Home / iPhone / iPhone X clone? Xiaomi Mi 8 has notch, face unlock, top chipset but far lower price

iPhone X clone? Xiaomi Mi 8 has notch, face unlock, top chipset but far lower price


Video: Huawei and Xiaomi smartphone shipments grow.

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced the Mi 8, its iPhone X lookalike with a notch and face unlock.

While it’s hard not to see the similarities between the Mi 8 and iPhone X, from the notch to the positioning of the rear cameras, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition’s eye-catching transparent glass back showing off its internals stands apart — even though some have cast doubt as to whether it shows actual components.

In another Apple-like move, Xiaomi opted to hop straight from last year’s Mi 6 to the Mi 8 to mark its eighth anniversary in the smartphone business.

Regardless of the comparisons to the iPhone X, the Mi 8 lives up to Xiaomi’s tradition of cramming high-end features into its Mi flagships and selling them at a far lower price than Apple and Samsung flagships.

See: iOS 11 tips and tricks for business professionals (free PDF)

The Mi 8 phone runs on Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 processor, and features a 12-megapixel dual camera on the rear and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera.

It’s got a 6.12-inch Samsung OLED screen with the notch at the top that houses the infrared camera and infrared illuminator for face unlock but also has a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is a step up from the Mi 8, offering the world’s first pressure-sensitive in-screen fingerprint scanner, which Xiaomi says will make unlocking faster.

The Explorer Edition also features 3D face unlock, a first for Android, and employs the same ‘structured light’ technique used by Apple’s Face ID to project multiple measurement on the user’s face. And like the iPhone X, the Mi 8 features Xiaomi’s take on Apple’s animoji.

Finally, Xiaomi launched a smaller Mi 8 SE with a 5.88-inch Samsung AMOLED display running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chip.

The Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE will go on sale in China in June and will cost RMB 2,699 ($420) and RMB 1,799 ($280). The Explorer Edition will cost RMB 3,699 ($575) but Xiaomi hasn’t announced availability yet.

mi-8-explorer-edition06-1024x768.jpg

Xiaomi’s Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a transparent glass back.


Image: Xiaomi

Previous and related coverage

Smartphone sales bounce back in Q1; Xiaomi becomes a rising star

The sale of mobile devices has strengthened after declining in Q4 2017 for the first time since 2004.

Xiaomi vows to regain Chinese smartphone sales crown in 10 quarters

Xiaomi’s founder is now eyeing a return to the number one sales position in China after displaying the strongest sales growth out of the top five vendors there last year.

Huawei and Xiaomi smartphone shares surge in Europe amid market decline

The Chinese vendors have further narrowed the gap in smartphone sales over market leaders Samsung and Apple in the region.

iPhone rival? Xiaomi goes ceramic again for $500 high-end Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi takes the wraps off the Mi Mix 2, its second shot at a ceramic smartphone.



Source link

About admin

I'm a 50 year old PLC programmer from Burnley, UK. I severed my time as an electrician in the baking industry and soon got involved with the up and coming technology of PLC's. Initially this was all based in the Uk but as the years went by I have gradually worked my way around the globe. At first it was mainly Mitsubishi with a bit of Modicon thrown in but these days the industry leaders seem to be the Allen Bradley range of PLC and HMI’s.

Check Also

Phones and more: The best of everything mobile in 2018

top picks The 10 best smartphones of 2018 All significant smartphone launches have now passed ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *