The Xiaomi Mi 8 took less than a minute to sell out in China

The Xiaomi Mi 8 took less than a minute to sell out in China
Xiaomi’s Mi 8 flagship was announced just last week, with the Chinese brand confirming that the first flash sale would take place today. Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, the smartphone turned out to be extremely popular, selling out in under one minute.

In actual fact, 37 seconds was the time it took Xiaomi’s newest device to show up as out of stock, with the pricing of the smartphone most likely playing an important role in its popularity. After all, despite retailing at the equivalent of $420, the Mi 8 certainly offers plenty of features, with its resemblance to Apple’s iPhone X perhaps being the most striking of all – the only major difference is the presence of a small chin below the 6.2-inch display. Additionally, the interior of the smartphone also boasts the latest technology, such as the Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM. As an added bonus, those interested in the Mi 8 can then choose between 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options.

Aside from all of this, Xiaomi has upped its game in the camera department with the inclusion of two 12-megapixel lenses on the rear along with AI technology. Furthermore, a 20-megapixel selfie camera has been placed within the display notch. Speaking of which, aiming to take on the iPhone X, the Xiaomi Mi 8 offers 3D facial recognition technology, making it the first Android smartphone to do so. 

Those interested in the Xiaomi Mi 8 will be able to get their hands on the smartphone in China via the next flash sale, currently set to take place June 12. Alternatively, Xiaomi has plans to launch its newest flagship in Egypt, France, India, Italy, Russia, Spain, and Vietnam in the near future.

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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



1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1993; Member since: Aug 27, 2009


2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Flash sale? Meh.. Real man should camp to get smartphone they want..

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

They all only have one kidney left.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Btw, this phone beat iPhoneX in DxOmark.. Not bad for a copycat with half the price..

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1392; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Why hasn't there been much coverage on this phone? Finally something that rivals the true depth system... the explorer edition with in screen FPS! this is the phone to beat (and the price is NICE)

6. Chrusti

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I agree. This phone seems very interesting. I am going to be in hk in August and hopefully it will be freely available then

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1392; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I'm just stunned at that price point, imagine if they added sd-card support, wireless charging, headphone jack, stylus, ir blaster, dual speakers... how much more would you pay? 100? 200?

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1256; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It has wireless charging.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1392; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

oh my bad, i thought they dropped wireless on the explorer edition

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Xiaomi isn't the type of manufacturer who send stuffs to reviewers, and get reviews on launch date :-/ (they did sometime, but much less than competitor) You'll see reviews once it sold globally (or shipping from china maybe faster)

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1392; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

unfortunate, hopefully this will change with that camera system.

13. NateDiaz

Posts: 1093; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Wrong, Xiaomi is the type of operator that cannot afford to send stuffs to reviewers.

15. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Yeah, they made a billion dollars of profit yet they cannot afford to send 250USD worth pieces of hardware to a few reviewers meanwhile much smaller OnePlus can afford it.

17. deleon629 unregistered

A lot of phones should beat the iPhone X in that regard. It has Samsung's midrange OLED screen with the exact same aluminum wraparound as the LG V30, right?


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

So far i am only excited for Asus ROG phone!

12. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They ain't fooling anyone with this tactics.

14. andoiddoesitbetter

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 05, 2018

Is this phone coming to the USA? i love this phone.

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