Xiaomi is one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world and is even bigger in India. As a result, the company will be launching their new brand, Poco, first in the region with the Pocophone F1. It’s basically a slightly different Xiaomi Mi 8, which may explain why that particular device didn’t launch in India. Surprisingly, according to a report from 91Mobiles, we may actually be seeing it launch in India in the next few weeks – possibly right after the Pocophone F1 as well. Three separate phone sellers confirmed this information to 91Mobiles.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is one of the company’s latest flagships and features a number of iterative upgrades over its predecessors. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip is present alongside 6GB or 8GB of RAM. A 3,400mAh battery supporting Quick Charge 4.0+ is present to help charge your phone faster in order to power the 6.21-inch panel. It’s a pretty beefy phone all things considered and has a few other tricks up its sleeve as well. The device coming to India will directly pit it against other flagships such as the OnePlus 6.
And how much will the Xiaomi Mi 8 cost in India, anyway? Phone sellers are putting it at under Rs 30,000 (~$428), which would possibly have it directly competing against the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. It’s unknown which variant will be launched in the region, as the company only recently released an 8GB RAM/128GB storage model.
|Specifications||Xiaomi Mi 8|
|Dimensions and weight||154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm, 175g|
|Software||MIUI 9.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo|
|SoC||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 385 Silver cores); Adreno 630 GPU|
|RAM and storage||6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage / 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage|
|Battery||3,400mAh, Quick Charge 4.0+ (Quick Charge 3 adapter bundled in the box)|
|Display||6.21-inch Full HD+ (2248×1080) AMOLED, 600 nits brightness, HDR10 support, DCI-P3 gamut|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB Type-C port, dual nano SIM slots|
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20
TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
|Rear camera||12MP primary camera with 1.4μm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel autofocus, 4-axis OIS
12MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture, 2x optical zoom
Video recording up to 4K, Slow motion at 1080p@240fps
|Front-facing camera||20MP with f/1.8 aperture, uses pixel binning to simulate 1.8μm pixels|
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