Xiaomi Mi 8 "Explorer Edition" with an in-display fingerprint scanner and Mi 8 SE with a Snapdragon 710 have also been made official. 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.
It's the follow-up to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which now features in our best cheap fitness tracker guide - and despite its super low price comes with fitness tracking, sleep monitoring and a bunch of other features too, so we have high hopes for this tracker.
That notch occupies most of the top of that screen, but it isn't just for show. This means that the company could have done away with the notch for this "Special Edition" variant.
On the camera front, the device comes with 12MP + 12MP dual rear cameras with 1.4 micron pixel, 4-axis OIS. This new update will allow these phones with single camera setup to snap pictures with the depth of field effect. The Mi 8 is said to have scored 301472 in Antutu benchmark test. MIUI 10 offers a New Recents menu, AI portrait shots with bokeh mode, AI preload for faster load times, and the ability to control smart home devices. On the front is a 20MP camera that uses pixel binning technology to combine information from four pixels to create one large 1.8µm pixel for clearer photos in low light.
The Mi 8 also features dual-frequency Global Positioning System, supporting both L1 and L5 bands, resulting in much more accurate navigation. Setting it apart from the Mi 8, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a transparent glass back panel. Low noise can be observed in nearly all light conditions - the cameras only struggles in really dark environments. Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 10 based Android Oreo, while OnePlus 6 has its OxygenOS based Android Oreo running.
Xiaomi also unveiled its take on Apple's Animoji 3D avatars, calling them Mi Meng. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with an in-display fingerprint reader, a feature that is not present in the Mi 8 or the Mi 8 SE. "The smartphone industry's rapid shift towards bezel-free OLED infinity displays is driving the adoption of our in-display fingerprint sensors to enable the most natural user". It's just an Apple-esque suffix that denotes a smaller, less powerful variant of the Mi 8.
Xiaomi on Thursday launched its flagship smartphone Mi 8 along with a host of products at its event in Shenzen, China.
Getting back to the full-size model, the Mi 8 also features 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of onboard storage. 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).
Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with NFC, USBType-C, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, and Bluetooth 5.0. Mi 8 Explorer Edition is priced at RMB 3699 ($577) and will be available at a later date.
We'll probably have to wait for the Mi 8 Explorer Edition's real-world release to see whether Xiaomi is telling the truth or not.