Mi 8 Hits 1 Million Sales in China: What Made Xiaomi’s Flagship Beat OnePlus 6 Global Milestone in 18 Days

Xiaomi sold whopping 1 million units of the Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and the Mi 8 SE in China in just 18 days. The comparisons are now being drawn with the OnePlus 6 that sold 1 million units globally in 22 days.


Xiaomi has been setting milestones with the launch of every new phone. The Chinese manufacturer is now among the major smartphone manufacturers across the globe with markets in many countries. Xiaomi’s recently launched iPhone X-style Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Editon, and Mi 8 SE smartphones have already hit a milestone in terms of sales in just 18 days from launch. Of course, this achievement by Xiaomi is being compared to the sales mark touched by the OnePlus 6.

Mi 8 Hits 1 Million Sales in China

Xiaomi has sold over 1 million units of the Mi 8 smartphone in less than a month. The company’s spokesperson, Donovan Sung confirmed it via Twitter. He also pointed out that the flagship managed to touch such an impressive mark in just 18 days. To recall, the Mi 8 series was launched in China on June 5, 2018. All the three phones in the series were loaded with flagship-level features, but the talking about the three was their similarities with Apple’s iPhone X. Of course, the base of these similarities was the notch design that Xiaomi implemented after drawing inspiration from the iPhone X, which did not surprise us as almost every Chinese phone manufacturer is trying to do that such as OnePlus, Huawei, Vivo, and others.

The notch design seems to have gone down well for the Mi 8 series in China as it managed to achieve unprecedented sales numbers in a span of 18 days.

Mi 8’s Dominance Over OnePlus 6 in its Homeland

Xiaomi Mi 8 series success in China has also sparked debate on Xiaomi’s dominance over OnePlus. The Mi 8 series includes a standard Mi 8 variant, an Explorer Edition with the in-display fingerprint sensor, and the MI 8 SE with a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset. Cumulatively, all the three variants have sold 1 million units in China. With the Mi 8 series success, many were quick to draw comparisons with the OnePlus 6 that attained 1 million unit sale in 22 days. However, it must be noted that the Mi 8 series achieved the envious figure in its homeland while the OnePlus 6 sold 1 million units globally. We think this also somewhat hints at Xiaomi’s dominance in its homeland.

Xiaomi Mi 8: Specifications, Features

The Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display bearing 1080×2248 pixels resolutions, 402ppi pixel density, and 83.8% screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor with Kryo 385 octa-core CPU and Adreno 630 GPU. It packs 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage, based on the variant. The phone features Apple iPhone X-style notch design that houses 3D facial recognition technology. There is also another variant of the Mi 8, named as Mi 8 Explorer Edition that boasts 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.

The Mi 8 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 OS and sports 12MP+12MP dual camera setup at the rear geared with Dual-Pixel PDAF, OIS, and LED flash. On the front, the Mi 8 sports a 20MP selfie camera with Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting Effects. A 3400mAh battery backs the device with support for fast charging.

Special edition of the Mi 8, the MI 8 Explorer Edition packs a unique design with a transparent rear panel that shows its innards. It also sports an in-display fingerprint sensor like the Vivo X21.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: Specifications, Features

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is a toned down variant of the Mi 8. It features a 5.88-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen and is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 OS. On the rear, the phone sports a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup with support for 4K video recording. There is a 20MP front camera onboard for selfies. A 3120mAh battery completes the package with support for fast charging. Connectivity options on the phone include Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, IR emitter, and a USB 2.0 Type-C port.