Xiaomi Mi 8
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Launched in May 2018, this device is one that comes with a super cool design and some amazing specs that compliment it.

The smartphone features a 6.2 inches screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The other variants of Xiaomi Mi 8 mobile are – Mi MIX 2, Mi Max 2 and Mi A1. The Mi 8 phone runs on Android v8.0 (Oreo) operating system. It is powered by Octa-core processor, clocked at 2.8 GHz of speed and has Kryo 385 GPU. Moreover, the super stylish handset supports 2 Nano SIMs at a time and packs a battery capacity of 3550 mAh.

Xiaomi Mi 8 features and specs

The handset comes with a slim profile and a notch display. The notch, similar to the iPhone X, houses several sensors. The Mi 8 sports a 6.21-inch AMOLED display, full HD+ resolution, 88.5% screen-to-body ratio and 18:7:9 aspect ratio.

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. According to the Chinese company, its latest flagship scored 301,472 on the AnTuTu benchmarking test. The 6GB RAM and 64GB version is priced at CNY 2,699 ($421), the 6GB RAM and 128GB variant costs CNY 2,999 ($468) and the 256GB version will set you back CNY 3,299 ($515).

Talking of the camera, it is fitted with a 20-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. Similar to the Redmi S2 and Mi 6X, Xiaomi’s latest flagship has an AI camera supporting AI portrait selfies, and AI Beautify. Further, it has a 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel AI dual camera at the back with Dual pixel autofocus, AI portraits, AI scene detection, and video editing. Also, the handset boasts of the iPhone X-like Studio Lighting mode.

Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a fingerprint scanner on the back and comes with NFC support. The company claims that its in-screen fingerprint scanner, which is similar to Vivo X21, is faster than Vivo’s. Further, the notch houses an Infrared Face Unlock that allows users to unlock the phone just by looking at the screen. The Face Unlock feature works even in the dark, and the company claims that it can’t be misled by a photo or video of the person.

The handset is equipped with dual GPS technology, which is claimed to give more accurate locations, reduce signal delays, and make navigation super fast. The better results are because the technology eliminates radio disturbances from buildings.

Full specification

LAUNCH Announced 2018, May
Status Available. Released 2018, June
BODY Dimensions 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm (6.10 x 2.94 x 0.30 in)
Weight 175 g (6.17 oz)
Build Front/rear glass, aluminum frame (7000 series)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.21 inches, 97.1 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2248 pixels (~402 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– HDR10 display
– DCI-P3
– MIUI 9.5
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
CPU Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
GPU Adreno 630
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, dual-LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@60fps, 1080p@30/240fps, check quality
Secondary 20 MP (f/2.0, 0.9µm), 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 4.0+)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery
MISC Colors Black, Blue, White, Gold
Price About 360 EUR
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 4283 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3858
Basemark X: 43285
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.086 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 68dB / Noise 72dB / Ring 82dB
Audio quality Noise -93.9dB / Crosstalk -93.7dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 86h


The device costs about GHS 2,048 in Ghana.

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