Xiaomi Mi 8 launched alongside Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 8 SE

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

In terms of performance, the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are powered by the octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. The SE model features a 5.88-inch OLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. It looks pretty thin, features an edge-to-edge display with a notch (as expected from smartphone makers these days), and also a dual camera setup on the back whose orientation is reminiscent of Apple's iPhone X.

Both Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi Explorer edition will run Xiaomi's own MIUI 10 based on Android 8, with added features like gestures along with an improved personal assistant called Xiaomi Xiao Ai.

Xiaomi says the Mi 8 is the first phone to use dual-frequency Global Positioning System.

Speaking of the front of the device, Xiaomi says the Mi 8 SE has an 86.12% screen-to-body ratio, which is unbeatable in the device's price bracket. They start at $280 with the budget Xiaomi Mi 8 SE edition and go up to nearly $580 for the Mi 8 Explorer Edition with 3D face unlock and a transparent back. The phone is basically a trimmed down variant of the flagship, Mi 8.

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Pricing for the Mi 8 line is competitive. In case you were wondering, the Mi 8 still has a chin despite the presence of the notch and the fingerprint residing on the rear panel.

In the Mi 8-series smartphones, connectivity options include Bluetooth, 4G LTE with VoLTE, dual Global Positioning System and Wi-Fi 802.11ac and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. The poster further reveals that the front camera of the smartphone will be paired with an LED selfie light, meaning the Redmi Y2/S2 will be capable of capturing detailed and clear selfies in low-light situations. Mi 8 SE sports 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB of storage. On the RAM front, it's available in 6 GB or 8 GB options, with 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB storage variants. No launch date has been announced for the Explorer Edition. The Mi 8 SE is, of course, much cheaper at CNY 1,799 - about $281. It packs a 3,400 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.

In the absence of a full United Kingdom release date announcement, we don't have any official word on what the price might be over here.

Xiaomi and Amazon India teasers have already been dropping big hints about the next Y-series smartphone. Let us know in the comments!

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