Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphone Mi 8

Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphone Mi 8

The brand not only announced one smartphone, but three new phones all at once - the Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition and the Mi 8 SE (Special Edition).

In addition to the standard Mi8, the smartphone will land in an impressive Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which gets an in-display fingerprint scanner and a quirky clear casing on the back. Xiaomi may have implemented a different process and design but we know the size and specs are nearly the same. After the unveiling of Face ID on the iPhone X, many in the industry wondered if facial recognition would become the new norm for biometric authentication, with fingerprint scanning falling by the wayside; certainly that's the direction Apple has been going in.

But that's not the only similarity the Mi 8 bears to the iPhone X. Under the hood sits a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 3400mAh battery.

On the back, the device comes with vertically-placed dual cameras, a design approach which seems heavily inspired by Apple. In the camera department, the Redmi S2 sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel and another 5-megapixel sensor for portrait photography. However, in rear-facing camera, the feature is usually restricted to dual-camera phones only.

Meanwhile the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is due to be launched later, although Xiaomi has so far not announced an exact release date.

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The Mi 8 SE will be priced at just 1,799 yuan (~S$375.50) and will be available in China on the 8th June.

The Mi 8 features a 6.21-inch AMOLED screen with 600 nits of brightness and a resolution of 2,248 x 1,080 pixels (88.5 percent screen-to-body ratio). It packs a 3,400 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.

The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor which brings flagship level performance at a mid-range cost along with an Adreno 616 graphics processor.

Xiaomi recently introduced a bunch of new products in the market including Mi8, Mi8 SE, TV and a VR headset among other. The hardware specifications are somewhat similar, but things go much deeper than that, and you'll guys get to know everything in our specifications, features and pricing comparison.

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