The Xiaomi Mi 8 has been presented a few moments ago, and therefore it is time to put it face to face against its direct rivals. And as already happened with the OnePlus 6, this new Xiaomi terminal forces us to make it not a comparison but 2. Why? For direct rivalry and above all, for price.
Because as Xiaomi has accustomed us, the manufacturer has put a negligible cost on the Xiaomi Mi 8, and has given us an excellent phone at a stupid price. But he is not the only one, and he will have to face devices from his own family in pursuit of superiority. Who will win?
The Xiaomi Mi 8 against its 3 direct rivals: the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro and … iPhone X?
The first comparison we will make will be against its 3 rival devices in terms of range and above all, trend. Why? Because the design of this Mi 8 is very similar to that of the Manzanita device, so inclusion in this comparison was inevitable. Go for it:
|6.2 "(19: 9) OLED Full HD +||AMOLED 6.1 "(19: 9) Full HD +||Super AMOLED 6.2 "(18.5: 9) QHD +||Super AMOLED 5.8 "(19.5: 9) Retina display|
|Snapdragon 845 Octa-core up to 2.75 GHz||Kirin 970 Octa-core up to 2.4 GHz||Exynos 9810 Octa-Core up to 2.7 GHz||A11 Bionic Hexa-core up to 2.39 GHz|
|64 + 6GB / 128 + 6GB / 256 + 6GB / 128 + 8GB||128 + 6 GB||64, 128, 256 + 6 GB||64 + 3 GB or 256 + 3 GB|
|Do not||Do not||S: up to 400 GB||Do not|
|12 Mpx with f / 1.8 + 12 Mpx with f / 2.4||40 Mpx + 20 Mpx + 8 Mpx 3x zoom||12 Mpx (f / 1.5-2.4) + 12 Mpx (f / 2.4) 2x zoom||12 Mpx (f / 2.8) + 12 Mpx (f / 2.4) 2x zoom|
|20 Mpx (f / 2.0)||24 Mpx (f / 2.0)||8 Mpx (f / 1.7)||7 Mpx (f / 2.2)|
|Rear + facial recognition / On-screen + facial recognition||Forward||Rear and facial recognition + iris||Facial recognition only|
|WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual GPS and NFC.||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS and NFC.||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS and NFC (Apple Pay only).|
|3400 mAh with fast charge||4000 mAh with 22.5W USB Type-C charging||3500 mAh with 12W USB Type-C charging and fast wireless charging||2716 mAh with fast charge for Lighting and fast charge for wireless|
|Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10||Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI||Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience||iOS 11|
|175 grams||180 grams||189 grams||174 grams|
|154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm||155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm||157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm||143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm|
|360 euros / 400 euros / 440 euros / 495 euros (conversion from yuan)||899 euros||949 euros||1159 euros|
This comparison may seem somewhat unfair given the huge price gap (especially with the iPhone X), but given the similarity between the Xiaomi terminal and that of Cupertino, we should do it. In addition, far from its inspiration and price, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is a top-of-the-range terminal and its hardware demonstrates this.
The first thing we see is undoubted: all these devices They are authentic top of the range in their segment. It is striking that of all the confrontation, no member shares a processor. This battle is settled between Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Exynos 9810, Kirin 970, and A11 Bionic.
In terms of power we must speak, although the performance that all these devices give us is impressive. As we have commented in several analyzes, perhaps the Kirin (speaking of brute force) falls somewhat below. Furthermore, the A11 Bionic has proven to be the most powerful processor of all, although it works in a different ecosystem.
So, there is a direct battle between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and the Exynos 9810. Here we will not say anything, since both are a guarantee of absolute power and both will give us unparalleled performance that will depend exclusively on the software, in which here yes there are things to tell, and many.
Okay, we have Android on 3 of the 4 devices, and Apple has iOS as a system. But in this battle it is not the system that plays its trump card, but your personalization layer. The Xiaomi cape, the newly released MIUI 10 you have to face nothing more and nothing less than Samsung Experience, EMUI 8 and iOS 11.
What we cannot deny is that MIUI 10 has mixed two of the most important essences of telephony: the aesthetics of pure Android (Android P) and a clear whiff to iOS. Therefore, we are facing a layer that is very complete, and that changes its design in order to become more like its two rivals. Here we enter a matter of taste, since all these layers are very functional and are very complete. It is up to you to position yourself in case of your purchase.
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In terms of design, a clear "winner" depending on who looks at it is the samsung galaxy s9, at least in matters of originality. While the Xiaomi Mi 8 cannot be accused of lack of materials premium, both the P20 Pro and the first have used the design of the iPhone X blatantly, and the S9 has distanced itself from this, positioning it on a differential step.
The third camera of P20 Pro is differential, but the photographic section is very close, since the iPhone X is a photographic reference added to the Galaxy S9. Evidence is lacking to see how the Mi 8 will work in this arduous battle, although we wish you that if everything goes well, it will be able to compete from you to you.
Finally the Mi 8 adds to the OLED fashion, and gives us a 6.2-inch panel with notch very similar to that of the iPhone X. It will be necessary to prove it, since here Samsung takes off the chest having without a doubt the best screen, but we are left with no questions about the overall quality of the panel of the Mi 8.
The points where the Mi 8 clearly shows its chest are its hardware and above all its almost stupid price. Will the reduction in costs be a reason for these great exponents to be able to handle the Mi 8?
And what happens against its price rivals?
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is extremely cheap having hardware Awesome. Therefore, it is inevitable that we face it with its same price brothers, which in this case we see another Xiaomi again, with which we hope it does not have to rival so that there is no cannibalism.
|6.2 "(19: 9) OLED Full HD +||6.28 "(19: 9) Super AMOLED FullHD +||LCD 5.84 "(18.7: 9) FullHD +||5.99 "1080×2160 (18: 9) FullHD +|
|Snapdragon 845 Octa-core up to 2.75 GHz||Snapdragon 845 Octa-core up to 2.75 GHz||Kirin 970 Octa-core up to 2.4 GHz||Snapdragon 845 Octa-core up to 2.75 GHz|
|64 + 6GB / 128 + 6GB / 256 + 6GB / 128 + 8GB||64 + 6GB / 128 + 8GB / 8 + 256GB||6 + 64/6 + 128||6 or 8 + 128 GB / 8 + 256 GB|
|Do not||Do not||Do not||Yes|
|12 Mpx with f / 1.8 + 12 Mpx with f / 2.4||20 + 16 Mpx.||16 Mpx + 24 Mpx||12 (f / 1.8) + 12 (f / 2.0) Mpx|
|20 Mpx (f / 2.0)||16 Mpx||24 Mpx (f / 2.0)||5 Mpx|
|Rear + facial recognition / On-screen + facial recognition||Rear + facial recognition||Forward + Face recognition||Butt and facial recognition|
|WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual GPS and NFC.||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, NFC||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, NFC||WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 Type C, NFC and GPS|
|3400 mAh with fast charge||3300 mAh, fast charge by USB Type C Dash Charge||3400 mAh with fast charge with USB-C||3,400 mAh battery with quick charge and USB-C|
|Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10||Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS||Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI||Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 9.5|
|Splashes||Do not||Do not||Do not|
|175 grams||177 grams||153 grams||189 grams|
|154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm||155.7 75.35 7.75 mm||149.6 71.2 7.7 mm||150.86 x 74.9 x 8.1 mm|
|360 euros / 400 euros / 440 euros / 495 euros (conversion from yuan)||519 euros / 569 euros / 619 euros||335 euros / 385 euros||549 euros|
Here the battle is totally different: Qualcomm and Kirin face off with the OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S and Xiaomi Mi 8 united against the Honor 10, which is the one that comes closest in terms of costs. The others, being more expensive, continue to have a very aggressive value for money strategy.
They all share spectacular hardware and finish premium, but except the Mi MIX all pull the aesthetics of the aforementioned iPhone X. The Mi 8, we say again, is perhaps too similar to Apple's mobile phone, so in originality the others are one point above.
In a matter of taste, the most differential is the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S with a concept far removed from the others, but with the discomfort of the front camera as a counterpoint. In terms of power, MIUI and EMUI have to face Oxygen OS, at a very clear disadvantage.
Where the Mi 8 against these rivals surely stands out is that its price is considerably lower than the others, except for the Honor 10 that rivals it. These 500 euros in which the Mi MIX and the OnePlus 6 move are high compared to the fork of 300 of the other two.
The Mi 8 will have it quite difficult compared to the OnePlus 6 directly due to its good reception and the merit that OnePlus gradually collects. The Xiaomi Mi 8 will have to get a lot of hardware out of the box to be able to directly compete against the high-end budget and not just look like a Chinese copy of the iPhone X.
As for hardware, being all even, the Xiaomi guys put their chests on the camera section, although as we say, we will have to test the Mi 8 in depth to see where it is located. The Mi MIX 2S has made a huge leap in quality, and perhaps a problem for the launch of the Mi 8.
There are two unknowns to solve regarding the Mi 8 and this contest. to get started Will it negatively affect the Mi 8's intense resemblance to the iPhone X? And above all, will the price be a sufficient reason not to opt for others? Because with the Mi MIX 2S risking cannibalizing its "younger" brother and the OnePlus 6 playing loud, it is a question that remains in the air.