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Xiaomi Mi 8 with Snapdragon 845 chipset, 3D face unlock launched

01 June, 2018, 20:57 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
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At its annual product launch event in Shenzhen today, Xiaomi launched seven new devices as it prepares to go public. That's an upgrade from the Mi Mix 2S, which sports just a 5-megapixel front camera. OnePlus introduced glass back for the first time with the OnePlus 6.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is priced at 169 Yuan ($26) in China (199 Yuan for the NFC variant), which means that it's just a little bit more expensive than the Mi Band 2, which are great news for those of you who are planning to get it. Also, it has an iPhone X-style notch. There is an edge-to-edge display save for the notch at the top and the chin at the bottom.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has a 5.88-inch FHD+ OLED display (manufactured by Samsung) and offers 86.12% of screen-to-body ratio. A proper price comparison can not be made since we don't have the Indian pricing for Mi 8. The panel also supports HDR display, DCI-P3 for a wider range of colours. There are also some visible differences in sharpness between frames. The smartphone is available in three models- Mirror Black which has a glossy appearance, Midnight Black with a Matte finish and Silk White edition. It has a 12MP dual AI camera, which received a 105 DxOMark photo score. The fingerprint sensor is now located right below the camera module. However, one can always use wireless Bluetooth earphones.

Inside, the Mi 8 is powered by a Snapdragon's 845 processor, the same chip you'll find in most other Android flagships including the LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9. There's a MarvelAvengers edition which comes with 8GBof RAM and 256GB of storage.

Xiaomi has a history of, uh, taking inspiration from Apple when designing its own brand phones, the Mi 8 is no exception. The dual frequency receiver helps with navigation. Xiaomi says the SE will be the first phone based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 and that the freshly baked SoC is faster than the previous-generation Snapdragon 660 while using 30% less power. The octa-core CPU has (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver). The Avengers edition of OnePlus 6 retails at Rs 44,999. Apart from selfies, the 16MP front-facing camera supports the Face Unlock feature as well. Even though they have the same screen cut-out, recent phones from Huawei and LG retained some of their identity and unique design traits.

The new MIUI 10 brings a lot of design changes in the latest ROM which seems to be inspired from the latest Android P update. Considering that there is no bloat-ware pre-installed on the OS, the operating system is light on resources. The cameras are equipped with Dual pixel autofocus, AIportraits, AIscene detection, and video editing software. The Redmi Y2 is expected to sport a 16-megapixel resolution selfie camera on the front with a soft LED flash and AI Beauty feature.

Some of the features of MIUI 10 include a revamped task manager, gesture controls and AI portrait mode for enhanced Bokeh shots. Also included is studio lighting with AI-enhanced portrait photography. The 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 34,999.

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