Hands-on: The controversial Xiaomi Mi 8 offers incredible value for money

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    Xiaomi announced the Mi 8 a couple of weeks ago, sporting some specs that would probably make you raise an eyebrow.

    The Mi 8 comes in three variants: First up, the “regular” Xiaomi Mi 8, then the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which is very similar to the Mi 8, but comes with a see-through glass back, pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner, and 3D face unlock. Finally, the Mi 8 SE is a cheaper, smaller variant with a 5.88-inch screen and Snapdragon 710 processor, versus the 6.21-inch/Snapdragon 845 on the larger Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.


    That is some serious bang for your buck, and comes in at a price that undercuts even the likes of OnePlus 6.

    The standard edition of the Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage and a 3,400 mAh battery for a base price of around $420 (for the 64GB model). That is some serious bang for your buck, and comes in at a price that undercuts even the likes of OnePlus 6.

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    The ~$575 Explorer Edition is the model you should really be looking at though, because it adds a couple of features that you’ll only find in a handful of phones on the market right now.

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    Here’s what you need to know about the phone as we take a quick Xiaomi Mi 8 hands-on look.

    The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition features an in-screen fingerprint reader, which is something we’ve only seen on a the Vivo X21 and one or two other devices. This fingerprint reader is pressure sensitive too, so the phone will only scan your finger when you press down on the display. Xiaomi tells me this should significantly help save on battery life, since the phone will not have to be scanning for a fingerprint constantly.

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    The other addition to the Explorer model is a 3D face-scanning mechanism similar to the one found in the iPhone X. It uses infrared light to make a 3D map of your face, and is able to identify the user much accurately than solutions that use the front-facing camera. Thanks to the infrared emitter, this mechanism can also be used to do portrait lighting effects and animated characters similar to the Animoji on the iPhone X.

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    Xiaomi Mi 8 specs

    Xiaomi Mi 8Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer EditionXiaomi Mi 8 SE
    Display6.21-inch AMOLED
    2,248 x 1,080 resolution
    18.7:9 screen ratio6.21-inch AMOLED
    2,248 x 1,080 resolution
    18.7:9 screen ratio5.88-inch AMOLED
    2,244 x 1,080 resolution
    18.7:9 screen ratio
    SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845
    Octa-core, up to 2.8GhzQualcomm Snapdragon 845
    Octa-core, up to 2.8GhzQualcomm Snapdragon 710,
    Octa-core, up to 2.2Ghz
    GPUAdreno 630Adreno 630Adreno 616
    RAM6GB
    LPDDR4x8GB
    LPDDR4X4/6GB
    LPDDR4X
    Storage64/128/256GB
    UFS128GB
    UFS64GB
    eMMC 5.1
    CamerasRear cameras
    Main: 12MP with 1.4 micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, f/1.8 aperture
    Secondary: 12MP telephoto with 1.0 micron pixels, f/2.4 aperture
    Video: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 240/120/30fps, 720p at 240/30fps

    Front camera: 20MP with 1.8 micron pixels, f/2.0 apertureRear cameras
    Main: 12MP with 1.4 micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, f/1.8 aperture
    Secondary: 12MP telephoto with 1.0 micron pixels, f/2.4 aperture
    Video: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 240/120/30fps, 720p at 240/30fps

    Front camera: 20MP with 1.8 micron pixels, f/2.0 apertureRear cameras
    Main: 12MP with 1.4 micron pixels, f/1.9 aperture
    Secondary: 5MP telephoto with 1.12 micron pixels, f/2.0 aperture
    Video: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120/30fps, 720p at 240/30fps

    Front camera: 20MP with pixel binning, f/2.0 aperture
    AudioBottom-firing speaker
    USB Type-C
    No 3.5mm jackBottom-firing speaker
    USB Type-C
    No 3.5mm jackBottom-firing speaker
    USB Type-C
    No 3.5mm jack
    Battery3,400mAh
    Non-removable
    Quick Charge 4+3,000mAh
    Non-removable
    Quick Charge 4+3,120mAh
    Non-removable
    Quick Charge 3.0
    Facial recognitionInfrared facial recognition3D facial recognitionN/A
    SensorsRear fingerprint
    Hall
    Accelerometer
    Gyroscope
    Proximity
    Ambient Light
    Electronic Compass
    BarometerIn-display fingerprint
    Hall
    Accelerometer
    Gyroscope
    Proximity
    Ambient Light
    Electronic Compass
    BarometerRear fingerprint
    Hall
    Accelerometer
    Gyroscope
    Proximity
    Ambient light
    Electronic compass
    Infrared
    NetworkGSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
    CDMA: 1X/EVDO BC0
    WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
    TD-SCDMA: B34/B39
    TD-LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41 (120MHz)
    FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20
    LTE B41 4 antenna technology supporting 4x4 MIMO GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
    CDMA: 1X/EVDO BC0
    WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
    TD-SCDMA: B34/B39
    TD-LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41 (120MHz)
    FDD-LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20
    LTE B41 4 antenna technology supporting 4x4 MIMO GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
    CDMA: 1X/EVDO BC0
    WCDMA: B1/B2/B5/B8
    TD-SCDMA: B34/B39
    TDD-LTE: B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
    FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8
    ConnectivityWi-Fi: 2x2 MIMO, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
    Bluetooth 5.0
    AptX/AptX-HD support
    NFC
    Dual frequency GPS (GPS L1+L5, Galileo E1+E5a, QZSS L1+L5, GLONASS L1, Beidu B1)Wi-Fi: 2x2 MIMO, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
    Bluetooth 5.0
    AptX/AptX-HD support
    NFC
    Dual frequency GPS (GPS L1+L5, Galileo E1+E5a, QZSS L1+L5, GLONASS L1, Beidu B1)Wi-Fi: 2x2 MIMO, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
    Bluetooth 5.0
    GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Beidu, Galileo
    SIMDual nano-SIMDual nano-SIMDual nano-SIM
    SoftwareAndroid 8.1
    MIUI 10
    Android 8.1
    MIUI 10Android 8.1
    MIUI 10
    Dimensions and weight154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm
    175g154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm
    177g147.28 x 73.09 x 7.5mm
    164g
    ColorsBlue, Gold, White, BlackTransparentRed, Blue, Gold, Grey

    In a way, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is the ultimate iPhone clone. The notch is verysimilar, the dual 12 MP camera setup on the back is in almost the exact same placement as the iPhone X, and the standard black and white colorways look just about as close to an iPhone X as you could get.


    The standard black and white colorways look just about as close to an iPhone X as you could get.

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    The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has generated a significant amount of controversy over the last couple of weeks. The back of the device is transparent to seemingly show the components. As it turns out, the placement of the components shown may not be truly representative of what’s actually inside the phone. Instead, Xiaomi says it’s used a “decorative overlay” in order to showcase how artful technology can be. In other words, the components you can see under the glass are just for show. The real, less pretty ones are underneath the decorative ones.


    For just $420, it's hard to find flagship-level specs anywhere else on the market.

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    For your reference, here’s the Mi 8 Explorer Edition next to the HTC U12 Plus, which actually shows its real components beneath its translucent back.

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    Controversy or not, the Xiaomi Mi 8 still looks like a great device. For just $420, it’s hard to find flagship-level specs anywhere else on the market.

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    What are your thoughts on the Xiaomi Mi 8? Is the Explorer Edition piquing your interest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
     
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