Xiaomi Mi 8 SE with Snapdragon 710 SoC & 20MP Selfie Camera Launched

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Xiaomi Mi 8: Release date, specs, features and price

The downside is that like most limited edition Xiaomi phones, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is unlikely to make its way outside of China. Some of the key specifications included are - 6.2-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB RAM, dual 12MP rear camera, 20MP front camera and 3400mAh battery.

The Mi 8 SE is the cheapest variant out of all of three devices and costs CNY1,799, or $281.

The Mi 8 is meant to commemorate 8 years of the Xiaomi brand and it reflects in the spec sheet.

The Mi 8 will be available in China from June 5. Xiaomi's Mi 8 competes directly against the hot picks in the flagship department - OnePlus 6 and Honor 10.

Xiaomi has announced its new flagship phone, and it looks to be the company's best so far. The front-facing camera is the same 20-megapixel snapper as on the main Mi 8 though, and it is also capable of shooting AI portraits.

In terms of software, the phone will run Xiaomi's MIUI 10 skin on top of Android (which we've got our fingers crossed is version Oreo, but Xiaomi wasn't able to officially confirm this) and Xiaomi is also packing in its own Xiao Ai voice assistant.

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Firstly, the regular Mi 8 is fairly self-explanatory.

The 20 MP front camera that resides insides the notch has f/2.0 aperture and 1.8 μm pixel size. Xiaomi says the glass-backed Mi 8 is the first Android phone with dual-frequency Global Positioning System (using the L1 and L5 bands) for finer-grained location and navigation services. It's a real shame they likely won't hit the US.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is due to release in China on June 5, while the compact Mi 8 SE is due to be released a couple of days later on June 8. The limited edition phone does support both 3D face unlock and in-display fingerprint recognition, but its transparent back is apparently somewhat of an illusion.

It also comes with support for Dolby sound and DTS-HD. It will also be the first handset to come with a Snapdragon 710 chip on the inside, a chip that should turn out to be quite adequate, given it's the successor to the beefy Snapdragon 660. The new fitness band from Xiaomi comes with an updated design, added features like water resistance and heart rate sensor and an improved capacitive OLED touchscreen.

We expect Geekbuying's price to be very slightly higher than that, probably closer to the £30/$40 mark. And if the Chinese pricing is anything to go by, the handset should prove an extremely competitive rival for the Apple flagship, with the Mi 8 starting at 2,699 CNY (RM1675.37).

Available in 4GB RAM/64GB memory and 6GBRAM/64GB memory variants, they come at a price of CNY 1,799 (about Rs 19,000) and CNY 1,999 (about Rs. 21,100) respectively.

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