Xiaomi's mega launch event took place in Shenzen, China where the company launched the Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 8 SE, MIUI 10, Mi Band 3, a standalone VR headset, and a 75-inch Mi TV 4. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be available for CNY 3,699 (approximately Rs 39,000) for the 8GB/128GB variant.
The company also claims that the Explorer Edition is the first Android phone in the world to use 3D face recognition technology, like the iPhone X's Face ID - and of course there's an Animoji equivalent on board. The Mi 8 boasts the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, an FHD+ (2248 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with AI-powered features for improving your pictures, and a 20-megapixel snapper in the front. If the price stays the same, it'll be significantly cheaper than the Mi Mix 2S, which is available for over $500 from many vendors, but slightly more expensive than its predecessor, the Mi Mix 2.
The Mi 8 is Xiaomi's first phone to sport a notch.
But the characteristic notch is now proliferating to new devices shipping soon or on their way, including the Mi 8.
Having said all that, if you look past the brazen plagiarism, the Mi 8 is, as usual with Xiaomi devices, a really good deal.
The new MIUI 10 brings a lot of design changes in the latest ROM which seems to be inspired from the latest Android P update. It wasn't until two years later, though, when Xiaomi wowed the industry with its pioneering bezel-less Mi Mix that it finally shed that label.
The rest of the hardware leaves me confident, though, because the Mi 8, despite costing less than half the price of the iPhoneX, feels every bit as premium as the Apple handset in terms of build quality. Around the back, you'll see the phone's dual camera system is stacked vertically, er - just like that on the iPhone X. It will also be the first handset to come with a Snapdragon 710 chip on the inside, a chip that should turn out to be quite adequate, given it's the successor to the beefy Snapdragon 660. The Mi 8 comes with a metal and glass design along with 6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED display, and a noticeable chin at the bottom.
Inside the Xiaomi Mi8 is a Synaptics-made in-display fingerprint sensor, and today we've got the details.
The phone uses AI to identify scenes and apply the best settings, as well as for "Studio Lightning" portrait photography, obviously inspired by Apple. The phone has 4GB and 6GB variants with 64GB storage. The fingerprint sensor is now located right below the camera module. The 8GB variant is exclusive to the Explorer Edition. The Mi 8 comes in at 2,699 yuan ($421) in China. Rs 1,780) while the NFC supported version is expected to sell for around 199 yuan (approx.