Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro also known as Mi 8 Screen Fingerprint Edition was announced alongside the Mi 8 Lite smartphone yesterday through an unveil event in China. The Mi 8 Pro comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and it can be availed in three refreshing colors in the home market. The three color editions of the Mi 8 Pro include Transparent version (like the Mi 8 Explorer Edition), Ochre Black and Twilight Gold. Here are some hands-on photos of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite are the first phones to arrive with gradient color hues. The Twilight Gold edition of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro offers a color changing appearance on its glass rear with pinkish-red at the top and orangish-gold at the bottom. It surely boasts a premium appeal.
The back panel of the phone only features a vertical dual camera setup since the fingerprint scanner is embedded under the 6.26-inch AMOLED screen on the front. The notched display offers an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Instead of the advanced 3D facial recognition sensors available on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, the Mi 8 Pro features infrared face unlock technology like the Xiaomi Mi 8. The infrared face unlock makes it possible to unlock the phone in dark environments.
The notch of the Mi 8 Pro houses a 20-megapixel selfie camera, infrared lens with a pixel size of 3micron and infrared illuminator. The vertical dual camera setup features dual 12-megapixel lenses with Sony IMX363 as the primary sensor. The primary lens has a pixel size of 1.4micron, supports dual pixel autofocus and 4-axis OIS.
According to Xiaomi, the current phones with in-display fingerprint scanner waste energy as they repeatedly check whether a finger is present on the screen. Instead of a regular in-screen fingerprint reader, the Mi 8 Pro comes equipped with pressure-sensitive in-display sensor which is activated only when pressure is applied on the display.
The company claimed that this technology is faster than the in-screen fingerprint scanner employed by rivalling companies. The above clip shows how fast the in-display fingerprint scanner of the Mi 8 Pro is.
The Snapdragon 845 chipset is present under the hood of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro. It also carries support for dual-band GSP technology that was introduced on the Mi 8 smartphone in May. The 128 GB storage + 6 GB RAM of the Mi 8 Pro is priced at 3,199 Yuan and the higher model with 128 GB storage + 8 GB RAM costs 3,599 Yuan. Xiaomi is currently receiving the pre-orders of both MI 8 Pro models in China. The handset will be available for buying in the home market starting from Sept. 21.
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