Xiaomi Mi 8 leaked hands-on video shows awesome back and notched display

After rumors began flowing about Xiaomi's 8th anniversary flagship phone, the company itself took to Twitter to confirm that the Xiaomi Mi 8 is coming Thursday, May 31st. And yes, if you're keeping count, the company has decided to skip the seven and jump to eight, because it is its eighth anniversary.

A teaser image accompanied the announcement, depicting a number eight with conductive tracks running over it, which didn't seem all that revelatory yesterday, but it does now. How? Well, an alleged live video of the Xiaomi Mi 8 showcases the phone with a translucent back — or 'clear' as it was popular in the 90s — similar to the HTC U12+. It's an interesting approach this, mixing old and new design trends, and Xiaomi may have been alluding to it in yesterday's teaser image. It also gives merit to the newly leaked video.

Another interesting thing, aside from the clear back, is the notch up front. Yes, the Xiaomi Mi 8 will allegedly have an iPhone X-style notch — that is, a wider one than most other Android phones that have adopted the notch — that may actually house the cameras and sensors needed for true 3D face recognition. This has been one of the rumors floating around about the Mi 8 for some time, so a notch may really be needed in this case.


As far as the bottom bezel goes, however, there's not much you can see in the leaked video. The lighting is less-than-ideal and the resolution is too low to be able to make out anything at the bottom of the screen. Even after doing some adjustments to the image, we were not able to reveal anything resembling a bezel at the bottom. Still, there could be a thicker edge there, as completely eliminating the bottom bezel can be a difficult and expensive process.

source: Sina



1. ahmadkun

Posts: 688; Member since: May 02, 2016

even i know this is not my business but i feel ashamed how they copying the iPhone X .. i really don't understand what they are tryna do

8. Cat97

Posts: 2014; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I am also ashamed of how the iPhone X copied the display cutout idea from the Essential Phone. But that's life...

12. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Essential has cutout for selfie camera only tho...so, your point is?

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The idea...the idea...it all starts with the idea.

20. kEaNu

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2018

Essential Phone copied the Apple mockups from rumors

23. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Samsung make that display and Samsung got patent for notched display since 2016, way before you even heard rumor about iPhoneks notch.

29. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

LG were also granted a patent for a notch in 2016.

33. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014


21. kEaNu

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2018


32. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

I feel the same way... I prefer the Mi Mix idea... I rarely use the front camera and when I do, It's not a big trouble to just turn your phone upside down.

2. DolmioMan

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

What an interesting and original design.

14. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

Needs internal RGB lighting :-)

34. ijuanp03

Posts: 680; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Nah.. copied from HTC. lol

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31749; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple is just sitting back like, these copying MF’ers.

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 688; Member since: May 02, 2016

i think apple should do something about it

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

That's why Apple sued Samsung a few years ago. This is ridiculous.

16. Farcaster

Posts: 166; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Can't really do anything with China's disregard of copyright laws and the government's protection of local companies.

18. Cat97

Posts: 2014; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

They can't, because then Essential will do something about Apple.

25. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

apple deserves it. They killed smartphone innovations. Before phones had unique designs and identities but when these oems realized they were just being ignored and everybody just likes to follow the trend, they all jumped the bandwagon

9. jmill75

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

Jeez you again. You realize Apple did not start the notch design. You are in every comment thread praising Apple... No, Im the one sitting back like this guy is one dumb MF'er

15. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

Maybe Apple didn't start the notch design but that's the one everyone is copying. If Apple didn't notch, few others would.

27. errnope

Posts: 43; Member since: May 23, 2018

That isn't the reason. The reason is the screen technology advanced to allow it. Previously, at scale, they had to be square/rectangle. Now you can have any shape you like. This has allowed us to have rounded edges and cut outs for cameras and so on. Everyone is heading toward a bezel-free design, but it isn't cost-effective to do yet, so the notch is the middle ground.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31749; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I see I have myself a new puppy...I throw out a comment, and you fetch boy. I never said they started it, but they’re the trend setters as usual...fetch.

30. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Trend setters for what, wireless charging? water proof phone?

10. Cat97

Posts: 2014; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Essential sits back and MF's Apple for the same copying.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's either Xperia or Galaxy for me now then. I don't like the notch.

31. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Or htc 12+ with no notch.

35. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Unless imported or in the grey market, HTC doesn't sell anymore here in Manila.

7. Nibbler1

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

They are copying Essential phone design, not iphone!

11. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

This looks nothing like Essential. Just look at the back camera module and notch shape.

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