Xiaomi’s new Mi 8 flagship looks identical to the iPhone X

Xiaomi Mi 8 Release Date

Xiaomi built its mobile empire with iPhone knockoffs, and it looks the company hasn't outgrown the habit.

Xiaomi has launched a plethora of smartphones/gadgets in China on the 31st of June, including the Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer's edition, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, Xiaomi-Oculus VR headset and the Mi Band 3.

In terms of photography, Mi 8 will come packed with dual-camera setup-20MP+16MP-with LED flash, 4K video recording, Bokeh blur effect and a feature-rich 16MP front snapper with facial recognition sensors. The display size remains 6.2-inches with Full HD+ resolution, which is 2248 x 1080 pixels. The aspect ratio is 18.7:9, which is the same as the Mi 8.

The phone, celebrating the 8th anniversary of the Chinese tech giant, comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, dual cameras and dual Global Positioning System. The standard edition comes with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

Beyond the notch, the dual reverse cameras are near-identically placed, there's a glass panel back and aluminum side frames. Xiaomi announced the Mi 8 got a score of 105 in DxOMark's rankings.

Contrary to what was expected, the band does not allow gesture-based controls and features a recessed button similar to the Mi Band 2. The Mi Band 3 also comes with a heart-rate sensor which is implemented on the bottom of the device, in more or less the same place it was included in the Mi Band 2.

At its event in Shenzen China, Xiaomi unveiled plenty of new products including the Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE smartphones as well as the new Mi Band 3, which got a better screen, NFC, ability to answer calls and more, but retained the same affordable price of CNY 169 (US $26). It is worth noting that the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the first-ever smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm's new mid-range chipset.

Besides security, the 3D infrared camera is used for...an Animoji clone. The Chinese smartphone giant revealed that over 190 million users all over the world were using the MIUI on their phones.

We expect Geekbuying's price to be very slightly higher than that, probably closer to the £30/$40 mark. It's just an Apple-esque suffix that denotes a smaller, less powerful variant of the Mi 8.

The Mi 8 SE is a step further down the ladder, packing a mid-tier processor (a Snapdragon 710), smaller AMOLED display (5.88-inch), and 12MP and 5MP rear cameras. The processor is the new Snapdragon 710, Qualcomm's chip for upper-mid-range devices that was just introduced the other week.

The Mi 8 SE is the cheapest variant out of all of three devices and costs CNY1,799, or $281.

Xiaomi has a history of, uh, taking inspiration from Apple when designing its own brand phones, the Mi 8 is no exception.

The strap is interchangeable so you'll be able to have a variety of designs, and it's made of a thermoplastic elastomer that Xiaomi says should be more comfortable and friendly for your skin.

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