Xiaomi Mi 8 launched: "6.21" flagship with vertical dual-lens camera

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As always, the worldwide prices of the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be slightly higher than their prices in China, but we don't have any details on that front for now.

Xiaomi hasn't announced a release date for the Mi 8 SE, but pricing is as follows: 1,799 yuan (about $281) for the 4GB of RAM model and 1,999 yuan (about $312) for the 6GB of RAM version.

The battery inside the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is a 110mAh cell, which the company claims will last around 20 days from a single charge.

Xiaomi follows a pretty basic recipe when designing a new high-end smartphone: it has to give consumers lots more bang for the buck than the competition.

Hopefully, these devices will be available outside China eventually; Xiaomi recently began selling its phones in Europe and is quickly gaining on rival hardware brands.

Basically, you're not seeing the actual components under the hood of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition there, with a sticker of sorts or 3D plastic cover applied on top of the real motherboard to embellish the phone's less spectacular-looking innards.

That screen is a 0.78-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 128 x 80, which considering the size of this display and what you'll need from a fitness tracker should look great on your wrist. The company said it will offer MIUI 10 for a number of existing models, but didn't say what version of Android is churning beneath that custom skin.

Think the Mi 8's specs are impressive? Xiaomi says the glass-backed Mi 8 is the first Android phone with dual-frequency Global Positioning System (using the L1 and L5 bands) for finer-grained location and navigation services. They're the first I've personally seen to take the characteristic forehead notch and replicate it. There's 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

In terms of camera specifications, the X21 bears a vertical rear dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.8 aperture) and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor (f/2.4 aperture) with LED flash. The standard Mi 8 has a face unlock feature as well, but it misses out on the 3D tech. That's Synaptics' own, coming here in the FS9500, inside the Xiaomi Mi8 Explorer Edition smartphone line. The device comes with the glass back body and sports rear-facing fingerprint sensor.

For users who prefer a smaller handset and are willing to sacrifice some processing performance, the Mi 8 uses a whittled down 5.88-inch display with a recently introduced Snapdragon 710 SoC.

We don't know what SE stands for and Xiaomi probably doesn't know either.

It also comes with support for Dolby sound and DTS-HD.

Available in 4GB RAM/64GB memory and 6GBRAM/64GB memory variants, they come at a price of CNY 1,799 (about Rs 19,000) and CNY 1,999 (about Rs. 21,100) respectively.