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Xiaomi Mi 8 Specs, review, opinions, comparisons

Xiaomi Mi 8 Specs, review, opinions, comparisons
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Xiaomi Mi 8 Top Specs

  • Release Date: 2018, May
  • Dimensions: 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Screen: 6.21", Super AMOLED
  • Main Camera: Dual, 12 MP
  • Selfi Camera: Single, 20 MP
  • Memory: 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM 128 GB, 8 GB RAM
  • CPU:
  • Battery: 3400 mAh
  • Sensors: Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass

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Technical specifications

General specs
Brand and model Xiaomi Mi 8
Release date 2018, May
Dimensions 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm (6.1 x 2.94 x 0.3 in)
Weight 175 g (6.17 oz)
Body build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame (7000 series)
Colors Black, Blue, White, Gold
Battery 3400 mAh,  Non-removable Li-Po
Approximate price380 EUR
Screen
Technology Super AMOLED
Touchscreen capacitive touchscreen
Display colors 16M
Screen size 6.21" inc
Screen area 97.1 cm2
Screen format 19:9 (height:width)
Screen to body ratio83.8%
Screen resolution 1080 x 2248 px
PPI /points per inch/ 402 PPI
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Other - HDR10
-DCI-P3
Camera and Video
Rear camera, main 12 MP, Dual
Camera specs
-12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55'', 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF
-12 MP, f/2.4, 56mm (telephoto), 1/3.4'', 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom
Functions Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 720p@960fps
DxOMark Main Score99
DxOMark Photo105
DxOMark Video88
Front camera, selfie 20 MP, Single
Specifications 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Video 1080p@30fps
Performance
Operating system OS Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10.1
Chipset - Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Processor CPU
- Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
Graphics processor GPU - Adreno 630
External memory No
Internal memory 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM 128 GB, 8 GB RAM
Antutu 8 score353884
Antutu 7 score297023
GeekBench 5 Single Core447
GeekBench 5 Multi-Core1898
GeekBench 4 Single Core2280
GeekBench 4 Multi-Core8242
GeekBench 4 RenderScript13089
GeekBench 4 Battery3965
Communication and Connectivity
SIM card Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Network GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Show all network frequencies:
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFC Yes
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Music and Audio
Radio No
Headphone jack No
Others
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Other features
- Sensors - Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 4.0+)

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

It's nice to talk about the Xiaomi Mi 8. This model has so much to offer consumers. Most Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 based smartphones are very expensive and Xiaomi Mi 8 has exactly the same. Moreover, it goes hand-in-hand with a high-resolution AMOLED display and notch. It would be unfair not to mention the dual camera with optical stabilization. 

On all parameters, the Mi 8 claims the title of flagship. The only thing that can fool you is its price. It is what attracts millions of users worldwide. Our task now is to present you the advantages and disadvantages of Xiaomi Mi 8. Enjoy!

Design

Looking at this Xiaomi model and knowing Apple products, you will immediately make an association with the iPhone X model. The Xiaomi Mi 8 has the same camera placement, an identical notch and several other similar details. 

In the appearance of the smartphone makes impressions rear glass panel. It quickly collects traces of the user's fingers. You can easily wipe them off with a cloth, and even more carefree can use the device with a case. 

The fingerprint scanner in the Xiaomi Mi 8 is located on the rear panel. On the front, only the front camera, light and proximity sensor, and also a light indicator are left. The scanner works pretty fast. Good news is that there is also a facial recognition scanner on the front panel. This gives the user a choice of which technology to choose to keep their data in safe hands.

This one of the phones on the market that will win you over with its shape and size. Once you hold it in your hand, the convenience is there. 

The Chinese manufacturer has tried to diversify the design of the Mi 8. How? By way of colour choices. The user can choose between black, white and blue. 

Xiaomi Mi 8 is devoid of a mini jack, similar to what is already known from Mi Mix 2/2S or Mi 6. There is no explanation for this. There is no protection against dust and water. There is no protection against splashes either. 

Display

The Xiaomi Mi 8 offers a large and high-quality 6.21-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution, 2248 x 1080 pixels. This corresponds to an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The pixel density - 402 ppi - is far from the records set by smartphones with Quad HD and even 4K-displays. 

 With the help of the notch, a sense of the presence of very small frames is created. If it's not one of your favourite smartphone design trends, then you can make it invisible. The background of this part of the screen will turn black, only the clock, battery charge and network signal will be visible. 

Xiaomi Mi 8's display supports HDR10. The picture is impressive. A real treat for the senses.

The Chinese company has provided its own reading mode. It adapts the color in the warm range more accurately and hence the images become warmer. 

The smartphone also supports Always On mode, which is a credit to the AMOLED-matrix. 

Traditionally Xiaomi phones feature a not bad oleophobic coating. Thanks to it, the user does not have to constantly clean the screen. Mi 8 makes no exception to this practice. 

Performance 

Xiaomi Mi 8 is based on a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, consisting of an 8-core processor with 4 cores Kryo 385 Gold clocked at 2.8 GHz and another 4 Kryo 385 Silver clocked at 1.8 GHz. Graphics are handled by an Adreno 630 accelerator. RAM is 6 GB, which is a good modern benchmark. The internal storage varies - you can choose a modification with 64 or 128 GB. Consider this point well if you have a habit of storing a lot of photos and videos on your phone, since a memory card slot is not provided. 

The Mi 8's chipset handles any workload well, whether it's standard usage or playing high-performance games.

Cameras 

This Xiaomi model offers dual main cameras - 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm and optical stabilization + one additional 12 MP module with f/2.4, 56mm, 1/3.4", 1.0µm and dual optical zoom. The front-facing camera is a 20-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture.

Xiaomi Mi 8 handles the day time shots well. The picture comes out nice and juicy. There is a touch of "beautification" which will definitely appeal to users. With the additional main camera, the company is making an emphasis on the portrait mode. There, the popular bokeh effect can be achieved - with background blurring. In addition, the system allows to make "smoothing" of the skin. At the official presentation of the smartphone Xiaomi praised the portrait modes, in which simulation with studio lighting is achieved. 

With this smartphone, you can shoot videos with a maximum 4K resolution. 

Compared to the Mi MIX 2s, the front camera has been significantly improved. It captures more light. So the photos are more detailed, with HDR dynamic range. 

For the Mi 8's cameras, the presence of using artificial intelligence (AI) technology should be highlighted. Without it, launching a modern flagship phone is frivolous. The Chinese manufacturer has placed a dedicated AI button in the camera app. When pressed, the smartphone tries to recognize the scenes and adjust the picture accordingly. 

Autonomous operation

The most enjoyable thing about this smartphone is the autonomous operation. 

As practice shows, a super large battery is not necessary in a flagship model. The role is already played by software optimization and the chipset. Xiaomi Mi 8 once again confirms this trend. The battery capacity is 3400 mAh. In medium usage mode - about 75% brightness, mobile internet, social networking, email and web browsing, the device provides 6 hours of operation with the screen constantly on. 

Xiaomi Mi 8 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology. In half an hour, you can charge the smartphone up to 60% battery charge. Wireless charging is not present. 

Conclusion 

Xiaomi Mi 8 is a unique smartphone. It offers a Samsung Galaxy S9+ level camera, a top Snapdragon 845 processor and a large bezel-less screen. 

Pros: 

  • Excellent display;
  • Quality camera;
  • Comfortable dimensions;
  • Fast Face Unlock; 
  • Attractive Price; 
  • NFC availability;
  • Functional operating system;
  • Decent autonomous operation;
  • Works with 2 SIM cards.

Minuses: 

  • Absence of memory card port;
  • Boring design; 
  • Absence of wireless charging technology;
  • There is room for improvement in sound quality; 
  • No protection against water and dust. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The base approximate price of the Xiaomi Mi 8 was around 380 EUR after it was officially announced. At this point, the price may be lower.
The official release date is 2018, May.
The weight of the Xiaomi Mi 8 is 175 g.
The screen size of the Xiaomi Mi 8 is 6.21" inches.
The size of the Xiaomi Mi 8 is 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm (HxWxD).
No, it does not support 5G
No, it is not waterproof.
Yes, it supports fast charging.
No, it does not support wireless charging.
Yes, it supports the services of Google Play store, gmail, youtube, etc.
There is Dual main camera and Single selfi camera.
To turn on the phone, press and hold the power key until the logo appears on the screen, then release the key. If the phone does not turn on after a few seconds, connect the charger and try again in a minute.
To turn off the phone, press and hold the power button until the power icon appears, then tap the power icon.
To restart the phone, press and hold the volume down key and the power key at the same time until the logo appears on the screen, then release them. This may take up to 30 seconds.
To take a screenshot, press and release the volume down button and the power button at the same time. A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear immediately after that.