On 31st May, Xiaomi launched its flagship smartphone — Mi 8 at a launch event in Shenzhen, China. Today, the smartphone went on sale in China for the first time and all the units sold out in about 1 minute and 37 seconds.
However, the company has not revealed how many units of the Mi 8 were sold in this first sale. The next sale for the smartphone is scheduled to take place on 12th June at 10:00 AM. Just like this sale, in the next sale also, the phone will be available in three variants — 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB + 128GB storage, and 6GB RAM + 256GB storage.
While the 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage model is priced at 2,699 Yuan (approximately $), the 6GB + 128GB and 6GB + 256GB models are priced at 2,999 Yuan (approximately $) and 3,299 (approximately $) Yuan, respectively.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is the first smartphone from the company to feature a notched S-AMOLED display that offers a Full HD+ screen resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels and aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The backside of the phone is made out of glass that has a unique “water drop arc” design. It features a 7000-series aluminum frame.
Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 845 processor. It comes equipped with 3,400mAh battery that is enabled with Quick Charge 4+ fast charging technology. The handset comes pre-installed with Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with the company custom user interface MIUI 10 on top.
The Mi 8 features a wide-angle Sony IMX363 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4-micron pixel size and a secondary 12-megapixel S5K3M3 sensor with f/2.4 aperture and 1-micron pixel size. The dual cameras offer features like 4-axis optical image stabilization, optical zoom, and dual pixel autofocus. On the front side, it features a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture with a massive pixel size of 1.8micron and supports AI portrait selfies and AI Beauty.
Further, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is the world’s first smartphone to come with dual-frequency GPS. Other connectivity options on the device include dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone comes with advanced facial recognition feature has been dubbed as Infrared Face Unlock, which will offer better facial recognition than other Android phones with face unlock feature.