Xiaomi Mi 8 is official: Everything you need to know

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Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Mi 8 in three variants - the standard Xiaomi Mi 8 that comes with face unlock and fingerprint scanning, the smaller Xiaomi Mi 8 SE sibling, and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition that comes with exclusive features like the in-display fingerprint scanner, 3D face recognition, and a transparent back.

Xiaomi has launched a plethora of smartphones/gadgets in China on the 31st of June, including the Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer's edition, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Xiaomi-Oculus VR headset and the Mi Band 3. It has a 5.88-inch AMOLED screen compared to the 6.21-inch screen of the other two devices, and downgrades the processor from a Snapdragon 845 to the newly announced mid-range Snapdragon 710.

Mi 8 has AI-powered dual rear cameras- 12-megapixel primary lens with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, 4-axis optical image stabilisation and dual-pixel PDAF + 12-megapixel secondary lens with f/2.4 aperture, 1-micron pixels.

Alongside launching the Mi 8, Xiaomi also launched the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition to celebrate the 8th year anniversary of Xiaomi.

Pricing for the Mi 8 line is competitive. There is no official news on when the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 will be arriving to the Malaysian market as well as the local price for it.

The Mi 8 is the main handset in the series, but it's not quite the most impressive.

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Xiaomi showed us a quick demo of this technology during the launch event today in Shenzhen, China, where a auto with completely blacked out windows is driven through a closed path with the driver using nothing, but just Xiaomi's Mi 8 smartphone with dual Global Positioning System receivers to navigate his way, and still manages to make sure the vehicle is within the stipulated bounds.

Firstly, the regular Mi 8 is fairly self-explanatory. This is an unusual resolution but that is because the aspect ratio falls to 18.7:9.

Sure, there have been plenty of iPhone copycats in the Android world in the past - and Xiaomi's guilty of this with previous models, too - but this is about as similar a design as we've ever seen from a mainstream brand.

On the imaging front, the Mi 8 sports a vertical orientation of dual 12 MP cameras with an LED flash in the middle. In comparison, the Mi 8 comes with the same amount of RAM, but it is available in the 64, 128 and 256GB storage models. The Mi 8 comes with a metal and glass design along with 6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED display, and a noticeable chin at the bottom.

There's also pedometer features, plus when you're working out you'll get real time stats on the screen of your distance, duration and more. Currently, it is not know what all languages the virtual assistant understands, although chances are that the Chinese will be definitely supported.

Available in 4GB RAM/64GB memory and 6GBRAM/64GB memory variants, they come at a price of CNY 1,799 (about Rs 19,000) and CNY 1,999 (about Rs. 21,100) respectively.

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