Xiaomi Mi 8 review

Xiaomi Mi 8 is with me two months, terribly quickly this time has passed. At the beginning I had small problems with him and he was unused for two weeks. I bought a smartphone at the very beginning of sales and it came to me with Chinese software, although it was English but contained a lot of unnecessary applications, which effectively took away the pleasure of using. To change the software to other, traditionally xiaomi.eu - I had to unlock the bootloader. Unfortunately, this activity requires a lot of patience, it lasted 3 days but Xiaomi decided to extend this time to 14 days. After two weeks of waiting I installed in my opinion the best possible smartphone software Xiaomi and my Mi 8 gained full functionality.

Xiaomi Mi 8 review

Xiaomi Mi 8 review

As soon as the smartphone was presented at the 31 conference, I immediately found out that I must have it. The 6 GB model of RAM and 64 GB of data space was sold out. That's why I decided on the 6 / 128 GB model in white and in retrospect I think it's a good thing. Data space is never too much. The entry for unpacking Mi 8 and the first impressions you can read tutajin this post I will focus on my impressions after two months of interacting with one of the best Android smartphones ever made.

The smartphone supports Dual SiM, has a slot for two SIM cards in nano format. No space for a micro SD card, so I'm glad that I decided to use the 128 GB internal memory model.

Xiaomi Mi 8 review

Ergonomics of use

Xiaomi Mi 8 meets the standard for the flagship in the 2018 year that set the iPhone X, ie indentation at the top in the screen. The top and side frames are the same thickness as in the Apple product, only the bottom of the smartphone with the Mi logo has 7 mm frame which does not exist in the iPhone X. Mi 8 support the same as the Apple product, that is, using gestures that replace system buttons, such as back or return to the main screen.

The Xiaomi flagship can be operated with one hand without any problems. To download the upper bar with notifications you need to do a little gymnastics with your hand, but after a few years with smartphones it's a natural move. Less advanced people who have previously had smaller phones may have problems at the beginning.

The fingerprint reader is on the back, but I do not use it in everyday use. I prefer unlocking my face, it works instantly both day and night when the room is absolutely dark. On the right, there are louder / slower buttons and locks on the top of the device.

At the top, there is a notification light on the screen. It has only one color, white and you can not personalize its color. The LED flashes when you have an unread notification or a weak battery.

The smartphone has only one socket and it is USB-C, there is no headphone jack. It does not bother me, I am a huge fan of wireless headphones.

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The diagonal of the screen is 6,22 inch, made in Super AMOLED technology. The density of pixels per inch is 402 ppi. The screen is protected by a fifth generation Corning Gorilla Glass. The content on the display provided by Samsung presents itself sensational. Much better than on IPS screens, so Mi Mix 2S with one of the best displays of this type is left behind.

For the first time on the Xiaomi smartphone, the screen supports the Always ON functionality. It is then always on and displays the time, notifications or low battery information.

Battery

The smartphone is charged via the USB-C port. Equipped with fast wireless charging in the latest Quick Charge 4.0 + technology, it allows you to charge Mi 8 to 50% in less than 30 minutes. Full charging takes about 85 minutes. Unfortunately, in the set together with the smartphone we get a charger supporting Quick Charge 3.0, in order to fully use the new technology, a new type of charger has to be bought by yourself.

The battery in the Mi 8 mellow was enough for a full day of intensive use. All GPS, LTE, and WiFi systems have always been turned on and, if necessary, they activate themselves.

Xiaomi Mi 8 review

The camera

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a dual camera at the back, both 12MPx matrices. The main has optical image stabilization and the f / 1.8 shutter, the second lens has a f / 2.4 shutter. While the rear lenses in Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2S are similar, so when it comes to a selfie camera, Mi 8 definitely wins. Xiaomi applied the 20 Mpx lens, with focal f / 2.0. The rear camera has a double optical zoom.

All three cameras in the Mi 8 use artificial intelligence with scene detection. For example, if we are photographing food, IA shows the food icon, that it has recognized the object and selects the appropriate settings in order to take the best photo possible.

The camera also supports portrait mode and what I do not like or beautifying. You probably often see people with "smooth face" on Faceoboku, in my opinion it does not look good. You can choose from 5 degrees of beautification, but no value suits me and I always turn it off.

There are specialists from the appraisal of apparatuses, eg from DxO Mark. In their ranking, Mi 8 is in sixth place, ahead of such top devices as the iPhone X, OnePlus 6 or Google Pixel 2. It seems to be saying how much Xiaomi has learned the lesson in this matter. I will not add sample photos, check This thread Many people have presented what the camera in Mi 8 can do.

GPS Compass

Mi 8 is the first smartphone that has dual GPS, it is the first smartphone in the world with this technology. It connects with more bands, so the position indication contains only a four-centimeter error margin.

Disadvantages of Xiaomi Mi 8?

In my opinion, the smartphone has two disadvantages, no inductive charging and no water tightness.

Xiaomi Mi 8 review

Summation

Xiaomi Mi 8 is definitely a beast, a very efficient device. In the Antutu test, he turned the 286 670 score, overtaking even the recently presented and much more expensive Samsung Note 9. If you are looking for a smartphone for around 1400 zlotys, this product with the Mi logo will be the best choice. Xiaomi has proved that you can make a cheap flagship but with a very good camera and excellent performance.

Xiaomi Mi 8 in my configuration you can buy in the store Gearbest.com. If you are waiting for a good offer, check it out deals.pokoleniesmart.plyou will hunt Mi 8 cheapest there. Two days ago, the $ 374.39 offer was added for the 6 / 64GB model, for which you can not buy a better smartphone.

In Poland, the smartphone officially costs 2299 PLN, as I mentioned in China you can buy for less than $ 400. You will save almost PLN 900is it profitable to wait about two weeks? In my opinion, yes. In the shop Gearbest Shipping Priority Line bypasses VAT, the same as in Banggood Priority Line.

Xiaomi Mi 8 review

Technical parameters Xiaomi Mi 8

  • 6,21-inch Super AMOLED FullHD + display (2248 × 1080, 402 ppi, 83,8% front fill)
  • Snapdragon processor 845
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64 / 128 / 256 GB built-in memory for the user (no support for memory card)
  • cameras:
    • with front u: 20 MPx (f / 2.0)
    • on the back: 12 MPx (f / 1.8) + 12 MPx (f / 2.4), 4-axis OIS, Dual pixel PDAF
  • 3400 mAh battery (support for Quick Charge 4.0 + technology)
  • NFC, DualSIM, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint reader on the back, infrared face scanning
  • Dual GPS
  • USB-C charging port, no headphone jack
  • dimensions: 154,9 x 74,8 x 7,6 mm
  • Weight: 175 g

Published by: Michał

Geek. Apple and Xiaomi fan. In my free time I run a blog PokolenieSmart.pl