Xiaomi is finally set to unveil its latest flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 8, which comes with the title of “Anniversary Edition” to commemorate the company’s eighth birthday.
Throughout the past few weeks we have heard numerous rumors about the Xiaomi Mi 8. Yet the actual details of the device are slowly coming to light as the launch date draws nearer.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Mi 8.
Xiaomi Mi 8 News
Update 1, May 26, 2018: We have just received a storm of leaks earlier today, which confirm a few features we knew about, but also plenty that took us by surprise.
The leaks come just 5 days before the Xiaomi Mi 8 launch, so they’re almost certainly going to appear on the device itself.
We heard previous rumors about a 3D infrared face recognition system on the Mi 8 that will rival Apple’s Face ID, however we remained skeptical. But now it looks like that may be a reality as the 3D face setup screen has been leaked online.
Secondly, we get two different photos of the Xiaomi Mi 8 retail box. There is a large ‘8’ on the front along with the ‘Mi’ logo.
On the back though, we see some specs on the device. These specs include a Snapdragon 845, a 20MP front camera, and dual GPS. This variant of the Mi 8 has a 64GB ROM and 6GB of RAM. It also appears that Xiaomi will include a USB-C cable, along with an audio dongle in the box.
One interesting thing about those specs is the dual GPS. Most phones carry only one GPS, which usually allows location accuracy within 5 meters in an open space. However dual GPS will allow you to use your GPS with almost pinpoint accuracy if you’re in a multi-level mall, for example.
Lastly, we see an official poster, which re-iterates the specs on the retail box. However it does give us one variant of the color scheme available for the device. Personally, I think the blue looks sleek with the rounded edges of the phone.
Update 2, May 30, 2018: It’s one day before the Xiaomi Mi 8 releases, however it looks like there’s been some confusion regarding what devices will be released. According to an official poster that was uploaded online earlier today, the Mi 8 will release in two variants: the Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE.
The poster shows the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE in front of the Mi 8. According to recent rumors, the SE will have a Snapdragon 710, along with an IPS display as it will likely not have an in-screen fingerprint reader. The Mi 8 will come with an OLED display, which is required for the biometric scanner.
The poster also states that the two devices will release on May 31. The Mi 8 will be available for purchase on June 5, while the Mi 8 SE will be available on June 8.
Thanks to a leaked invitation to a Xiaomi event which was first spotted by GizmoChina, we finally get details about the Xiaomi Mi 8 release date.
According to the invitation, an exclusive Xiaomi event will occur on May 31, where the manufacturer is expected to unveil the Mi 8, Mi 7, and the Mi Band 3. This is supposed to be the biggest event for the company this year, so it promises to be huge.
From earlier screenshots that surfaced online, we saw that Xiaomi had already sold tickets to the event. These tickets ranged from 799 Yuan ($125 USD / $160 CAD) to a whopping 1999 Yuan ($315 USD / $400 CAD), and they apparently sold out very fast to the 5000 fans lucky enough to get one.
It was also previously speculated that the Mi Max 3 might make an appearance at the event, seeing as the Mi Max 2 was released last May. However, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun quickly dispelled those theories, and confirmed the Mi Max 3 won’t be on the radar until July 2018.
Xiaomi Mi 8 specs and price
According to a recently-leaked spec list, the Xiaomi Mi 8 will pack some serious power, much like the Xiaomi Blackshark which will be released later this year.
The image above shows a blurred out device on the right, and a specs list and prices of the Xiaomi Mi 8 on the left. From this image and others that have been circulating, we know that the device specs will include:
- A 6.01-inch full-screen display
- An in-screen fingerprint scanner
- 3D face recognition (20MP front camera)
- 6GB RAM or 8GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 845
- AI camera with 2x optical zoom
- 4000 mAh battery with QuickCharge
All of these specs are great, but the one that really draws our eyes is the in-screen fingerprint scanner. Vivo was the first one to market the technology, however it appears that other manufacturers are implementing it as well.
Here’s a quick video of the purported in-screen fingerprint scanner in action:
The device in the video appears to show the in-screen fingerprint scanner, which looks much faster than Vivo’s. In addition, this might be our first look at Xiaomi’s build of its custom MIUI 10.
The image above also shows the price of the Xiaomi Mi 8:
- 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage: 2799 Yuan ($440 USD / $560 CAD)
- 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage: 3199 Yuan ($500 USD / $645 CAD)
These prices are a little bit steeper from the Xiaomi Mi 6, which is the predecessor to the Mi 8. The Mi 6 launched at about $360 USD / $460 CAD, however the upgraded specs in the Xiaomi Mi 8 justify the price bump.
Xiaomi Mi 8 design
The Xiaomi Mi 8 will have a 6.01-inch full-screen display, and will also have an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
The photo above shows the Xiaomi Mi 8 display glass on the left, and what appears to be the glass for the Mi 7 on the right.
To the dismay of many fans, both devices will carry a notch built into the top of the display. The notch in many phones including the iPhone X and OnePlus 6 holds the front camera, sensors, and earpiece. Overall, it is a method that manufacturers have been working with to decrease bezel size and increase screen real estate. So whether you like it or not, it looks like the notch is here to stay.
On the back of the device, we should see dual rear cameras, as well as the iconic ‘Mi’ logo. Since the fingerprint scanner will be in the screen, the rear casing will look strangely bare.
We just found another video that appears to show off the Xiaomi Mi 8 in all its transparent glory. If the device in the video is in fact the Mi 8, then we could be seeing the internals of the device on a variant of Xiaomi’s latest flagship.
This post will be updated as we hear more about the device. As always, you’ll be the first to know!
Will the Xiaomi Mi 8 be your next device with its fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen and top-notch (no pun intended) specs? Let us know in the comments!