Xiaomi Unveils New Mi 8 Flagship Phone

Coming in several editions.

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Xiaomi has given a first look at its newest phone, the Mi 8. The phone is notable for being the first product from the company to have a notch, it has a 6.21-inch OLED Samsung screen while the selfie camera to the front uses 20-megapixels. There’s also a four-way curved glass back panel, aluminium frame while the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 version.

In addition, there’s also a 12-megapixel dual camera to the reverse and, according to Xiaomi, it is the first phone ever to use dual-frequency GPS, which should give more accurate location data. There’s two editions in total, the Explorer and the SE. The Explorer is the high-end edition, using an in-display fingerprint sensor that uses pressure sensitivity, another phone first.

It also uses 3D face recognition technology, similar to the iPhone X’s Face ID and has a transparent back panel. The other Mi 8 is the SE model, which is designed to be a more affordable edition. It has a 5.88-inch OLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. The Xiaomi Mi 8 costs approximately $421 USD for the regular edition, with the Explorer costing $577 USD and the SE costing $281. The standard version goes on sale in China on June 5, while the SE releases on June 8 and the Explorer comes at a later, unspecified, date.

In related news, Xiaomi recently introduced the Black Shark gaming phone.

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