Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

By 03:28 Thu, 19 Aug 2021 Comments


Announced less than a month ago and selling like hotcakes in its homeland, the Mi 8 is Xiaomi's latest top model. What happened to the Mi 7, you ask? Well, it's the company's 8-year anniversary, and it must be celebrated.

Looking at the Mi 8 and the Mi 6 side by side, it makes even more sense. You'd expect more contemporary design from the team that brought us the original Mi Mix and lead the way in minimal bezels, but the Mi 6 wasn't remotely that. Well, with the Mi 8, Xiaomi is back on the correct track.

That means a 19-ish-to-9 tall classy screen with a notch like everyone else has. However, there's an infrared face recognition capturing camera in there similar to what only a select few Galaxies can boast. Sadly, this regular Mi 8 doesn't acquire the Explorer edition's 3D face mapping and its under-display fingerprint reader - only a regular rear-mounted one for the vanilla model.

The two share cameras though, and they come straight from the Mi Mix 2S - a dual pixel 12MP primary cam and an extra 12MP one for 2x zoom, not unlike them high-discontinue Galaxies. No high-discontinue Galaxy has had a 20MP front-facing camera, but this Mi 8 does.

The Mi 8 is gigantic when it comes to positioning - it's the first phone to support the L5 band of GPS signal, supposedly making it that much more precise in dense urban environments. We'll see about that, even if it's not strictly a Hong Kong skyline we have here.

The rest is pretty standard for a 2018 flagship - Snapdragon 845 goes without saying, there's 6 gigs of Random-Access Memory (RAM) on board and your choice of 64, 128 or 256GB of storage, the 3,400mAh battery looks about adequate, and the Android version is 8.1 Oreo (as if it makes that much of a incompatibility with MIUI on top).

Xiaomi Mi 8 specs

  • Body: 7000-series aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; 154.9x74.8x7.6mm, 175g.
  • Display: 6.21" Super AMOLED, 2,248x1,080px resolution, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi; HDR 10 and DCI-P3 compliant.
  • Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55" sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.4" sensor, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus; 2x zoom. 2160p/30fps, 1080p/240fps slow motion.
  • Front camera: 20MP, 0.9µm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture; 1080p/30fps video recording.
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo; MIUI 9.5 custom overlay.
  • Chipset: elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core Central Processing Units (CPU) (4x2.8 Giga Hertz (GHz) Kryo 385 Grecent & 4x1.7 Giga Hertz (GHz) Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB of RAM; 64/128/256GB storage; no microSD slot.
  • Battery: 3,400mAh Li-Po (sealed); QuickCharge 4.0+ quick charging.

  • Connectivity:Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.16/13 (1Gbps/150Mbps); USB-C; Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; single down-firing speaker; infrared face recognition; no 3.5mm jack.

Built-in storage may be plenty (or at least borderline sufficient for the 64GB version), but a microSD slot for expansion is always welcome, only there isn't one on the Mi 8. Not cool. Under the same category we'd file the lack of a 3.5mm jack, though it's not like we were expecting one - Xiaomi had already scrapped it for the Mi 6. At least they're still bundling a dongle. What else is in that box now?

Xiaomi Mi 8 unboxing

The Mi 8 comes in a black box with a large '8' centered on the top. A smaller box full of leaflets sits above the phone, but there's also a case in it - a blacktranslucent soft silicone one. The USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter is in here too.

Then comes the phone itself and underneath it - quite a substantial QuickCharge 3.0 power brick and a USB-A-to-C cable. No headset, but that's how it's always been with Xiaomi phones.

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.



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