Xiaomi launches the mid-range flagship Mi 8 SE, Snapdragon 710 in tow

Xiaomi launches the mid-range flagship Mi 8 SE, Snapdragon 710 in tow

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 availability in India and other markets has not yet been announced. That's because the handset has a series of sensors within its notch that's very similar to those of the iPhone X, making it the first Android phone to offer real 3D facial recognition as biometric security, as opposed to the simpler, less secure "2D" version of face unlock offered by the likes of the OnePlus 6 or Huawei P20 Pro. The company also showed off the smaller Mi 8 SE, the first phone with Qualcomm's just-announced Snapdragon 710 upper-midrange SoC. The dual rear cameras are vertically stacked and are now aligned in the centre.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is a step up from the Mi 8, offering the world's first pressure-sensitive in-screen fingerprint scanner, which Xiaomi says will make unlocking faster.

Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone has been designed in collaboration with Facebook-owned Oculus and is identical to Oculus Go that went on sale in the U.S. early this month. Xiaomi says the glass-backed Mi 8 is the first Android phone with dual-frequency Global Positioning System (using the L1 and L5 bands) for finer-grained location and navigation services. The HDR-compatible display has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a pixel density of 423ppi.

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To be available as of June 5th at an affordable price of CNY 169, which converts to United States $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. It wasn't until two years later, though, when Xiaomi wowed the industry with its pioneering bezel-less Mi Mix that it finally shed that label. Up front there's a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 371 camera with f/2.0 aperture. Just like its bigger brother, the SE moniker also misses out on a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There are some not-so-good camera behaviors including visible color fringing, slight inaccuracies in white balance, some loss of fine details in bright light, plus occasional autofocus delay and depth inaccuracies in bokeh mode.

So this Xiaomi Mi 8 is better than the Mi Mix 2S. There's a regular fingerprint sensor nested at the back of the device, and that's perfectly fine.

We're still parsing all the Mi 8 information, but here's what we know so far about the new Xiaomi Mi 8 specifications. The 128GB storage model at Rs. 39,999.

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Honor 10 is priced at Rs 32,999 and can be bought exclusively via Flipkart and the company's online store.

The Mi 8 starts off at 2,699 yuan (~$421) for the 6GB RAM/64GB variant. A proper price comparison can not be made since we don't have the Indian pricing for Mi 8.

The device is now available only in China and the company is yet to announce details about its global launch.

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