The premium mid-range smartphone by Xiaomi called Mi 8 SE, which is the cut-down variant of the flagship Mi 8, is doing very well in China. The handset came in 4GB and 6GB variants, and the costlier 6GB variant has just received a price cut, although it is temporary.
Mi 8 SE: Price Cut
The Mi 8 SE was launched with 64GB internal storage paired to either a 4GB RAM or a 6GB RAM. The 6GB RAM variant with 64GB internal storage was selling for 1,999 Chinese Yuan, and Xiaomi has given it a 100 CNY price cut for one day now. The handset in this variant will sell for CNY 1,899, which is a little more than Rs 19,000 in Indian currency. While the 6GB RAM model with 64GB internal storage is going for a discounted price, the higher-end variant of the Mi 8 SE is selling with another offer.
Mi 8 SE: Mi Band 3 Free
The Mi 8 SE came in 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and in 6GB RAM model with 64GB storage when it was launched earlier this year, but recently, Xiaomi launched another higher-end variant of the smartphone, with a 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. This model costs CNY 2,299 in China, which, converted to Indian Rupees, is a little more than Rs 23,000.
The handset with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM is now selling at the same price but with a complementary Mi Band 3 bundled in. The Mi Band 3 is the latest fitness tracker smartband from Xiaomi and is priced CNY 169. In India, it was launched for Rs 3,490 with the Mi A2 last month, but was quickly sold out.
Mi 8 SE: Price in India
The Mi 8 SE is not yet launched here in India, and was launched in China for CNY 1,799 starting price. In Indian Rupees, the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage cost Rs 18,000, the 6GB RAM model with 64GB storage cost Rs 20,000, and after today’s price cut will cost Rs 19,000. The costliest option is the 6GB RAM model with 128GB storage, selling for Rs 23,000 with a free Mi Band 3 now.
Xiaomi has said that it may not launch more flagship products in India this year, but since the Mi 8 SE is not a flagship smartphone, we expect it to launch here soon.
Mi 8 SE: Specifications, Features
The Mi 8 SE gets a Full HD+ 5.88-inch Super AMOLED display with notch design and 423 pixel per inch density. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and achieves an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The display gets DCI-P3 and HDR10 support, and a screen-to-body ratio of about 82 per cent.
The Mi 8 SE like the Mi 8 runs an MIUI 9.5 skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and gets 4GB and 6GB RAM options. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor that is clocked at speeds of up to 2.2GHz, with 360 Gold and 360 Silver Kyro architecture. The graphics card is Adreno 616, and the battery is 3,120 mAh with QuickCharge 3.0 support.
The Mi 8 SE gets a 12MP+5MP rear dual camera and a 20MP selfie snapper, with the front camera using 1.0-micrometre large pixels, the rear depth sensor using 1.12-micrometre large pixels, and the rear primary sensor using 1.4-micrometer large pixels. The rear primary sensor gets a wide aperture of f/1.9 and dual pixel phase-detection autofocus. There is LED flash with the rear camera, and HD video recording with 1080 pixels at 120 frames per second.
The handset misses out on a 3.5mm audio jack but gets dual-band WiFi, Type-C USB, A-GPS, Infrared, and Bluetooth 5.0. The phone was launched in Red, Blue, Grey and Gold colours, but it remains to be seen which ones will make it to India.
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