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DxO details stellar Xiaomi Mi 8 photography score

01 June, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • DxO details stellar Xiaomi Mi 8 photography score

Along with the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphones, the company also launched Mi 8 SE smartphone today at its annual launch event. The Mi 8, says Xiaomi, is "the first ever Android device in the world that comes with 3D face unlock", using "an infrared camera paired with a dedicated infrared illuminator". It has a 5.88-inch AMOLED screen compared to the 6.21-inch screen of the other two devices, and downgrades the processor from a Snapdragon 845 to the newly announced mid-range Snapdragon 710.

Never has Xiaomi announced three different versions but as there is a first time of everything, the company has unveiled the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

And there's a perfectly logical answer for that: Xiaomi skipped the Mi 7 in order to have the Mi 8 coincide with the company's eighth anniversary.

With the launch of the Mi 8 series, Xiaomi is trying do an Apple in more ways than one.

Xiaomi hasn't explained the exact processing tech that's being used inside the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, but we can hope it'll be good enough to do most of the basic tracking things you'll need.

Basically, you're not seeing the actual components under the hood of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition there, with a sticker of sorts or 3D plastic cover applied on top of the real motherboard to embellish the phone's less spectacular-looking innards. Xiaomi's Mi 8 competes directly against the hot picks in the flagship department - OnePlus 6 and Honor 10.

On the software front, the Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 9 out-of-the-box which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Despite not being an expensive tracker, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 looks to have lots of fitness features packed in. The Mi 8 looks like a great, competitively priced smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with NFC, USBType-C, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, and Bluetooth 5.0. The smartphone has a 20 MP front-facing selfie camera which also supports face unlock using the selfie camera.

Other than that, the SE is every bit the same phone as the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer edition, with the same software, cameras, and dual-frequency Global Positioning System. They're the first I've personally seen to take the characteristic forehead notch and replicate it.

In terms of optics, the handset features a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12MP camera sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, OIS, dual-pixel autofocus, AI portraits, AI scene detection. The Mi 8 also comes in three storage variants - 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.

It also comes with support for Dolby sound and DTS-HD. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has design and hardware that's similar to the Mi 8, however, there are some differences.

We expect Geekbuying's price to be very slightly higher than that, probably closer to the £30/$40 mark. Then the 6GB/128GB model has a 2,999 yuan (~$468) price tag, while the 6GB/256GB model will retail for 3,299 yuan (~$515).



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