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Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released – Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

Powerful Snapdragon, Super AMOLED and outstanding DXO Mark score for an Affordable Price!

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Today, 31 May 2018 Xiaomi finally unveiled their next flagship phone Xiaomi Mi8 and MIUI10 system! Some Chinese sites already have the full reviews up, so here’s everything you need to know about Xiaomi Mi8 and MIUI10 including Antutu Score and DXO Mark!

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

First of all, if most of you are confused why there is no Mi 7, it’s only because numbers 4 and 7 are bad luck ones in China. Xiaomi has skipped past 7 and went straight for 8.

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

Regarding design, MI8 now uses a 3D curved glass body instead of the ceramic Mi6. Certainly up there with the most beautiful glass phones on the market.

And the leap is noteworthy when it comes to specs, display and cameras does not disappoint!

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

Powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and featuring a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display with 2248×1080 resolution Xiaomi Mi 8 is a modern flagship phone of the highest grade. Not only that, but the Display supports DCPI-P3 wide color gamut and can reach up to 600nits of brightness! No longer does Smasung have the advantage of using Super AMOLED panels.

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

Then, there is the matter of the notch. Xiaomi is still Xiaomi, and is still copying iPhone in design. Further specs include 6-8GB RAM, Android 8.1 Oreo on top of the new MIUI 10 and a 3400mAh Battery to power the beast. Noteworthy, Mi8 supports Qualcomm Quick Charge QC 4.0+ for even faster charging! The cameras receive a huge lift, but I’ll talk about that later on. First is the new MIUI 10 which makes a lot of improvements, both visually and in user-friendliness.

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

I am not a big fan of MUI, there I said it! Over the years I’ve used almost every Xiaomi device, but the interface was just too cartoonish and childish for me. Huawei had the same issue with EMUI before 5.0 and now it’s something else and Xiaomi have done even better. MIUI 10 is finally up to par visually and brings new and original implementations to take it up there with Samsung Exeperience and even iOS. I am not kidding, MIUI 10 looks great. Much more usable notifications, volume sliders and especially my fave – the new Recent Apps list!

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?
Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?
Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?
Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

I love how the recent apps are displayed as large-size pin-ups on a board. Making you actually see what you were doing instead of Google’s tiles switch or the canvas style in iOS. On the negative side, Xiaomi still insists on using their not so great gesture system. I would start from scratch and revamp.

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

Now, back to the cameras!

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

On the back MI8 cameras are now a 12+12MP Sony IMX363 with OIS, just like in Mi MIX 2s which got a 97 Score from DXO Mark. Xiaomi have improved the ISP or chose different lenses and DXO Mark is now 99 for Mi8, bringing it higher than iPhone X and Google Pixel 2! Here are some samples taken by my Chinese colleagues from cnmo

Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?
Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?
Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?
Xiaomi MI8 and MIUI10 Released - Is Xiaomi Finally On Par with iPhone and Samsung?

To conclude, Xiaomi MI8 is price at just $599 for the 6/64GB Version making it an absolute steal for Xiaomi fans and anyone looking for a Flagship phone with amazing display, speed and great cameras.
Considering the low price Mi8 totally makes the OnePlus 6 obsolete!

What do you think about Xiaomi Mi8?

Is Xiaomi finally competitive with Samsung and iPhone?

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