Among a bevy of product announcements during a press event in Senzhen, China today, Xiaomi unveiled its newest flagship Android phone line, the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The manufacturer also claims the special Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first Android smartphone with 3D face recognition and a pressure-sensing fingerprint sensor below the display for authentication. The Mi 8, says Xiaomi, is "the first ever Android device in the world that comes with 3D face unlock", using "an infrared camera paired with a dedicated infrared illuminator".
Finally, the Mi 8 SE is a cheaper, smaller variant with a 5.88-inch screen and Snapdragon 710 processor, versus the 6.21-inch/Snapdragon 845 on the larger Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Wait until you get a load of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.
After a series of flagship smartphone launches Xiaomi enters the scene with the Mi 8.
In addition to the standard Mi8, the smartphone will land in an impressive Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which gets an in-display fingerprint scanner and a quirky clear casing on the back.
Having said all that, if you look past the brazen plagiarism, the Mi 8 is, as usual with Xiaomi devices, a really good deal.
Unfortunately this design also comes with a notch, and it's a big one.
So what are we looking at in terms of specs? Let's see what we can gleam from the info we have so far! Interestingly enough, it will also work with phones that lacks a dedicated depth-sensing sensor or do not have a dual-rear camera on board. The Mi 8 also comes in three storage variants - 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.
There's also pedometer features, plus when you're working out you'll get real time stats on the screen of your distance, duration and more.
The new Mi Band 3 is Xiaomi's latest fitness tracker with a 0.78-inch OLED display (128x80) and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. It will also be the first handset to come with a Snapdragon 710 chip on the inside, a chip that should turn out to be quite adequate, given it's the successor to the beefy Snapdragon 660.
Another pretty major feature that MIUI 10 is set to introduce is a dedicated portrait modes, which would reportedly be available on all eligible single- and dual-lens phones. The phone comes equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Older members of the Mi family lack microSD card slots, and Xiaomi didn't mention one, so buyers should probably pick their storage option with an eye toward the future. The Mi 8 will have a starting price of 2,699 Chinese yuan (which converts to about $420, £315 and AU$555) while the Mi 8 SE's base price will start at 1,799 Chinese yuan (approximately $280, £210 and AU$370).
It is priced at 1,799 yuan (£210).