Today marks another milestone for Xiaomi, as the company finally unveiled its newest flagship, the Mi 8. Apart from having the specifications that are mostly expected from its category, the device also now uses AI for imaging, and well.. they’ve joined the notch game, if that even matters to you. Oh, and it can be hidden.
The Mi 8 has a 6.21-inch FHD+ Samsung AMOLED display covered with 2.5D glass. It has an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 88.5% screen-to-body ratio, and features support for an always-on display, something that we usually see on Sammy’s devices. The device is powered by no less than a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, along with 6GB of RAM up to 256GB of storage, and a 3,400mAh battery.
One major advancement for the Mi 8 is in the camera department. At the rear are two 12MP shooters, one a telephoto, and the other with a wide-angle lens. Like most current flagships, there’s AI-assisted scene detection, portrait mode, and Studio lighting effects, along with 4-axis OIS, Dual Pixel autofocus. The 20MP front camera also features AI beautification and portrait mode.
To improve its facial unlock feature, Xiaomi has added infrared lighting and an infrared lens, specifically for situations wherein there’s less than ideal lighting. To support wireless payments, the device also has NFC.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 will retail for 2699 Yuan (around PhP22,000) for 64GB of storage , 2999 Yuan (around PhP24,000) for 128GB, and 3299Yuan (around PhP27,000) for 256GB. RAM for all three variants is fixed at 6GB.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Specs
|Processor||Snapdragon 845 (Octa-Core)|
|Storage||Up to 256GB|
|Display||6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED, 18.7:9, FHD+|
|Rear Camera||12MP (Telephoto) + 12MP (Wide Angle), OIS, AI Scene Detection, Portrait Mode, Dual Pixel AF|
|Front Camera||20MP (f/2.0), AI Beautify, AI Portrait Selfies|
|OS||Android 8.1 with MIUI 9?|
|Other Features||4G VoLTE Support, NFC, Infrared Face Unlock|
The company also unveiled other variants of the Mi 8 – an Explorer Edition with 8GB of RAM,128GB of storage, and take note, a transparent back panel, along with the Mi 8 SE, which is basically a toned-down version, powered by the new Snapdragon 710.