Xiaomi has been teasing their next flagship smartphone for a while now, the Xiaomi Mi 8, and for those who are curious to see what the Chinese company is bringing to the table, you’ll be pleased to learn that the handset has since been officially announced.
Right off the bat as you can see in the image above, the Mi 8 is a very impressive looking handset in terms of design. It looks pretty thin, features an edge-to-edge display with a notch (as expected from smartphone makers these days), and also a dual camera setup on the back whose orientation is reminiscent of Apple’s iPhone X.
So what are we looking at in terms of specs? The Mi 8 will feature a 6.21-inch OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and 12MP dual camera setup. These are more or less the base specs, but Xiaomi will also be launching several variants such as the Explorer Edition which will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, as per the rumors, and the company is also claiming that they will be the first Android maker to feature the use of 3D facial recognition technology.
This means that on paper it should work similar to Apple’s Face ID, although whether or not it will deliver as promised remains to be seen. There will also be the Mi 8 SE which will be a cheaper version of the Mi 8. This phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset and the use of a smaller 5.88-inch OLED display.
The Mi 8 will be priced at around $421, the Explorer Edition priced at $577, while the Mi 8 SE will go for $281. Unfortunately Xiaomi has yet to launch their phones stateside, so for now it appears that these phones will only be available in China.
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