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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Has Been Officially Announced

Meanwhile the rear takes advantage of a dual-12 megapixel camera setup.

Xiaomi built its mobile empire with iPhone knockoffs, and it looks the company hasn't outgrown the habit. It has an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and an unmissable notch at the top for a 20-megapixel front facing selfie camera. While it is true that many in the industry have copied Apple so mercilessly that the notch has practically become standardized, Xiaomi's newest device bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone X. It also uses dual Global Positioning System, which it claims makes location data more accurate.

Xiaomi hasn't announced a release date for the Mi 8 SE, but pricing is as follows: 1,799 yuan (about $281) for the 4GB of RAM model and 1,999 yuan (about $312) for the 6GB of RAM version. Apart from this, the MIUI 10 comes loaded with a new Driving Mode that takes advantage of Xiaomi's virtual assistant to control the smartphone in the auto and users can safely navigate to a location and reply to messages without touching the phone.

Chinese tech manufacturer Xiaomi has announced ultra-affordable Mi Band 3. This is pretty great considering the Mi Band 3 packs a larger OLED display and a wide range of sensors for various activities like sleep tracking, step counting, heart rate monitoring and much more.

Xiaomi's new Mi 8 series is quite possibly the closest we've gotten to an Android-powered iPhone X so far. The standard Mi 8 will cost upwards of 2699 RMB ($420) with a smaller 5.88-inch size "SE" model priced from 1799 RMB, or $280. The phone comes equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi, meanwhile, maintains that the transparent back on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition does show the actual components - here's what the company told The Verge.

Xiaomi is going all-out with the Mi 8 Explorer Edition which has an in-display fingerprint sensor for the first time in a phone. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with an in-display fingerprint reader, a feature that is not present in the Mi 8 or the Mi 8 SE.

Inside, the Mi 8 is powered by a Snapdragon's 845 processor, the same chip you'll find in most other Android flagships including the LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9.

All these devices run MIUI 10, which is based on Android Oreo. Apple launched the iPhone SE and just like the iPhone SE, the Mi 8 SE is a smaller version of the flagship Mi 8. On the audio front, the Mi 8 forgoes the 3.5mm headphone jack for USB Type-C.

Basically, you're not seeing the actual components under the hood of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition there, with a sticker of sorts or 3D plastic cover applied on top of the real motherboard to embellish the phone's less spectacular-looking innards.

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