This afternoon, Xiaomi held a new product launch conference and announced a number of new products. They all are awesome and show the company’s intentions in this or that niche. However, the most talked and most anticipated product of this event was the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition because with its launch the manufacturers go back to the 1999-yuan price tag. As you remember, this was the pricing of its annual flagships for a while. But once the costs of components got more expensive, it had to revise its price policy. As a result, the Mi’s annual flagships were available at a relatively higher price tag.
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Today, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition was unleashed and woke up quite pleasant memories. If you are an old Mi fan, probably you remember the Xiaomi Mi 1S Youth Edition, which brought very useful and trendy features to larger masses. After a lapse of 6 years, Xiaomi once again brought the Youth series to us.
Prior to this, there were three versions of the Xiaomi Mi series – the original model, the Mi 8 SE, and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Many have been thinking the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition will be the lightened variant of the Mi 8 SE. But we recommend you to think of it in another way.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition Appearance
At the conference, the first thing Xiaomi wanted us to pay our attention to was the new back panel, which uses the much-popular mirror glass material and effect. Moreover, the company introduced two new color options, namely the Dream Blue and the Twilight Gold. They should be more attractive to younger customers.
As you guess, we have got our hands on the Twilight Gold color version, which adopts the vacuum nano-magnetron sputtering process used on the Huawei P20 and uses the color combination found in the painting of Claude Monet. The top of the fuselage is rose red, the bottom is golden, and the middle area transitions between the two colors.
The back of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is designed with a 2.5D glass and uses a rear fingerprint scanner. The camera adopts a horizontal design, which is quite different from the vertical design of the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. Thus, the designers brought in a more mainstream camera layout.
On the front, the phone sports a 6.26-inch LCD display with a screen size similar to that of the Xiaomi Mi 8. It is slightly larger than the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. The screen has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. In terms of body size, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is close to the original model. It could be implemented due to the 2.5D design adopted.
The next selling point of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is the 24MP Sony IMX576 front camera that supports 4-in-1 pixel technology to enhance the brightness of the screen when shooting photos in low light conditions. It’s not difficult to guess the phone the beauty selfie.
The width of the chin of the phone is similar to that of the Xiaomi Mi 8. But the forehead is narrower because it does not use a 3D structured light module. Thus, the screen ratio is higher than that of the Mi 8.
On the bottom, the phone carries a USB Type-C interface for quick charging (QC3.0) and faster data transfer. There is no 3.5mm audio jack, but the Type-C to 3.5mm patch cord in the packaging solves the problem of headphone jacks.
After the launch, many were thinking the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition was announced to replace the Xiaomi Mi 6X. As you know, it’s been designed to struggle in the offline stores mainly.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition Performance
Before the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition, we have been thinking it will be the lightened variant of the Mi SE because the phone had been leaked in the GeekBench database showing an octa-core chip clocked at 2.2GHz. These are the characteristics of the Snapdragon 710 pseudo-flagship SoC. But we forgot these are also the parameters of the Snapdragon 660 AIE.
Actually, the Snapdragon 710 uses a 10nm process, integrates two Kryo 360 2.2GHz and six Kryo 360 1.7GHz CPU cores, the Adreno 616 GPU, and supports the X15 LTE Cat.15 baseband.
As for the Snapdragon 660, it still uses a 14nm process, integrates four Kryo 260 2.2GHz and four Kryo 260 1.8GHz CPU cores, Adreno 512 GPU core, and X12 LTE Cat.12 baseband. But it is not as good as the Snapdragon 710 in terms of ISP, DSP, and other aspects.
The SND660 AIE is the AI version of the original chip.
At the same time, Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition provides 4GB/6GB memory and 64GB/128GB flash storage. The overall configuration is similar to the previously launched Xiaomi mi 6X.
Anyway, during this review, we found out that Xiaomi’s performance optimization for the Mi 8 Youth Edition is very good. The AnTuTu scores reach 143K, which is better than many previous products equipped with a Snapdragon 660 AIE, such as the Nubia Z18 mini. However, it still yields the newly announced VIVO X23.
Well, all these are familiar to us. But the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is the first Xiaomi phone with Vulkan API interface. The new Vulkan interface can greatly reduce the pressure on the processor when running the game. It also has a better multi-threading capability, which helps to fully use the multi-core performance of the CPU. At the same time, it can also enhance the lighting effect of the game scene and characters, and improve the picture performance while improving the number of frames.
The company has set a deep cooperation with Unreal Engine for the first time to optimize performance and power consumption while improving the picture quality, compared to the Huawei P20 and its GPU Turbo technology. The heaviest games can be played at continuous 39fps+ rate. This engine is used in such games as the PLAYERUNKNOWN and Fortress Night.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition Camera
On the back, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition uses a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera. The 12MP main sensor is the Sony IMX363 found on the original Mi 8 and Mi 8SE. It comes with a 1.4?m pixel size, which provides a higher amount of light when taking pictures, and also supports Dual PD speed focusing function.
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At the same time, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition supports AI mode, which can identify the scenes and optimize the photos to further enhance the camera effect.
As you can see in the photo samples above, the actual photo performance of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is quite satisfactory. Even in a cloudy environment, the overall look of the samples is still satisfactory, and there will be no overexposure or underexposure.
In the macro shots, the photos have a detailed layering and the main body is outstanding. So the performance is very amazing and satisfactory.
As we can see, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition is quite different from the previously launched Mi 8 and the Mi 8 SE. We even have no idea to compare it with the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. And though it is priced at starting 1399 yuan, the phone still sports a flagship design and can take photos at the highest quality.
This handset, as the name suggests, lets users enjoy the fun of technology with less money. So it’s naïve to call it a genuine flagship. But the performance it brings and the appearance it comes with are too close to what we call a top-end smartphone.
Our protagonist will go on sale on September 25.