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Gerardo Harmon
June 1, 2018

Xiaomi Mi 8 is the flagship smartphone by the company for 2018.

In other news, the even hotter Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition also unveiled earlier today may not be quite as hot as advertised. There is a dual rear camera setup which is vertically stacked similar to the iPhone X. The circular fingerprint sensor is placed at the rear of the phone.

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 basic Mi 8 will go on sale in China on June 5, while the Explorer's retail date is not specified. Similar to Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X launch previous year, Xiaomi is differentiating the Mi 8 family to cater to various price points.

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If you liked the look of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, it's nearly certain you'll like the design of the Mi Band 3 as the design is remarkably similar.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has reached DxOmark already. MIUI 10 is Xiaomi's custom Android operating system and is found on all its devices. The affordable Mi Band 3 hasn't changed much from the Mi Band 2, apart from tweaks in design and added features. Just like the flagship Mi 8 devices, the Mi 8 SE also sports notch display.

Think the Mi 8's specs are impressive? It has an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and an unmissable notch at the top for a 20-megapixel front facing selfie camera. Now instead of showing the recent apps like a deck of cards, the MIUI 10 will show them side by side, making it possible for the users to see as much as six recent apps in a single view. Powering the television is a 64-bit ARM-A53 quad-core processor, which is accompanied with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.

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For those wanting more, the company also announced a souped-up "Explorer" version that sports a pressure-sensitive finger scanner and the iPhone X-like facial unlock feature. Well, that's because the notch on Mi 8 not only houses the 20 MP front camera, earpiece and proximity sensor, but, it is also home to infrared lens that is used for Infrared Face Unlock feature which makes it possible to unlock the smartphone using your face in the dark.

Chinese phones' beautifying modes tend to go overboard - they turn subjects into plastic Barbies, in my opinion - but the samples shown during the presentation and at a demo booth seemed natural enough.

We expect Geekbuying's price to be very slightly higher than that, probably closer to the £30/$40 mark.

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The Mi 8 will be available on June and start at 2,699 yuan (about $421) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage. Then the 6GB/128GB model has a 2,999 yuan (~$468) price tag, while the 6GB/256GB model will retail for 3,299 yuan (~$515).

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