Date
22 October 2018
Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun introduces the flagship Mi 8 during a product launch in Shenzhen on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun introduces the flagship Mi 8 during a product launch in Shenzhen on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphone Mi 8

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which is preparing for a US$10 billion Hong Kong IPO, on Thursday unveiled its latest flagship smartphone and a virtual reality headset along with other new product offerings.

In an event in Shenzhen in front of a packed-out stadium, Xiaomi’s founder and CEO Lei Jun presented the flagship Mi 8, an anniversary smartphone strikingly similar to Apple’s iPhone X, Reuters reports.

The firm also presented a Xiaomi headset developed with Facebook’s virtual reality unit Oculus, which is now led by former Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra, who attended the event.

In a rock concert-style launch, Xiaomi took the lid off Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and the mid-range Mi 8 SE.

But the highlight of the event was Mi 8, which came two months after the launch of the Mi Mix 2S in China, which is another Snapdragon 845 flagship.

The Mi 8 carries a 6.21-inch notched AMOLED display and has an infrared scanner placed in the notch for better face unlocking in low light, according to reports.

The Xiaomi Mi 8, which is touted as the world’s first smartphone to support dual-frequency GPS, will be available in three variants.

The phone will be available from June 5 in China. There is no information as to when sales will begin in overseas markets.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has the same internal specifications as the Mi 8, but features an in-display fingerprint sensor, among other things. 

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