Xiaomi just launched its flagship for the year, the Xiaomi Mi 8 at a launch event in Shenzhen. The company launched three versions of the Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE edition and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The Mi 8 comes with a metal and glass design along with 6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED display, and a noticeable chin at the bottom. The display has a resolution of 2248×1080 pixels, 18.7:9 aspect ratio.
In terms of performance, the Mi 8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. Xiaomi has added a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup with larger 1.4-micron pixels and 4-axis optical image stabilization. The device also features a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture and 1.8-micron pixel size. Coinciding with the launch of the device, DxOMark, the camera benchmarking website also released its in-depth analysis of the camera on the Mi 8.
According to the analysis, Xiaomi Mi 8 challenges industry heavyweights such as the Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, Huawei P20 Pro, and Galaxy S9 Plus in the camera department. DxOMark gave Xiaomi Mi 8 a score of 99 noting that the company improved a number of aspects in the camera when compared to its previous offering, the Mi MIX 2S. Mi 8 has managed to achieve a Photography score of 105 because of improvements in achieving accurate exposure with increased dynamic range, neutral white balance in bright light while rendering vivid and rich colors.
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The analysis also notes that the Mi 8 camera comes with fast and accurate autofocus that results in a smooth blur and pleasing bokeh. It added that the company could work on to improve the preservation of “very fine structure detail” while reducing fringing around areas with high-contrast edges. Even though the company has done good work in reproducing bokeh, the rendering of some of the bokeh looks artificial. The camera does not come with a stellar performance when it comes to video recording but it still manages to perform well. Talking about the video recording performance, the report added that Mi 8 camera comes with accurate, smooth and fast autofocus “with good subject tracking” along with wide dynamic range and “attractive” color rendering.
Comparing the scores, Xiaomi Mi 8 matches the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with 99 scores while beating the Google Pixel 2 with 98 and Apple iPhone X with 97 scores. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S scored 97 while the Apple iPhone 8 Plus scored 94. The Mi 8 is not the best camera as Huawei P20 Pro still rules the hill with 109 scores followed by HTC U12+ with 103 and Huawei P20 with 102 scores.
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