The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE with Snapdragon 710 was launched yesterday to celebrate Xiaomi’s 8th anniversary. This is the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 powered phone.
The Mi 8 SE sports a 5.88-inch AMOLED display (made by Samsung) in the 18:9 aspect ratio form factor, with a notch (and a chin). The resolution of the display is 2244 x 1080 pixels which makes it a FullHD+ screen, which has a pixel density of 423 PPI, 600nits brightness, a 60000:1 contrast ratio with DCI-P3 color gamut, and supports Always on display mode.
Photography hardware on the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE includes dual rear cameras in a vertical alignment, with a 12MP primary lens with a 1.4um pixel size, f/1.9 aperture, and a 5 MP secondary lens with a 1.12um pixel size and an f/2.0 aperture, which supports bokeh mode, AI dual photo, etc. The selfie lens on the device is a 20MP camera with a 2.0um pixel size.
The device runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, has an Adreno 616 GPU, and will be available in 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone is backed by a 3120mAh battery, which supports Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C. The fingerprint scanner on the back panel allows you to unlock the device, as does the Face Unlock option via the front camera.
The Mi 8 SE supports Dual Nano SIM cards, Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2×2 MIMO, MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo and Dual Nano SIM cards in terms of connectivity options. The phone has an infrared sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass and a hall sensor.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE with Snapdragon 710 has been priced at 1799 RMB which translates to about Rs. 19,000, for the 4GB RAM variant, while the 6GB RAM variant retails for 1999 RMB which is approximately Rs. 21,000. The phone will be available in Red, Blue, Gold and Grey colours. It is unclear if the device will be available globally.
Apart from the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE with Snapdragon 710, the company also launched a proper flagship phone Xiaomi Mi 8 with Snapdragon 845, and a Mi Explorer Edition.
It has to be said, Xiaomi not only copied the Apple iPhone X’s notch design for its phones, but also had to go ahead and copy the SE name (from the iPhone SE). They could have gone with AE (anniversary edition), or Me (Mi edition), etc.