On May 31st in Shenzhen, Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, held a conference where it released a couple of products including the Xiaomi Mi 8 series. The Xiaomi Mi 8 series is an absolute protagonist, and this series has Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Of these smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is not very attractive and it is a quasi-flagship designed for those who do not fancy large phones. However, if you study this phone carefully, you will find that Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the best bet and the only device that deserves every penny in the Mi 8 series. Three aspects of this smartphone which makes it attractive are its processor, camera, and display.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the world’s first smartphone to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 quasi-flagship processor. The Snapdragon 710 is the first chip manufactured in the 10nm process in addition to the flagship processor. It is almost identical to the core architecture of the flagship Snapdragon 845: Kryo 300 series CPU, Adreno 600 series GPU, Spectra 250 ISP, Hexagon 685 DSP and X15 LTE baseband. The Adreno 616 graphics processor is built in, and the rendering speed is increased by 35%. The Snapdragon 710 uses a new Kryo 360 core based on ARM’s latest processor architecture, two Kryo 360 high-performance cores, clocked at up to 2.2GHz and six Kryo 360 energy-efficient cores which ensure power saving for everyday use.
According to official data, the performance of the Snapdragon 710 is 20% higher than that of Snapdragon 660 and the SD710 application opening speed is increased by 15%. In addition, its AI performance is increased by 50%, and the overall power consumption is reduced by 30%. With such perfect performance and balanced power consumption, the Snapdragon 710 is expected to become a new generation of “affordable SoC”. Thus in terms of processor, you can be certain that the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is well equipped and will certainly meet your everyday needs without overheating or unnecessary power consumption.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Camera – Dual AI Camera Setup
In terms of camera, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is equipped with an AI-assisted dual rear camera setup which has a 12MP + 5MP setup. Its main sensor is a Sony IMX363, the same as the Xiaomi Mi 8 with 1.4um unit pixel area, which can effectively increase the amount of light and dark light conditions. The pictures taken are clearer, more vivid and with much more details. It also supports Dual PD Speed Focus technology from SLR, which allows the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE to focus quickly and accurately in dark light environments. At the same time, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE also has a built-in AI scene camera, which can identify 206 scenes and intelligently optimize the camera effect.
On the front, the Xiaomi 8 Mi SE comes with a 20MP soft-light self-timer camera, which supports the four-in-one technology of photosensitive pixels in a dark environment. The single-pixel photosensitive area is four times that of the original, which effectively solves the problem of the amount of light per pixel. This makes night shots brighter and suppresses the noise. In the case of sufficient daytime illumination, it uses a software algorithm to restore the normal 1um pixel of the normal GRBG array, so that it has an ultra-high resolution of 20MP and fully retains the details of the picture.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Display – 5.88-inch Samsung Amoled Screen
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is equipped with a 5.88 inch Samsung AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2244×1080, an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, 600 nit maximum brightness, 60,000:1 high contrast, and lower power consumption. Different from Xiaomi Mi 8’s more sleek design, the overall body line of Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is very tough, giving users a sense of skill. Thanks to the comprehensive screen design, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has a screen-to-body ratio of 86.12%. Although the screen size is 5.88 inches, the phone size is comparable to that of the traditional 5.2-inch screen. This means that the smartphone is quite portable and can be easily operated with one hand even for a female.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Price
The pricing of this smartphone is one of the most interesting aspects of this device. The likes of Vivo X21 and OPPO R15 which are powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor (lower than SD710) is at least 1000 Yuan more expensive than the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. The 4GB/64GB variant of this smartphone was launched for 1799 yuan while the 6GB/64GB version of this device arrived for 1999 yuan.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is not much different from the flagship Xiaomi Mi 8 in terms of hardware configuration and if you don’t mind its small size, then you have a fairly well-performing smartphone in your hands for cheap. The camera, display, processor, and price makes this smartphone so attractive and it is definitely the best bet of the Xiaomi Mi 8 series.