Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Xiaomi turns up its Mi flagships to 8

Xiaomi turns up its Mi flagships to 8

There will be 2 variants of the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, one being the non-NFC version which is going for RMB169 (~RM105) and RMB199 (~RM120) for the NFC version. Xiaomi Mi 8 has a rear fingerprint sensor along with "Infrared Face Unlock" which lets users unlock the phone by looking at the screen even in the dark.

Video: Huawei and Xiaomi smartphone shipments grow. The Mi Band 3 features a 0.78-inch (128 x 80) OLED display, and unlike the Mi Band 2's panel, this display is actually touch-sensitive. But Xiaomi claims the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first to actually do it in 3D, which adds more security. Interestingly enough, it will also work with phones that lacks a dedicated depth-sensing sensor or do not have a dual-rear camera on board. The Redmi Y2 is expected to sport a 16-megapixel resolution selfie camera on the front with a soft LED flash and AI Beauty feature.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a 6.21-inch (2248 x 1080-pixel) AMOLED screen with a borderless design and a notch-style cutout. The Snapdragon 710 is the first in Qualcomm's 700-series and offers performance values slightly weaker than last year's flagship Snapdragon 835. On the front is a 20MP camera that uses pixel binning technology to combine information from four pixels to create one large 1.8µm pixel for clearer photos in low light. While the face unlock on the OnePlus 6 is blazing fast, it is not as secure as others.

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.

The manufacturer provided less detail about the smaller Mi 8 SE. The processor is the new Snapdragon 710, Qualcomm's chip for upper-mid-range devices that was just introduced the other week. The device goes on sale on June 5 in China, and it will eventually hit other markets as well, but for the time being, its availability has been announced for China only.

The Mi 8 carries a price tag of CNY 2,699 (approximately Rs 28,600) for the 6GB RAM/64GB variant, CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs 31,600) for the 6GB/128GB variant, and CNY 3,299 (approximately Rs 34,800) for the 6GB RAM/256GB variant. Need a little more storage?

The Mi 8 will be available in China on June 8 starting at 2699 RMB (~$420) and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition sometime later priced at 3699 RMB (~$577).

As always, the worldwide prices of the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be slightly higher than their prices in China, but we don't have any details on that front for now. Let us know in the comments!

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