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The Xiaomi Mi 8 is official: Everything you need to know


Celebrating 8 years of flagship smartphones, Xiaomi has finally unveiled Xiaomi Mi 8. The smartphone launches with a notch which features 3D Face Unlock capabilities that is able to function efficiently in low lighting conditions.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 also has an exclusive variant called Mi 8 Explorer Edition. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor, a see-through glass rear with which you can see the insides of the device, and also features a 3D face unlock.

Xiaomi Mi 8 specs and features

The Xiaomi Mi 8 sports an increase in screen size, featuring a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ 2248 x 1080 pixels resolution. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 88.5 percent and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. As said earlier, the Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a notch, but it can be hidden with the aid of a toggle. The smartphone comes running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM and an option of 128/256GB of internal storage.

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A dual camera setup can be found at the back which features a 12MP duo. Both shooters have a f/1.8 + 1.4µm and f/2.4 + 1.0 µm lens respectively with OIS and dual-pixel autofocus. The cameras also come with AI capabilities for better portrait mode and 4-in-1 pixel binning for low-light shooting. Xiaomi Mi 8According to the CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, the Mi 8 camera section was rated 105 in DxOMark’s rankings. The Mi 8 itself attained an overall score of 99 points, which is above Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s and the iPhone X score of 97 points.

The front selfie camera is a single 20MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture that comes with AI-powered portrait selfies and Beautify.

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The smartphone also comes with dual-frequency GPS, making it the first phone ever to feature this technology. The Mi 8 binds the traditional L1 band (found in most devices) with an L5 band (used in the aeronautical sector), making location-based services more precise and accurate.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

There isn’t much difference between the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Explorer Edition, expect in some sections like design and face unlock technology.Xiaomi Mi 8 explorer edition According to Xiaomi, the 3D face unlock in the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first ever for any device. The 3D face unlock functions using infrared light, located in the notch.Xiaomi Mi 8 explorer edition 3D face unlock The 3D infrared camera has another awesome function apart from top-notch security. It can be used to track your facial expressions to create an Animoji clone.

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The Mi 8 Explorer Edition also sports a see-through glass rear similar to the ones on HTC smartphones.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is priced at 2,699 yuan for the 6GB RAM/64GB variant, 2,999 yuan for the 6GB/128GB version and the 6GB/256GB variant will be retailed at 3,299 yuan (N185,400).

The Mi 8 Explore Edition with will 8GB of RAM and 128 GB storage will be sold at CNY3,799 (N216,000).

The Mi 8 will be launched on Tuesday, June 5.

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