On 31st May, Xiaomi will be launching its new flagship smartphone — Mi 8, along with many other products, including the Mi Band 3 fitness tracker. Today, the China-based company posted a message on microblogging platform Weibo stating “Urgent notice: A big wave of cuteness is coming.”
In the short preview video accompanied with that post, it shows the 3D form of the cartoon avatar with facial expressions to make it look funny. From the looks of it, the feature seems similar to that of Apple‘s Animoji feature which was launched along with iPhone X and is based on Face ID.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is reportedly equipped with a structured light 3D module that will enable 3D facial recognition feature on the phone. The module is rumored to be packed with selfie camera, proximity sensor, ambient sensor, infrared lens, flood illuminator and dot projector, enabling users to unlock the phone just by scanning their face in 3D.
The module is expected to work perfectly even in low-light conditions. Thus, it is speculated that the Mi 8 will become the first Android smartphone to come with 3D facial recognition feature. A recently released poster also hints at the presence of under-display fingerprint reader on the smartphone.
As far as the phone’s specifications are concerned, the Mi 8 is expected to come with a 6.2-inch notched OLED display that will include support for 19:9 aspect ratio and Full-HD+ screen resolution. The Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 processor will be powering the smartphone along with 6GB of RAM. The device is likely to arrive with 128GB of storage and is also is expected to arrive with MIUI 10 pre-installed.
Recently leaked photos of the Mi 8’s retail box reveals that it will come with dual-frequency GPS that provides a greater level of accuracy than what is currently available. The technology was announced at a conference last year by Broadcom. The BCM47755 chip offers 30-centimeter accuracy instead of current 5-meter accuracy and consumes about 50 percent less power and enhance location-based services.
Further, the smartphone could include a 3,300mAh battery, a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, and 20-megapixel with f/1.7 aperture + 16-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture dual camera setup on the back. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is likely to be available in four colors — Grey, Gold, Blue, and Red and carry a price tag of 2,999 Yuan, which roughly converts to $469.