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01 June, 2018, 15:30 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
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Among a bevy of product announcements during a press event in Senzhen, China today, Xiaomi unveiled its newest flagship Android phone line, the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

As always, the global prices of the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be slightly higher than their prices in China, but we don't have any details on that front for now.

Under-the-hood, it is said to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, AI-powered dual camera and a full day's battery.

The China Developer ROM closed beta will come to the Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix, Mi 6X, Mi 6, MI 5, Mi Note 2, Redmi S2 and Redmi Note 5 from June 1. The top-end Explorer Edition costs 3,299 yuan.

There are some differences between Xiaomi's Mi 8 and Apple's latest flagship, though. With the addition of the new size, Xiaomi now offers the Mi TV 4 in four sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch, 49-inch and 75-inch. Let's have a look at the poster boy Mi 8 first and see what the hype is all about. Xiaomi's Mi 8 competes directly against the hot picks in the flagship department - OnePlus 6 and Honor 10.


In terms of additional features, the Mi Band 3 can now display your messages and answer your calls right off its display. There's a transparent back on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, while the Vivo X21 comes with Black and Gold colour options for Indian users. The smartphone has a 20 MP front-facing selfie camera which also supports face unlock using the selfie camera.

Around back, you'll find a familiar-looking vertically-arranged dual camera array consisting of two 12-megapixel shooters. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor sits under the hood, and Xiaomi is boasting that the handset earned a staggering 301,472 score on Antutu which, if legit, is the highest ever reached on the benchmark platform.

Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is smaller and cheaper than the other models. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It will also support portrait mode for single camera phones. But just like what you get on the 55-inch Mi TV 4, the latest the highlight feature of the latest Xiaomi TV is likely to be its screen.

Of the new models, the Explorer Edition probably represents the best value despite not offering much of an upgrade in raw power over the standard version. In China, the special under display fingerprint sensor-equipped 128GB variant - the Vivo X21 UD - has been priced at CNY 3,598 (roughly Rs. 37,100) and its already available to buy in the Chinese market. The Mi 8 will have a starting price of 2,699 Chinese yuan (which converts to about $420, £315 and AU$555) while the Mi 8 SE's base price will start at 1,799 Chinese yuan (approximately $280, £210 and AU$370).

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