Fast Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi Eight is a flagship smartphone, with twin 12mp cameras, and a high-speed SnapDragon processor, however it’s additionally acquired a pockets pleasant price ticket, making this a compelling possibility. We have been impressed by the photographs produced from the wide-angle and telephoto cameras. You may additionally discover 4K and high-speed video recording, leaving solely the shortage of waterproofing being a possible deal breaker. 

+ Professionals

  • Spectacular specs for the worth
  • Huge-angle 12mp digicam with OIS
  • Nice worth for cash
  • Telephoto digicam
  • Quick processor

– Cons

  • Telephoto digicam does not function OIS
  • Uncooked taking pictures not out there in default app
  • Giant notch




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Out there within the UK from Three, the Xiaomi Mi Eight is a flagship smartphone based on Xiaomi, however with out the premium price ticket of different smartphones, the Mi Eight is accessible for £389 (pay as you go), or £429 sim-free. The cellphone is accessible in black or blue (different colors can be found relying on space), and incorporates a twin digicam on the again, with wide-angle, and telephoto 12mp cameras. 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Options

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The Xiaomi Mi Eight options quite a few high-end options, together with a SnapDragon 845 processor, AI twin cameras with optical zoom, dual-frequency GPS, IR face unlock, a 6.21inch AMOLED display screen, with 2248×1080 decision, and a beneficiant serving to of RAM (6GB) and storage (64GB). 

The Xiaomi Mi Eight options quite a few high-end options, together with twin cameras, a SnapDragon 845 processor, and a beneficiant serving to of RAM and storage.

There’s an AI (Synthetic Intelligence) digicam that can detect scenes, modify settings, in addition to assist out with different issues.

The primary rear digicam is a 12mp f/1.Eight vast angle digicam, with four axis optical picture stabilisation, and a Sony IMX363 BSI CMOS sensor with 1.4micron pixels – based on some, this is identical sensor that you will discover within the Google Pixel Three digicam. The digicam comes with twin pixel autofocus, in addition to {hardware} multi-frame noise discount. 

The second rear digicam is a 12mp f/2.four telephoto (2x optical zoom) digicam, though this doesn’t function optical picture stabilisation. 

As regards to AI, there may be AI scene detection, which might detect 206 scenes, and there are “studio lighting results” out there. Different AI options embody AI high-res images, and AI quick video modifying for a “cinema” impact. 

On the entrance is a 20mp entrance dealing with camers, with an f/2.Zero lens and “1.8micron massive pixels” (with 4in1 tremendous pixel binning). 

The digicam has P, S, M taking pictures modes, providing you with guide controls, however sadly no uncooked taking pictures. 

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On the again, is the dual-camera setup, and the highest one is the telephoto lens.

The Xiaomi Mi Eight has all of the video options you would need from a premium smartphone, together with 4K UHD video at 30fps, FullHD video at 30fps, plus quite a few Gradual-motion video choices, letting you document at 240fps, with a decision of 720p or 1080p out there. You may even document video at 480 or 960fps. There is a “high-speed” video mode providing 1080p and 120fps. 

Wi-Fi, and NFC are built-in, and there is a fingerprint sensor on the again. 

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Key Options

  • Twin 12mp cameras, 12mp vast f/1.Eight with OIS, IMX363, 1.4micron pixels
  • 12mp telephoto f/2.four digicam
  • Entrance digicam: 20mp, f/2.0
  • IR face unlock
  • 6.21inch AMOLED display screen, DCI-P3 color gamut, with always-on show
  • LED Flash (Twin LED, single tone)
  • 4K 30fps video, FullHD 30fps
  • Gradual movement video 720p/1080p at 240fps
  • ISO100 to ISO3200
  • SnapDragon 845, with AIE 845
  • Twin frequency GPS, for improved accuracy
  • DualSIM
  • 6GB/64GB RAM/Storage
  • 3400mAh battery
  • Out there in Black, Blue, or different colors relying on location

Xiaomi Mi 8 Dealing with

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The Xiaomi Mi Eight seems to be and appears like a premium smartphone. In black it is a bit “uninteresting” in contrast so a number of the different “Shiny” telephones with multi-coloured backs, just like the Honor View20, or Huawei Mate 20 Professional (Twilight version), however you would at all times go for the blue model for those who wished extra color. 

There’s an aluminium body, giving the smartphone a strong really feel. With a glass back and front, care is required when dealing with the cellphone, though with a black again it appears to cover fingerprints pretty effectively. The cellphone is sort of slippery with out the case, however fortunately a delicate silicon case is offered. The cellphone weighs in at 175g. 

The smartphone is not waterproof, so care will should be taken when in heavy rain, or wherever close to a shower, bathroom or swimming pool.  

There is no such thing as a headphone socket, as a substitute a USB-C adapter to three.5mm jack is offered within the field. There are a speaker within the backside of the cellphone, so for those who have been hoping for dual-speakers and stereo sound you are out of luck. 

With an AMOLED show, it gives an “All the time-on” show, which implies you possibly can rapidly get the time or notifications. The display screen high quality is excellent, and you’ll modify it to make it very shiny. You can too modify the color temperature, to Heat, Cool, or Commonplace. There’s additionally a “Studying” (aka evening) mode which will be scheduled to come back on and change off at totally different instances. 

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The digicam app is simple to make use of, letting you merely scroll by means of the totally different taking pictures modes. There are a selection of various taking pictures modes out there, together with:

  • Quick video (10s)
  • Gradual movement, 120, 240 or 960fps
  • Video (consists of Timelapse)
  • Picture
  • Portrait
  • Evening
  • Sq.
  • Panorama
  • Handbook

With the guide taking pictures mode you possibly can change the WB (White Steadiness), F (for Focus), S / Shutter velocity, ISO, and change between the vast and telephoto lens. Utilizing the entrance dealing with (selfie) digicam there are HDR choices, in addition to group selfie. Utilizing the portrait mode the cellphone provides a background blur impact (bokeh), and there are studio lighting choices. 

There are magnificence choices, in addition to tilt-shift taking pictures, and Google lens, which is able to allow you to scan QR codes, barcodes, and different objects.

You need to use the amount buttons as a shutter launch button, and you’ll change on the choice to make use of the fingerprint sensor as a shutter launch button. 

The digicam app is sort of fast and responsive, though it does not really feel as quick as another telephones. 

Geekbench ((v4.3.2) provides a single core rating of 2378, and a multi-core rating of 8185. (Nearly the identical because the Google Pixel 3)

AnTuTu Benchmark provides a powerful rating of 295,103!

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Battery life – The battery within the cellphone is rated at 3400mAh, and there’s a battery saving possibility, however oddly this does not routinely activate when the battery dips to a sure degree, as a substitute a notification asks you if you would like to change on the battery saver. Nonetheless, you possibly can schedule an on and off time for the battery saver, for instance you would set the cellphone to make use of battery saving in a single day while you’re sleeping. 

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