During the event held in Shenzen, Xiaomi unveiled to the world its new smartphone: the Mi 8. Features certainly top of the range, and with a design that winks (and not just) to that introduced by Apple with iPhone X.
The beating heart of Xiaomi Mi 8 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the GPU is an Adreno 630. The device provides users with 6GB of RAM, while for internal memory there is no shortage of 128GB and 256GB.
One of the strong points of the smartphone is the double-lens photographic module, positioned vertically on the rear body (does it remind you of something?). The sensors are 12MP: the main one is produced by Sony and is precisely an IMX363, with 1.4 micron pixels in size; the second is a telephoto lens produced by Samsung. These features, and obviously the test with hand, led DxOMark to assign a score of 105 and 88 for photos and videos respectively. The front camera is 20MP, and the whole is obviously accompanied by AI functionality to take portrait pictures.
For the display, Xiaomi decided to opt for a 6.21-inch AMOLED with (2248×1080 pixels) FHD+ resolution and 18.7: 9 ratio. The Chinese company, like many others in the sector, has decided to follow the trend. Have you already understood what we are talking about? Maybe yes: of the notch on the display. The design of the latest top of the Xiaomi range will not be very original, but the presence of the notch is at least justified by the presence of different sensors, such as those needed for the unlocking system through face recognition.
Xiaomi Mi 8 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, customized with the proprietary MIUI interface. The device dimensions are 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm, will be available in four colors: silver, gold, blue and black.
Prices, not yet confirmed for the market, should be around ￥2,699 ($421) for the 6GBRAM with 64GB storage, ¥2,999 ($470) for the 6GBRAM with 128GB version and ¥3,299 ($520) for the 6GBRAM with 256GB. This is practically the iPhone X around $500.
In addition, Xiaomi has created a special edition of the device, called Explorer Edition, characterized by the body with transparent back, sensor for reading fingerprints below the display, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, and a 3D sensor for face recognition called Face ID (yes, you read that right). This also allows the creation of those that resemble (and a lot) what looks like the iPhone X Animoji.