Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Taking a closer look at the transparent Xiaomi Mi 8

Taking a closer look at the transparent Xiaomi Mi 8

After a series of flagship smartphone launches Xiaomi enters the scene with the Mi 8.

On the specifications front, the phone looks a lot like Mi 8 and sports a notch display. Phones like the Vivo X21 and the Huawei Mate RS have offered in-display fingerprint scanners before, but Xiaomi's version is pressure sensitive, which the company calls an industry first.

The list of phones includes Mi Note 3, Mi 5X, Mi 5c, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, Mi 4, Mi 4c, Mi 4S, Mi Max 2, Mi Max, Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, Redmi 5 Plus, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi 4X, Redmi 3S/Redmi 3X, Redmi Pro, Redmi Note 5A, Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm/Redmi Note 4X, Redmi Note 4 MTK, and Redmi Note 3 Qualcomm.

It's the follow-up to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which now features in our best cheap fitness tracker guide - and despite its super low price comes with fitness tracking, sleep monitoring and a bunch of other features too, so we have high hopes for this tracker. Powering the Redmi Y2 will be Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset, the same chip that powers the Redmi Note 5 and a few other Xiaomi smartphones now on sale in India.

To be available as of June 5th at an affordable price of CNY 169, which converts to U.S. $26 or €22, the successor of the popular Mi Band 2, predictably called the Xiaomi Mi Band 3, got plenty of upgrades, including a bigger and sharper 0.78-inch OLED screen with 128x80 resolution. The smartphone has a 20 MP front-facing selfie camera which also supports face unlock using the selfie camera. While the face unlock on the OnePlus 6 is blazing fast, it is not as secure as others.

We don't know what SE stands for and Xiaomi probably doesn't know either. The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 availability in India and other markets has not yet been announced.

OnePlus 6 is similarly powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with Adreno 630 GPU. The Mi 8 SE is the first phone to come with this chip, which is supposed to deliver a 30 percent battery consumption improvement compared to the Snapdragon 660.

It's set to become available to buy in China on 5 June, and while it won't officially on sale in the U.S. or United Kingdom, you'll be able to buy it from the likes of Geekbuying. Need a little more storage? The price, as always, is much, much lower than the competition, with the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage version costing around $580. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be available for CNY 3,699 (approximately Rs 39,000) for the 8GB/128GB variant.

As always, the worldwide prices of the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be slightly higher than their prices in China, but we don't have any details on that front for now.

Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with NFC, USBType-C, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, and Bluetooth 5.0. Let us know in the comments!

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