjusting the camera settings to get the best picture possible. The display notch on the front shields the infrared face unlock module that is built on similar lines as the one on the iPhone X. The InfraRed lens will help to securely authenticate faces and unlock the device even at complete darkness.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 also comes equipped with a dual-frequency GPS. This uses differential GPS technique which will help eliminate the common-mode errors reference and the GPS stations. In other words, the dual-frequency GPS is simply more accurate, eliminates the interference due to buildings and reduced the signal delay.
Xiaomi is also selling a Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The highlight of this device is the In-Display fingerprint sensor, yes the same one we recently saw on the Vivo X21. The Xiaomi Mi 8 8GB+128GB variant is priced at 3,699 Yuan ($577/Rs 38,985).