Xiaomi’s new Mi 8 closely mimics Apple’s iPhone X

The back of Xiaomi flagship Mi 8 transparent Explorer Edition is seen during a product launch in Shenzhen, China May 31, 2018.

Xiaomi wowed its audience yesterday when it introduced the Mi 8 Explorer Edition and its see-through back panel.

Then the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which is very similar to the Mi 8, but comes with a see-through glass back, pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner, and 3D face unlock.

The Mi 8 SE is a step further down the ladder, packing a mid-tier processor (a Snapdragon 710), smaller AMOLED display (5.88-inch), and 12MP and 5MP rear cameras.

Mi 8 has AI-powered dual rear cameras- 12-megapixel primary lens with f/1.8 aperture, 1.4-micron pixels, 4-axis optical image stabilisation and dual-pixel PDAF + 12-megapixel secondary lens with f/2.4 aperture, 1-micron pixels.

The top of the range Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be available for 3,699 yuan (~$577) at a later date that Xiaomi hasn't specified. On the software side, even the placement of the telcom signal, power bar and WiFi signal indicator is identical to the iPhone X. The high-end Mi 8 model also includes iOS-like Animojis and a facial unlock feature both of which were pioneered by Apple with the iPhone X.

The Mi 8 is Xiaomi's first phone to sport a notch. With the addition of the new size, Xiaomi now offers the Mi TV 4 in four sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch, 49-inch and 75-inch. Also, the Xiaomi variant isn't available yet in China or in India, so if you're looking at a purchase right away, the Vivo X21 is your only option.

First up, the "regular" Xiaomi Mi 8.

All of these are powered by MIUI 10, the latest iteration of Xiaomi's custom flavor of Android 8.1. The Mi 8 SE is a less powerful member and it features a Snapdragon 710.

DxOMark released its extensive camera review of the fresh Xiaomi Mi 8 flagship.

Think the Mi 8's specs are impressive? But Xiaomi claims the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first to actually do it in 3D, which adds more security. The HDR-compatible display has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a pixel density of 423ppi.

Chinese phones' beautifying modes tend to go overboard - they turn subjects into plastic Barbies, in my opinion - but the samples shown during the presentation and at a demo booth seemed natural enough. Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM and 64/128 and 256GB of internal storage. The price, as always, is much, much lower than the competition, with the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage version costing around $580. And if the Chinese pricing is anything to go by, the handset should prove an extremely competitive rival for the Apple flagship, with the Mi 8 starting at 2,699 CNY (RM1675.37).