The Chinese brand has come up with some extraordinary efforts this time. At the 8th anniversary event on Thursday in China, the brand has launched 3 versions of its much-anticipated flagship smartphone as Xiaomi Mi 8 is now official with three variants. The brand has taken the version formula to next level by making Xiaomi Mi 8 available in three different variants and targeting the 3 level markets. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is the 2018 flagship smartphone of the brand, whereas 2 other variants are Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition which is the high-end version with more advanced features meanwhile the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (Special Edition) is the lower version of Xiaomi Mi 8 which makes it affordable.
The brand has been blamed always as the iPhone copycat, this new version update has also reflected the inspiration from the iPhone as iPhone is also making the affordable iPhone SE and Plus versions with the flagship iPhone. Moreover, not only about the variants, there are also similar features of iPhone X.
Xiaomi Mi 8
The flagship smartphone has a notch which can be hiding with toggle and it has also 3D facial recognition feature. The design of notch is made for infrared access in the dark to make 3D face unlock enable. The Mi 8 in addition, comes with an IR-based face unlock feature that's not as secure as a conventional fingerprint scanner, but it is claimed by Xiaomi that it works fairly well in the dark.
The smartphone also features dual rear cameras with 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 1/3.4", 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash. The front has a single camera of 20 MP (f/2.0, 1.8µm), 1080p.
The processor of Mi 8 is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clubbed with Adreno 630 GPU. The RAM is 6GB and the storage is in three options 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Xiaomi Mi 8 screen size is 6.21-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display (2248x1080 pixels). The smartphone runs on Android Oreo-based MIUI 10. Xiaomi Mi 8 is backed by a 3,400mAh battery. The smartphone has a glass and metal body. Xiamoi Mi 8 has the fingerprint sensor at the back. It is the first smartphone which has the dual GPS, the dual GPS feature makes the navigation and location map more accurate and detailed.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
The next variant of the Xiaomi Mi 8 is the Explorer Edition. It is the enhanced version of Xiaomi Mi 8. The smartphone has few of the advanced and upgraded features. The one upgrade in Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the in-display fingerprint sensor as the back is transparent.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has dedicated 3D face unlock of depth-sensing hardware: a dot projector, an infrared camera, and a flood illuminator. It's more secure than the IR-based face unlock found on the Mi 8, and can't be spoofed using a photo or mask. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition also has its own Animoji that can apparently capture 52 facial muscle movements to create different animated avatars.
Moreover for these heavy upgrades the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with the upgraded RAM than other variants that is 8GB. These promising features definitely make Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition superior to the other 2 variants. The basic features include the same processor as the Xiaomi Mi 8 that is 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clubbed with Adreno 630 GPU. The storage of Mi 8 Explorer Edition is 128GB non-expandable. The smartphone screen is 6.21-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display (2248x1080 pixel) with a notch up top just like Xiaomi Mi 8. The rear camera of Xiamoi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is also same as Mi 8 that is 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel and same front 20-megapixel camera. The smartphone runs at Android Oreo-based MIUI 10. Moreover, the battery of Mi 8 Explorer Edition is slightly lighter than Mi 8 that is of 3,000mAh battery. The back of Mi 8 Explorer Edition is transparent like HTC U12 Plus which enables it to reveal the inside of its rear camera module, chipset, battery and connectors. The other features are same as Mi 8 as it the rest of the body is made of glass and metal, and it also has dual GPS system.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (Special Edition)
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the special edition as it has been made to pack it all the features at affordable rates. It is actually a toned-down version of the Xiaomi Mi 8 with a mid-range price and slightly downgraded hardware but still features high-quality materials like an aluminum side frame and glass. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has the similar looks like the other two versions. The Mi 8 SE has the light processor than others that is 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor clubbed with Adreno 616 GPU. It has the 2 RAM versions 4GB and 6GB. The storage is 64GB non-expandable. The screen size is also smaller than the 2 others that are 5.88-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display (2244x1080 pixel) with a notch up top and an unusual aspect ratio of 18.7:9. It has also dual rear camera but it is 12MP (f/1.9 aperture) + 5MP sensor (f/2.0 aperture) for depth sensing. The front camera is same as the two other variants that are 20MP. The battery is the lightest of all that is 3,120mAh. Mi 8 SE has no dual GPS and face unlock like the other 2 versions but it has also rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Price Of Xiaomi Mi 8
The price of Xiaomi Mi 8 is around the USA $ 420.57 which is approximately 1,544.77 United Arab Emirates Dirham. Mi 8 Explorer Edition price is around the USA $ 576.45 which is approximately 2,117.33 United Arab Emirates Dirham and the price of Mi 8 SE is around the USA $ 280.35 that is approximately 1,029.74 United Arab Emirates Dirham.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Release Date
The release of Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected in June 2018.
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