Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has today launched its latest flagship offering the ‘Xiaomi Mi 8‘ and ‘Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition‘ with in-display Fingerprint scanner at the company’s annual product launch event held in China. the company has also launched a economical variant of ‘Xiaomi Mi 8‘ dubbed as Xiaomi Mi 8 SE which is touted as the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform. it looks identical to ‘Xiaomi Mi 8‘ with a similar display notch, and dual rear camera setup.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is priced at CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,800) for the 4GB RAM variant, and CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,900) for the 6GB RAM variant. The smartphone will go on sale starting from June 8 in China in Black, Blue, Red and Gold color options.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE bears a 5.88-inch (2244 × 1080p) Full HD+ AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass display, 18.7.9 aspect ratio, DCI-P3 color gamut and screen-to-body ratio of 86.12-percent. the device is powered by an 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform paired with 4GB/6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and Adreno 616 GPU. the device comes with 64GB of on-board storage and does not supports storage expansion. it runs on MIUI 9 (up-gradable to MIUI 10 when available) based on Android 8.1 Oreo update and is backed by an 3,120 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology which claims to offer 269 hours of standby, 108 hours of local music playback, 13 hours of video playback, and 7 hours of continuous gaming. the device does not supports Face Unlock technology and comes with rear facing fingerprint sensor.
On the optics front, The device sports a dual rear camera setup assemble vertically which is a combination of a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, LED flash and another 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm pixel size which capture depth information for portrait shots with AI. it also include different modes such as Bokeh mode, Portrait mode, monochrome temp flash, HDR adjustment, panorama mode, burst mode, facial recognition, dimming technology, EIS, and Artificial Intelligence features such as business card recognition, intelligent translation, and intelligent exchange rate conversion.
On the front, there’s an a 20-megapixel selfie camera with AI background bokeh, smart beauty, HDR, 4K Video, slow motion and soft flash.
Connectivity option includes Dual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO , Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS/A-GPS, USB Type-C support. it also on-boards gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, ambient light sensor, hall sensor, vibration sensor and infrared. the device measures at 147.28 x 73.09 x 7.5mm, and weights at 164 grams