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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

At an event in Shenzhen today, Chinese hardware giant Xiaomi launched its 2018 flagship phone, the Mi 8 - and it's hard to tell it apart from the iPhone X.

During the same event at Shenzen, Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition along with the latest MIUI 10 that now boasts of the company's newest Xiao AI voice assistant.

Mi 8 has AI-powered dual rear cameras- 12-megapixel primary lens with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, 4-axis optical image stabilisation and dual-pixel PDAF + 12-megapixel secondary lens with f/2.4 aperture, 1-micron pixels.

The Mi 8 is meant to commemorate 8 years of the Xiaomi brand and it reflects in the spec sheet. Unfortunately Xiaomi has yet to launch their phones stateside, so for now it appears that these phones will only be available in China. Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 10 based Android Oreo, while OnePlus 6 has its OxygenOS based Android Oreo running.

Despite not being an expensive tracker, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 looks to have lots of fitness features packed in.

Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with NFC, USBType-C, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, and Bluetooth 5.0. This is an unusual resolution but that is because the aspect ratio falls to 18.7:9.

Xiaomi also presented the Mi 8 SE (with a name possibly inspired by the iPhone SE), a more affordable smartphone with a smaller form factor, featuring a 5.88-inch display and a Snapdragon 710 SoC complete with multi-core AI engine. Let's see what we can gleam from the info we have so far!

The processor inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and it, like the other handsets in the line-up, will be released in China first. The Xiaomi variant sports of a mammoth 8GB RAM, while Vivo sticks with 6GB.

In the photography department, Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a pair of 12-megapixel AIdual cameras at the rear. In China, the price gap between the two smartphones isn't that much, and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is an ideal buy. Or if you are taking the photo on a hillside, it will automatically set the camera mode to landscape and cover a wider area in the single frame.

It has an Infrared sensor for Face unlocking as well. The Mi Band 3 features a 0.78-inch (128 x 80) OLED display, and unlike the Mi Band 2's panel, this display is actually touch-sensitive. Honor 10 also has face unlock with a home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Xiaomi will be launching its flagship smartphone in India soon which will give us a better idea.

The Mi 8 will be available on June and start at 2,699 yuan (about $421) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage.

There's also an NFC model of the Mi Band 3, which has a higher price tag of 199 yuan, which is still only £24/$31.

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