Xiaomi is making a push using its trendy brand of Android tablets to the UK. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Guru has impressed us with creditable camera and its layout .
However, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is just as interesting a bundle. It gives similar specifications for a lower price compared to Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro model.
The Mi 8 provides up a large AMOLED display (complete with obligatory notch), top-end Snapdragon 845 processing power, and a strong dual-12-megapixel camera for a UK launch price of #459. That is half the price of a Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Perhaps more importantly, it also undercuts the present $500 gorilla of the smartphone world, the OnePlus 6T.
Xiaomi Mi 8 – Design
Like its Pro brother, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is a curvy glass-bodied phone set at a 7-series aluminium alloy frame. It doesn’t have the transparent back of the Guru, but to my head that leaves it feeling like the classier telephone of the two.
Rather than gawping in the exposed replica processors of this Pro version, you’ll just have to make do with a bunch of smudged fingerprints, along with your face staring back at you from the surface.
There’s also a more conventional fingerprint sensor on the rear of the Xiaomi Mi 8, positioned just below and to the best of a dual-camera array. That fingerprint sensor might look to be a step back from the option that is in-display found in the Guru, but it’s really a more dependable and quicker means to gain access.
Otherwise, the dimensions of the Xiaomi Mi 8 are nigh-on indistinguishable to the Pro, using a skinny 7.6mm-thick frame and also the exact same surface area. Additionally, it is a rather inconsequential 2g lighter at 175g. It’s hefty, but not uncomfortably or distractingly so.
Overall, this is a somewhat unassuming phone that liberally borrows stylistic elements from its rivals. Most notably, a debt is owed by it to the X household with module and its notched screen.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 feels premium in the hand, as a result of the glass and metallic composition, and an adequate level of build quality. But there’s a whiff of”me too” for it all, and you feel Xiaomi’s local rival Huawei has stolen a march on it in recent years when it has to do with distinctive design.
It is a shame that there are no stereo speakers with just a solitary easy-to-cover grille on the bottom of the telephone. Though this is only one of those signs that you are not dealing with an absolute phone .
More comprehensible – although still very frustrating for some – is the absence of a 3.5millimeter headphone jack. I need that Xiaomi had utilised this to give the Mi 8 some sort of waterproofing, but an IP evaluation is a little over the telephone’s pay grade.
It’s always pleasing to see AMOLED display technology at a less-than-flagship phone. That’s no less true of the Xiaomi Mi 8.
Consequently, colors really pop here, and there is full HDR10 support for all relevant media. Conversely, there’s none of that uncanny over-saturation of which lesser AMOLED screens could be guilty of. All in all, this is a balanced screen.
As is becoming customary, you can correct the Xiaomi Mi 8 screen to your own tastes. The Contrast & Colors tool in the Settings menu offers higher potential for and it is also possible to tinker with the contrast level.
There’s also a Reading mode which makes the tone of this screen warmer to get a more eye-friendly effect, and you’ll be able to schedule this to come on automatically at night.
This screen is a large 6.21-inch affair with a 2244 x 1080 (basically 1080p or Full HD) resolution. It does not match expensive Android mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy S9’s QHD screens, but you’re talking about diminishing returns when you pack that many pixels.
The display does not approach the eye-searing LCD brightness of a device like the Huawei Mate 20, of course. Nonetheless, it’s perfectly fine in many conditions, and before it would become something like a issue you have to wait for all those fleetingly bright summer days to roll up.
It is also a lengthy display that matches the front of the phone, with a stretched-out 18.7:9 aspect ratio. There’s a notch in place to house a noticeable chin reverse and IR sensor, along with the front camera. But otherwise, the screen spreads out to fill 86.68% of the front the gadget.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is a powerful actress, courtesy of a Snapdragon 845 CPU and 6GB of RAM.
The Snapdragon 845 is set to be superseded with the first wave of 2019 phones, but it would be churlish to complain about that in a telephone that costs less than #500. In any case, the Snapdragon 845 remains a very capable processor that will handle.
In our benchmark tests, the Mi 8 scored a multi-core score of 8781 plus also a single-core score of 2389, which is roughly on par with the equally specced OnePlus 6T – one of the fastest mobiles available on the market.
I must also note that these dents seem to represent a bump up in performance from our Xiaomi Mi 8 Protests late last year. Those decreased scores of 7765 and 2275 are likely down to the subsequent software optimisations which have come about with the transfer to Android 9.0 Pie and MIUI 10.1.
In our previous Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro reviewwe noticed that the performance appeared less than optimal, with lesser benchmark scores and one or two high-end performance hitches. I didn’t experience anything of the sort from the Mi 8, so Xiaomi seems to have ironed out the creases.