Xiaomi Mi 8 Brings World’s First Android 3D Face Unlock and More

Xiaomi really impressed with their Xiaomi Mi 8 reveal, showing off a device that could be called “the iPhone X of Android.” The Mi 8 not only looks like an iPhone X with its notched screen but also brings another similar feature: the world’s first 3D face unlock on Android. And that’s not to mention Mi Meng, Xiaomi’s version of Apple Animojis. #mobilemagic

Xiaomi’s 2018 flagship is available in three different models: Mi 8 SE, Mi 8, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

The cheapest option, the SE Edition, brings a 5.88-inch AMOLED screen and is the first smartphone to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 budget chipset.

On the back, you’ll find a dual camera with 12 MP + 5 MP sensors and f/1.9 aperture, with plenty of AI enhancements: Bokeh mode, Portrait, HDR adjustment, panorama, business card recognition, and intelligent translation.

xiaomi mi 8 se

The front camera is a generous 20 MP shooter with automatic HDR and capable of slow motion and 4K video capture. All of this is powered by a 3,120 mAh battery and is available in 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage or 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage options.

The regular Xiaomi Mi 8 brings a much bigger, 6.21-inch full HD+ display, and the battery is slightly bigger as well – 3,400 mAh. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. On the RAM front, it’s available in 6 GB or 8 GB options, with 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB storage variants.

xiaomi mi 8 standard edition

The Mi 8 front camera is a 20 MP offering with f/2.0 aperture and all the beautification features Xiaomi does best. The dual rear camera combines two 12 MP sensors with 1.4-micron pixels, AI portraits, and AI scene detection. Underneath them, you’ll find a fingerprint sensor.

The star of Xiaomi’s lineup, though, is definitely the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. This gorgeous flagship comes with 3D face recognition AND an in-display fingerprint sensor. It also comes with a smaller battery than the regular or the SE version, one that offers 3,000 mAh.

As for the specs, the cameras and processor are the same as with the regular Mi 8 but the flagship comes with 8 GB of LPPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of storage.

One of its features, the transparent back, looks to be really interesting, but people are already questioning it.

xiaomi mi 9 explorer edition

An HTC forum moderator claimed that the glass back merely reveals a sticker, but Xiaomi was quick to contradict him in a statement made to The Verge.

As for pricing, the budget Xiaomi Mi 8 SE edition starts at $280 while the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is priced at $580.

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