Xiaomi Mi 8 with flagship specs (Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM) starts at P25,990

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is probably the most affordable flagship spec’d smartphone right now – Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, dual 12MP AI cameras (which got a 105 photo score from DxOMark), 20MP selfie camera (which combines 4 pixels to form 1 large 1.8µm pixel for clearer low light selfies), plus a 6.21-inch FHD+ Samsung AMOLED full screen display (with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio). Nothing was skimped with the build quality, too: the Mi 8 has a four-sided curved glass back panel, and aviation-grade aluminum frame, and a 2.5D glass screen. It is also the first commercially available phone with dual frequency GPS that offers extremely accurate navigation. The Mi 8 was launched at the Marquee, EDSA Shangri-la Hotel last July 18. Both the 64GB ROM (P25,990) and 128GB ROM (P27,990) variants will be available on July 30 at authorized Mi Stores in the Philippines. Keep in mind that it’s hard to find other phones with these price tags (and design, performance, build quality, and camera output) with a Snapdragon 845 SoC inside.

Photo courtesy of Bam Amor of adobotech.net.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Specs

6.21-inch FHD+ (2248 x 1080) Samsung AMOLED display
2.5D glass, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 88.5% screen-to-body ratio
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
Adreno 630 GPU | 6GB LPDDR4x RAM
64GB | 128GB
12MP + 12MP AI dual rear camera, dual-pixel AF
4-axis OIS, AI scene detection, and video editing
20MP AI front camera
Dual-SIM (nano)
4G VoLTE, 4×4 MIMO
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Fingerprint scanner (rear)
Infrared Face Recognition
Dual-band GPS (GPS: L1+L5; Galileo: E1+E5a; QZSS: L1+L5; GLONASS: L1; Beidou:B1)
3,400mAh battery w/ QC4+
MIUI 10 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm | 175 g
Price: 64GB P25,990 | 128GB P27,990

Update July 29, 2018: For a “budget” flagship comparison, check out the Honor 10 (Kirin 970, 4GB RAM, P23,990) and the Huawei Nova 3 (Kirin 970, 6GB RAM, P25,990).

The entry level Redmi 6 and 6A were launched alongside the Xiaomi Mi 8.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.