Xiaomi is finally making a push with its brand of Android tablets to the UK. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro has impressed us with its layout and creditable camera . However, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is equally as interesting a bundle. It offers quite similar specifications for a lower price than the Miami Mi 8 Pro model.
The Mi 8 provides up a large AMOLED screen (complete with obligatory notch), top-end Snapdragon 845 processing power, and also a strong dual-12-megapixel camera for a UK launch price of 459. That’s half the cost of a Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Maybe more importantly, it also undercuts the present #500 gorilla of the smartphone world, the OnePlus 6T.
Xiaomi Mi 8 – Layout
Like its Pro brother, the Miami Mi 8 is a curvy glass-bodied phone place at a 7-series aluminium metal frame. It does not have the transparent back but to my head that leaves it feeling like the more classy telephone of the two.
Rather than gawping in the exposed replica processors of this Pro model, you will only have to make do with a lot of smudged fingerprints, along with your face staring back at you in the reflective surface.
There’s also a more conventional fingerprint sensor on the back of the Miami Mi 8, positioned just below and to the right of a dual-camera array. That fingerprint detector might seem like a step back from the in-display alternative found in the Pro, but it’s actually a more reliable and faster way to obtain access.
Otherwise, the measurements of the Xiaomi Mi 8 will be nigh-on identical to the Pro, with a lanky 7.6mm-thick frame and also the exact same surface region. Additionally, it is a somewhat inconsequential 2g. It is distractingly so or hefty, but not uncomfortably.
Overall, this is a somewhat unassuming cellphone that liberally borrows stylistic components from its rivals. Most importantly, it owes a debt to the iPhone X household with module that is vertically stacked and its screen.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 feels high at the hand, thanks to the glass and metal composition, and an adequate amount of build quality. But there is a whiff of”me too” for it all, and you feel that Xiaomi’s local rival Huawei has stolen a march on it lately when it comes to identifying design.
It is a shame there are not any stereo speakers with just a single easy-to-cover grille on the bottom of the telephone. Though this is one of those signs that you are not dealing with an absolute phone .
More comprehensible – although still very frustrating for some – is that the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack. I need that Xiaomi had utilised this to provide the Mi 8 any sort of waterproofing, but an IP rating is possibly a little above the phone’s pay grade.
It is always satisfying to see AMOLED display technology in a less-than-flagship phone. That’s not as true of the Xiaomi Mi 8.
As a result, colors really soda here, and there is full HDR10 service for all relevant media. There’s none of the of. All in all, this is a balanced display.
As has become customary, you can adjust the Miami Mi 8’s display to your personal tastes. The Contrast & Colors tool in the Settings menu offers higher potential for fine-tuning than usual, and you can tinker with the contrast level.
There’s also a Reading mode which makes the tone of the display warmer to get a more eye-friendly effect, and you’ll be able to schedule this to come on automatically at nighttime.
This screen is a sizable 6.21-inch affair using a 2244 x 1080 (essentially 1080p or complete HD) resolution. No, it doesn’t match Android mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy S9’s QHD screens, but you are speaking about decreasing returns when you pack that lots of pixels into such a small area.
The screen does not approach the eye-searing LCD brightness of a device like the Huawei Mate 20, needless to say. Nonetheless, it’s perfectly alright in most conditions, and before it might become anything like a issue, you have to wait around for those fleetingly bright summer to roll around.
It is also a very long display that matches the front of the telephone, using a stretched-out 18.7:9 aspect ratio. There is a notch set up to house the camera and IR sensor, and a chin opposite. But the screen spreads out to fulfill 86.68% of front the device.
The Miami Mi 8 is a strong actress, courtesy of a Snapdragon 845 CPU and 6GB of RAM.
The Snapdragon 845 has been set to be superseded with the initial wave of 2019 phones, but it would be churlish to complain about that at a phone that costs less than #500. In any case, the Snapdragon 845 stays a very capable processor that will tackle.
Within our benchmark tests that the Mi 8 scored a multi-core rating of 8781 plus a single-core score of 2389, which is about on par with the similarly specced OnePlus 6T – one of the fastest mobiles available on the market.
I must also notice that these dents seem to signify a bump up in performance from our Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro tests late last year. Those lower scores of 7765 and 2275 are likely down to the following software optimisations that have come about with the move to Android 9.0 Pie and MIUI 10.1.
In our previous Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro review, we noted that the performance seemed less than optimal, with lesser benchmark scores and one or two high-end functionality hitches. I didn’t experience anything of the sort in the Mi 8, so Miami appears to have ironed out the creases.