Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which has been dominating the smartphone market for nearly eight years now. Marking its eight anniversary, the company has confirmed that it will be launching Mi 8, its next flagship on May 31.
It is expected to be an elaborate launch with over 5,000 people expected to attend the ticketed event, which will take place in Shenzhen China. Besides the Mi 8, the company may launch a couple of other devices as well. It also means Xiaomi is skipping the Mi 7 to accommodate the 8th year celebration. The highlight of the new high-end phone could be a 3D face recognition feature, again similar to Appleâ€™s iPhone.
According to reports, a box package and a screen protector tippingthe launch of the smartphone had been leaked earlier.
The detailed specifications of the new device are yet to be revealed by Xiaomi, but if one goes by the rumors, the phone will sport the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, backed by 8GB RAM and a whopping 258GB internal storage. The OS will definitely be the Android Oreo with Xiaomiâ€™s MIUI interface as the skin. The other significant feature being rumored about the Mi 8 is that it will be fitted with a dedicated sensor in the front that can function as part of the 3D face recognition package being included.
There are also other features expected to be included in the Mi 8 so that the new phone can take on rival OnePlus 6 recently launched and growing in popularity.
Along with Mi 8, Xiaomi is also expected to launch the new version of its custom Android skin MIUI 10 packed with new features and improvements over the previous one. According to leaks, MIUI 10 is an extremely different UI with full-screen navigation gestures and is expected to only run on devices higher than Android 5.0 Lollipop.