Xiaomi Mi 8 For Hands-on Review

What better way for Xiaomi to announce entry to Great Britain than Mi 8 Pro, a great smartphone with powerful specifications. It's not a nasty entry. The Chinese company also has a host of other facilities and related products to sell online, as well as in the flagship store located in the busy shopping mall in London. Besides, she agreed with Three. Xiaomi arrived and that means doing business.

However, due to strong competition it will not be easy to ride. At the time of writing, we do not know how much the Mi 8 Pro is worth, though on the basis of the Chinese prize (phone launched in September), it may be between 400 and 500 British pounds, OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy A9 and Honor 10.

We used the Mi 8 Pro before it was put into operation and while we have a good picture of what the phone is, we will postpone that we will offer a complete review until the price is confirmed. Until then, there is a deep practical review.

It looks good

It's simply impossible to avoid the fact that Mi 8 Pro looks like an iPhone XS. The front has a knurled screen, and the back has an offset, vertically mounted double lens with a flash in the center. It is a blurry fax that is stored with only a transparent back panel. It's a brilliant mind because it looks fantastic. No, these are not real parts of the phone's power, but they are real transistors and chips. It's an elegant effect, but it's not accurate to say that it's the components that keep the phone running.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
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Smoked glass looks fantastic, especially because it gradually turns around curved edges, giving the device its true shape, depth and style. This is great for your hand and it is not difficult either. The screen is flat and has a notch above, a chin at the bottom, and black frames on the side of the screen. This reminds iPhone XR.

Mi 8 Pro looks stunning, even if it's derived.

In spite of the 6.21-inch display, the Mi 8 Pro is surprisingly manageable and thin and lightweight. The fingerprint sensor is not on the back because it is located beneath the phone display. This is becoming more and more common when it comes to OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Everyone works the same way – place your finger or thumb with the right place to unlock the phone. It is sad that they are equally unfair.

Mi 8 Pro fingerprint sensor is not worse than the others, but not better. In the few days we used them, we registered our press several times to try to improve reliability. A single print is more than all you need to unlock the phone, but it still takes longer than traditional printing. Unlike the OnePlus 6T and Mate 20 Pro models, the Mi 8 Pro does not have a facial-unlock feature that improves life, despite the closely related version of the Mi 8 Explorer with 3D Depth-Sensing Front Cameras.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Compared with

Removing fingerprints aside, Mi 8 Pro looks stunning, even if it is derived. However, it is sad that if you are looking for a headphone jack, you will not find it, and the phone does not snap enough to gain any water resistance.

Good screen, excellent performance

Mi 8 Pro has a 6.21-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2 248 x 1 080 pixels, a aspect ratio of 18.7: 9 and a notch above. Xiaomi has several display modes and the hidden setting is an option to adjust the contrast. We found out that when it was set to automatic, the screen would be a little washed out. Turn it to Enhanced Contrast and the difference was remarkable. The videos are alive, the games are off the screen and the colors are so electric that we can not stop. It's a real stun.

Inside this phone is a Snapdragon 845 processor with 8 GB of RAM, which is a very powerful combination. We've done some benchmarks to see how it works:

  • AnTuTu 3D: 288,289
  • Geekbench 4: 2 047 monoliths; 8252 multi-core
  • 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 2 811 (Vulkan)

We played a selection of games, used the phone for messaging, emails and social networks and found no performance problems. This is a fast phone and can easily get into the competition. The results of the benchmark model placed it somewhere near the performance offered by Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and LG G7 ThinQ; but for the incredibly well-performing OnePlus 6T (which shares the same specifications).


Xiaomi is very convincing in re-use of the technology in its entirety, and the Mi 8 Pro has the same 12-megapixel camera with two lenses on the back as seen on the Mi 8. The main lens has a f / 1.8 aperture and the secondary lens has an aperture f / 2.4 and optical image stabilization and 1.4 mm. Shoots images in portrait mode with bokeh effect, plus Xiaomi recognition with artificial intelligence and self-beauty.

Photos are hit and miss. There is no doubt that it has the ability to make great shots, but we question the ability of the software to capture those shots every time. We spent a lot of time with the camera, but the pictures we took fall into two camps: perfectly good or almost unusable.

When the camera works well, pop colors (though slightly over-exhausted) and beautiful details. Plus 2x hybrid zoom is effective. We've seen problems centered both in portrait mode and in the camera with its own camera, which is also degraded by blurring images in active beauty mode and excessive noise in demanding lighting conditions.

We will test the camera more and look at software updates that can improve the situation. We use one of the first Mi 8 Pro devices and therefore may not be representative of the final version.

Fruit Software

It's Android aboard the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, but with its own XIAOMI MIUI user interface over the top. This is version 9.6 of MIUI Global, which means it has Google Play and all the usual apps and features we'd expect from the Android phone. We like the look of MIUI. It is clean, the icons are well designed, the offers are not frustrating and are often updated. However, there are some inconveniences that prevent us from using it – not least the announcement on Mi 8 Pro.

There is a place on both sides of the notch, but none of them are allowed for notification.

There is a place on both sides of the notch, but none of them are allowed for notification. Even worse, the incoming notification is not displayed on the lock screen. Push the notification shade and everything is there. Application icons show all numbers that indicate the number of notifications that are waiting, but we do not have other options. There are some solutions but they are not user-friendly at all – for example, it may be necessary for each application to be individually activated and to display screen lock notifications. Why is this so exaggerated.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
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Otherwise, MIUI did not pose any compatibility issues, and outside of the extensive Xiaomi App collection – everything from the link to the Xiaomi forum to the compass and the screen capture application is preinstalled – swelling is minimal. Pleasant user experience disturbed by notification harassment and camera application problems described above.


Xiaomi Mi 8's ability to take over OnePlus 6T and various other competitors depends on the price. The phone is solid with some powerful plus points – a beautiful screen, an attractive transparent back system and great performance – but the software frustrates, the battery lasts only a day with average usage and the onboard speaker is bad.

There's a great, probably a great phone waiting for you. The right price and decent software updates will deliver.

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