After loads of speculation, Xiaomi announced MI 8 and Mi Explorer Edition devices as expected. Both these devices offer flagship hardware and includes many new features. Xiaomi Mi 8 features a 6.21-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio having  88.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor along with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage while the Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage only.

MI 8 Price a - Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition with in-display fingerprint sensor announcedBoth the devices runs with Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9 upgradable to MIUI 10 (snnounced today). In terms of camera, both the devices feature a dual camera module at rear with twin 12MP sensors having 1.4-micron pixels, OIS, dual-pixel autofocus and AI-powered portrait mode. Xiaomi claimes that the Mi 8 got a score of 105 for photo in DxOMark’s rankings which is same as that of Samsung Galaxy S9. On the front, they feature a 20MP snapper with real-time AI portraits for selfies & video calls.

Mi 8 face unlock - Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition with in-display fingerprint sensor announced

Mi 8 comes with fingerprint sensor at rear with IR Face unlock while the Explorer edition comes with pressure-sensitive In-display fingerprint sensor with 3D Face unlock feature.

Xiaomi Mi 8 specifications

  • 6.21-inch (2248 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:7:9 AMOLED display
  • 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB  / 256GB (UFS 2.1) storage
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to MIUI 10
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano), IR Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor
  • 12MP rear camera with 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, Optical zoom, 4K video recording + secondary 12MP rear camera with  Samsung S5K3M3 sensor,  f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, 2X zoom
  • 20MP front-snapper with real-time AI portraits
  • Dimensions: 154.9×74.8x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 175g
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, Dual-frequency (L1+L5) GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3400mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ fast charging

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition - Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition with in-display fingerprint sensor announced

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition specifications

  • 6.21-inch (2248 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:7:9 AMOLED display
  • 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU
  • 8GB RAM with 256GB (UFS 2.1) storage
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to MIUI 10
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano), 3D Face unlock, In-display fingerprint sensor
  • 12MP rear camera with 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, Optical zoom, 4K video recording, secondary 12MP rear camera with  Samsung S5K3M3 sensor,  f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, 2X zoom
  • 20MP front-facing camera with real-time AI portraits
  • Dimensions: 154.9×74.8x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 177g
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, Dual-frequency (L1+L5) GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3000mAh with Quick Charge 4+ fast charging

Xiaomi Mi 8 comes will be available in following color options:

  • Black,
  • Blue,
  • Gold and
  • White

Mi 8 is priced as follows:

  • 6GB + 64GB   : 2699 yuan (~US$ 420 / Rs. 28,500)
  • 6GB + 128GB : 2999 yuan (~US$ 470 / Rs. 31,600)
  • 6GB + 256GB : 3299 yuan (~US$ 510 / Rs. 34,800)

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage having transparent back and an in-display fingerprint sensor is priced at 3699 yuan (~US$ 580 / Rs. 39,000).

Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE will go on sale in China starting on June 5, and June 8 respectively.

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