The Xiaomi Mi 8, the next flagship by one of the fastest growing phone makers, China's Xiaomi, will be officially announced in just a few days time, on Thursday, May 31st.
After various rumors about different dates, this is the official announcement date, revealed by Xiaomi itself on its Twitter page. And in case you were wondering: Xiaomi skips the Mi 7 number simply because it's the company's eighth anniversary, hence you get the Mi 8.
So... what will the Xiaomi Mi 8 look like and why should you care?
If you are a technology enthusiast, there are a few reasons to get excited. Just take a look at this round-up of the most important highlights of the Mi 8 (as per rumors):
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- 6-inch screen with a notch
- 3D face recognition
- Snapdragon 845 system chip
- 6GB/8GB models with 64GB or 128GB storage
- Wireless charging
- "AI" camera
The in-display fingerprint scanner is a particularly enticing opportunity and we are very curious to see whether Xiaomi has indeed done this in the Mi 8 and how it works. But also face recognition, the speed, the artificial intelligence are all new developments that have a lot of potential.
Price and release date
Let's clarify that the Xiaomi Mi 8 is not likely to be available in the United States (the company does not have an official presence in the US, but is plotting a launch for the future). However, Xiaomi has said that 2018 is the year it makes it to Europe and we have seen it launch its phones in Spain, France, Germany and many other European countries.
First, though, the Xiaomi Mi 8 will launch in China. The prices are rumored to start from 2,799 yuan (the equivalent of some $440), which is definitely a very alluring price for a phone with flagship grade specs. Expect a few flash sales in China and wider availability in the summer. For the rest of the details, check back in for the official announcement that is coming soon.