Review Xiaomi Mi 8: maximum power with a pleasant price tag


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The editors would like to thank the online store allo.ua for kindly providing the smartphone for review

Xiaomi is still

famous for its flagships with top-end&#8220;iron&#8221; for very reasonable money. The current flagship Xiaomi Mi 8 is already sold in several versions, and a Pro version with an under-screen fingerprint scanner is on the way. It is also available in the Explorer Edition, but this version is extremely difficult to find and is only intended for China. &#8220;Standard&#8221; the version we are reviewing does not break tradition: it is still the most powerful filling for an adequate amount of money. The company jumped over the number 7 in the name, Xiaomi Mi 8 became the successor to Mi 6 and was named in honor of Xiaomi's 8th anniversary.

What is it?

Xiaomi Mi 8 is a flagship smartphone with 6.21-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display, 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, 12 megapixel dual main camera, dual SIM support and a fingerprint scanner.

What makes him interesting?


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Unlike its frameless Mix line,Xiaomi Mi 8 has a large display, also with small frames, but also with a cutout at the top of the screen. This is the first such solution from Xiaomi, general &#8220;fashionable&#8221; the trends have reached her. An AMOLED matrix is ​​used and there is an Always on Display function. They promise 430 nits of brightness and DCI-P3 color space coverage. The configuration inside the smartphone is as expected: the most powerful processor from Qualcomm at the moment and 6 GB of RAM. Built-in can be 64 or 128, depending on the configuration. The main camera consists of two modules: 12 megapixel with f/1.8 aperture and 4-axis optical stabilization, plus 12 megapixel with f/2.4 telephoto lens without OIS. There is 2x zoom, background blur and &#8220;artificial intelligence&#8221; (as Xiaomi proudly calls it), although we know that this is not entirely true. The camera can recognize various shooting scenarios. The smartphone is powered by a 3400 mAh battery, supports Quick Charge 4+ fast charging, but wireless charging is not supported, which is strange considering the glass body and Qi support in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. The body is made of metal and glass, still without protection from dust and water. There are all modern wireless interfaces, including full-fledged NFC, which works with Google Pay (of course, subject to the official global version with the appropriate firmware and a locked bootloader). The smartphone supports the fashionable face unlock function, but there is one small nuance, which we will talk about a little later.

What is included?


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The smartphone comes in a black cardboard boxwithout an abundance of multi-colored pictures, with the number 8 in front and the red designation &#8220;Global Version&#8221; from the side (in our case). The kit includes a smartphone, a USB Type-C cable, a charger with support for Quick Charge 3.0, an adapter from USB Type-C to a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a simple silicone bumper, a tool for removing the tray and a set of documentation:


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What does Xiaomi Mi 8 look like?


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If you were expecting some major innovations indesign, then I dare to upset you. This is a typical modern smartphone with a glass front and back cover and a metal frame. Which is not bad, in fact: it looks and feels good, and that’s the main thing. The only innovation is the “unibrow”, but this only applies to Xiaomi smartphones. On the front there is a screen with rounded corners, thin frames on the sides and a slightly larger chin. In fact, given the notch and the lack of anything under the screen, it could have been made a little smaller. The cutout contains the earpiece, camera, sensors and LED notification indicator. The notch can be hidden programmatically and it looks quite good thanks to the AMOLED screen:


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The frame is metallic streamlined, withoutany sharp corners. Mentioned that this is an aluminum alloy 7000 series, there is enough information on this topic in the network. The layout of the elements is also absolutely standard. Above is an optional microphone:


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Power and volume buttons on the right side:


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Bottom - external speaker, speaking microphone and Type-C. 3.5mm jack missing:


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On the left is the SIM card tray:


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It is possible to install two nanoSIM, memory cards are not supported:


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The back panel is glass, with oleophobic coating,but it cannot, of course, fully protect it from prints and dirt. Our black version looks very presentable, but the prints are especially clearly visible. There is also white and blue (it would be interesting to see it alive). Fingerprint scanner at the usual place:


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The dual main camera module is located intop left corner of the case. It protrudes slightly above the back panel. Layout like Apple flagships: vertical orientation, flash between two lenses:


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Despite the lack of any new solutions, the smartphone looks and feels nice, monolithic.

How good is the screen?


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The smartphone has an AMOLED screen with a diagonal6.21 inches and a resolution of 2248x1080 (18.7: 9), pixel density - 402 ppi, it occupies about 86.68% of the front panel. They promise a maximum brightness of 430 cd / m2 and a peak of 600 cd / m2 (an extremely subjective indicator that can be achieved on small areas of the screen for a short time). The screen quality, with maximum viewing angles. Always On Display is supported with useful information displayed on the screen off:


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Declared color gamut DCI-P3. In the display settings there is a reading mode, double-tap awakening and color display settings. There are three modes: auto (automatic adjustment for ambient lighting), enhanced contrast and standard mode. You can adjust the color temperature:


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Maximum brightness and contrast varies according todepending on the mode is not significant. In high contrast mode, the maximum brightness was 412.539 cd/m2, the brightness of the black field tends to 0, and the contrast approaches infinity, as always with AMOLED. The color gamut is much wider than sRGB, similar to the promised DCI-P3. The picture in this mode goes somewhat into cold shades:


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In standard mode the maximumThe brightness was 413.036 cd/m2, and the color gamut was close to sRGB. At the same time, the bias towards cold tones is less, and the calibration is more accurate. Although for everyone it is possible to adjust the color temperature manually:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
The brightness of the black field,
cd / m2
Contrast

Xiaomi Mi 8
413.036
0

Samsung Galaxy Note9
340.32
0

LG G7 ThinQ
457.281
0.333
1373:1

Huawei P20 Pro
415.876
0

Sony Xperia XZ2
509.328
0.469
1086:1

Samsung Galaxy S9 +
321.918
0

What about performance and autonomy?

The smartphone uses the flagship platformQualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU and 6GB LPDDR4X. These are the usual characteristics for current flagship smartphones. Our editorial office has already visited quite a few smartphones on this platform, so there are no surprises. The smartphone copes well with the shell, applications and games. At the moment, this is the most suitable processor for gaming among Android smartphones. The only thing that can be noted is a small nuance: the image is cropped from the cutout side if the game supports ultra-widescreens, and from two - if not. Quite logical:


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Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 includes 4 coresKryo 385 Gold at 2.8 GHz and 4xKryo 385 Silver at 1.8 GHz, the Adreno 630 graphics chip operates at a frequency of up to 710 MHz, the drive (in this case 64 GB) of the UFS 2.1 standard. The smartphone is gaining an impressive amount of points in synthetic tests and is expected to take places in the tops of the charts:


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Xiaomi Mi 8 does not support installing cardsmemory, we had a 64 GB option, which by today’s standards is not enough. It seems to me that it’s worth paying 1000 UAH more and getting 128 GB. The smartphone has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2&#215;2 MIMO Wi-Fi and MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 with support for aptX and aptX HD for high-quality sound transmission to wireless headphones (LDAC why- then no, although Sony released it into the public domain). Global positioning systems GPS, Galileo, QZSS, GLONASS, BeiDou are supported. It picks up satellites very quickly:


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The smartphone works in 3rd and 4th generation networks.There is a full-fledged NFC that works with Google Pay. The capacity of the built-in battery is 3400 mAh. Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+ fast charging is supported. Via cable, the smartphone charges up to 50% in half an hour, a full charge takes about an hour and a half from the native Quick Charge 3.0 charger. There are no revelations about autonomy: this is a typical flagship that lasts for 24 hours under heavy load. Among the bonuses, there are proprietary energy saving modes that can come in handy in difficult times:


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What's up with the interface?


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At the time of use, the smartphone worked on the OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.6.7.0 shell (stable global), in the near future there should be a stable MIUI 10 (for some modifications in China already exist). Our shell was fast and stable, there were no serious bugs or glitches. The shell features are already familiar to us: only desktops with applications, there is no separate menu for them. There are various themes. The far left desktop is used for individual widgets. You can manually adjust the display of applications to full screen or with cropped edges if it does not work correctly in full screen mode. It is possible to use gestures instead of the navigation panel (while the panel is hidden):


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Shutter familiar to MIUI, with round icons (similar to us waiting for the stock Android 9.0 Pie) and the current weather:


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Applications in the manager are displayed with large cards, it is possible to close everything, fix individual ones or switch to dual-window mode:


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To unlock the smartphone, you can usegood old fingerprint scanner or your face. But with the last option there is one little thing. With the firmware at the time of testing, it was not available for our region. It is necessary to choose Hong Kong (with Russian), as the function appears. It works fast. As far as I understand, new regions are added with updates, and soon the function will be available for our region without such manipulations:


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And a bunch of traditional bunch of branded applications: voice recorder, calculator with a converter of everything, compass, notes, second space for duplicating applications, cleaning utilities, own music player, Mi Drop and so on:


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How are things going with the camera?

The smartphone uses the same main cameraconfigurations as in Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S: main 12 MP Sony IMX363 1/2.55&#8243;, 1.4µm, with f/1.8 aperture, optical stabilization and phase detection autofocus and additional 12 MP, Samsung S5K3M3 1/3.4&# module 8243;, 1.0µm, with f/2.4 telephoto lens for zoom and background blur. The interface is simple and clear, all the most important things are displayed on the main screen: HDR modes, flash modes, changing the camera, and so on. The same aforementioned Ai automatically detects the scene, displays the corresponding icon and automatically adjusts the camera. There is a completely manual mode:


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In general, the camera does well. Detailed images, in most cases, with the correct white balance. In the dark, the camera loses at more expensive competitors, there is a graininess, noise-refusing artifacts. But in general, the photos are very sensible:


 

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Video is recorded in 4K and FullHD. The 4K picture is not bad, but the stabilization is not up to par:

 

In the dry residue

Xiaomi Mi 8 turned out to be very interesting, buta bit of a controversial flagship. Xiaomi applied its usual tactics: flagship configuration, high-quality case materials, pleasant appearance, high-quality display, very good cameras and a full set of modern interfaces. And for all this they ask for 15,000 UAH (for the 64 GB version), which is significantly lower than most competitors with similar characteristics. It worked, the smartphone is really pleasant to use and good value for money. But somehow it turned out that Xiaomi created competition for itself: firstly, there is the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S with almost identical hardware, a similar camera and exactly the same price tag. It differs in design, size, display type (IPS, not AMOLED), and the absence of a monobrow. But there is also a Pocophone F1 that is 4,000 UAH cheaper with the same Snapdragon 845. It has a plastic body, no NFC, a slightly simpler camera, some firmware glitches and IPS, not AMOLED. But, at the same time, it has a slot for memory cards, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a larger 4000 mAh battery. Although choice is always good, especially from the buyer's point of view.

6 reasons to buy Xiaomi Mi 8:

  • excellent display;
  • top performance;
  • high-quality camera;
  • availability of all modern wireless interfaces, including NFC;
  • quality materials and assembly;
  • smart and comfortable shell.

3 reasons not to buy Xiaomi Mi 8:

  • no moisture protection;
  • no MicroSD slot;
  • There are interesting competitors of the same brand.

Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8 is the flagship of the 2018 company. Equipped with a large display with small frames and a cutout in the upper part. Used AMOLED-matrix, there is a function Always on Display. Inside - the flagship processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 6 GB of RAM. Built-in can be 64 or 128, depending on the configuration. The main camera consists of two modules: 12 megapixel with f / 1.8 aperture and 4-axis optical stabilization plus 12 MP with f / 2.4 telephoto lens without OIS. There are 2x zoom, blur background. Powered smartphone from the battery to 3400 mAh, supported by quick charging Quick Charge 4+. The body is made of metal and glass. There are all modern wireless interfaces, including full-fledged NFC, which works with Google Pay.

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Specifications Xiaomi Mi 8

Display
AMOLED, 6.21 inches, 2248×1080 (18.7:9), 402 ppi, Gorilla Glass 5, Always on Display

Housing
dimensions 154.9&#215;74.8&#215;7.6 mm, weight: 175 g

CPU
64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 10 nm, 4&#215;2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4&#215;1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver, Adreno 630 graphics accelerator, 710 MHz

RAM
6 GB

Flash memory
64/128 GB

Camera
12 MP Sony IMX363 1/2.55&#8243;, 1.4µm, f/1.8, OIS, PDAF + 12 MP  Samsung S5K3M3, f/2.4, 1/3.4&#8243;, 1.0µm, front: 5 MP, f/ 2.0, 1.4µm

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0 LE (aptX, aptX HD), NFC

GPS
GPS, Glonass, BDS, Galileo

Battery
3400 mAh, non-removable

operating system
Android 8.0 Nougat + MIUI 9.5

Sim card
2x nanoSIM


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