With the Mi 8, Xiaomi has brought the next flagship hit onto the market. For the first time, the smartphone manufacturer is installing an AMOLED display and thus fulfilling the wishes of many customers.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a 6.21 inch Notch display in 18:9 format with a resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels. The display is manufactured by Samsung and convinces with a high brightness of up to 600 nits. The DCI-P3 colour space is also integrated. The back of the smartphone is completely made of glass, but does not support wireless charging.
With case dimensions of 15.49 x 7.48 x 0.76 cm and a weight of 175 grams, the Mi 8 is surprisingly compact for a 6 inch phone and should therefore also be suitable for smaller hands. As usual with Xiaomi, this smartphone can also operate two Sim cards with dual SIM slots. A memory expansion with a microSD card is, however, not possible. The Mi 8 is available in the colours black/white/blue/gold with memory capacities of 6GB RAM/64GB or 6GB/128GB.
The technical equipment of the Mi 8 sounds very promising. In addition to a Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core processor with a maximum clock frequency of up to 2.8 GHz, Xiaomi also promises real face unlocking. An infrared sensor has been integrated into the notch on the display to ensure reliable unlocking of the device in poor lighting conditions. Of course, there is still a fingerprint sensor on the back. In terms of performance, the Mi 8 can compete with all well-known manufacturers, as the Snapdragon 845 is currently the most powerful processor on the market. In the AnTuTu benchmark, the device achieves a value of 271,164 points. This is sufficient for all current 3D games and for emulating GameCube, PS2 and PSP titles. MIUI 10, an in-house firmware based on Android 8.1, is used as the operating system.
In contrast to the normal model, the Mi 8 Pro has a fingerprint sensor in the display instead of on the back. In addition, the battery has slightly shrunk to 3000 mAh.
The 3400 mAh battery could also prove to be very persistent. This value should reach a display on time of around 5-6 hours or a battery life of almost 1.5 days. Also pleasing is the use of the new QuickCharge 4.0 standard, which is supposed to fully charge the phone in less than 1:30 hours. Further connectivity data are dual-band WLAN (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), dual-frequency GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0.
The dual camera triggers with 12 + 12 megapixels (aperture f/1.8 and f/2.4) on the back and 20 megapixels (f/2.0) on the front. Of course, there’s an AI mode again, which works for better color reproduction of objects and to support bokeh mode. All in all, the camera scores above average and achieves 105 points in the renowned DX benchmark, for example.
For a price of about $509.99 you get with the Xiaomi Mi 8 one of the currently best equipment in a smartphone. AMOLED display, infrared face lock and a very good camera are just some of the outstanding features of this high-end device.