Xiaomi Mi 8 Front Camera How Many Megapixels
Xiaomi Mi 8, which officially appeared in August, costs from 30 to 33 thousand rubles, depending on the version (64 or 128 GB of flash memory), which is not so noticeably different from the of gray suppliers. there is an official guarantee and global firmware. This is more like the right direction. The main thing is that the gadgets themselves, as before, do not fail.
Mi 8 is the classic flagship smartphone of Xiaomi: a powerful hardware platform, a complete collection of all key trends and direct inheritance of its external design from the current iPhone. The experiments inherent in the Mi MIX series bypassed him. Will there be enough traditional values for fresh Mi to become a hit again?
Xiaomi Mi 8. information about the filling according to the CPU-Z application
⇡ #Design, ergonomics and software
Traditions have traditions. the company, which has made a name for itself in many respects by imitating Apple and copying the design of its products, has its own. If Mi 5 and Mi 6 stepped in some direction, then Mi 8 looks like a direct follower of the iPhone X line. Albeit with the caveat that the same “brow” and glass back are, in fact, generally accepted standards, from them Neither Huawei nor LG, nor ASUS, nor OnePlus could refuse, of course. But Xiaomi proved to be almost the most diligent students. pay attention not so much to the cutout, but to the camera unit on the rear panel.
Xiaomi is trying to diversify the design with color variations: in addition to the black, which we got for testing, there are also white and blue Mi 8. It is a matter of exclusively coloring the back and side edges, while the edging of the screen is always black.
Blue version of Xiaomi Mi 8
Yes, Xiaomi Mi 8 is clearly lacking in personality, but when was the technology of this manufacturer loved for it? The main thing is that everything is executed accurately and in the spirit of the times: glass front and rear (ceramics are in the past), aluminum faces and solid dimensions. Yes, due to the elongated display with a notch, it was possible to steal a few millimeters, but its diagonal is 6.21 inches, and the frames (especially from the bottom), albeit small, but larger than the iPhone X. Still, keep the dimensions of the Mi 5 and Mi 6 did not work, the novelty is noticeably larger. But it is not much heavier. 175 grams (glass Mi 6 weighs 168 grams).
Xiaomi Mi 8, front panel: at the top of the screen there is a cutout with a front camera, a speaker, IR illumination and a light sensor
All this, however, is already familiar and does not interfere with the use of the smartphone quite calmly. Someone even manages to control gadgets with more than six-inch screens with one hand, but these are already special cases. Mi 8 is assembled with high quality, it’s nice to work with it. But the glass, of course, is very quickly covered and covered with micro-scratches. here either work with a cloth and put up with it, or put a smartphone in a case. Included in the kit, by the way, is translucent silicone.
Xiaomi Mi 8, rear panel: dual camera module with dual LED flash and fingerprint scanner
Xiaomi Mi 8 lacks a mini-jack. and, as is the case with Mi MIX 2 / 2S or Mi 6, without explanation. Moisture and dust protection, and even there, even IP54 splash protection is not listed in the list of characteristics. It’s just now accepted, so Xiaomi got rid of the extra connector and put a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box with the smartphone. Alas.
Xiaomi Mi 8, left side: slot for two nano-SIM
Xiaomi Mi 8, right side: power and volume / shutter keys
The cutout of the Mi 8 is very large. The front camera, the earpiece, the ambient light sensor and the status indicator, and IR illumination, which are familiar to any modern smartphones, are also located on it. No, this is not a full-fledged IR complex for 3D face recognition, like Apple’s, but only a backlight that helps the front camera to see the face in the dark. That is, on the one hand, the system can still be deceived with the help of photography. just the local Face Unlock will work better in the dark. On the other hand, while it’s impossible to deceive for an elementary reason. in all European Mi 8 the option is removed (there are various rumors about the reasons, we are only talking about facts). A ridiculous situation, but Xiaomi promises to deal with it soon and add face recognition in one of the future firmware.
Xiaomi Mi 8, upper side: optional microphone
Xiaomi Mi 8, bottom: USB Type-C port, monaural speaker and microphone hidden under the decorative grille
In the meantime, you have to do with the good old (and appeared massively three years ago) fingerprint scanner, which is located on the back panel in the center. About how logical and correct this place is for a fingerprint sensor, I have already written many times, in this case it remains only to repeat itself.
The scanner works fine. without speed records, but faster than, for example, the Vivo NEX screen sensor. I did not notice any problems with its use. as well as the lively need to “finish” the situation with face recognition.
Otherwise, everything is as usual: a large number of interesting functions, such as application cloning (which has already appeared in many others), excellent speed, time on the left on the status bar (it used to infuriate many, but it’s time to get used to it. this will be the default on the next version of Android ) and the frame around the application icons (and not all, which is especially annoying).
⇡ #Display and sound
Xiaomi Mi 8 finally got an AMOLED display. Everything is like in the best houses, except, perhaps, only the resolution: 6.21 inches, format 19: 9, 2248 × 1080 pixels. The pixel density, respectively, is 402 ppi. far from the records that smartphones with Quad HD or even 4K displays set, but by today’s standards this can be called the standard. The displays are exactly the same density 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, due to which you do not have to constantly suffer, wiping the screen. Mi 8 is no exception. Fingerprints, of course, he collects, like any other gadget with a touch screen, but they are easily wiped.
The cutout at the top of the display can be hidden by filling the status bar with black. a method first seen in the Huawei smartphone mentioned above. Here he works a little strange. not only the notch is “poured”, but also some more space under it. What for? Who knows. in general, the firmware leaves an impression of being very raw, despite the fact that it is a global, not a Chinese version.
The display itself is very good. As befits AMOLED, its contrast can be considered conditionally infinite, which affects the perception of the image as such, and the free viewing angles, and the possibility of using the smartphone in bright sunlight. The measured brightness itself is not high. 419 cd / m2, but this is enough to ensure that the screen is not only not blind under sunlight, but also maintains a good color rendering.
The screen supports the HDR10 standard and, in theory, should support the color gamut DCI-P3. This can be adjusted in the settings, although even here you come across some sloppy developers. this time with wordings and translations. There is both a color tone adjustment (from cold to warm) and a “contrast” setting, which, in essence, turns out to be a work with color gamut. You can give it up to the device itself, which will change it depending on the situation (adaptive mode is a kind of True Tone analogue), but in this case you will invariably stumble upon unnecessarily cold and not very accurate tones. And you can choose the necessary tones yourself and set either increased “contrast” or “standard”. in the latter case, the color gamut will be close to sRGB, and the colors look most honest. I measured the color rendering of the screen in this mode.
Xiaomi Mi 8, gamma in “normal” mode. Yellow line. indicators Mi 8, dotted. reference gamma
Xiaomi Mi 8, color temperature in “normal” mode. Blue line. indicators Mi 8, dotted. reference temperature
Xiaomi Mi 8, color gamut in “normal” mode. Gray triangle. sRGB coverage, white triangle. Mi 8 coverage
The gamma in this mode is very stable, the average indicator is close to the 2.22 standard. The color temperature almost does not exceed the norm of 6,500 K. the median is approximately at the level of 7,000 K with some fluctuations in the “warm” direction. The average deviation of DeltaE according to the Color Checker scale, which includes both a wide range of colors and shades of gray, was 3.39 at a rate of 3.00. for a mobile device this is a very high level, you can count on natural color reproduction. If you like brighter and colder shades, you can switch to “increased contrast” and get coverage that is close to the DCI-P3 standard. In any case, it is worth recognizing the display settings of the Xiaomi Mi 8 as very good.
But with the sound, not everything is so smooth. Firstly, an ordinary monodynamic is used here, located behind the right lattice on the lower edge. It is quite loud and does not overlap with a finger with a horizontal grip, but there is no need to talk seriously about sound quality. Secondly, there is no mini-jack, as there is no compensation for its absence, such as tuning for complete headphones in the manner of HTC latest versions (read our review of U12) or, elementary, complete headphones with a wireless interface or with a USB Type-C connector. Only a flimsy adapter with which you can connect your own wired headphones. Well, Bluetooth, working with aptX and aptx HD standards (still, here is the Qualcomm platform). The overall sound quality through the headphones using the adapter can be described as normal. the power is normal, the detail is average, there are no distortions and dips in the sound. But if you are a music lover, demanding on sound quality. Mi 8 is hardly for you.