The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the cheaper variant of the Xiaomi Mi 8 flagship smartphone, and it comes with impressive specs & features. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes with a notch display like an Apple iPhone X display. The smartphone looks boxy with no curved edges, and it comes in Black, Blue, Red and Gold colours. The smartphone comes in two variant and it is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, brings emphasis on AR & AI. The smartphone comes in two variant and it runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 10.
Design and Display
Design wise, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE sports the trending notch display like Apple iPhone X, a slight chin at the bottom, and dual-rear camera set up along with dual-LED flash on the back. The smartphone features an aluminum alloy body and has a boxy look with no curved edges. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is rectangular and protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top, reflecting the light in the most subtle way. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back, and available in Gray, Blue, Red, Gold, and Black colours. The smartphone measures 147.28×73.09 x7.5 mm and weigh 164g.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE features 5.88-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2244 x 1080 pixels at an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 along with 60,000:1 contrast ratio, and has 423 pixels per inch density. The smartphone has 81.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, 600 nits brightness for better outdoor visibility. Nonetheless, the screen is HDR10 compliant, DCI-P3 colour gamut and protected by Corning Gorilla 5 on the top.
Performance and Storage
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the first smartphone which is powered by 2.2GHz 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 10nm processor. The 10nm octa-core chipset includes two Kryo 360 Cortex-A75 cores that clocks at 2.2GHz and six Kryo 360 Cortex-A55 cores clocks at 1.7GHz. The processor is paired with Adreno 616 graphics and 4GB/6GB LPDDR4x RAM.
The smartphone has 64GB (eMMC 5.1) internal storage, not expandable via microSD card.
Camera And Operating System
The cameras on the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE sports dual 12MP + 5MP rear-camera setup with f/1.9 and f/2.0 aperture respectively. The 12MP rear camera comes with 1.4µm pixel size, 1.4μm pixel size, dual-pixel PDAF, gyro-EIS while the secondary 5MP shooter features a telephoto lens and comes with 1.12um pixel size. The rear-camera accompanied with dual-LED flash. Other features on the rear cameras include Bokeh mode, portrait mode, geo-tagging, touch focus, facial recognition, HDR adjustment, panorama mode, burst mode, and the usual AI enhancements like beautification, business card recognition, intelligent translation, and intelligent exchange rate conversion. Video recording at 2160p@60fps and 1080p@30/120fps. On the front, there is a 20-megapixel sensor with 1.4μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, AI portrait, background bokeh, smart beauty features built-in front soft light, automatic HDR, 4K video capture, and low motion.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE runs on Android Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with MIUI 9 on top of it, upgradeable to MIUI 10.
Connectivity and Battery
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) SIM Support and connectivity features like Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 2×2 MIMO, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, VoLTE, and USB Type-C support. The smartphone comes with onboard sensors like gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, ambient light sensor, hall sensor, vibration sensor and infrared.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE packs 3120mAh non-removable Li-Polymer battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0, charges the smartphone from 0% to 100% in just 1.7 hours. The battery claims to offer 269 hours of standby time, 108 hours of local music playback, 13 hours of video playback, and 7 hours of gaming.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Technical Specifications
|Model||Mi 8 SE|
|SIM Slot||Dual SIM Card Slot|
|Box Content||Handset with built-in Battery charger, USB cable, User Manual, Warranty Card|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen|
|Resolution||1080 x 2248 pixels, 18,7:9 aspect ratio|
|Pixel Density||423 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Screen to body percentage||81.3%|
Processor and Operating System
|No of Cores||8 (Octa Core)|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|User Interface (UI)||MIUI 10|
Memory And Storage
|USB OTG Support||Yes|
|Rear Camera||12MP + 5MP|
|Front Facing Camera||20 MP (f/2.2)|
|Selfie Flash||Soft light flash|
|Features||Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Exposure compensation, Face detection, Geotagging, HDR|
ISO settings, Panorama, Scene mode, Self-timer, Touch focus, White balance settings
|Video Recording||1920 x 1080 @ 30fps|
Internet And Connectivity
|Operating Frequency||2G, 3G, 4G/LTE; GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz; HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 (AWS) / 1900 / 2100; LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Network||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Internet||EDGE, GPRS, LTE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|USB Connectivity||Yes, MicroUSB|
|Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)||Yes|
|Headphone Connector||Yes, USB Type-C|
|Standby Time||Up to 269 Hours|
|Build||Front glass, rear metal|
|Colours||Gray, Blue, Red, Gold|
|Dimensions||147.3 x 73.1 x 7.5 mm|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Compass, Fingerprint (rear-mounted)|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail|
|Warranty||1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories|
|Media Player||Yes (AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC)|
|Video Player||Yes (3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player)|