Xiaomi Mi Band 3 with 20 days battery life, water resistance announced

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The Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be available for CNY 3,699 (approximately Rs 39,000) for the 8GB/128GB variant. It's a midrange phone with a smaller 5.88-inch screen (2,444 x 1,080 resolution), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,120 mAh battery. The Mi 8 SE will go for a mere 1,799 yuan ($281 USD).

And there's a perfectly logical answer for that: Xiaomi skipped the Mi 7 in order to have the Mi 8 coincide with the company's eighth anniversary.

After a series of flagship smartphone launches Xiaomi enters the scene with the Mi 8. This is nothing new, but it's a good addition nonetheless. Up until a few days ago, there was hardly any chatter of Xiaomi launching two version of the Mi 8.

The new MIUI 10 brings a lot of design changes in the latest ROM which seems to be inspired from the latest Android P update.

What features and specs does the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 have? The display notch is not as prominent as the one on the Mi 8, and houses the earpiece, front camera, LED notification light and sensors.

The notch on the Mi 8 is larger than what we have seen on other recently launched Android smartphones. The HDR-compatible display has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a pixel density of 423ppi. There will also be the Mi 8 SE which will be a cheaper version of the Mi 8. They're the first I've personally seen to take the characteristic forehead notch and replicate it.

In the photography department, Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a pair of 12-megapixel AIdual cameras at the rear.

And if you want a smaller device, there's the new Mi 8 SE, which comes in 5.88 inches. The Xiaomi variant sports of a mammoth 8GB RAM, while Vivo sticks with 6GB. The Explorer Edition will cost the most - at 3,699 Chinese yuan (or about $575, £435 and AU$760). The front camera has features such as AI-enabled bokeh mode, beautification features, etc. Other Android phones have offered infrared-based authentication before, the Vivo X21 being first to come to mind. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor sits under the hood, and Xiaomi is boasting that the handset earned a staggering 301,472 score on Antutu which, if legit, is the highest ever reached on the benchmark platform.

We are not sure who's providing the Dual-frequency Global Positioning System chip to Xiaomi, but we know Broadcom, who has bee a world leader with Global Positioning System tech has been working on the exact solution for a while now. And if the Chinese pricing is anything to go by, the handset should prove an extremely competitive rival for the Apple flagship, with the Mi 8 starting at 2,699 CNY (RM1675.37).

The smartphone will be available with 4/6 GB RAM options along with 64 GB storage for the price of 1799 and 1999 Yuan, respectively.

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