Here’s How the Dual-Frequency GPS Works on the Xiaomi Mi 8

01 June, 2018, 15:29 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Xiaomi Mi8 SE

The Mi 8 will be available in China on June 8 starting at 2699 RMB (~$420) and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition sometime later priced at 3699 RMB (~$577).

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition also comes with a 3D face unlock feature, which according to Xiaomi uses "advanced structured light technology" to accurately measure your facial details. It is powered by a latest-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB RAM, and has a rear-facing dual camera (2x12MP) with integrated AI to recognise the kind of photo being taken and instantly optimize the results.

Rumours are rife that the company might unveil a low-end model Mi 8 SE with watered down specifications. Wait until you get a load of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

Going by recent reports, Xiaomi Mi 8 will be a worthy successor to the Mi 6 and will give a serious challenge to the recently launched OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2 and HTC U12+, among others. Let's have a look at the poster boy Mi 8 first and see what the hype is all about. It can be noted that the company has skipped the Mi 7 series, and has directly moved from Mi 6 to Mi 8.

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On the software front, the Xiaomi Mi 8 runs MIUI 9 out-of-the-box which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

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Unfortunately this design also comes with a notch, and it's a big one.

It's the follow-up to the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, which now features in our best cheap fitness tracker guide - and despite its super low price comes with fitness tracking, sleep monitoring and a bunch of other features too, so we have high hopes for this tracker.

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For cameras, there's a dual 12-megapixel system on the back. Well, that's because the notch on Mi 8 not only houses the 20 MP front camera, earpiece and proximity sensor, but, it is also home to infrared lens that is used for Infrared Face Unlock feature which makes it possible to unlock the smartphone using your face in the dark.

The Mi 8 SE is the world's first smartphone to come powered by the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor. The Xiaomi variant sports of a mammoth 8GB RAM, while Vivo sticks with 6GB. This means that the company could have done away with the notch for this "Special Edition" variant. The fingerprint sensor is now located right below the camera module.

Some of the features of MIUI 10 include a revamped task manager, gesture controls and AI portrait mode for enhanced Bokeh shots. Currently, it is not know what all languages the virtual assistant understands, although chances are that the Chinese will be definitely supported.

This is a very affordable fitness tracker too with the price set at 179 Chinese yuan for the most basic version, which roughly translates as $30 / £20 / AU$36.

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