Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Taking a closer look at the transparent Xiaomi Mi 8

Taking a closer look at the transparent Xiaomi Mi 8

Among a bevy of product announcements during a press event in Senzhen, China today, Xiaomi unveiled its newest flagship Android phone line, the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition, meanwhile, adds some extra touches to your standard Mi 8, with an in-display fingerprint sensor that is pressure sensitive and a transparent back panel.

On top of all that, it's also got the latest processor from Qualcomm, a Snapdragon 845, a 6.21-inch AMOLED display (and, yes, there's a notch at the top), 12MP dual-camera setup and a dual-frequency Global Positioning System, which promises better accuracy. The Mi 8 will feature a 6.21-inch OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and 12MP dual camera setup. The Mi 8 SE will go for a mere 1,799 yuan ($281 USD).

All three Mi 8 phones will get Xiaomi's MIUI 10-skinned version of Google's Android mobile OS.

First up, Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected to come with a lot of upgrades both in terms of design and internal hardware over its predecessor.

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First up, the "regular" Xiaomi Mi 8. The Mi Mix 2S features this chip as well. The front-facing camera is the same 20-megapixel snapper as on the main Mi 8 though, and it is also capable of shooting AI portraits. Before the 8th Anniversary Mi flagship model, we were introduced to the Mi Mix 2 and the Redmi S2.

Mi 8 has a notch on top and an 18.7: 9 aspect ratio. Furthermore, AI will be used to determine what apps are being used more by the user, and the OS will open them quickly.

Around back, you'll find a familiar-looking vertically-arranged dual camera array consisting of two 12-megapixel shooters. And the 6GB RAM + 256GB storage will go for 3,299 yuan (about $514).

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the most expensive model out of all three and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard memory. There are some not-so-good camera behaviors including visible color fringing, slight inaccuracies in white balance, some loss of fine details in bright light, plus occasional autofocus delay and depth inaccuracies in bokeh mode. Xiaomi says the SE will be the first phone based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 and that the freshly baked SoC is faster than the previous-generation Snapdragon 660 while using 30% less power. The fingerprint sensor is now located right below the camera module. Currently, it is not know what all languages the virtual assistant understands, although chances are that the Chinese will be definitely supported. The Mi 8 SE features a smaller 5.88-inch AMOLED display, which is a different variant belonging to the series and comes with the same resolution. And all that for a starting price of 2,699 yuan (US$421).

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