Xiaomi has finally launched its most awaited fitness tracker -Mi Band 3- today at an event in China. After the unveiling of Face ID on the iPhone X, many in the industry wondered if facial recognition would become the new norm for biometric authentication, with fingerprint scanning falling by the wayside; certainly that's the direction Apple has been going in. The edge-to-edge screen still has room for improvement as there are some noticeable bezels, but overall, the Mi 8 certainly reminds you of the iPhone X, especially from the front. But Xiaomi claims the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first to actually do it in 3D, which adds more security. There's a dual rear camera setup comprised of a 12 MP primary sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor. The front-facing camera marks a 20MP sensor with Face Unlock feature. It will also support portrait mode for single camera phones.
Separately, any of these features can make a new high-end device pretty attractive compared to what's already on the market, but, together, they make a strong case for getting the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.
The star of Xiaomi's lineup, though, is definitely the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.
The standard Mi 8 and will go on sale in China early next month starting at CNY 2,699 (Rs 28,600 approx.). The SE gets its juice from a 3120 mAh battery, and is chargeable via a Type-C port, with 18 W Quick Charge 3.0 keeping thing quick. The smartphone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 616 GPU.
Talking about the specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 (likely to launch as the Redmi Y2) features a 5.99-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display.
The tech behind the face unlocking is also used for Xiaomi's version of Apple's animojis - so if you're looking for an Android phone that can do Apple's animoji - well, here it is. It is also speculated the Chinese handset maker could also launch the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE smartphone along side the 3 other products.