Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 is here

Xiaomi has taken the wrappers of the Mi Band 3 at its event in Shenzen, China where it also unveiled the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, all of which run on the latest MIUI 10 interface.

Xiaomi is going all-out with the Mi 8 Explorer Edition which has an in-display fingerprint sensor for the first time in a phone. The Mi 8 will feature a 6.21-inch OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and 12MP dual camera setup.

Finally, the compact Mi 8 SE is unsurprisingly the cheapest of the three at 1799 yuan, or £210.

The battery inside the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is a 110mAh cell, which the company claims will last around 20 days from a single charge.

"The most obvious feature of the Mi 8 is the notched 6.21" (15.8 cm) Samsung AMOLED display with a resolution of 2248x1080, which translates into an odd-duck 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density just over 400 PPI.

Xiaomi has announced a trio of phones under the Mi 8 name.

The new Xiaomi fitness band is the successor to the Mi Band 2 that was launched back in 2016.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features similar specs to the Mi 8, but comes with several special features, including a couple of industry firsts.

The analysis also notes that the Mi 8 camera comes with fast and accurate autofocus that results in a smooth blur and pleasing bokeh.

The company has recently expanded into Europe, so we may later see the Mi 8 on sale elsewhere.

Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with NFC, USBType-C, dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, and Bluetooth 5.0. The front-facing camera is a 20-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture, 1.8-micron pixels and shoots Full HD videos. However, this comparison isn't based on prolonged usage of the two smartphones, so we can not ascertain true sustainability of any of them. The phone has 4GB and 6GB variants with 64GB storage.

For those wanting more, the company also announced a souped-up "Explorer" version that sports a pressure-sensitive finger scanner and the iPhone X-like facial unlock feature.

The tech behind the face unlocking is also used for Xiaomi's version of Apple's animojis - so if you're looking for an Android phone that can do Apple's animoji - well, here it is.

The phone uses AI to identify scenes and apply the best settings, as well as for "Studio Lightning" portrait photography, obviously inspired by Apple. The phone copied both the rounded corners and notch on the front of the device, along with the vertical camera bump on the rear. Xiaomi disclosed a schedule, but it only applies to open and closed beta tests, so we are months away from the actual release of MIUI 10 for the majority of devices.

The smartphone will be available with 4/6 GB RAM options along with 64 GB storage for the price of 1799 and 1999 Yuan, respectively.

  • Latoya Cobb