Xiaomi launches the Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and Mi 8 SE in China

By | 31st May 2018

At an event in China, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and the mid-range Mi 8 SE. The company has also announced MIUI 10, the next version of MIUI. Finally, the Mi Band 3 has been made official.

The highlight of the event was the launch of the Mi 8. This phone has been in the rumors for a while, and we have exclusively reported many of its specifications. The launch of the Mi 8 comes two months after the launch of the Mi Mix 2S in China, which is another Snapdragon 845 flagship.

The Mi 8’s first differentiating feature is the 6.21-inch notched AMOLED display. It has an infrared scanner placed in the notch for better face unlocking in low light. The phone aims to differentiate on price as well, as its starting variant 64GB storage variant will be available for the equivalent of $420. Its specifications are listed below.

Xiaomi Mi 8 – Specifications at a glance

Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8Specifications
Dimensions and weight154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm, 175g
SoftwareMIUI 10 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo
CPUOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 385 Silver cores)
GPUAdreno 630
RAM and storage6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage; Mi 8 Explorer Edition: 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage
Battery3400mAh, Quick Charge 4.0+ (Quick Charge 3 adapter bundled in the box)
Display6.21-inch Full HD+ (2248×1080) AMOLED, 600 nits brightness, supports HDR10, DCI-P3 gamut
Wi-Fi802.11ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB Type-C port, dual nano SIM slots
BandsGSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20
TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
Rear camera12MP camera with 1.4μm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel autofocus, 4-axis OIS
12MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture, 2x optical zoom
Video recording up to 4K at 60FPS, Slow motion at 1080p240
Front-facing camera20MP front-facing camera, uses pixel binning to simulate 1.8μm pixels, f/1.8 aperture

Xiaomi states that the Mi 8 is the world’s first smartphone to support dual-frequency GPS. It uses the newer, more powerful L5 band on top of the common L1 band to increase navigation accuracy by three to five times.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 will be available in three variants: 6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage. The 64GB storage variant costs CNY 2699 ($420), while the 128GB storage and 256GB storage variants will be available for CNY 2999 ($468) and CNY 3299 ($515) respectively.

The phone will be available from June 5 at offline and online retailers in China. Xiaomi hasn’t detailed international availability yet.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has the same internal specifications as the Mi 8. The differences are the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor, which requires pressure activation in order to save power. Also, the Explorer Edition has an iPhone X-style Face ID competitor, using 3D facial scanning for facial recognition.

Finally, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition has a translucent back, similar to the HTC U11+ and the U12+. It comes in a single 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant, and it will be available for CNY 3799 ($593).

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE – Specifications at a glance

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Special Edition (SE) is a cheaper, lower-end variant of the Mi 8. It’s the first smartphone to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chip, which was announced last week. The phone has a smaller 5.88-inch notched display, without using dedicated hardware for face unlock. Its specifications are listed in the table below:

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Xiaomi Mi 8 SESpecifications
Dimensions and weight147.3 x 73.1 x 7.5 mm, 164g
SoftwareMIUI 10 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo
CPUOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2x 2.2GHz Kryo 360 Gold + 6x 1.8GHz Kryo 360 Silver cores)
GPUAdreno 616
RAM and storage4GB/6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage
Battery3120mAh, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Display5.88-inch Full HD+ (2244×1080) AMOLED, supports HDR10, DCI-P3 gamut
Wi-Fi802.11ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
PortsUSB Type-C port, dual nano SIM slots
BandsGSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/7/8/34
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
Rear camera12MP camera with 1.4μm pixels, f/1.9 aperture, Dual Pixel autofocus,
5MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixels
Video recording up to 4K at 60FPS
Front-facing camera20MP front-facing camera, uses pixel binning to simulate 2.0um pixels, f/2.0 aperture

The Mi 8 SE will be available in two variants: 4GB/6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. The 4GB RAM variant costs CNY 1799 ($281), while the 6GB RAM variant costs CNY 1999 ($312).

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is the successor to the popular Mi Band 2. It now offers waterproofing up to 50m for continuous connection when the device is underwater. Battery life is rated up to 20 days.

It has a 0.78-inch OLED display, and uses Bluetooth 4.2 to connect to devices. It’s powered by a 110mAh battery, and will be available from June 5 for CNY 169 ($26). A variant with NFC costs CNY 199 ($31).

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

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