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Xiaomi Mi 8 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Xiaomi has a great 2018 with all their products are selling very well in countries in India, China and Southeast Asia including the Philippines. The company has been selling affordable smartphones with great build quality.Most of their phones are great for gaming but has mediocre camera quality. Xiaomi has been trying to change that with the Xiaomi Mi 8, the company’s current 2018 flagship. Here’s our unboxing and first impressions.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Specs

  • 6.21-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2248 pixels) 18.7:9 aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-Core processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10
  • 64/128/256GB internal storage
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 12 MP (f/1.8 aperture and 4- axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.4 aperture) rear facing cameras with PDAF and LED flash
  • 20 megapixel front facing camera (f/2.0 aperture)
  • 4G/LTE, Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
  • Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
  • accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
  • USB Type C
  • 3,300 mAh battery with QuickCharge 4.0+

What’s inside the box?

  • Xiaomi Mi 8 unit
  • USB Type C cable
  • USB Type C to 3.5mm audio jack adaptor
  • Wall charger
  • SIM ejector tool\
  • Free jelly case

DESIGN

Xiaomi has been copying designs from different smartphones and incorporating it into their own. In the case of the Xiaomi Mi 8, the phone seems to look like a love child of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X. It has a glass and metal design/ As usual, it is very slippery but the good thing here it is not as fingerprint magnet as we expected. We think Xiaomi has put a sort of oleophobic coating on the glass.

As for the display, we do love that Xiaomi used an AMOLED panel on the phone making it more vibrant and colorful to look at. We have to test it more outdoors to see how it fares under direct sunlight.

SOFTWARE

Xiaomi’s MIUI over Android has not been a favorite for many tech bloggers and reviewers for its cartoonish look and iOS-like vibe. But for Xiaomi’s customers they don’t seem to care. For our point of view, MIUI is fine. It is actually simple to use, lovely animations and has been refined over past versions. we would love to see an app drawer we see on its cousin, the Pocophone F1.

 

FIRST CAMERA SAMPLES

The i=Mi 8 has a dual 12 MP camera set up with the secondary lens being a 2x optical zoom and works as a depth sensor for bokeh. We also have a 20MP camera up front. We took some of our first sample shots and we were surprised on how good the photos are. We are excited to take more photos out of it in the coming days.

Here are some if our first camera samples

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is truly a great phone for its price of Php 25,990. We have here is the 6GB/64GB version. The camera looks promising and expect great gaming performance with its Snapdragon 845 flagship chipset. we strongly recommend the Mi 8 to anyone looking for a flagship smartphone for half the price of a Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone Xs. We will take the Xiaomi Mi 8 for a spin and test more of its performance and camera. Full review coming up soon!

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