New Xiaomi Mi8 Promises Better Camera and Performance than Rivals

Update 28 June 2018 – Xiaomi has sold over 1 Million units in the Mi8 Series in just 18 days of launch. Reportedly, the phones went on sale starting 5th June 2018 in China and in a record time has crossed the milestone.

Also, recently Xiaomi announced that its website in India is the third largest online mobile seller portal after Flipkart and Amazon.

Xiaomi has finally launched its flagship phone for 2018,  “Xiaomi Mi8”, in China today. At the largest ever event held by the company, it showcased 3 new Mi 8 phones, along with some cool new gadgets.

Alongside, the flagship phone, Xiaomi has launched an enormous 75 Inch TV called Mi TV4 and also unveiled the new Xiaomi fitness tracker Mi Band 3. Also, the company has launched a new VR headset called “Mi VR standalone” in partnership with Oculus.

Xiaomi Mi8 launch

The three Mi8 phones are the flagship Mi8, the transparent back Mi8 Explorer Edition (looks hot as hell), and the more affordable Mi8 SE.

Let’s check out what the key details and features of each model.

Xiaomi Mi8 

Xiaomi is calling the Mi8 as the 8th-anniversary phone (Xiaomi was founded 8 years back) and is a very special and most advanced device that the company has ever launched.

Xiaomi Mi8

Probably, this is the reason that the company didn’t launch it as Mi7 and instead named it Mi8.

Design and Display

For starters, the Xiaomi Mi8 comes with a design which is becoming a norm for high-end phones, a replica of iPhone X. It may sound cliche, but it is hard to ignore the similar rear camera assembly and the big wide notch at the front side.

While Oneplus 6 and Vivo X21 are trying to reduce the size of the notch, Xiaomi doesn’t seem to be bothered about it and is offering a large cut out at the top of Mi8.

The Mi8 comes with a Bezel-less, 6.21 Inch FHD+, Full-screen display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It offers an AMOLED panel from Samsung to make sure that the colors are vibrant and the display is super crispy for videos and reading the text.

Further, it comes with an incredible 88.5% screen to body ratio and even supports the always on display. Undoubtedly, the display looks stunning and augments the overall design.


Powering the phone is the fastest processor on any Android device, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 along with the Adreno 630 GPU. Surprisingly, the Mi8 beats rivals like Oneplus 6 on the Antutu benchmark by setting a new record of 301,472.

Xiaomi Mi8

Notably, the Oneplus 6 scores close to 2,70,000 on the benchmark. The Mi8 comes with 6 GB /8 GB LPDDR4X ram; the 8 GB ram is available only on the Explorer edition.

Furthermore, it teases us with the new MIUI 10, the latest OS from the brand and comes with the base Android Oreo.


For imaging, it has the best camera on any Xiaomi phone till date and the company is boasting a score of 105 on the DXO mark photo test, and overall it scores 99 on the benchmark performance if we include the Video score (88).

Below are some of the Camera Samples from Xiaomi Mi8.

Xiaomi Mi8 portrait mode Xiaomi Mi8 camera sample

At the back, it has a Dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup that looks very similar to the iPhone X or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. But these are much superior in performance to the RN5 Pro and comes with f/1.8 aperture and f/2.4 aperture.

The lens has a 1.4-micron pixel size to absorb more light and take better low light images. Further, the camera has 4-axis optical image stabilization to improve the video quality and take shots with less noise.

The OIS is present only on the primary wide angle lens while the secondary telephoto lens has no stabilization.

Additionally, at the front, there is a 20-megapixel selfie camera that comes with a f/2.0 aperture lens with massive 1.8-micron pixel size. The front camera offers AI portrait mode and even has beauty mode options.

Other Features, Price, Availability:

The Mi8 comes with a 3400 mAH capacity battery along with fast charging support.  Another notable feature is the presence of Dual Frequency GPS bands that help it improve the location accuracy.

Other features include USB Type C port, Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and WIFI.

The phone is available in 6 GB Ram / 64 GB Storage version for CNY 2699 (Rs. 28,000), and 6 GB RAM /128 GB storage version for CNY 2999 or Rs. 31,500. The most expensive version has 6 GB Ram / 256 GB storage for CNY 3299 or Rs. 35,500.

The pricing looks affordable and we wonder what will be the price of the Mi8 in India.

The Mi8 comes in 4 color options Gold, Blue, Black and White and the pre-orders in China Starts today, and it will go on sale on 4th June 2018.

Mi8 Explorer Edition

The Mi8 is exciting, but the Mi8 explorer edition is the dope tech from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi8 Explorer Edition

There was a video leak couple of days back which we shared on social media, it turns out to be 100% true, and Xiaomi has actually launched a phone with a transparent back cover which showcases the internals including the SD845.

To me, it looks as enticing as the twilight color of Huawei P20 Pro. Also, it comes with a more advanced face unlocking feature similar to the iPhone X.

Infra red face unlocking

The front camera assembly includes infrared light and infrared sensor, similar to the iPhone X to unlock the device even in the dark.

Furthermore, you get the 128 GB storage and 8 GB DDR4 ram with the Mi8 Explorer edition.

What’s more, it comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner similar to the Vivo X21 that is launched in India yesterday. Rest of the specs are same for both the Mi8 and the Mi8 Explorer.

Xiaomi has added too much Oomph to the Explorer edition that it makes the standard edition looks pale.

In Display Fingerprint Scanner Mi 8

The Mi8 Explorer Edition costs CNY 3699 or Rs. 39,000 in China, the availability is yet not known.

Mi8 SE 

Coming to the most affordable member of the Mi8 family, the Mi8 SE. Xiaomi really adores Apple; they are even naming the less expensive version of the flagship as SE.

Xiaomi Mi8 SE

Not sure when Apple will launch the iPhone SE 2 but here we have the Mi8 SE that runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor that is made using 10 Nm manufacturing process similar to the flagship SD 845.

Notably, it is the first phone that comes with the Snapdragon 710 processor and promises 30% better power efficiency and 20% faster performance in comparison to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (Vivo X21/Nokia 7 Plus).

The rear camera on the Mi8 SE is different and comes with a 12 MP + 5 MP lens while the front selfie camera has a 20 MP lens similar to the Mi8.

Also, the Mi8 SE comes with a smaller display (ahem ahem … Apple), with a 5.8-inch FHD+ screen with 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The Mi8 SE costs CNY 1799 or Rs. 19,000.

Lastly, there is no word yet about the launch of these models in the Indian market but we can expect them to come to India in 1-2 months.

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