Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Band 3, Mi VR standalone headset launched: Full specifications, price, features

    Along with the Mi 8, Xiaomi also launched Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphones in China. In addition to product launches, Xiaomi also announced MIUI 10.
    By: KUL BHUSHAN
    | Updated on: Aug 19 2022, 23:13 IST
    Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM and storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
    Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM and storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. (Xiaomi)
    Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM and storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
    Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM and storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. (Xiaomi)

    Xiaomi's flagship event in China witnessed the launch of a ton of products. The flagship smartphone, Mi 8 along with MIUI 10 and Mi Band 3 were already expected at the event. However Xiaomi surprised by launching two other editions of its Mi 8 smartphone as well as Mi VR Standalone headset and Mi TV 4.

    Speaking about the highlight of the event, Xiaomi Mi 8 boasts top end specifications such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB/8GB of RAM. Xiaomi also joined the growing list of Android players launching phones with a notch display with the Mi 8. Although inspired by Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi, however, has incorporated a bunch of sensors to make the most of the notch on the front.

    Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with an Infrared sensor that enables Face Unlock in the dark. Like OnePlus 6, users can also camouflage the notch through a toggle button under the Settings.

    Xiaomi has also introduced a special edition of Mi 8 with Explore Edition moniker. The special edition of Mi 8 comes with an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a transparent glass back panel. Earlier this week Vivo launched X21 with an in-screen fingerprint sensor in India. Xiaomi, however, claims its in-screen sensor is faster than Vivo X21's.

    In terms of specifications, Xiaomi Mi 8 has a 6.21-inch full screen display with Samsung AMOLED panel, full HD+ 2248 x 1080 pixels resolution, 88.5% screen-to-body ratio, and 600nit brightness. In the camera department, Xiaomi Mi 8 sports 12MP + 12MP dual-rear cameras with AI integration. On the front, the smartphone has a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and AI Beautify.

    Another highlight of Xiaomi Mi 8 is the dual-frequency GPS technology which is said to make navigation faster by eliminating radio interference from buildings. Xiaomi Mi 8 is available in 6GB+64GB, 6GB+ 128GB, and one with 256GB storage variants. The base model is priced at CNY 2,699, which translates to roughly 28,000.

    Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
    Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a similar set of specifications but with in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face recognition technology and a transparent back panel. The 8GB + 128GB variant of the phone is available for CNY 3,699, which is 39,000 approximately.

    Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
    Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is a smaller variant of Mi 8 with stripped-down specifications. It has a 5.88-inch AMOLED full screen display. It sports 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear dual cameras. It has a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 processor.

    Mi Band 3
    Mi Band 3 features a larger screen and is said to be waterproof up to 50 meters. The wearable comes with motion tracking and health management. Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is said to deliver 20 days of battery life.

    Here are the highlights from Xiaomi's annual event in China.

    1:50pm: The event has concluded. A recap: Xiaomi launched its flagship smartphone Mi 8 along with a special edition called Mi 8 SE, and another Explorer Edition with transparent back panel. The company also launched Mi Band 3 wearable, Mi TV4, and a standalone VR headset. Stay tuned for our comprehensive report.

    1:42pm: Mi Band 3 offers app and call notifications, motion tracking and health management.

    1:41pm: Mi Band 3 is also waterproof up to 50 metres of immersion, and offers up to 20 days of battery life.

    Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is waterproof up to 50 metres.
    Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is waterproof up to 50 metres. (Xiaomi)
    Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is waterproof up to 50 metres.
    Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is waterproof up to 50 metres. (Xiaomi)

    1:40pm: Another highlight of the event is the launch of Xiaomi's fitness tracker, Mi Band 3. It features a bigger 6.78-inch OLED display as compared to its predecessor.

    1:38pm: The VR headset is fuelled by a 2,600mAh battery, and features an intuitive controller.

    1:37pm: Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone headset packs a Snapdragon 821 processor along with a 2k fast switch screen, and over 1000 Oculus optimised games.

    Xiaomi's Mi VR Standalone headset in collaboration with Oculus.
    Xiaomi's Mi VR Standalone headset in collaboration with Oculus. (Xiaomi)
    Xiaomi's Mi VR Standalone headset in collaboration with Oculus.
    Xiaomi's Mi VR Standalone headset in collaboration with Oculus. (Xiaomi)

    1:36pm: Continuing with the product announcements, Xiaomi unveils Mi VR Standalone which has been developed in collaboration Oculus.

    1:34pm: Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is powered by a 64-bit quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The smart TV also comes with an integrated voice assistant.

    1:32pm: Xiaomi also makes a surprise announcement of a new Mi TV 4 which features a 75-inch 4K HDR UHD display.

    1:22pm: An update: Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face recognition tech and a transparent back panel.

    1:21pm: First look at Mi 8 Explorer Edition with transparent back panel.

    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor
    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor (Xiaomi )
    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor
    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor (Xiaomi )

    1:19pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 SoC.

    1:18pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 SE base model is priced at CNY 1,799 ( 19,000 approximately).

    1:17pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes with 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual-rear camera.

    1:13pm: Xiaomi launches Mi 8 SE with a smaller 5.88-inch screen.

    1:11pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 8GB + 128GB model is priced at CNY 3,699 ( 39,000 approximately).

    1:10pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB built-in storage.

    1:10pm: Xiaomi launches its own version of Animoji.

    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor
    (Xiaomi)
    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor
    (Xiaomi)

    1:07pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 has Face ID. The notch on the front features a bunch of sensors, similar to Apple's 3D facial recognition technology on iPhone X.

    1:06pm: Xiaomi showcases Mi 8 in a transparent case.

    1:10pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 also comes with in-screen fingerprint scanner, similar to Vivo X21. Xiaomi claims its sensor is faster than Vivo's.

    12:56pm: The dual-frequency GPS is said to give more accurate location by eliminating radio disturbances from buildings. It also reduces signal delays, making navigation super fast.

    12:52pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with dual GPS technology.

    12:46pm: Check out the video below for a closer look at MIUI 10.

    12:45pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 also comes with NFC support.

    12:42pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 notch comes with an Infrared Face Unlock which lets users unlock the phone by looking at the screen even in the dark. Here's what Xiaomi Mi 8 notch includes:

    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor
    (Mi Forum)
    Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with in-screen fingerprint sensor
    (Mi Forum)

    12:41pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 has 20-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.8um pixels, AI portrait selfies, and AI Beautify.

    12:35pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 also comes with iPhone X-like Studio Lighting mode.

    12:33pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 camera specifications: 

    12-megapixel + 12-megapixel AI dual camera

    1.4um pixels, 4-axis OIS,

    Dual pixel autofocus, AI portraits

    AI scene detection, and video editing

    12:30pm: Just like Redmi S2 and Mi 6X, Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with an AI camera.

    12:30pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 is powered by Qualocmm's Snapdragon 845 processor.

    12:27pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 camera compared with Apple iPhone X and Huawei P20 Pro.

    Xiaomi Mi 8 camera vs rivals
    Xiaomi Mi 8 camera vs rivals (Xiaomi)
    Xiaomi Mi 8 camera vs rivals
    Xiaomi Mi 8 camera vs rivals (Xiaomi)

    12:23pm: Xiaomi claims its Mi 8 scored 301,472 on AnTuTu benchmarking test.

    12:22pm: A closer look at the new Xiaomi Mi 8

    Xiaomi Mi 8 has a glass back panel, vertical dual-camera setup
    Xiaomi Mi 8 has a glass back panel, vertical dual-camera setup (Mi Forum)
    Xiaomi Mi 8 has a glass back panel, vertical dual-camera setup
    Xiaomi Mi 8 has a glass back panel, vertical dual-camera setup (Mi Forum)

    12:19pm: Xiaomi Mi 8 has a fingerprint scanner on the back.

    12:14pm: As expected, Xiaomi Mi 8 with a slim profile. Xiaomi Mi 8 also comes with a notch display.

    Display specifications: 6.21-inch AMOLED display, full HD+ resolution, 600nit brightness, 18:7:9 aspect ratio, and 88.5% screen-to-body ratio.

    12:13am: Xiaomi to now unveil the much-awaited Mi 8 flagship phone.

    12:10am: MIUI 10: Xiaomi says its new custom ROM can help reduce app load time to zero using AI.

    New look of MIUI
    New look of MIUI (Xiaomi )
    New look of MIUI
    New look of MIUI (Xiaomi )

    12:08am: Here's how the new MIUI 10 interface will look like.

    MIUI 10 comes with new gesture features.
    MIUI 10 comes with new gesture features. (Mi Forum)
    MIUI 10 comes with new gesture features.
    MIUI 10 comes with new gesture features. (Mi Forum)

    12:07am: Users can use also MIUI 10 to control their smart home devices.

    11:59am: Xiaomi continues with its focus on AI. The new MIUI 10 comes with deep AI integration.

    11:57am: Xiaomi's new voice assistant can read messages and updates on traffic among others.

    11:56am: First look at MIUI 10

    MIUI 10 comes with new gesture features.
    (Xiaomi)
    MIUI 10 comes with new gesture features.
    (Xiaomi)

    11:55am: Xiaomi unveils voice assistant, similar to Google Assistant and Apple Siri.

    11:51am: MIUI 10 comes with a new layout. Xiaomi is also going to include AI in the new custom ROM.

    11:49am: MIUI 10 is expected to come with new gesture features. There is also going to be under the hood optimisation to make the UI faster and lightweight.

    11:47am: Xiaomi to unveil its new MIUI update. Dubbed as MIUI 10, Xiaomi has already kicked off a closed beta programme for the OS.

    11:42am: Xiaomi highlights its meteoric growth this year. The company saw a growth of 87%, higher than the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Huawei.

    11:40am: The event has officially begun.

    11:28am: The event is expected to start shortly. A quick recap, Xiaomi is expected to launch its latest flagship phone, Mi 8. There are also rumours of a special edition of the phone, dubbed as Mi 8 SE.

    11:21am: Ahead of Mi 8 launch, Xiaomi has launched quite a few budget and mid-ranged focused smartphones such as Redmi S2 and Mi 6X.

    11:10am: Xiaomi is likely to launch Mi 8 in markets outside China as well. This time around, Xiaomi may launch the phone in India as well. A new promo poster shows India's Taj Mahal as one of the new markets for Mi 8. It's worth pointing out here that Xiaomi didn't launch Mi 6 in India last year. READ: Mi 8: It's time Xiaomi joined India's premium smartphone segment

    Xiaomi may launch Mi 8 in India as well.
    Xiaomi may launch Mi 8 in India as well. (hi-tech.mail.ru)
    Xiaomi may launch Mi 8 in India as well.
    Xiaomi may launch Mi 8 in India as well. (hi-tech.mail.ru)

    11:02am: The event is scheduled to begin on 11:30am IST. You can catch the live stream here and follow the updates on Xiaomi's official Facebook event page.

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    First Published Date: 31 May, 10:30 IST
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