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2018-08-20 01:15:46 Upload
This will be a write-up of a general review of one of Xiaomi’s latest flagship phones, the Mi 8! I am vey thankful for being selected as an Explorer!!!
The first thing that I notice when receiving this phone is that the color of the phone’s box is wrapped in black with a big number ‘8’ written on it. Contrary to other Xiaomi phones such as its Redmi Series which are wrapped in Red, I assume that due to the ‘flagship’ status of the phone, there is a different branding concept when it comes to selling this product. Xiaomi Mi MIX’s series also has a black color phone box. Wonder why aren’t the phone boxes in orange? On a side note, 8 is also a lucky number!! Huat Huat Huat
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2018-08-20 01:16:12 Upload
The biggest pain when buying Xiaomi phones is NOT because its not good (its good for the price), but because they are first released in China - THAT MEANS IT ONLY HAS A CHINESE-BASED OPERATING SYSTEM WHICH DOES NOT ACCOMMODATE GOOGLE PLAY SERVICES. You can change the operating system of the phone afterwards, but if not familiar with changing your phone’s operating system, I think better to wait for the global operating system to be released.
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2018-08-20 01:18:21 Upload
The back of the phone box shows the specifications of the Mi 8. Most notably, it has:
1) An artificial intelligence dual camera with 1.4um pixels and a 20MP front camera WITH face unlockPS: I’VE TRIED THE FACE UNLOCKING FEATURE. ITS AS FAST (OR IF NOT FASTER) THEN THE FINGERPRINT SENSOR. Amazing..but I still prefer the fingerprint sensor
2) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845I dont know a lot about the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm but Google findings show me that Qualcomm is an American company, and the Snapdragon 845 is in MANY notable phones such as the One Plus 6, Samsung Galaxy S9 , Mi MIX 2S and Asus Zenfone 5Z. I previously thought Xiaomi uses their own chipsets in their phones.
3) It promotes the Dual Frequency GPS and High accuracy navigation. Unless travelling precisely is important to you, I just don’t think its an important feature. Its camera features are the one to take note of! I feel its just a marketing hype though...
4) AMOLED phone screen! Truth to be told, it looks pretty much all the same to me
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2018-08-20 01:20:38 Upload
The phone got a nice shining shimmering texture which is like a mirror – similar to the Mi MIX series. It leave fingerprint marks on it easily though, however, it doesn’t really matter to be because I use the free phone case provided with the phone!
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2018-08-20 01:21:29 Upload
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2018-08-20 01:21:55 Upload
I believe ALL of Xiaomi recent phones has been heading towards the direction of dual cameras. I’m wondering when it may copy Huawei P20’s camera set up of 3 cameras? Who knows…nonetheless, it still looks beautiful! Physical touch of the phonr is quite premium
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2018-08-20 01:22:39 Upload
Love that reflection!
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2018-08-20 01:24:18 Upload
Enough said, USB C is the way the go – faster charging speeds and data transfer I think
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2018-08-20 01:25:32 Upload
The all popular notch with a love hate relationship, its also where the facial recognition camera is.
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2018-08-20 01:26:22 Upload
Dual sim feature. A bonus feature but I dont think its useful for everyone
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2018-08-20 01:26:53 Upload
The power up and power down feature is pretty normal. Skinny, sleek and nice to touch. Not sure if its fragile or just designed like this.
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2018-08-20 01:27:53 Upload
The start up screen! Simple clean and nice
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2018-08-20 01:28:22 Upload
The top crab-like notch. So much unhappiness over the Mi 8 top notch, but I believe like everything in life, everyone will get used to it. Stop complaining about it!
Side Note, I heard Mi mix 3 will also follow a pop up camera for a true bezeless phone experience, hope it won't be true, if not its just copying what vivo has done.
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2018-08-20 01:30:01 Upload
The Mi 8 wallpaper – I really like the visuals that they have put into each phone’s default wallpaper. I still prefer the Mi MIX 2’s wallpaper the most!
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That’s it for my general review of the Mi 8. On second thought, I really do think the colors of the phones is much better compared to LCD screen as my previous Xiaomi phone was a Redmi 5 Plus. What a world of difference!