Xiaomi’s dominance in China does not need any proof. The company holds a powerful ground in its homeland. In its latest endeavour, Xiaomi managed to create yet another sale record with its latest smartphone offering, the Mi 8. The phone went on sale on June 5 and broke all the records.
Xiaomi Mi 8: Out of stock within seconds
The Xiaomi Mi 8 had its first flash sale on June 5 and sold out all of its stock in less than two minutes. The second flash sale also witnessed the similar madness with the device running out of stock within seconds. As is the case with Xiaomi, we don’t know the exact number of units that were included in the flash sales.
Xiaomi Mi 8: Launch, Expected Price in India
The company has launched three variants of its Mi 8 smartphone in China – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage (CNY 2699/Rs. 28,496), 6GB + 128GB storage (CNY 2999/ Rs. 31,663), and 6GB RAM + 256GB storage (CNY 3299/ Rs. 34,831). For now, Xiaomi has not disclosed whether it will be launching the Mi 8 in India, but we can expect the company to make its move soon. Some of the recent reports suggest that Xiaomi could launch the Mi 8 with a different name in India. Besides, we can expect the Mi 8 to take on the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 smartphones in India.
Xiaomi Mi 8: Specifications and Features
Xiaomi’s Mi 8 is the company’s first flagship smartphone to boast a notched display, just like the iPhone X. The Mi 8 features a 6.21-inches AMOLED screen with 1080 x 2280 pixels Full HD+ resolution, and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone comes powered by an octa-core 2.8 GHz Snapdragon 845 SoC with Adreno 630 GPU, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage, based on the variants.
Concerning optics, the Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a 12MP + 12MP AI dual-camera setup at the rear. The primary 12MP sensor features four-axis optical image stabilization along with AI scene recognition, Sony IMX363 sensor, 4um pixel size and f/1.8 aperture. On the other hand, the secondary 12MP sensor packs Samsung SK53M3 sensor with 1.0um pixel size, and f/2.4 aperture. Notably, the Mi 8 scored higher points that the Huawei P20 Pro smartphone in DxOMark Mobile testing. On the software side of things, the Mi 8 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10.
Xiaomi has integrated AI capabilities in the Mi 8 by using machine learning. The company has equipped the phone with AI scene recognition that automatically recognises the scene and applies enhancements. The camera on the phone also supports portrait lighting effects like the iPhone X. On the front, the Mi 8 settles for a 20MP selfie snapper with 1/8um effective pixel size, a f/2.0 aperture, AI Beautify and AI selfie portrait features. The rear panel of the Mi 8 houses a fingerprint sensor. The phone also supports Face Unlock feature that utilizes Infrared to scan 4096 facial points accurately. Xiaomi has integrated Face Unlock technology on the hardware-level that makes the feature reliable on the Mi 8, unlike other phones that do not have an accurate Face Unlock feature that can fooled by a photo of the user. The company claims that its Face ID feature is also equipped to work in dark surroundings.
The Mi 8 supports Dual GPS, which combines the L1 frequency with the L5 frequency to enable more accurate navigation than on other smartphones. Other connectivity options supported by the Mi 8 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, and BeiDou. A 3400mAh battery backs the Mi 8 with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ support for fast charging. It measures 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm and weighs in at 175 grams.