Xiaomi launches Mi 8 with notch display, Snapdragon 845

Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi launches Mi 8 with notch display, Snapdragon 845

Xiaomi in a launch event meant to launch Mi 8 also shed some lights on its new MIUI 10 android skin.

Along with Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Xiaomi has also launched Mi 8 SE smartphone at its annual launch event in China. Under the hood sits a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 3400mAh battery. Xiaomi's latest software boasts new AI camera features, as well as a redesigned recent apps interface that maximizes screen space.

Xiaomi has announced that Mi 8 will be available in China first from 5th June which will be followed by Mi8 SE on June 8th, the Explorer edition will be available later this month. On the RAM front, it's available in 6 GB or 8 GB options, with 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB storage variants.

The Mi8 is priced from 2,699 yuan (421 USA dollars) in China, with the Explorer Edition starting from 3,699 yuan. Casual observers will be most interested in the bold choice of the Explorer Edition having a transparent back that lets you see the phone's guts, but eagle-eyed Xiaomi followers are probably wondering what happened to the Mi 7?

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It will also pack Synaptic's underscreen fingerprint scanner - Xiaomi says the Explorer Edition's scanner features pressure sensitivity, which allows it to activate, scan and unlock the phone much faster. The rear camera is equipped with a 12MP+5MP combo and a 20MP sensor on the front.

In terms of optics, the flagship sports a dual rear camera with 12MP + 12MP sensors featuring wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens with f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture respectively.

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 was launched in China at a starting price of CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,500) for the basic 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage was launched at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 14,000).

One argument is that the Snapdragon 845 processor can't be in that position. Also new in the Mi 8 is the 12- megapixel dual camera setup - vertically mounted like the iPhone X- that the company claims scores 105 on DxOMark. The Mi Band 3 is a successor to the popular Mi Band 2, which was launched way back in June 2016. Mi 6X got to 5.99-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC 660 on MIUI 9.5. However, the 8GB variant is exclusive to the Explorer edition.The smartphone is juiced by a 3400mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0+.

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