Xiaomi Mi 8

  • Xiaomi had already teased an annual event in China scheduled for the end of this month. Now, the company has confirmed the date of the event – May 31. The teaser all but confirms Xiaomi’s plans to launch the Mi 8 Anniversary Edition smartphone at the event.

 

  • The teaser poster on Weibo (spotted by Gizmochina) depicts a big ‘8’, which is all the confirmation you need about Xiaomi’s plans. The flagship device is likely to be called the Mi 8 Anniversary Edition or simply Mi 8. If previous reports are anything to go by then Xiaomi will also be launching a host of other devices, including the Mi 7 smartphone, and the Mi Band 3 fitness band.

 

  • The highlight however will be the Mi 8, which is widely expected to be a rebranded version of the much-rumored Mi 7 Plus. The Mi 7 and the Mi 8 were recently spotted on China’s 3C, and US’ FCC certification websites, thereby taking them one step closer to a launch. The certification websites don’t give away much except two model numbers – M1805E2A and M1803E1A.

 

  • Based on what we have come across so far, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is expected to flaunt 6.01-inch OLED edge-to-edge display with a notch at the top. The notch however will be quite wide as it is said to hold a host of sensors (infrared lens, front camera, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, flood illuminator, Dot projector). The smartphone is widely expected to boast Apple iPhone X-like face recognition technology.

 

Xiaomi Mi 8 rumoured specifications & price

The device will come in two versions with different price tags – a version with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage for CNY2,799 (around €370/$440/Rs29944) and a high-end version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage for CNY3,199 or about €420/$500/Rs34,027.

 

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