- Super loud and clear audio output
- MIUI is feature rich and has a good update track history (MIUI 10 should be around the corner)
- Great image quality from the rear cameras, awesome selfies too
- Long battery life, fast charging
- Excellent screen
- 4K video recording lacks good stabilization
- Thermal throttling prevents it from posting benchmark scores worthy of a Snapdragon 845
- No 3.5mm jack, no microSD slot, no IP rating, no stereo speakers, no wireless charging
Xiaomi is known for bringing flagship phones at much lower prices than his competitors, in his latest release the Xiaomi Mi 8 has just come out, but only in China for now, should you get it when it releases worldwide .. !? , we are nasphones.com and this is a Xiaomi Mi 8 Review .
what we have here today is the model for the Chinese market, while it’s sort of unlikely some aspects of his performance may change in future international releases, instead of a mi 7, xiaomi has released Xiaomi Mi 8 for this year’s AP anniversary, and just like last year it’s made from shiny glass, Gorilla Glass 5 to be exact .
around the edges as the curved aluminum frame, it’s rounded and comfortable to hold, though there is no sharp edge to easily grab onto ours came bundled with a soft plastic case which makes it easier to grip and handle .
you’ll have to be careful around water, though the knee aid is solid there’s no IP rated water a dust protection just like last year’s Xiaomi Mi 6, one defining feature of this year’s model is the larger screen which is now AMOLED instead of IPS LCD .
it’s 6.21 inches in 1080p resolution, with a TOA 18.7:9 aspect ratio, there’s even a trendy notch cut out at the top to make room for extra screen space, the notch is kind of wide if you want you can hide it with a black strip .
the Xiaomi Mi 8 screen is excellent, content looks sharp at 400 PPI, and you have the deep blacks typical of an AMOLED, brightness is great too maxing at 458 nits, if you use auto brightness mode it can go even higher up to 624 nits, you won’t have any problem using this phone in bright Sun .
another benefit of the AMOLED screen is the always-on display, so you can get time and notifications at a glance you can turn the always-on display off if you want to save power, since there’s a notification LED you’ll never be left wondering when to check your phone, and before you ask it’s only white in color .
moving over to the back you can see the vertical dual camera setup on the left, and the rear mounted fingerprint reader, I really like this reader, it’s perfectly placed for me to reach and a bit recessed so it’s easy to find, plus it’s always on and lightning fast awake of the phone .
another option is infrared face recognition for face unlock, it’s super convenient and quick and won’t unlock your phone if your eyes are closed and it works in the dark too .
but although there is an infrared camera on the front there is no IR blaster to control appliances with, which was a convenient feature than Xiaomi Mi 6 .
storage wiser models with 64, 128 or 256 gigs of internal memory, there is no microSD slot though so this is an expandable, for audio the Xiaomi Mi 8 has a single bottom firing speaker no it’s no serious it’s loudness score was very good and has clean and full-bodied output .
you won’t be able to plug in headphones without a USBC adapter though, like last year there is no 3.5 millimeter jack, a dongle does come bundled with the phone, and sound through headphones test out impressively loud and quite clean .
under the hood is a top-of-the-line snapdragon 845 chipset along with 6 gigs of ram, as expected performance is great, but in benchmarks that falls behind other snapdragon 845 flagships .
the numbers were seeing iron said more like a snapdragon 835, this seems to be due to poor heat management and throttling, we did notice that the me 8 heats up quite a bit under heavy use, it’s only through extra cooling that we’re able to get better numbers .
for battery life we weren’t disappointed, the 3400 milliamp hour battery posted very good numbers in our proprietary tests earning an endurance rating of 86 hours .
there’s fast charging too with quick charge 4.0 with the bundle quick charger we were able to get from zero to 44% in half an hour, not bad, there is no wireless charging though .
the Xiaomi Mi 8’s Operating System is xiaomi’s MIUI 10.1 / Android 8.1 Oreo, it’s pretty far from stock Android, with plenty of proprietary features, while the apps are kept on the homescreen, no drawer here, swiping over reveals panels with shortcuts to frequently use apps, Mi notes, and upcoming calendar events .
there’s a theme store with plenty of customisation options for your homescreen, MIUI else offers a proprietary gallery, music and video player, as well as a security app and a bunch of other pre-loaded tools .
and even though it’s from China someone had pre-loaded ours with Google services in Play Store too, make sure that if you’re buying a gray import you get the same treatment .
for navigation you can use the normal on-screen buttons or off to replace these with swipe gestures, swipe up from the bottom for home, swipe up and hold for the task switcher and swept in from either edge to go back .
the Xiaomi Mi 8 also aims to improve real-life navigation too, it taps into one extra band of satellites, so we should be able to more accurately figure out your position .
moving on to the cameras, we have a 12 megapixel dual setup that’s updated from last year, the main cam is f1.8, with dual pixel phase detection autofocus and ois .
the secondary telephoto cam is f2.4 and this one lacks stabilization, images from the main camera come out sharp and detailed with lively colors and very good dynamic range .
we do see a bit of visible noise though, even at low ISO but it’s not a big deal, also onboard is an AI mode, which recognizes scenes and enhances photos accordingly based on that, the AI gives a boost in colors in amps up the contrast too for some extra pop, at the cost of some detail on colour extremes, unless you like this particular look, it’s better to leave this off .
thanks to the telephoto camera you can take shots with 2x optical zoom, if there’s plenty of light zoomed images look good there’s great sharpness and detail, and dynamic range and colors are comparable to the main cam .
in low-light, mi 8 does an admirable job, delivering sharp photos with well preserved colors, though there is some extra noise, if you have the AI camera enabled a night motor kicks in, but it only really seems to affect the color saturation .
the Xiaomi Mi 8 will actually use the telephoto in the dark instead of switching to digital zoom, you can’t expect miracles without OIS, but the images are usable, in portrait mode the dual cameras can work together to create shots with a deep focus background behind your subject, if you have decent lighting these come out good, there’s excellent subject separation and convincing blur .
the front facing cameras 20 megapixels and has fixed focus, in a good light it takes stunningly detailed selfies with nice skin colors, you can also take portrait selfies which look decent .
the mean age requires 4k videos at 30fps they have good sharpness and detail, low noise excellent contrast and vivid colour rendition, but no good stabilization, you also can’t record too, the telephoto cam so zoom in is all digital, 1080p videos are also only 30fps but have similar great quality as well as excellent electronic stabilization .
so the Xiaomi mi 8, that’s a lot of strong points like an excellent AMOLED screen, good battery life, tons of software features and a decent speaker, even though it is moderate firing, and to forget the cameras which are nice too .
there are some things you might need to consider though, there’s no water resistance and no audio jack, though last year’s mi 6 was the same, and this phone does tend to heat up a bit which did slow down performance at benchmarks, but that said the me aid is a solid flagship that comes at a great price, around 400 euros for the cheaper model .
so even if he had to buy a great import this phone is easy to recommend and even more so when it becomes officially available globally .
Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct
Specification: Xiaomi Mi 8
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, June
154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm (6.10 x 2.94 x 0.30 in)
175 g (6.17 oz)
Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame (7000 series)
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.21 inches, 97.1 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2248 pixels (~402 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, DCI-P3, HDR10
Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10.1
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
|Memory Card Slot||
64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 8 GB RAM
12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF, 12 MP, f/2.4, 56mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom, Dual
Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 720p@960fps
20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm, Single
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Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+), Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery
Black, Blue, White, Gold
About 380 EUR