October 19, 2021

Xiaomi Mi8: scanner under the screen, Face ID and flagship camera

Xiaomi Mi8 scanner under the screen, Face ID and flagship camera-preview

In China, the long-awaited presentation of the new flagship smartphone Xiaomi Mi8 took place. The device received so many changes against the background of last year’s model that the manufacturer had to miss one generation. Together with it, the more affordable Mi8 SE was introduced, which became the first device based on the new mobile platform Snapdragon 710.
Until the announcement, it was not clear how the smartphone would look. As a result, Xiaomi went on a proven track, spying out interesting solutions from competitors in the shop. So, in Mi8 there was a fashionable cut-out in the screen. True, the Chinese manufacturer, unlike other Android-manufacturers, not only copied this chip from Apple, but also used it for its intended purpose – installed in the cutout an advanced 3D-scanning system for quick and safe unlocking. Due to the presence of an infrared sensor, the smartphone recognizes the owner even in total darkness.
Due to the so-called frameless design, the entire front side is occupied by a 6.21-inch display with a 19: 9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. The screen is made using AMOLED technology, which guarantees wide viewing angles without distortion of colors in the event of a deviation. To the chagrin of many, Xiaomi, like other manufacturers of Android-smartphones, could not get rid of the bottom frame. If desired, in the settings you can hide the cutout with a black bar.

The fingerprint reader for the base model Mi8 is on the back side. There were rumors that the company would incorporate it into the screen and even had corresponding leaks, but in the end, this idea was abandoned – at least in the standard version. The sensor is located in the place where the index finger usually lies during the use of the gadget.
The new flagship Xiaomi has traditionally received top technical specifications. It uses an eight-core Snapdragon 845 processor with an Adreno 630 graphics system. The amount of RAM is 6 GB, depending on the version, and the built-in UFS 2.1 drive is 64 to 256 GB. Contrary to rumors about a 4,000 mAh battery, in Mi8 it has a capacity of only 3,300 mAh. But there is support for fast charging technology Quick Charge 4.0 + 18W. In addition, like the Mi Mix 2S, the device can be charged using Qi wireless stations.
In AnTuTu smartphone gives 301 472 points, which is by far the highest result among all smartphones. In addition, this is the first mobile device, which has collected more than 300 thousand points in this test.
Most of the presentation was given to the photo capabilities of the device. The Mi8 has a dual camera with 12 (f / 1.8) and 12 (f / 2.4) Mp modules. The second sensor is used for shooting with a double optical zoom and capturing depth-of-field information for blurring the background in portrait mode. There is fast phase autofocus and four-axis optical image stabilization. In addition, Xiaomi uses artificial intelligence to analyze the scene and select the optimal shooting settings for each frame. The front camera with a resolution of 20 megapixels and aperture f / 2.0 supports a mode that allows you to change the proportions of the face, eye size, skin condition, etc.

Examples of photos on Xiaomi Mi8:

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The authoritative portal DxOMark has put Mi8 99 points in the rating of mobile cameras. As part of the photo shoot, the smartphone received 105 points. For comparison, iPhone X received 97 and 101 points respectively.

Specifications Xiaomi Mi8:

  • Display: 6.21 “, AMOLED, 2280×1080 pixels (18.7: 9), DCI-P3;
  • processor: Snapdragon 845, 10-nm, 8 cores, 2.8 GHz;
  • RAM: 6 GB, LPDDR4X;
  • built-in storage: 64/128/256 GB, UFS 2.1;
  • main camera: 12 megapixels (IMX363, 1.4 microns, f / 1.8) and 12 megapixels (S5K3M3, 1.0 microns, f / 2.4), optical stabilization, ISO to 51,200;
  • front camera: 20 megapixels (1.8 microns, f / 2.0), the ability to edit faces on the photo;
  • Battery: 3 300 mAh, quick charge QuickCharge 4.0+ (18 W);
  • audio: stereo speakers;
  • connection: USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), NFC;
  • security: a fingerprint scanner + a 3D face scanning system;
  • navigation: dual-frequency GPS module L1 + L5 with increased accuracy of positioning – up to 30 centimeters;
  • OS: MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo;
  • dimensions: 154,9х74,8х7,6 mm;
  • weight: 175 g.

Xiaomi Mi8 will be available in three versions:

  • 6 GB of RAM + 64 GB of ROM – $ 421;
  • 6 GB of RAM + 128 GB of ROM – $ 468;
  • 6 GB of RAM + 256 GB of ROM – $ 515.


In addition to the usual Xiaomi Mi8 was presented a special version. It has a slightly different design: the smartphone has a transparent back cover, under which you can see all the internal components. The power button and the main camera frame are in red. The main difference of the Mi8 Exploration Edition is a more accurate 3D face scanning system and a built-in fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi Mi8 Exploration Edition is released with 8 GB of RAM and a drive for 128 GB. In China, it will be sold at a price of $ 577
In addition, Xiaomi introduced the Mi8 SE – an affordable version of the new flagship. The device received a similar design, but with a more rectangular and compact body with a diagonal AMOLED-display 5.88 inches and a resolution of 2244 × 1080 pixels.

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The Xiaomi Mi8 SE has a new eight-core Snapdragon 710 processor, 4/6 GB of RAM, a 64 GB drive, a 3 120 mAh battery, a dual main camera with 12 and 5 megapixel modules, a 20 Mp front, a Bluetooth 5.0 and 4G VoLTE .
Xiaomi Mi8 SE will cost $ 280 and $ 312 for versions with 4 and 6 GB of RAM, respectively.

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