Xiaomi Announces Mi 8 Pro With an Under-Display Fingerprint Reader

Alongside the recently unveiled Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi has announced another version of its flagship Mi 8, called Mi 8 Pro.

The phone was launched at an event alongside the low-spec Mi 8 Lite. The pro version has an under-display fingerprint sensor and even has a transparent back option like the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

Mi 8 Pro has flagship-level features and brings notable improvements over the previous Mi 8 duo. Read on for details.

Design & Display

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

Xiaomi’s latest phone has a familiar notched design and looks quite similar to the Mi 8 duo. This one, however, has a gradient colored design on a premium glass body, with an under-display fingerprint sensor.

As compared to the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, the under-display fingerprint sensor on this one has been improved – Xiaomi says that it’s 29% faster and 8.8% more accurate.

In addition to the in-display fingerprint reader, the Mi 8 Pro also has an IR facial recognition unit on the front, just like the Mi 8, so you can switch between the two unlocking methods on the fly.

Mi 8 Pro in-display fingerprint scanner

The display, in addition to other internals, is almost identical to the base Mi 8. It’s a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED panel with FHD+ (1080 x 2248) resolution.

Hardware & Storage

Internal specs are the same as Mi 8. A top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 runs the show, with two RAM options of 6 and 8 GB. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition only had one 8 GB version, so this new model adds another 6 GB option.

Internal storage is the same for both RAM options, at 128 GB.

Camera & Software

Mi 8 Pro gets the best camera set up offered by Xiaomi on a smartphone. There are two cameras on the rear, both cameras shoot 12 MP photos but at f/1.8 for the primary one and f/2.4 for the secondary shooter respectively. The set up also has OIS and lossless optical zoom on board.

On the front, a single 20 MP selfie camera sits within the notch. It has a f/2.0 aperture, with all the latest AI beautification and portrait mode features. The software is Android 8.1 Oreo, with Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 10 skin on top.

Battery, Price, & Availability

Moving on the battery, Mi 8 Pro has a decent 3,400 mAh unit with fast charging support. It has a transparent back, but is also available in two normal color variants of Twilight Gold and Ochre Black – both have gradient designs.

Pricing is at CNY 3199 (~Rs. 57,000) for 6/128 GB model and CNY 3599 (~Rs. 65,000) for 8/128 GB variant. Pre-orders will begin soon, while the phone will hit the shelves at September 21 across China.

Mi 8 Pro Specifications

  • CPU: 4x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo-based MIUI 10
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G
  • Design:
    • In-display Fingerprint scanner
    • 3D facial recognition using Infrared based facial recognition
  • Display: 6.21″ Samsung AMOLED 18.7:9 display with Full HD+ (2248 x 1080) resolution
  • Memory: 
    • RAM: 6/8 GB
    • Internal: 128 GB
    • Card slot: No
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 12 MP + 12 MP, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, 4-axis OIS, dual-LED dual-tone flash
    • Secondary: 20 MP, facial recognition using infrared
  • Connectivity: NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS
  • Battery: 3,400 mAh with Quick Charge 4+ and Qi Wireless charging

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