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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: features, price, availability …

A few days after the international presentation of the Xiaomi Mi 8, new terminal flagship from the manufacturer Xiaomi, a reduced and therefore cheaper version of this that has already come to life was leaked: the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. A lower version but that hides interesting surprises in its hardware.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE features

As the tagline SE means (exactly the same as in the case of the iPhone SE), this reduced variant of the Mi 8 brings us more trimmed specifications, but not for that reason excessively lower:

  • 5.88-inch OLED screen in 19: 9 format and FullHD + resolution (2280 x 1080)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor
  • RAM memory: 4/6 GB
  • Internal memory: 64 GB
  • Dual rear camera: 12 Mpx + 5 Mpx
  • Front camera: 20 Mpx
  • Battery: 3120 mAh
  • Android version: 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10
  • Others: fingerprint sensor, face unlock, USB Type-C, NFC, Bluetooth …

Releasing family, and releasing processor

It is the first time that we see a Mi SE device, since the cut versions that we remember in the Mi 5 and Mi 6 correspond to the Mi 5C and the Mi Note 3. This Mi 8 SE is a lower variant with "worst" hardware, but without a doubt with some specifications the sea of ​​interesting.

Qualcomm intended to release a new series of processors for mid-range devices premium intermediate between the 600 and 800 range, and logically it is the 700. But due to problems with the production related to Samsung, the one who was going to launch this line became the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, processor that gives life to this Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.

We continue to have this Mi 8 SE the controversial notch but with some design variants. For starters, the refined rounded edge of the Mi 8 becomes more rectangular (as in the Galaxy Note 8 with the Galaxy S8) and having a smaller size. Of course, we keep the reduction of the frames to a minimum, even looking like they are better optimized.

The cuts go further, and we have 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal memory expandable with micro-SD cards. However we have some materials premium as in the Mi 8, with the fingerprint reader located on the back and with almost the same connections, with USB-C, a camera arranged vertically and without a 3.5 mm jack.

The cameras of this model are dual but not the same as in the Mi 8. We will have a main sensor of 12 Mpx and a secondary one of 5 Mpx. The front is 20 Mpx and they will all have artificial intelligence.

In the software we release as in the case of the older brother Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 10, a layer that we have talked about in an article that we leave you below. We also have a double front camera (hence the length of the notch)

In connectivity we have what is expected, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS …

A small size high-end

Although it is not exactly a clone of its older brother, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is presented as a very good performance terminal at a contained price.

It is what many users will look for if they want a powerful and cheap mobile phone since currently the best option is its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi 6.

Prices and availability of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

The price of this model is 1799 yuan, about 240 euros to change for the 4 + 64 model and 1999 yuan, about 265 euros to change, for the 6 + 64 GB model.