Xiaomi’s Mi 8 may be its most brazen iPhone copycat yet

Aside from the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and the Mi 8 Explorer EditionXiaomi today announced the newest variation of its MIUI software, which will arrive on nearly all devices the company has unveiled in the past four years.

In other news, the even hotter Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition also unveiled earlier today may not be quite as hot as advertised.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 will be priced at 2,699 yuan (£317). Last but not least, the Mi Band 3 is also water resistant up to 50 metres in depth as well.

Is the Xiaomi Mi 8 coming the UK?

With the launch of the Mi 8 series, Xiaomi is trying do an Apple in more ways than one. The Mi Band 2 successor is another one of the additions which now comes in two new variants.

What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi 8 and its variants?

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On the software front, the Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 9 out-of-the-box which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Some of them are Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Mi 5, Mi Max 2, Redmi 5A etc. Xiaomi will have a separate announcement for the India release date of MIUI 10 as it has done in the past. Just like the flagship Mi 8 devices, the Mi 8 SE also sports notch display. "As we mark our 8th year with significant milestones and prepare to enter a new stage in our journey, Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition celebrate our growth and truly show how far we have come", said Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi.

A smaller Mi 8 SE will also be available, sporting a smaller 5.88-inch AMOLED display, and it will be the first phone to launch with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 710 chip. However, this comparison isn't based on prolonged usage of the two smartphones, so we can not ascertain true sustainability of any of them.

There's also a 12-megapixel dual camera setup on the back, with iPhone X-style AI-powered portrait mode and "Studio Lighting" effects.

Mi 8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with Adreno 630 GPU. The Mi 8 "is the first ever smartphone in the world to use pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint technology, meaning it has a dedicated pressure sensor that activates unlocking more quickly". Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM and 64/128 and 256GB of internal storage. Users that've used similar fingerprint sensors outside of touchscreens will find that these the in-screen fingerprint sensors work at basically the same speed and with the same accuracy, too.

Meanwhile, the more premium Explorer edition will cost 3699 yuan, or approximately £433. All of which meant that the layout is probably fake; and that people were being fooled by Xiaomi. And if the Chinese pricing is anything to go by, the handset should prove an extremely competitive rival for the Apple flagship, with the Mi 8 starting at 2,699 CNY (RM1675.37). Rs 1,780) while the NFC supported version is expected to sell for around 199 yuan (approx.

  • Delia Davidson