Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing
One of China's biggest smartphone makers, Xiaomi, today unveiled its latest flagship lineup to commemorate its 8th-year anniversary. Consisting of the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, it's quite an adequate answer to all the iPhone X, LG G7, Huawei P20, and OnePlus 6 devices of the world.

Xiaomi Mi 8


Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is almost a carbon copy of the iPhone X with its mostly glass body, vertical dual camera, and wide notch which houses a slew of sensors, the front-facing camera, and the earpiece. Aside from a notch, the phone has a slight chin at the bottom which makes up for an asymmetrical look. We guess the more unique looks of the Mi Mix series will remain exclusive to that lineup and won't transcede to the flagship Mi series of devices, which will have to remain a sign of the times - a brazen, shameless copy of the iPhone X but with a different logo at the back.

Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

However, in terms of specs, the device doesn't disappoint at all. A notched 6.21" Samsung AMOLED display with an Always-On functionality and a FHD+ resolution of 1080 by 2248 pixels proudly sits at the front, flaunting its 88.5% screen-to-body ratio and up to 600 nits of brightness. Below ticks a Snapdragon 845, aided by 6GB of RAM, and available with 64, 128, or 256GB of storage. Xiaomi boasts that the Mi 8 hits 301,472 in AnTuTu, which sets a new record. The notch also houses infrared sensors and camera that's used to 3D scan your face and allows you to easily unlock it even in the dark.

Camera-wise, we have two 12MP cameras at the back with bit 1.4um pixels and 4-axis OIS. There's dual-pixel autofocus and AI-aided portrait mode. The AI is also used for scene detection. Up front, we get a 20MP front camera with 1.8um pixels and AI selfies and various beauty modes. Here's a camera comparison against the iPhone X and the Huawei P20 released by Xiaomi:

Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

Another noteworthy feature is the dual-frequency GPS on board, which is much more precise than the common single-frequency GPS solutions and works much better in metropolitan areas. You can read more about that one right here.

The 64GB version costs CNY2,699 (~$421), the 128GB will sell for CNY2,999 (~$468), while the top 256GB one will be up for grabs for CNY3,299 (~$515).


Xiaomi Mi 8 SE


Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

The Mi 8 SE is also the first device in the world sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. Aside from that, the phone comes with a 5.88" AMOLED display and a 12MP+5MP rear-camera combo. 



Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition


Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is undoubtedly the most interesting version of the Mi 8, and it's also the most spec'd-out. The highlight here? Of course, that'd be the in-display fingerprint scanner, which makes Xiaomi one of the first manufacturers to employ this up and coming technology on a device of its own, joining the ranks of Huawei. 

This version of the Mi 8 will also come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at the very special price of CNY3,699 ($577).

Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are official: Top-of-the-line hardware, affordable pricing

Oh, and probably the coolest aspect of the phone is its translucent back which lets you take a peek at its insides. That really is a trend we hope catches on - industrial design elevated to new levels of cool!

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Mi 8
  • Display 6.2" 1080 x 2248 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh
Mi 8 SE
  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3120 mAh

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50 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

What is shameless here are greedy companies asking $1000 for a phone and outrageously overpriced acccesories. I don't care if xiaomi is copying at least they make value for money phones. Actually,you get more than what you pay for

2. kiko007

Posts: 7385; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

How many times you gonna repeat yourself, fam?

3. Zylam

Posts: 1769; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOL what else can they do Kiko? They spent years trying to convince themselves that they are of a higher order of humanity because they used the "superior mobile OS, that only smart people use"... But then Apple does something and the entire Android ecosystem follows suits without shame... LOLOLOL man it's gotta hurt. Pretty much everything has been a disappointment this year but watching fandroids try to justify the shameless Apple coping is just pure entertainment. Good times LOL!!!!!!!!

5. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

LOL. iSheeps standing by and defending their precious overpriced brand.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1769; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOL Awwww and where did I say I was defending Apple??? I use all 3 eco systems and prefer Android far above iOS, but it's really cute how there is nothing else for you fandroids to say but call out the iPhones price. Also as if flagships from other brands don't cost and arm and a leg too. Wait this is the point where we talk about the "choice" in Android and how the 50 dollar wallmart prepaid Android phone will save the day?

10. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The original comment didn't even mention Apple (as if there are no other overpriced phones?), yet you started to defend it and rant about fandroids, typical iSheep!

8. kiko007

Posts: 7385; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I can’t even laugh at these dudes anymore. It’s just too tragic to watch people jump through flaming hoops defending this behavior. If they gotta copy, at least make it unique enough as to not tarnish your branding. Apple copies shit all the time, but they (at minimum) add SOMETHING to differentiate their products from the competition. Seeing what has happened in the Android market these last few months has been nothing short of demoralizing. Companies aren’t even trying anymore, just copy top dog and hope for scraps. Absolutely pathetic effort from the likes of LG/Asus/1+/Xiaomi and mad props to Samsung/HTC/Sony for sticking to their guns! I don’t care how “affordable” the knockoff is... it’s still just a crappy knockoff at the end of the day.

11. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Just take a look at yourself, LOL!

13. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Still more value than the crappy phone they are copying

15. Marcwand3l

Posts: 381; Member since: May 08, 2017

What's to laugh at man? The fact that Xiaomi just launched a phone with 3D facial recognition, under display fingerprint sensor and 256 GB storage for half the price of an iphone x? At this point you apple fanboys are just ridiculing yourselves.

28. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Xiaomi have innovated with regards to the superior GPS implementation. Stop peddaling this China only copies nonsense BS.

34. fyah_king unregistered

Yeah, even your iPhone copied the essential notch and sharp aquos s2 vertical camera posi Ion. I guess the x is a knockoff too. You need to get Tim cook’s lil banana out of your mouth, bra!!!

37. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Apple copied wireless charging added nothing, but it is inferior to other Android phones. Ditto for fast charging and did you cannot even use it out of the box. Same for ingress protection, much the same, but lower quality. Can you see a pattern that destroys your argument that "Apple copies s**t all the time, but they (at minimum) add SOMETHING to differentiate their products from the competition".

42. Zylam

Posts: 1769; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I know right, I am truly amazed at how they can continue to try and defend the beyond obvious. Just watching the pain seep from their comments is just therapeutic at this point LOL. Keep em coming. Also yea, It's really disappointing how all the OEM's have just given up on trying anything of their own and just straight up go with whatever Apple is doing. I guess they have no choice, they need to worry about the bottom line. Upsetting.

43. Zylam

Posts: 1769; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Duplicate. Sorry.

44. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

I hate Apple and I used to love Huawei and Xiaomi until they copied the stupid Apple notch and that weird dual camera design. The P20 Pro is still bearable with a smaller notch, and a little different camera setup but this Xiaomi crap is unbearable. The MI Mix 2s look much better. It doesn't bother me to flip to turn the phone upside down to take a selfie and I don't take any selfies at all. I especially hate the Huawei Chin. Why you have to forcefully include a fingerprint read at the front is beyond me.

17. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I still need to see what samsung has copied? Now that the iPhone X copied both oled and the glass back, stereo speakers etc etc etc.....

19. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The rounded corners of original iphone, ROFL.

21. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

What Apple had before Sammy. Glass body of iphone 4 Home button Home button as FPS Speaker/jack beside power connection 12MP cam Telephoto 52mm equiv Stereo speakers Tablets 4:3 screen 3D emoji Plus version better than smaller Dual cam S8 speaker has same design of i7 speaker I dont like Apple, but before saying Apple is copying Samsung ppl should admit that iphone has always inspired Galaxy phones

35. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

But not all of that appeared first on iphones. So we can't say samsung copied it from apple. Namely: Speaker/jack besides power connection Stereo speakers Dual cam Stuff that is not a big deal: S8 speaker has same design of i7 speaker Plus version better than smaller 12MP cam I do agree about the rest.

36. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

But not all of that appeared first on iphones. So we can't say samsung copied it from apple. Namely: Speaker/jack besides power connection Stereo speakers Dual cam Stuff that is not a big deal: S8 speaker has same design of i7 speaker Plus version better than smaller 12MP cam I do agree about the rest.

49. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Apple copied stereo speakers from HTC/LG, Dual cameras from Huwaei, telephoto lens from Huwaei... 12mp camera, speaker grill, nothing to bash about. It's all industry standard. & "Plus version better than smaller"?? Isn't that called being stupid.. ? Making an inferior version in smaller body... Everv heard about Pixel phones? Both Pixel & it's XL version have same hardware, only screen size is bigger. So you don't compromise on inferior hardware if you choose smaller one.

23. raky_b

Posts: 359; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Maybe they use more money on R&D, what Xiaomi don't have to...since they will steal all anyways

27. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Too right. I sense anti China sentiment in alot of posts on this website.

40. Farcaster

Posts: 138; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Maybe because it's deserved.

32. eli577

Posts: 141; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

It would be nice though, if they didn't lie about the screen to body ratio. 88,5%.....really? It's more like 80,5%. Why lie when it's so obvious that it's not true?

50. deleon629

Posts: 434; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I noticed a similar thing with Samsung's pixel count differentiation on the S8 and S9. Apparently phone specs are counting the depth of the device and how far the screen is raised above the bezel on its edges;most likely adding up all the mm of screen raised for either the 3D-effect or, in the case of Samsung, the edges of the front glass panel.

4. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

What about wireless charging? IP68?

22. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Iphone has ip67. Changing that was copied from LG G3, not S6

29. yalokiy

Posts: 866; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I'm just asking about mi8 :D

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