Xiaomi Mi 8 on DxOMark: joining the big leagues

Xiaomi Mi 8 on DxOMark: joining the big leagues

Xiaomi Mi 8 on DxOMark: joining the big leagues

Xiaomi, the world's fourth largest smartphone supplier, unveiled in Shenzhen on Thursday a new flagship handset with a see-through back in its biggest product launch to date, weeks before the company's much-anticipated initial public offering in Hong Kong.

When it comes to imaging, the Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a dual 12MP camera system-12MP wide-angle with 1/2.55-inch size sensor and f/1.8-aperture and another 12MP with f/2.4 aperture and telephoto.

If that sounds too expensive, there's also a plain Mi 8, which doesn't get the in-screen fingerprint sensor nor the transparent back, that starts at around $420 (6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage) and goes up to around $520 for the top-spec model (6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage).

Along with its new flagships, the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Xiaomi has also announced a new fitness tracker, the Mi Band 3.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition offers the same general hardware package, with the addition of pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint technology, a first in a smartphone according to Xiaomi, and 3D face unlock, a first in an Android device.

The Mi 8 features a 6.21-inch AMOLED screen with 600 nits of brightness and a resolution of 2,248 x 1,080 pixels (88.5 percent screen-to-body ratio).

The Mi 8, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and the Mi 8 SE, launched in China today, cameras have lots of AI smarts which includes advanced scene detection as well as features like dynamic portraits.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition will cost 3,799 yuan (about $592).

The analysis also notes that the Mi 8 camera comes with fast and accurate autofocus that results in a smooth blur and pleasing bokeh.

The Mi 8 technology "can rapidly match measurement points on a face while at the same time cutting down 3D data processing to save power", says Xiaomi.

The Mi 8 carries a price tag of CNY 2,699 (approximately Rs 28,600) for the 6GB RAM/64GB variant, CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs 31,600) for the 6GB/128GB variant, and CNY 3,299 (approximately Rs 34,800) for the 6GB RAM/256GB variant. The Mi 8 comes in at 2,699 yuan ($421) in China. Vivo X21 is another smartphone that comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and has recently gone on sale in India.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is still among the cheapest wearables around.

As always, the global prices of the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be slightly higher than their prices in China, but we don't have any details on that front for now. It also has Bluetooth 5.0, a 3400 mAh battery. Meanwhile the rear takes advantage of a dual-12 megapixel camera setup. The phone runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor which is supported by LPDDR4X RAM.

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