If you talk about Xiaomi, you usually talk about Apple – not because the companies have a direct economic connection, but because the smartphones from the Middle Kingdom often clearly remind of the smartphones from Cupertino. The Xiaomi Mi 8 definitely takes the lead with the new notch design, but at least on paper, it seems to be more than just a cheap copy. In the review, we clarify whether Xiaomi can score with their own ideas.
Xiaomi Mi 8 in the test: Our test verdict
Smartphones with Notch are in vogue, that’s out of the question – doubtful only whether they meet the users’ wishes or smartphone manufacturers just looked after Apple’s presentation of the iPhone X forced to provide the distinctive feature in their own models.
With the Xiaomi Mi 8, the customer has a smartphone in front of him, the iPhone X models really look amazingly similar, but otherwise has to show in our eyes too few unique selling points. The dual GPS function did not significantly improve the navigation and although the performance is without blemish, you can easily find many other fast smartphones with the Snapdragon 845.
Special features such as waterproofness, an IR blaster, a triple camera or even a stylus – all this one searches in vain on the Xiaomi Mi 8. The battery life and camera performance are upscale – but not more. Paired with the rather unimaginative design, the Xiaomi Mi 8 can best be described as a very good, but at the same time quite unoriginal smartphone that simply lacks charm.
Last year, the smartphone might have impressed us a lot, but now it just seems a bit too boring to keep up with the competition. If you are looking for a smartphone with no frills at a fair price and can make friends with the somewhat exotic-looking MIUI software, the Xiaomi Mi 8 will surely make you happy. It is definitely in terms of performance and features an excellent smartphone without serious weaknesses, in which the manufacturer, however, to our liking to be guided by Apple too much. Compared to past Xiaomi devices such as the MIX series is that a bit disappointing.
Xiaomi Mi 8: That’s good to know
- Availability: The Xiaomi Mi 8 is among other flagship models of Xiaomi already. However, it is much cheaper from Asia.
- Always-on display: On the Xiaomi Mi 8’s OLED display, the user can view the current time and date permanently. The function is, however, still expandable and consumes comparatively much battery.
- Beauty mode in the camera: The beautification effect in the camera app, which causes annoyance also with other manufacturers, again and again, can be deactivated without problems for a more natural portrait.
Xiaomi Mi 8: Specifications
|Display||6,21 Zoll, 2.248 x 1.080 Pixel, AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5|
|processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|random access memory||6 GB RAM|
|Internal memory||64 or 128 GB, not expandable|
|main camera||2 × 12 MP, 4K videos at 30 fps, slow motion at max 240 fps, f / 1.8 aperture|
|front camera||20 MP with f / 2.0 aperture|
|battery pack||3.400 mAh, Quick Charge, USB-Typ-C|
|operating system||Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9|
|Dimensions||154,9 x 74,8 x 7,6 Millimeter|
|miscellaneous||WLAN 802.11b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, LTE (Cat16)|
|price||419 Euro (UVP)|
Xiaomi Mi 8 - Review
If you talk about Xiaomi, you usually talk about Apple - not because the companies have a direct economic connection, but because the smartphones from the Middle Kingdom often clearly remind of the smartphones from Cupertino. The Xiaomi Mi 8 definitely takes the lead with the new notch design, but at least on paper, it seems to be more than just a cheap copy. In the review, we clarify whether Xiaomi can score with their own ideas.
- Workmanship and design: The design is not very original, but quite chic. The matte metal frame in combination with the glass back has a visually convincing appearance, even if the device reminds people of a mixture of OnePlus 6 and iPhone X.
- Performance: The Snapdragon 845 makes a lot of steam under the hood and never actually starts to sweat. Even challenging 3D games masters the Xiaomi Mi 8 without effort.
- Camera: The dual camera of the Xiaomi Mi 8 takes very nice photos, both in daylight and in poor light conditions. Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Mi 8 does not come close to the results of the current front runners such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the Huawei P20 series. But the 20 MP camera is ideal for selfies.
- Battery life: The Xiaomi Mi 8 can easily last a working day and is definitely in the upper midfield in terms of endurance.
- Notch: Notch is both too wide and too high in our eyes. It is also not high enough to completely cover the status bar - which is a little irritating if you hide the notch in the system settings, because a small strip under the notch also needs to be colored black.
- No expansion via microSD possible: The dual-SIM slot can only be used to use a second SIM card.
- No jack connection: Although Xiaomi attaches a jack adapter, otherwise the user is forced to use Bluetooth or USB Type C headphones.
- Wireless Charging: Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Mi 8 can not be charged wirelessly.
Workmanship, feel and design
Telephony and audio
Connectivity and memory
Battery and everyday life