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Xiaomi's new Mi 8 Android phone shamelessly copies the iPhone X

01 June, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the most expensive version of the Mi 8 family, and the only Android phone in the world to have a notch exactly like the iPhone X, complete with cameras that do 3D facial recognition.

The China Developer ROM public beta will be available by late June and it can be accessed by Mi 8, Mi MIX 2S, Mi MIX 2, Mi MIX, Mi 6, Mi 5, Mi Note 2, Redmi S2 and Redmi Note 5.

The Mi 8's 6.21-inch display has a large notch cut out of the top for its front camera and sensors, and the dual camera system is stacked vertically - just like Apple's flagship from past year.

The Mi Band 3 body measures at 17.9x46.9x12mm and it weighs 8.5g without the wristband.

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Going by recent reports, Xiaomi Mi 8 will be a worthy successor to the Mi 6 and will give a serious challenge to the recently launched OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2 and HTC U12+, among others.

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Xiaomi is expected to unveil a bevvy of new products, including Mi series flagship phones and fitness bands.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the cheapest and smallest of the three handsets. Xiaomi says that the Mi TV 4 75-inch screen supports 4K resolution as well as HDR, possibly with 10-bit colours. The Mi Band 3 sports a somewhat different design to the Mi Band 3, as it's considerably more curved than the Mi Band 2, while a capacitive key is included here as well, though it blends into the design of the Mi Band 3 far more than it was the case with the Mi Band 2. That said, the Mi 8 is also the first Xiaomi smartphone that comes with a notch. The Mi 8 SE will be available in Bright Red, Bright Blue, Gold, and Dark Gray color options. MIUI 10 will support 16:9, 18:9 and 19:9 aspect ratios and make use of the taller displays with newer gestures.

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. It features a less powerful Snapdragon 710 chip, a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera system in the back, and a 20-megapixel selfie camera. It comes with the same SoC as its smaller sibling, but ups the RAM and internal storage count to 8 GB and 128 GB respectively. Users that've used similar fingerprint sensors outside of touchscreens will find that these the in-screen fingerprint sensors work at basically the same speed and with the same accuracy, too.

Of the new models, the Explorer Edition probably represents the best value despite not offering much of an upgrade in raw power over the standard version.

The phone uses AI to identify scenes and apply the best settings, as well as for "Studio Lightning" portrait photography, obviously inspired by Apple.

Getting back to the full-size model, the Mi 8 also features 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of onboard storage.

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