Review Xiaomi Mi 8: smartphone major Xiaomi is returned
Xiaomi is struggling to move from the brands in the category of “Yes, I’m an analogue of Ali on the cheap buy” in to the bright world of the official sales offline stores, and perhaps even of the termination of patent problems. But this logical path was an obstacle that seemed insurmountable – an enormous price difference between the “grey” products imported directly from China and sold here officially. Last year the company tried to fight it, putting obstacles at customs, but soon gave it
Xiaomi Mi 8, which in August officially appeared in Russia, costs from 30 to 33 thousand rubles depending on the version (64 or 128 GB flash memory), which is not so markedly different from the prices from “gray” suppliers – while there is official warranty and global firmware. This is more like the right direction. Most importantly, the gadgets, as before, did not disappoint.
Mi 8 – classic flagship smartphone Xiaomi: a powerful hardware platform, complete collection of all the key trends and direct inheritance in your external design of the actual iPhone. Experiments, characterized by a series of MIX Mi, passed him by. Will there be enough traditional values fresh Mi to again be a hit?
|Xiaomi Mi 8||Xiaomi Mi 6||Xiaomi Mi 2S MIX||OnePlus 6||ASUS Zenfone 5Z|
|Display||6.21 inches, AMOLED, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 428 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.99 inch, IPS,
2040 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.28 inch, AMOLED,
2280 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.2 inch, IPS, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Is, manufacturer unknown||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996: four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 540, 710 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB||6/8 GB||6/8 GB||4/6/8 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128/256 GB||64/128 GB||64/128/256 GB||64/128/256 GB||64/128/256 GB|
|Memory card support||No||No||No||No||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800 / 1900||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||UMTS 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz||800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz||WCDMA 800/850/900/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (1000/150 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, 70||LTE Cat. 15 (up to 800 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, IR sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera)||Double module, 12 MP: 27 mm, ƒ/1,8 + 52 mm, ƒ/2,6 (2x zoom); wide angle optical stabilizer works; phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera)||Double module, 16 MP, ƒ/1,7 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,7, hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,7 + 8 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus on the main camera, dual led flash|
|Front camera||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||5 MP, fixed focus||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery is 12.73 W·h (3350 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||154,9 × 74,8 × 7.6 mm||145,2 x 70,5 x of 7.45 mm||150,9 × 74,9 × 8.1 mm||155,7 × 75,4 × 7,75 mm||153 × 75,65 × 7.7 mm|
|Weight||175 grams||168/182 grams (normal version / ceramic)||191 grams||177 grams||165 grams|
|Protection case||No||Splash protection (IP54)||Splash protection (IP54)||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 8.1.0 Oreo, shell MIUI||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, shell MIUI||Android 8.0 Oreo, shell MIUI||Android 8.1 Oreo, shell OxygenOS||Android 8.0 Oreo, shell ZenUI|
|Current price||29 990 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 32 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 39 950 rubles for the version 6/256 GB||23 980 rubles for the version 4/64 GB 25 490 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 31 250 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||31 000-36 000 “gray” option, 40 000 for official||34 500 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 38 800 rubles for the version 8/128 GB 46 990 rubles for the version 8/256 GB||35 990 rubles for the version 6/64 GB is 39 990 rubles for the version 8/256 GB|
Design, ergonomics and software
Tradition is tradition – the company that has made a name for himself largely on imitation of the Apple of copying the design of its products. If Mi 5 and Mi 6 have walked in any direction, then 8 Mi is a direct follower of the line iPhone X. Albeit with the caveat that the same “unibrow” and a glass back – it is, in fact, widely accepted standards, they are unable to give any Huawei or LG or ASUS or OnePlus itself. But Xiaomi proved himself as perhaps the most diligent students – pay attention not so much on the neck as on the camera unit on the rear panel.
Variety of design Xiaomi is trying color variations: in addition to black, which went to the us for testing, there are also white and blue Mi 8. We are talking solely about the color of the back and side faces, while the screen bezel is always black.
Yes, Xiaomi Mi 8 clearly lacks personality, but when the equipment of this manufacturer is loved for it? Importantly, all performed gently and in the spirit of the time: the glass front and back (ceramic in the past), faces of aluminum and solid dimensions. Yes, due to an elongated display with the cutout managed to steal a few millimeters, but its diagonal is of 6.21 inches, and the frame (especially the bottom) albeit small, but bigger than the iPhone X. to Keep the dimensions Mi 5 and Mi 6 still not out, the novelty is much larger. But it is not much heavier 175 grams (6 Mi glass weighs 168 grams).
All this, however, is already familiar and does not interfere with use of the smartphone is quite easy. Someone even can control gadgets with more than a six-inch screen with one hand, but that’s special cases. Assembled Mi 8 efficiently, to work with him nice. But glass, of course, very quickly zalamyvayutsya and covered with macrocarpon – here or cloth to work and suffer, or put the smartphone in the case. In the kit, by the way, as time goes translucent silicone.
Xiaomi Mi 8 stripped mini-Jack, and, as in the case of MIX Mi 2/Mi 2S or 6, without explanation. Sealed, Yes, that really there, even bryzgogasitel to IP54 standard. in the list of characteristics does not appear. Just so accepted, so Xiaomi got rid of the extra connector and put it in a box with the smartphone adapter with USB Type-C 3.5 mm. Alas.
Cut Mi 8 very large. It settled in and familiar with any modern smartphone front camera, earpiece, ambient light sensor and status led and IR led. No, this is not a full IR system for 3D face recognition, like Apple, but only the backlight that helps front-facing camera to see the face in the dark. That is, on the one hand, the system still can be fooled with the photos – just a local Face Unlock will work better in the dark. On the other hand, while it is impossible to deceive for the elementary reason – in all European Mi 8 option removed (the reasons for gossiping, we’re just talking about facts). Ridiculous situation, but Xiaomi promises to deal with it, and in one of the future firmware to add facial recognition.
In the meantime, have to make do with good old (and appeared EN masse three years ago) with a fingerprint scanner located on the back panel in the center. About how logical and correct place for the fingerprint sensor, I have written many times, in this case, only repeat.
The scanner works well, no speed records, but faster than, for example, display sensor NEX Vivo. No problems with its use I did not notice – as the live need to “develop” the situation of face recognition.
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image (23) And that is what is required to finish is the shell MIUI in General. In itself it does not present any surprises – all the same long been loved by all (or not, opinions differ) MIUI ninth version, about which I spoke in the review of the Redmi 5 Plus. Since then it has been updated to version 9.5, and in this case has grown more and some set of pre-defined Russian services like “Yandex” in the company of Alice, or “Yuly”, but some important features of the shell as such did not appear. Another thing is that it’s pretty poorly adapted to the work with cut — in several places the inscription “go” under it, and the widgets sometimes not friends with him. It is also, of course, will be fixed in future firmwares, but still leaves some sloppy impression.
The rest – all as usual: a large number of cool features like cloning applications (which have already appeared and many others), excellent speed, time left on the status bar (previously many were infuriated, but it’s time to get used to – so it will be default in next Android release) and the frame around the application icons (and not all that annoying especially).
Display and sound
Xiaomi Mi 8 finally got AMOLED display. All in the best houses, with the exception of maybe only permissions: 6.21 inches, the format 19:9, 2246 × 1080 pixels. The density of pixels, respectively, is equal to 402 ppi – far from the records, which put smartphones with Quad HD or even 4K displays, but by today’s standards it can be called a standard. Exactly the same density have displays and OnePlus 6, and ASUS Zenfone 5Z, and even Huawei P20 Pro. The picture looks good, pixelation is not noticeable.
Xiaomi smartphones traditionally have a good oleophobic coating, which you don’t need to suffer, when wiping the screen of your smartphone. Mi 8 is no exception. Prints, of course, he collects, like any other gadget with a touch screen, but they are easily rubbed.
The cutout in the upper part of the display can be hidden by using the fill status bar with black color method, first seen in the above mentioned smartphone Huawei. Here it works a bit strange, “filled” not only cut, but also some space under it. Why? Who knows – in General, the firmware gives the impression of a very raw, despite the fact that it is global, not Chinese version.
By itself, the display is very good. As befits AMOLED, the contrast can be considered conditionally infinite, which affects the perception of images as such, and free angles, and the possibility of using smartphone in bright sunlight. By itself, the measured brightness of a low – 419 CD/m2 – but it is enough to ensure that the screen is not only not blind to the sunlight, but retains a good color.
The screen supports standard and HDR10, in theory, should support the color gamut of DCI-P3. This can be adjusted in the settings, although there are faced with some sloppiness of the developers – this time with the wording and translations. There is an adjustment of color tone (from cool to warm) and setting “contrast”, which, in fact, is work with color coverage. You can give her at the mercy of the device itself, which will change it depending on the situation (adaptive mode – an analogue True Tone), but in this case, you invariably run into too cold and not very accurate tone. And you can choose the right tone for themselves and to set either the enhanced “contrast” or “standard” — in the latter case, the color gamut is close to sRGB and the colors look the most honest. I measured the color of the screen in this mode.
Range in this mode is very stable, the average is close to the standard of 2.22. Color temperature is almost does not exceed the rate of 6 500 K – median is approximately at the level of 7 000 To with some fluctuations in the “warm” side. The average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker including a wide range of colors and shades of gray, made up 3.39 at a rate of 3.00 for the mobile device is a very high level, we can expect natural color reproduction. If you like brighter and cooler shades, you can switch to “high contrast” and to get coverage close to the standard DCI-P3. In any case, it is necessary to recognize the display setting of the Xiaomi Mi 8 very good.
But the sound is not so smooth. First, here we use ordinary mono speaker, located behind the right grill on the bottom edge. It’s pretty loud and does not overlap with the finger, when the horizontal grip, but to talk seriously about sound quality is not necessary. Secondly, there is no mini-Jack, as there is no compensation for not having this kind of adjustment to the bundled headphones in the manner of the latest HTC version (read our review U12+) or elementary, complete headphone with a wireless interface or USB connector Type-C. Only the flimsy adapter, which you can use to connect your own wired headphones. Well, Bluetooth is working with the standards aptX and aptx HD (still, there’s a Qualcomm platform). Overall sound quality through headphones using the adapter can be described as a normal – power normal, detailing the average, the distortions and failures in the sound there. But if you are a music fan, demanding quality sound – Mi 8 hardly for you.