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About Xiaomi Mi 8 - Review, Specs + more

With the Xiaomi Mi 8, the Chinese manufacturer is again vigorously turning the price screw - in a positive way - and the Apples and Samsungs of this world should be a bit worried.

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Like the Pocophone F1, the Mi 8 comes with high-end hardware, but with the price tag of a mid-range phone. The OLED display is just as good as photo quality, too, but in the equipment we can see that there are annoying gaps that means the Xiaomi Mi 8 loses a few points here. But it's still a great phone and one to look very closely at indeed. Let's delve in:

A less well-known brand, but nevertheless very successful in China & India and in all likelihood soon in the UK too - Xiaomi convinced our tested with this high-end device that is crucually priced in the mid-range section.

The cheaper Poco' F1 costs £299 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 costs a little more, yet resembles the Pocophone in many ways. If you're looking for a larger screen then consider the Mi 8 Pro.  In short, the Mi 8 is a little higher quality than the Pocophone: although it is the same size, it has more display surface, it is also thinner and lighter, and genreally also works better.

Of all the mid-priced flagship smartphones, the Mi 8 feels comfortable in the hand and we like it. A protective cover is included.

Xiaomi Mi 8 - Display

A big difference to the Pocophone is apparent immediately: - the Xiaomi Mi 8 has a high-quality OLED display with excellent image quality that is sorely lacking in the Poco Here it is 6.2 inches tall and with its FullHD+ resolution is 2,248 x 1,080 pixels.

At the top of the picture there is still a small notch that is, actually, also quite wide, as in the case of the Pocophone, and is even slightly wider and higher on the Mi 8. However, the OLED readings are much better compared to the Pocophone's LCD as you would expect.

The contrast reaches a decent enough ratio of 150: 1, but many high-end mobile phones get more out of their OLED displays (admittedly they come at higher cost. And anyway the Xiaomi Mi 8 is really bright: In the sunshine, the display turns up to a maximum brightness of 713 candela per square metre. This is on the level of a Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Battery

The Xiaomi Mi 8 in the UK comes with a 3,400 mAh battery, so its capacity is smaller than that of the Pocophone's 4,000 mAh battery. The battery life of the Mi 8 is correspondingly shorter: With continuous use of 4G Internet (no 5G here, for that you need the Mi Mix 3 5G) and display in medium brightness, it lasts for 10 - 12 hours. This is about three hours less than the Pocophone, but still a good value in the battery rating.

A fast-charging power supply is included, and the battery is fully recharged in 1:21 hours. What the Mi 8, however, lacks in comparison to more expensive high-end phones, is the possibility for wireless charging as this reviewer found much to their chagrin.

Under the bonnet

With these specifications, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is perfect for displaying colour intensive HDR images. And also HDR streaming, for example via YouTube, works. Netflix, however, does not stream HD content to the Xiaomi Mi 8 because the device does not support the necessary copy protection system sadly.

The manufacturer may change this with an update, but at the time of the test this shortcoming exists and is worth considering.

Verdict on the Xiaomi Mi 8

The Xiaomi Mi 8 with 64 GB of memory is available at the time of testing for about £300 outright, which is a very good price for the high-end hardware. The 128GB model costs a bit more, but is still affordable and frankly hardly anyone can beat the Mi 8 in comparison to the mid-range smartphones in the same price segment.

If you are looking for an alternative to Xiaomi, you will find a similarly good price / performance ratio currently with the LG G8S ThinQ.

The Mi 8 has since been replaced by the newer Mi 9 however there are still many pay monthly deals to be found for the Mi 8 above. Compare contract prices by adjusting the filters to your liking.

Xiaomi Mi 8: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2248
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Processor: 2.8 Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Stanby Time: 86 hours
  • Battery Capacity: 3400
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 20 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 1
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: