Xiaomi Mi 8 Announced With A Notch Bigger Than iPhone X, Similar Design, Animoji Features

Here’s what we are reviewing is the newly announced Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone, which comes with iPhone X-like Notch design, vertical dual-lens camera system, and of course introduced animated Emoji features.

Chinese technology firm Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 8 that has a 6.21-inch OLED display that most observers would agree on bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s flagship iPhone X.

Versus Xiaomi’s Mi 8 isn’t the first initiative to sport an iPhone X-esque notch at the top of the display, and probably won’t be the last. But nevertheless, there are several other similarities between the two devices that are worth highlighting.

It’s admittable that Xiaomi and other Chinese manufacturers primarily been known for copying the design of Apple products in its initial years, and today with the Mi 8 announcement, it has proved that Xiaomi has once again done it relatively same.

The Mi 8 would be the 2018 flagship smartphone and Xiaomi has introduced it to the world on the occasion of the company’s eighth anniversary. When we talk about similarities, yes, Mi 8’s design is pretty similar to that of the iPhone X.

For example, the cellular signal, battery, and Wi-Fi symbols sit either side of the notch implemented just like in iOS 11. In addition, the higher-tier Mi 8 model features the Xiaomi equivalent of Animojis as well as facial authentication – two tentpole features of Apple’s iPhone X.

Unlike the iPhone X, the Mi 8 is not truly bezel-less, but the FHD+ AMOLED panel is capable of reaching brightness levels of up to 600 nits with Always-On display support. The front and back panel of the Mi8 use Gorilla Glass 5.

The Mi 8 reveals a rear-mounted dual-lens camera system in vertical orientation, giving the back of the device an appearance that could be easily mistaken for Apple’s smartphone. The phone features a dual 12MP sensor, with the primary 12MP shooter featuring 1.4um pixels, 4-axis OIS, Dual pixel autofocus, and AI portraits. In fact, Xiaomi is particularly proud of the AI mode as it allows the camera to capture better photos.

Up front, there is a 20MP selfie shooter with a f/2.0 aperture. It uses pixel binning for an effective pixel size of 1.8um. It has AI portrait selfie and AI Beautify. The notch on the Mi 8 includes infrared light and IR lens to ensure facial recognition works even in low-light scenarios.

Xiaomi also claims the device’s onboard dual GPS enhances location accuracy. This is the first Android smartphone to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset, which features on-device AI processing and a Gigabit LTE X20 modem.

Alongside the Mi 8, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, a more premium version of the Mi 8, which comes with a pressure-sensitive integrated finger scanner and a semi-transparent rear chassis. The handset comes with a 3D facial scanner which the company claims is the first of its kind. There’s also an Animoji-like feature, etc.

Finally, here’s something about the Mi 8 SE, the handset has a 5.88-inch AMOLED Full Screen Display along with a 12/5MP AI camera at the back. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor. All of the three handsets are running MIUI 10 that comes with a number of AI features.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 will be available in China beginning June 5, starting at RMB 2699 ($420) followed by a smaller 5.88-inch sized “SE” model available June 8 and priced from 1799 RMB (or $280). And the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is priced at RMB 3699 ($520) and will be available at a later date.

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