Xiaomi’s next flagship smartphone is set to go official in China tomorrow. Ahead of the launch event, some more Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE leaks have surfaced online, shedding some more light on their specifications, availability, as well as design.
Mi 8: Will be Available Initially in Only Eight Countries
In a new poster, Xiaomi has revealed that the Mi 8 will be available initially in eight countries around the world. We were expecting the Mi 8 to remain exclusive to China initially, so this does seem a little surprising. This also means the Mi 8 will be Xiaomi’s first true “global flagship” device. What is more surprising is that the poster confirms the Mi 8 will be launched in India. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had suggested a few weeks that the company has no plans of launching a flagship model in India in the near future. Apart from India, the Mi 8 will also go on sale in China, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Thailand, Russia, France, and Vietnam.
Mi 8 SE: Specifications Revealed
The Mi 8 SE moniker was first revealed by budding leakster @IshanAgarwal24 a few days back. A new leak has confirmed the Mi 8 SE moniker, along with revealing its key specifications. According to the leak, Mi 8 SE will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE processor. Officially announced by Qualcomm recently, Snapdragon 710 AIE is based on Qualcomm’s custom Kryo 360 architecture with two high-performance cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and six efficiency-oriented cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. It also comes with an Adreno 616 GPU with Google ARCore support. The smartphone will also have an AI dual-camera setup at the rear with 1.4um pixel size. On the front will be a 20MP selfie camera with an LED flash to help users capture selfies in low-light conditions. A separate leak on Weibo also confirms the presence of the Mi 8 SE variant. The Mi 8, on the other hand, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood.
Mi 8: Hands-on Video Leaked Online
An alleged Mi 8 prototype can be seen in a new video that has been leaked online. The prototype unit seen in the video appears to have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a notch that looks slightly wider than what we have seen on other Android smartphones so far. If the video is indeed the real deal, it looks like the Mi 8 will not have an under-display fingerprint sensor. However, there is still a strong possibility of the flagship smartphone coming with advanced 3D facial recognition technology, similar to Apple’s Face ID. We can also see that the Mi 8 has a vertically-stacked dual-camera setup with an LED flash module placed between the two sensors, similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi 6X.
Mi 8: More Renders Surface
In addition to the hands-on video, more renders of the Mi 8 have also been posted on Weibo. The Mi 8 can be seen in what appears to be a description page for the screen protector for the upcoming smartphone. As seen in the hands-on video, the Mi 8 features a vertically-stacked dual-camera setup on the back, along with a circular fingerprint sensor. The front is dominated by the notched display, which is rumored to measure 6.2-inches diagonally with 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution.
Mi 8: Expected Price in India
Now that Xiaomi has confirmed it will be bringing the Mi 8 to India, we can expect the company to hold a formal launch event in the country sometime next month. As for the price, we think there is a good chance the Mi 8 will be priced at somewhere around Rs.35,000 in India, putting it head-to-head against the 6GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 6 as well as the Honor 10.
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