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About Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro - Review, Specs + more

Well this is it, the flagship of the Chinese behemoth - incidentally now the 4th or even 3rd biggest handset manufacturer on the planet, depending on who you believe.

They're incredibly popular in China and India, and are becoming more so in Europe, mainly due to the low price. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro appears super quick, has a large memory and shoots high-resolution photos. With it you can use to unlock a fingerprint sensor or Face Unlock. Is it worth buying?

Summary of contents
  1. Mi 8 Pro - Specs
  2. Mi 8 Pro - Battery
  3. A unique phone...
  4. Mi 8 Pro - Conclusion


Mi 8 Pro - Specs

The Mi 8 Pro is a phablet, rather than a phone - in other words, it's quite big. But it's well made: it comes with a metal frame and a 6.2 inch AMOLED display with big notch. This screen will resolve to 2244 × 1080 pixels. In it a fingerprint sensor is integrated. Alternatively, you can access Face Unlock feature which works well. This feature also works in the dark with this unit.

Check out our review of the smaller Mi 8 and compare deals here.

Huge processor and memory reserves

This phablet weighs 176g and runs on Android 9.1 and with MIUI-10 user interface. For this to work well, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 incorporates a 2.8 GHz fast quad-core CPU with integrated Adreno 630 graphics. In combination with the 8 GB RAM, the smartphone is equipped for all apps and games.

Some negatives are that the device memory is fixed at 128 GB so you can't choose between different versions unfortunately. Extensions with microSD cards are no longer feasible either, because only 2 Nano-SIMs can be inserted. You do not get a 3.5 mm headphone jack, although a USB-C jack adapter is included.

You'll also find a Quick Charge 3.0 power supply and a silicone protective cover in the box.

Just to recap, the Mi 8 Pro has since been replaced by the Mi 9 (there is no Pro version). Instead, Xiaomi have launched a more budget-friendly version called the Mi 9 SE. They're both great phones, so check out monthly contract prices on those as well.

Mi 8 Pro - Battery

The Mi 8’s battery performance was underwhelming and unfortunately the Mi 8 Pro comes off a little worse as the screen is larger.  It’ll get you through a day of average use, but if you’re on a long commute and want to stream anything or play a few games you can expect to be rushing around for a charger when you arrive at your destination.

Strong camera, weaker battery

With this phone you shoot your photos with a dual camera. The works with optical image stabilization and 2 × 12 megapixels and a front camera with 20 megapixels. Practical are the 2x optical zoom and a video recording in 4K with 30 frames per second.

A slow motion mode with up to 240 frames per second and an HDR mode is also available. In terms of connections and interfaces, the device supports current standards such as USB Type C, LTE up to Band 20, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX and Dualband ac-WLAN.

A weakness is the battery capacity: there is only 3000 mAh. This rather low capacity is due to the in-display fingerprint reader which obviously eats into the available internal space... Nevertheless, up to 7 hours of continuous use are possible.

Is there another phone out there right now that looks like the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro? Well, that depends which side of the phone you're looking at. Because on the front it looks essentially the same as a heap of other 2018 smartphones. Skinny bezels on the sides and bottom, notch at the top, display filling the rest. I'll touch on the display later, but nothing about the front of the Mi 8 Pro is what catches your eye, it's really what's underneath.

A unique phone...

The Mi 8 Pro also features subtle red accents around the camera lenses and inside the USB Type-C port, and it has a chrome red power button on the right side just above the black volume rocker. I’m a sucker for tech that contrasts red and black so I love these minor touches.

As for the glass itself, Xiaomi stuck Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back with a brushed, gently curved aluminium chassis separating the two. It’s far from the slipperiest phone I’ve used, but all that glass lead to some gasps as it slid off my sofa on a few occasions.

Mi 8 Pro - Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro has a built-in fingerprint sensor, high camera performance and a very fast pace. Negatively, the battery doesn't last that long. Popular alternatives with good results in tests and a slightly higher price are the Samsung Galaxy S9 + and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus.

It's not really surprising that Apple and Samsung are worried by the Mi 8 Pro. It offers everything that their high-end models do, but at a much lower price tag. Don't even consider it for a moment more - this phone is pretty unique, but also brilliant, and in our top 3 phone available right now.

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