Xiaomi Presents Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer: The Perfect iPhone X Clone

May 31, 2018

Xiaomi today officially presented its flagship for 2018, the Xiaomi Mi 8 so we now know everything about it including the complete specifications and price.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 offers top components and a highly rated camera by DXOMark, while the Explorer Edition version features a 3D face recognition system and a fingerprint reader under the screen. Has Xiaomi met the expectations of fans and industry? Let’s find out.


A lot of Xiaomi fans were waiting for this day. The Chinese company presented Xiaomi Mi 8, i.e its flagship for 2018. Let’s take a closer look at Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition purple

Before we start, let me remind you that along with Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, they also debuted: MIUI 10, Xiaomi Mi Band 3 and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Quick Specs:

  • System: Android Oreo with MIUI 9,
  • Display: 6.21 “, Full HD + (2248 x 1080 pixels), 18.7: 9, Super AMOLED,
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 from Adreno 630,
  • RAM: 6 or 8 GB,
  • Memory: 64, 128 or 256 GB,
  • Camera: 20 MP
  • Camera: 12 MP (Sony IMX363?), F / 1.8, 1.4 μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF + 12 MP (Sony IMX363?), F / 1.8, 1.4 μm, telephoto,
  • Modules and ports: 4G LTE (including B20), VoLTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint reader, USB type C, Dual SIM, no 3.5mm jack connector,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh in Mi 8 and 3000 mAh in Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Quick Charge, wireless charging,
  • Dimensions and weight: 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm, 175 g.

Design and Display

I will start with this feature of Xiaomi Mi 8, which I like the least. It is impossible not to notice that the smartphone is very, very similar to the iPhone X. I suspect that one could easily mistake both phones if he did not look more closely. The phone shell is made of aluminum surrounding the shiny glass panel on the back.


Two things are mainly responsible for this, the arrangement of a double camera on the rear panel and a screen with a wide notch at the top which holds the front camera and a slew of sensors including a 3D depth sensing sensor. The only element that strongly distinguishes the phone is the larger bottom chin.

Let’s get to the screen. As expected, the display is made by Samsung using Super AMOLED technology and supports Always On Display. It has 6.21 inches, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, Full HD+ resolution (2248 × 1080) and is illuminated with a maximum brightness of 600 Nits. The manufacturer declares a contrast of 60,000: 1, but on the AMOLED panel, it is rather infinite.


The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a much larger screen than its predecessor. How did this affect the dimensions? It turns out that Xiaomi has enclosed the panel with a diagonal of 6.21 inches in a housing having dimensions of 154.9 x 74.8 thanks to the slimmer bezels. The screen fills approximately 83% of the front, which is a big difference compared to the Xiaomi Mi 6. Even so, the Mi 8 is almost a centimeter taller and half a centimeter wider than its predecessor.

Processor, RAM, and Memory

Xiaomi Mi 8 is powered by the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with octa-core Kryo 385 processor and Adreno 630 graphics. Yes, it is the same processor as we have already seen in this year’s flagships, such as Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6 or LG G7 ThinQ, Xiaomi’s own Mi Mix 2s. Interestingly, according to the manufacturer, Mi 8 is turning over 300,000 points in AnTuTu!


When it comes to memory the phone comes in two versions, one with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage and a top-shelf model with a whopping 8GB RAM and 128GB memory.

The camera

Xiaomi did not follow Huawei and decided to stay with a double camera. It comes in a 12 MP + 12 MP configuration, offers optical image stabilization and supports Dual Pixel AF. The pixels have a size of 1.4 μm. There is a 4-axis OIS system in place however we do not know whether it is implemented in both cameras or just one. We don’t know the specifics of the sensors, but it is almost certainly Sony IMX363 (for both cameras).


Following the trend, Xiaomi has implemented special algorithms of artificial intelligence. Thanks to them, the camera can recognize (over 200) objects and sceneries choosing the right settings, enabling the best possible photography. The AI together with the dual-pixel autofocus makes up for a quite efficient portrait mode even on the front camera.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Official Camera Samples

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On the front, there is a 20MP camera with 1.8um, AI aided selfies and a number of beauty modes. Probably the camera combines information from two adjacent pixels so that the photos recorded should be brighter.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has already been tested by DxOMark. The total score is 99 points (Same score as Galaxy S9+), which allows it to occupy the fourth place in the overall ranking (along with the Samsung Galaxy S9 +). While for the video Mi 8 got a modest score of 88 points, the still camera has scored 105 points. This means that Xiaomi Mi 8 is better at still photos than Google Pixel 2 or iPhone X, and Mi Mix 2s of course, according to DxOMark.


3D face recognition, screen reader, and Dual GPS


While the regular Mi 8 is a great phone except for the design, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer version is the most interesting model. Its rear panel is translucent and allows us to see the components. It also offers an extensive 3D face recognition system, called Face ID (works like the one in Apple and yes, it has the same, which a bummer). Special sensors scan the user’s face (33,000 points), creating a three-dimensional image. When the system recognizes the face, the phone is unlocked. This solution is much safer than a simple 2D scan.


It’s still not everything. This special edition of the Xiaomi Mi 8 also boasts a fingerprint reader that has been integrated into the screen. I will add that the usual Mi 8 has a reader on the back panel. Yes, they have gone the Huawei route here.

It is also worth knowing that Xiaomi has equipped its flagship with a modern, dual GPS system that can read a complex L5 signal sent by GNSS satellites. Thanks to this, the measurement accuracy is 30 centimeters, and the interference is eliminated to a minimum.

Price and availability

The standard version of Xiaomi Mi 8 will be available from June 5 in several versions, priced at:

  • 6 GB RAM and 64 GB – 2699 yuan (about US $420 )
  • 6 GB RAM and 128 GB – 2999 yuan (about US $470)
  • 6 GB RAM and 256 GB – 3299 yuan (about US $520)

Meanwhile, the purchase of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is associated with an expenditure of 3699 yuan or US $580. Only one variant will be available, with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.


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