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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: 5.88-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 710 CPU, Premium design


Xiaomi has launched not one, not two, but three new smartphones in an event today. The Chinese technology giant launched the highly-anticipated Mi 8 flagship — a celebration of their 8th-year anniversary.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 arrived with two other devices as its entourage. There’s the uniquely-dressed Mi 8 Explore Edition and the one we’re taking a look now, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (Special Edition).

The Mi 8 SE isn’t actually as fancy as it sounds. This device is almost exactly like Apple’s iPhone SE — which sports a toned-down hardware compared to the standard Mi 8. It will definitely appeal to those who are looking for a more budget-friendly alternative to Xiaomi’s newest flagship.


With the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, you’re getting Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 710 processor. This chipset sits between Qualcomm’s midrange 600-series and their high-end 800-line of processors which means that performance won’t be a problem on this handset.

One of the Mi 8 SE’s highlight features is its cameras. It packs a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual cameras setup on the back. And unlike the telephoto shooter on the Mi 8, the secondary camera on this phone is only meant for depth-sensing for the Portrait Mode feature.

On the other hand, it has a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. And despite the thick notch on top, it lacks the 3D face unlock of the Mi 8 — it’s one of the few compromises to accommodate the price tag.


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But despite the modest hardware, Xiaomi still went all out in the design and build. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is constructed with an aluminum frame, which you can physically feel on the sides. It’s then sandwiched with glass in front and back.

Xiaomi also put a lot of effort on the Mi 8 SE’s display. It sports a 5.88-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution. It also supports DCI-P3 color gamut and can reach up to 600-nits of brightness.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI 10
  • Dual nano SIM, Dual standby
  • 5.88-inch Super AMOLED FHD+, 2244 x 1080 resolution, ~423ppi
  • DCI-P3, HDR10, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 616 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage, non-expandable
  • 20-megapixel front camera
  • 12-megapixel (f/1.9, dual-pixel PDAF) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0), LED flash
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • No headphone jack, headphone jack adapter included
  • HSPA+, LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5.0, Infrared
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 147.3 x 73.1 x 7.5mm
  • Weight: 164g
  • Colors: Gold, Blue, Red, Gray
  • 3120mAh non-removable battery

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is priced at CNY1,799 (~USD281 / Php14,800) for the 4GB model and CNY1,999 (~USD312 / Php16,400) for the 6GB variant. Official pricing and availability around the world are yet to be announced.


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