Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

After weeks of leaks and speculation, the Xiaomi Mi 8 was officially unveiled. The mobile phone is the top-end smartphone of the young Chinese company. It offers a fast processor, unique features and is not particularly expensive. Xiaomi Company held a conference in Shenzhen on the last day of May 2018, and launched seven products in a row. Among them, the most attention is the new flagship mobile Xiaomi 8. Xiaomi abandoned Mi 7 and immediately jumped from Mi 6 to Mi 8.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has already been unveiled bit by bit on various Internet platforms. So one knew beforehand, which functions the Smartphone brings. The design was known for some time, although many fakes were found on the net.

On the front, the Xiaomi Mi 8 reminds strongly of the iPhone X. The display occupies most of the phone and a prominent Notch emblazoned at the top of the screen. This will again divide the smartphone world: many hate the notch in the display, while others are happy about the space won for more information.

The display measures 6.26 inches including Notch, which makes it exactly the same size as the other flagship models on the market. The screen has an aspect ratio of 18.7: 9. Xiaomi uses AMOLED technology , which ensures good color.

The back is made of glass and is relatively generic: the colors white, blue, rose gold and black are available. Pretty optical effects like the Huawei P20 Pro does not exist.

For this Xiaomi has come up with something special: There will be a version with a transparent back glass: the Explorer Edition. So you can look directly at the technology inside. This works especially well because Xiaomi decorates the nasty technique something. On the processor (which would normally be a simple black chip) sticks a Snapdragon sticker, the battery is pasted with a reminiscent of carbon foil.

Fingerprint sensor under the screen

The technology is not as fast as a normal fingerprint sensor. Manufacturers can now do without sensors on the front outside the display. This saves a lot of space.

Since the fingerprint reader is located in the lower third, the finger does not have to be precisely targeted: an approximate hang up is enough to unlock the display.

Snapdragon 845 drives the Mi 8 to peak values

The processor used is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. This also sits in the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 + and many other top smartphones. The processor achieves 301,472 points in the AnTuTu benchmark, allowing the Xiaomi M 8 to compete in the top league of smartphones.

For comparison: The Samsung S9 + with the in-house Exynos processor only reaches 264,638 points, the Huawei P20 Pro reaches 208,098 points. However, the result has to be considered a bit critical: Manufacturers like to put cell phones in such tests in the fridge, so that they do not overheat and thus achieve better scores.

Photos: 12MP + 12MP on the back

The highest resolution cameras has the Xiaomi Mi 8 in any case not – but the two lenses on the back are still convincing: The Chinese group installed two cameras with a resolution of 12 megapixels. Does not sound like much – yet the smartphone in the DXO benchmark for an objective photo quality comparison could reach a total of 99 points. Thus, the camera of the Mi 8 ranks just behind the Huawei P20 Pro (109 points) and the HTC U12 + (103 points) in third place.

The two cameras are capable of producing an artificial blur. This effect has become a must-have for camera phones. Xiaomi is heavily promoting the quality of artificial bokeh and believes that it can provide one of the best blurs.

Even photos at night pose few problems for the Mi 8 – this proves the DXO test , in which the low-light capabilities are praised. Thus, the Mi 8 is also to use for one or the other pub crawl.

Both lenses are mechanically stabilized. That’s why photos will not be as blurred as cheaper smartphones. The second camera offers a double zoom.

Front camera: 20MP and real Face Unlock

The wide notch on the front conceals two cameras. A camera is responsible for normal photos: The sensor resolves with 20 megapixels, so that selfies are crisp and crisp.

There is also a sensor that works in the infrared range. This can be used to create the 3D model of a face. An additional light source is used to project a grid onto the face, which can then be analyzed.

Because unlike the already available on Android smartphones ” Face Unlock ” is the 3D face recognition using infrared sensors to create an accurate image of the user, rather than to put on a two-dimensional photo. The latter method can be outwitted by similar-looking objects. The infrared method has been proven to be safer.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: middle class for 240 euros

Also new is the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: The device is relatively cheap and should offer a few advantages of the Mi 8 also in the price midfield. The smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 710.

The display measures 5.88 inches, the device is accordingly a bit smaller. The camera on the back has a resolution of 12 + 5 MP, the front camera with 20 megapixels is retained. A facial recognition like the Mi 8 does not exist.

Depending on the memory equipment, the device costs the equivalent of 240 euros for 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory. The version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage costs 267 euros. Once again, in the EU, the Mi 8 SE will certainly be more expensive.

Price and where to buy

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is really cheap, just because it comes from China, but not. The company wants to sell the device in China for 3699 yuan, which is the equivalent of 494.37 euros. This is not the price that will start the Mi 8 in other countries. In the EU, taxes and shipping costs will impact.

In Germany, the Xiaomi Mi 8 can not be bought directly. Xiaomi has not set up a local sales office yet. The company is expanding steadily. While Xiaomi’s smartphones were only available to the Asian market for a long time, the devices have been officially available in Europe and Germany for some time now. Customers can now buy the Xiaomi smartphones in many online shops. Even the LTE tapes have been adapted for use in Europe. But there are also more and more stationary Xiaomi shops opening their doors. In April, a Mi Store opened in Prague. Last week followed a shop in Vienna. All electronic products from Xiaomi are sold in the shops – be they laptops, smartphones or fitness bracelets.

If you are interested in the Xiaomi Mi 8, you should keep an eye on the Shop Trading Shenzhen . The employees are located in China and Germany. In other words, the devices are purchased at the China Road Price and then sold in Germany, including a one-year warranty. Otherwise, in a few days with security first offers appear on eBay – albeit at exorbitant prices.

Xiaomi in China is a bit like Apple in Europe: There is a huge cult around the company. That is why the smartphones are often sold out even within pre-order campaigns within a few minutes. That drives the prices up. That’s why you should actually wait a bit with the purchase.


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