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Xiaomi Mi 8 Review
The 3-Minute Xiaomi Mi 8 Review
Xiaomi Smart Phone with an Excellent Camera Solution
By Graeme Messina | January 05, 2019
Features & Design: 4/5 ● Performance: 4/5 ● Value: 4/5 ● Battery Life 4/5
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is not just an amazing phone, but it is also a great camera with some impressive features as well. It has a dual 12MP setup with AI powered portrait modes. This means that there are algorithms that have been written into the software that provide you with a digitally enhanced picture that is sure to impress. It also takes great low light pictures.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 doesn’t have any features that really count against it, other than the normal small issues that people have a preference for or against. In this case, the only real issues are small, such as the notch at the top of the screen, and the overall size of the device if you have smaller hands.
Is it for you?
The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a Samsung AMOLED notched display with always on display support. It features a Full HD+ resolution of 2248x1080, as well as an 88.5% screen to body ratio, which makes this phone all about the screen and the cameras. It is bright enough for sunny days outside, and emits 600nit brightness units on a 60000:1 contrast ratio.
Meet the Xiaomi Mi 8
The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a whole host of unique features that you will not find on another device in this price point. Security features such as Face Unlock are available, but this unit has an infrared detection sensor which means that you can unlock this device even in the dark.
What we like
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is not just another Apple notched device clone. It brings fresh features to a stagnating market, and it does so with high quality finishing and an impressive dual band GPS setup that makes city navigation much more accurate.
The processor is a Snapdragon 845, and the device also has a quick charge feature that supports 4 different quick charge standards. This means that if you already have a quick charge device then you will probably be able to use it with this phone. This unit has 6GB of RAM and is a real performer, especially with multiple applications running simultaneously. Battery life is also good, which was surprising given the size of this smart phone’s screen. It has a 3400mAh battery installed inside the phone which is not removable.
What we don’t like
The only real draw back to this phone is the way that the camera is only a 12MP sensor. This isn’t really a problem because you double this resolution by using the dual cameras, but that is about the only factor that might put some people off of going with this otherwise brilliant smart phone.
Should you buy it?
For the price of this phone you will not find an equal with anywhere near the amount of features that the Xiaomi Mi 8 has. The battery life, system specifications and other features such as advanced GPS and AI assisted scenes make this a flagship phone at a mid-level price point. Xiaomi has made many inroads into the smartphone market over the past few years, and when you look at this device you will see why. The notch is still not particularly practical, but the trend should start fading away as newer devices start coming out with embedded cameras and sensors that won’t require the dreaded notch.
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- The Xiaomi Mi 8 is manufactured by Xiaomi and was added in June 2018 in the Smartphones section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Xiaomi Mi 8 in New Zealand is $629.00 at Expansys
- In New Zealand this product is available in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch
- You can find this product at Expansys