Xiaomi officially unveiled the new Mi 8 during an event in Shenzen. After months of rumors, long waits and a change of name (remember that it was initially expected as Mi7) Xiaomi officially lifted the veil on his latest top flagship range.
The smartphone is based on a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, accompanied by Adreno 630 GPU, 6GB of RAM and 64GB /128GB / 256GB of internal storage. Mi 8 introduces itself immediately as an extremely complete and promising handset, even if the display is probably the most controversial aspect of the device, given the presence of the notch (it is possible to hide it via software).
However, unlike many other manufacturers, Xiaomi has included a very rich set of sensors in the notch of Mi 8, partly justifying the need to resort to this choice; it would have been impossible – in fact – to offer a complex face unlocking system, whose hardware was positioned in the lower edge of the device.
In addition to taking advantage of the images from the front camera, the Mi 8 is equipped with an IR sensor and a camera dedicated exclusively to face recognition. The 3D Face unlock, however, is only available on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which also supports animated emojis in animoji style.
Until now, Xiaomi has succeeded in proposing devices with particularly thin edges, such as those belonging to the Mi MIX family, with Mi 8 the company chooses to adopt one of the most common and criticized elements within the industry in 2018. It has a 6.21-inch screen is based on AMOLED panel with FullHD+ resolution and 18.7:9 ratio and brightness up to 600 nits.
Among the other strengths of Mi 8, we point out the dual vertical rear camera – taken from Mi MIX 2S – which allows him to achieve an evaluation of 105 and 88 points on DxOMark (photo/video), for a total score of 99 points. The photographic sector offers dual 12MP sensors: the primary camera is a Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4-micron pixels with a Dual Pixel focusing system and is assisted by a 4-axis optical stabilization system and f/1.8 aperture. The secondary camera, on the other hand, is a telephoto lens based on a Samsung sensor. Do not miss the features based on AI, which allow you to improve the performance of the portrait mode and object recognition.
The front camera, however, is equipped with a 20MP sensor with 1.8-micron pixels and is equipped with f/2.0 aperture. Even in this case, there is no shortage of the all the AI and portrait modes mentioned earlier.
The presentation also focused on an aspect that was usually very neglected by manufacturers, the reliability of satellite navigation. Xiaomi Mi 8 integrates support to all the latest technologies and, thanks to its dual-frequency GPS (L1 and L5), is able to cancel the interference caused by buildings and other environmental elements, offering a virtually perfect position tracking.
Xiaomi Mi 8 is made with a glass and metal structure and is based on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 interface (upgradable to MIUI 10). It measures 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm and a weight of 175 grams. Xiaomi paid particular attention to the construction details of the device, opting for a particular processing of rounded corners and the curvature of the rear glass.
The battery capacity is 3400mAh with Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ rapid charging technology support and a particularly complete connectivity that includes Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and VoLTE. Confirmed the presence of band 20 from the official Chinese website.
The smartphone will be available from next June 5, 2018 with the starting price of CNY 2699 – approximately $421 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM version, CNY 2999 – approximately $468 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM model and CNY 3299 – approximately $512 for the 6GB RAM + 256GB ROM. The handset comes in Black, Blue, Gold and White color options. In addition to this, there is also Mi 8 Explorer Edition with transparent back, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 3000mAh battery, 3D Face Unlock, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model is priced at CNY 3,699 – approximately $577.