Xiaomi also launched the premium Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition with some added features Image: Twitter/ Xiaomi
Xiaomi marked its eight-year anniversary by unveiling the flagship Mi 8 smartphone at an event in China on Thursday. The Xiaomi Mi 8 and its variants are yet to go up for sale but the Android device has already caught the tech world's attention with its camera scores in the DxOMark review.
For the uninitiated, DxOMark is a website specialising in testing and rating smartphone cameras and is considered an authority in the field. The Mi 8 managed a total score of 99 — the same as the Samsung Galaxy S9+, but what was outstanding was its scores in the still photography test. The Mi 8 was rated 105 in its still photography test, higher than expensive flagships like the Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, Google Pixel 2, etc. But despite its high scores in the still photography segment, it performed average in video tests bringing down the overall score.
In fact, the Mi 8 currently sits pretty on the fourth spot, behind the triple lens Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20 and HTC U12+, as far as still photography scores are concerned.
Xiaomi Mi 8 specifications
The Mi 8 is the latest flagship from Xiaomi and follows up the Mi 6. The company skipped the 7 moniker and directly went for the 8 to keep it in line with the occasion of its 8th anniversary,
The Mi 8 packs a notched 6.21-inch SuperAMOLED display with 2248x1080 resolution and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi claims the Mi 8 has an 88 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is higher than most smartphones available in the market currently. The Always-On Display has HDR support, Eye protection mode.
The Mi 8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Soc coupled with 6GB of RAM. The device comes with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants and runs the latest MIUI 10 ROM based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
The Mi 8 has a 12MP+12MP dual camera setup on the back with features dual pixel autofocus, 4-axis optical image stabilisation (OIS), optical zoom, DoF, AI Studio Lighting, AI scene detection and video editing, 4K UHD video shooting capability and Full HD slow-motion recording at 240fps.
It also hosts a high-performance 20MP lens in the front camera, featuring AI portrait selfies and AI Beauty mode. The front module also incorporates an infrared (IR) sensor to facilitate facial recognition and it also has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The device supports dual SIMs and features a 3,400mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ fast charging support. The smartphone comes in Black, Blue, White and Gold colour options.
Xiaomi also unveiled the premium MI 8 Explorer Edition with 8GB RAM, advanced 3D facial mapping features, under display fingerprint sensor and a translucent back panel.
The Xiaomi Mi 8's 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB editions have been priced priced 2,699 yuan (Rs 30,000 approx), 2,999 Yuan (Rs 32,000 approx) and 3,299 yuan (Rs 35,000 approx) respectively. The premium Explorer Edition will cost 3,699 yuan (Rs 40,000 approx).