Xiaomi Mi 8 launched: Specs, Price, Features, Release Date, and more

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Transparent design is nothing new in the smartphone world, of course.

Xiaomi also announced a new higher-end Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Xiaomi may have implemented a different process and design but we know the size and specs are nearly the same.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with an iPhone X-like notch that houses the handset's facial recognition system, like Apple's Face ID technology.

The Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE will be available from early June, while the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is coming at a later date.

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The Redmi S2 comes with a bezel-less phone with an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9. The power button gets a paint job too. It's also one of the first firms to use an in-display fingerprint sensor. The latest version also comes with call answering capabilities. On the rear, there's a twin 12-megapixel dual camera setup that just scored 99 overall (105 on Photo, 88 on Video) on DxOMark. Xiaomi's latest software boasts new AI camera features, as well as a redesigned recent apps interface that maximizes screen space. The primary 12MP camera comes with a f/1.9, 1.4µm, dual-pixel PDAF, gyro-EIS, whereas the secondary 5MP camera has f/2.0, 1.12µm and offers the dual pixel phase detection. The standard Mi 8 has a face unlock feature as well, but it misses out on the 3D tech. The Explorer Edition will cost the most - at 3,699 Chinese yuan (or about $575, £435 and AU$760).

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE's price will start from RMB1799 (RM1,115) up to RMB1999 (RM1,240), which is an insanely low price for what it is capable of. All of this is powered by a 3,120 mAh battery and is available in 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage or 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage options. It is powered by a 64 bit 2.8GHz Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor with 6GB of RAM. The SE model features a 5.88-inch OLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. Xiaomi will charge 2,699 yuan (around Rs 28,000) for Mi 8 and 3,699 yuan (around Rs. 38,000) for the Mi 8 Explorer edition. However, you do get infrared face unlock.

Talking about Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi will skip the Mi 7 moniker and will jump straight to the Mi 8 branding to celebrating company's 8th anniversary.

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