Xiaomi Mi 8 with Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB RAM, Face Unlock announced

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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes with a 5.88-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 600 nits brightness, 2244×1080 pixels resolution, 86.12% screen-to-body ratio, and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The edge-to-edge screen still has room for improvement as there are some noticeable bezels, but overall, the Mi 8 certainly reminds you of the iPhone X, especially from the front. What's different, of course, is that Xiaomi is entrenched in Google's Android ecosystem. It's got Qualcomm's top of the line Snapdragon 845 chip, and a 6.21-inch AMOLED display. The S2 was only recently launched by Xiaomi in China, with the company claiming it to be its best selfie phone ever. Before we get into the nitty gritty differences between the three, here's the basic info.

The Mi Band 3 goes on sale June 5, priced at 169 yuan (around $26) without NFC, and 199 yuan (around $31) with NFC.

The Mi 8 SE is a smaller, more affordable alternative to the Mi 8. Let's see what we can gleam from the info we have so far! While Twitter user @IshanAgarwal24 had guessed the pricing of the Redmi Y2 in India earlier, we can now confirm the pricing of the upcoming smartphone. On overall scores, the Mi 8 loses out to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, the Huawei P20, HTC's new U12+, and Huawei's four-camera P20 Pro. No launch date has been announced for the Explorer Edition.

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The Mi Band isn't a full blown fitness band, for example it doesn't include Global Positioning System so it won't help you track runs on apps like Strava, but at just 69 yuan, or around $25, it is a seriously cheap option. Not all of these high-end features will make it into each version of the Mi 8. The front remains the same as the Mi 8 and the phone does feature all the sensors for IR Face Unlock that are present on the Mi 8.

"The transparent back on Mi 8 Explorer Edition is indeed made of transparent glass, and there isn't a sticker with a picture on it". For security, Xiaomi placed a fingerprint sensor on the back. This allows users to see the phone's internal bits (some of them, anyway), and could encourage either not using a protective case or investing in a clear one. If they can bring along their budget price tags then they could be very tempting indeed.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition offers the same general hardware package, with the addition of pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint technology, a first in a smartphone according to Xiaomi, and 3D face unlock, a first in an Android device.

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