Xiaomi launches the mid-range flagship Mi 8 SE, Snapdragon 710 in tow

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In terms of performance, the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are powered by the octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. Mi 8 SE also happens to be the first device to run on the recently launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor.

The top of the range Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be available for 3,699 yuan (~$577) at a later date that Xiaomi hasn't specified.

The devices are the Xiaomi Mi 8, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and the Mi 8 SE.

The Xiaomi Redmi S2 was launched in China at a starting price of CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,500) for the basic 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage was launched at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 14,000).


There's also a special edition of the Mi 8 called the Explorer Edition, which bumps up the RAM and storage to 8GB and 128GB respectively and adds an in-display fingerprint sensor as well as something Xiaomi calls 3D face unlock. Xiaomi has gone with a Samsung-made Super AMOLED display for the Mi 8 and that's a really good move.

The previous iteration, the Mi Band 2 was a great fitness band and featured some of the most sought after features in an extremely affordable price range.

The transparent Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition looks gorgeous in clear black.

The Mi 8 SE is probably the most interesting device of the three.


When it comes to battery life, it is the Mi 8 that has the edge over the other two smartphones.

The company also introduced a regular edition of the Mi 8, which has the fingerprint sensor on the back. The Mi 8 SE measures 147.28 x 73.09 x 7.5 mm and weighs 164 grams.

The Mi 8 is priced at CNY 2699 (approx Rs 28600) for the 6GB/64GB version, CNY 2999 (roughly Rs 31600) for the 6GB RAM/128GB variant, and CNY 3299 (about Rs 34800) for the 6GB RAM/256GB model. Both of the versions of the Mi 8 comes with the Snapdragon 845 and 6.21-inch AMOLED display. At the front, there's a 16-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash. The battery is 3120 mAh, there is support for fast charging.

In the absence of a full United Kingdom release date announcement, we don't have any official word on what the price might be over here.


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