As much as the anticipation building up to today’s (May 31) annual launch event of Xiaomi in Shenzhen, it has all paid off well. Except for the Mi Router 4, the Chinese tech leader has launched other of its products under Mi branding as said before.
The smartphone Mi 8 stole the show, among others, and it’s been launched with two of its editions, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Other launches include MIUI 10, Mi Band 3, Mi TV 4, and Mi VR standalone headset with Oculus.
Mi 8 is the flagship of the brand’s eighth anniversary and comes with a display notch. It sports a 6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED FHD+ display supporting 2248 x 1080 pixels. It comes with an 88.5% screen-to-body ratio, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 60000:1 contrast ratio, and can deliver up to 600 nits of brightness.
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The phone has a 2.5 curved glass body design, featuring a 7000 series aluminum frame. Color options are black, gold, white and blue. Just like the OnePlus 6, Huawei P20 Pro, and Honor 10, the new Mi 8 lets users hide the display notch.
Regarding the camera, the device hosts a couple of 12 MP sensors at the rear, with a telephoto (f2.4 aperture) and wide-angle (f1.8) setups. Alongside an LED flash, there’s a 4-axis OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) on the wide-angle lens. Dual pixel autofocus, AI scene detection, and video editing are other features.
The front camera is 20 MP with an f2.0 aperture, featuring AI portrait selfies. Infrared lens and Infrared lighting help secure the Face Unlock feature in the dark. Studio lighting, 3D beauty, and bokeh are other notable features.
Mi 8 has the support for NFC payments in China and features a highly advanced dual frequency GPS. This GPS can eliminate building interference, reduce signal delays, and smoothen navigation.
The handset carries Snapdragon 845 coupled with 6GB RAM. It has three storage variants: 64 GB priced at 2,699 Yuan or Rs. 28,000+; 128GB costing 2,999 Yuan or Rs. 31,000+, and 256GB at 3,299 Yuan or Rs. 34,000+. The phone will be sold in China starting June 5 and later hit other markets, with India as one of the top names.
Mi 8 SE
Mi 8 SE comes with a smaller 5.8-inch display and a notch, supporting 2240 x 1080 pixels and the same aspect ratio as the original Mi 8. 8 SE is fueled by Snapdragon 710, a fingerprint reader mounted on the rear, and a 3,120mAh battery.
Sporting a 2.5D curved glass design, the handset carries 12 MP and 5 MP sensors in its dual rear camera setup, along with similar AI features for the camera of the Mi 8. The feature of enhanced low-light photography deserves mention.
There are two storage variants for Mi 8 SE: 4GB+64GB costing 1,799 Yuan and 6GB+64GB, pricing at 1,999 Yuan.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition
Mi 8 Explorer Edition has an in-display fingerprint reader, 3D face recog, and a transparent rear panel. It is packing 8GB RAM and 128GB internal, priced at 3,699 Yuan or Rs. 38,900 Plus.
The launch event started with MIUI 10, which is powered by AI and seemingly a 3D Touch-like feature carrying some info. It will also support the 19:9 aspect ratio format and will bear a new task manager taking full benefit of the screen. It will further maximize screen space and has full-screen space gestures. The long press will lead to more options, swiping will delete tasks, and new gestures are on the way. MIUI 10 also brings AI features for the camera.
Mi Band 3
Mi Band 3 has a bigger screen, and Xiaomi claims that it will be cent percent waterproof up to 50 m depth, where users can stay connected while swimming. It receives app and call notifications and comprises features across health management and motion tracking. The wearable features a 0.78-inch OLED display supporting 120 x 80 pixels. Other specs include Bluetooth 4.2 LE and a 110mAh battery offering about 20+ days of battery life. It is priced at 169 Yuan.
Mi TV 4
Mi TV 4 is launched in 75 inches, packing a 4K HDR display and ultra-thin design. Other features include 11.4-inch thickness, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 64-bit quad-core processor, Dolby Audio, and an integrated voice assistant.
Mi VR Standalone Headset
Mi VR standalone headset comes in partnership with Oculus. It features Snapdragon 821 processor, 2,600mAh battery, 2K fast switch screens, and more than 1,000 Oculus optimized games. Its 32GB variant is priced at 1,499 Yuan, and the 64GB model at 1,799 Yuan. there’s no confirmation yet on whether it will be made available globally later.
While that’s all so far, stay tuned to get more details on specs and availability of these products.