Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

12 June 2018, 16:35:13

Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

Overview

Xiaomi did make a grand celebration of its 8th anniversary at the end of May by introducing three new smartphones, unequivocally named Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and Mi 8 SE. While the Explorer Edition packs all the new and interesting features one would expect to find on Xiaomi's latest flagship and the Mi 8 SE is the lite flagship version with the latest Snapdragon chipset - SD710, the Mi 8 was left somewhere in the middle of not covering all expectations and not offering much more than the Mi 8 SE. It is not an easy task to compete with oneself and Mi 8 is exactly in this position, well sort of. Only the future impartial sales statistics will show whether this is a successful strategy on behalf of Xiaomi. Meanwhile, the Mi 8 is and remains a flagship device that you can have for as little as $500-$550. It brings impeccable build and design, the latest high-end hardware and software features that should turn your experience into a stellar one. Let's delve into the details and see whether expectations are met.
You can get a Xiaomi Mi 8 from Geekbuying with a $6 coupon based on the sale price, if you subscribe to their newsletter from the 6th Anniversary discounts page.

Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 8 is built around a 6.21-inch display with a notch. Its Super AMOLED panel from Samsung offers a peak brightness of 600 cd/m2 and 430 cd/m2 typical brightness, 60000:1 contrast ratio. It has an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2248 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 402 ppi. The screen supports Always-on Display and HDR10 video content and covers the DCI-P3 colour space. It is protected by a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass. The in-display fingerprint sensor from Synaptics is preserved for the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The regular Mi 8 packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor from Fingerprint Cards, model FPC1291. The back is covered with glass, too, while in the chassis is made of 7000-series aluminium alloy. Under the glass hood, you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform that houses an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four 2.8GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores. The graphics department is managed by a 710MHz Adreno 630 GPU. These are complemented by a dual-14 bit Spectra 280 ISP, a Hexagon 685 DSP, and a Snapdragon X20 LTE modem. There are 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM clocked at 1866MHz paired with 64GB/128GB/256GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has 8GB of RAM. The rear camera department is identical to the one on the Mi MIX 2S and includes the brand-new 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor for the main camera plus an f/1.8 lens and a 12MP Samsung S5K3M3+ sensor for the telephoto camera with an f/2.4 lens. The main shooter is aided by a 4-axis optical image stabilization and Dual Pixel phase detection AF. The front camera is upgraded to the 20-megapixel Samsung S5K3T1 with an f/2.0 lens. There's an IR camera on the front as well that is equipped with an OmniVision OV7251 sensor used for face recognition and unlock. It is accompanied by an infrared emitter. The smartphone has a 3400 mAh battery paired with a 5V/3A~9V/2A~12V/1.5A Quick Charge 3.0 charger. The battery supports Quick Charge 4.0+ and does not support wireless charging. The connectivity options of Mi 8 are quite extensive and include support for Bluetooth 5 with aptX HD, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with 2x2 MU-MiMO, NFC with Android Beam and fingerprint authorized payments, LTE Cat. 18 with 4x4 MIMO, and dual-card VoLTE HD voice. There is a USB Type-C 2.0 with OTG support. The supported network bands include 2G GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 2.5G CDMA 800 MHz, 3G W-CDMA (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), 3G TD-SCDMA (1900, 2000 MHz), 4G LTE (700 MHz Class 17, 700 MHz (B12), 800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2600 MHz), and LTE-TDD (1900, 2300, 2500, 2600,). The Mi 8 runs on MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Complete Xiaomi Mi 8 specifications.

What's in the box

Xiaomi Mi 8 arrives in a rectangular black box with the number 8 imprinted on the top and the model name on the sides. When you open it, you first see a black envelope that contains all the accessories and documentation. The smartphone is placed below it covered with all standard packaging stickers. The bottom is occupied by two compartments - one for the charge and one for the USB cable. Here's a full list of the box contents in addition to the device itself:

Most recent reviews

A list of the most recent reviews of mobile devices made by us

Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

Xiaomi Mi 8 Review

Dimensions: 74.8 x 154.9 x 7.6 mm
Weight: 175 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
CPU: 4x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385, 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 630, 710 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 6.21 in, Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2248 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3400 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V9.5 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Cubot Power Review

Cubot Power Review

Dimensions: 74.39 x 158.39 x 10.75 mm
Weight: 215 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T)
CPU: 4x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.65 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 770 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 6000 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee BL9000 Review

Doogee BL9000 Review

Dimensions: 78.1 x 162.7 x 13.8 mm
Weight: 275 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 9000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Doogee OS 2.0 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

OnePlus 6 Review

OnePlus 6 Review

Dimensions: 75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
Weight: 177 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
CPU: 4x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385, 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 630, 710 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 6.28 in, Optic AMOLED, 1080 x 2280 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3300 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Oxygen 5.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 60 fps

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Review

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Review

Dimensions: 74.9 x 150.86 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 189 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
CPU: 4x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385, 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 630, 710 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 5.99 in, JDI IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3400 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V9.5 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel WP5000 Review

Oukitel WP5000 Review

Dimensions: 81.9 x 168.8 x 13.9 mm
Weight: 276 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.7 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5200 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Cubot X18 Plus Review

Cubot X18 Plus Review

Dimensions: 73.6 x 158.5 x 8.55 mm
Weight: 178 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Ion
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review

Dimensions: 73.8 x 158.1 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 189 g
SoC: Samsung Exynos 9 9810
CPU: 4x 2.7 GHz Exynos M3 Mongoose, 4x 1.95 GHz ARM Cortex-A55, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP18, 572 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1794 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 6.2 in, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3500 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Dimensions: 68.7 x 147.7 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 163 g
SoC: Samsung Exynos 9 9810
CPU: 4x 2.7 GHz Exynos M3 Mongoose, 4x 1.95 GHz ARM Cortex-A55, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP18, 572 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 1794 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 5.8 in, Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee S50 Review

Doogee S50 Review

Dimensions: 79.8 x 163.9 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 250 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T)
CPU: 4x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.65 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 770 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.7 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5180 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Huawei Honor V10 Review

Huawei Honor V10 Review

Dimensions: 74.98 x 157 x 6.97 mm
Weight: 172 g
SoC: Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 970
CPU: 4x 2.36 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 1.84 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 767 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3750 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Elephone U Pro Review

Elephone U Pro Review

Dimensions: 72.5 x 154 x 8.4 mm
Weight: 166 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8976 Plus
CPU: 4x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260, 4x 1.84 GHz Kryo 260, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 512
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.99 in, AMOLED, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3550 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel U18 Review

Oukitel U18 Review

Dimensions: 73.2 x 150.5 x 10 mm
Weight: 213 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.85 in, IPS, 720 x 1512 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Smartisan Nut Pro 2 Review

Smartisan Nut Pro 2 Review

Dimensions: 73.36 x 154.36 x 7.4 mm
Weight: 156 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8976 Plus
CPU: 4x 2.2 GHz Kryo 260, 4x 1.84 GHz Kryo 260, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 512
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3500 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Smartisan 4.0
Camera: 3968 x 2976 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Elephone U Review

Elephone U Review

Dimensions: 72.5 x 154 x 8.4 mm
Weight: 160 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 5.99 in, AMOLED, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3620 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Doogee BL12000 Pro Review

Doogee BL12000 Pro Review

Dimensions: 74.7 x 162 x 15 mm
Weight: 340 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763WT)
CPU: 4x 2.34 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.79 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 770 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 12000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Ulefone Power 3 Review

Ulefone Power 3 Review

Dimensions: 75.9 x 159.2 x 9.85 mm
Weight: 210 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 6080 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1088 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel K10 Review

Oukitel K10 Review

Dimensions: 78.5 x 167.4 x 13.5 mm
Weight: 283 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 11000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Vernee X Review

Vernee X Review

Dimensions: 76 x 159.5 x 9.8 mm
Weight: 198 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 6200 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: VOS (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Maze Alpha X Review

Maze Alpha X Review

Dimensions: 74.6 x 156.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 209 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3900 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel K6 Review

Oukitel K6 Review

Dimensions: 76.3 x 158.7 x 10.4 mm
Weight: 211 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763V)
CPU: 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 700 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 6300 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

UMiDiGi S2 Pro Review

UMiDiGi S2 Pro Review

Dimensions: 74.6 x 158.1 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 186 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD)
CPU: 4x 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 128 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 5100 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: UMI OS 2.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Camera: 4160 x 3120 pixels, 3840 x 2144 pixels, 23 fps

OnePlus 5T Review

OnePlus 5T Review

Dimensions: 75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
Weight: 162 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
CPU: 4x 2.45 GHz Kryo 280, 4x 1.9 GHz Kryo 280, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 540, 710 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 1866 MHz
Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
Display: 6.01 in, Optic AMOLED, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3300 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Oxygen (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review

Dimensions: 75.45 x 158.5 x 8.05 mm
Weight: 180 g
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953
CPU: ARM Cortex-A53, 2000 MHz, Cores: 8
GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 506, 650 MHz
RAM: 3 GB, 4 GB, 933 MHz
Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: MIUI V9 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
Camera: 4000 x 3000 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps

Oukitel Mix 2 Review

Oukitel Mix 2 Review

Dimensions: 75.1 x 157.8 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 207 g
SoC: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CH)
CPU: 4x 2.39 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz
RAM: 6 GB, 1600 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.99 in, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 4080 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2176 pixels, 28 fps

Bluboo S8+ Review

Bluboo S8+ Review

Dimensions: 72 x 156 x 9 mm
Weight: 202 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 6 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3600 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: 360 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Camera: 4096 x 3072 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Blackview S8 Review

Blackview S8 Review

Dimensions: 71.9 x 154 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 190 g
SoC: MediaTek MT6750T
CPU: 4x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, 4x 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Cores: 8
GPU: ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 650 MHz
RAM: 4 GB, 833 MHz
Storage: 64 GB
Display: 5.7 in, IPS, 720 x 1440 pixels, 24 bit
Battery: 3180 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera: 4224 x 3168 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps