• Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro Unboxing

    By Samantha Watson , November 30, 2018 - Leave a comment

    We’re celebrating Xiaomi’s launch in the UK by bringing you an unboxing and overview of their latest flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro.

    The Mi 8 Pro is one of three smartphones from Xiaomi to enter the UK market officially for the first time, touting high end specifications at a much more affordable price point.

    The device is currently available from Clove with 128GB of internal memory and 8GB of RAM for only £499 including VAT, so head on over to our website to check that out.

    So, we’ve promised high end specifications, but what exactly do you get for your money?

    What’s In The Box?

    • Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
    • Soft Protective Cover
    • Power Adapter
    • USB Type-C cable
    • USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter
    • User Guide/Warranty card
    • SIM insertion tool

     

    Design

    Now we simply have to discuss this first… As you may have spotted, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro comes with a really unique translucent finish that we absolutely love here at Clove and really makes the device stand out from the crowd!

    The transparent cover allows you to see the internal circuitry of the device including circuit boards, Qualcomm’s chip and the device’s battery. Xiaomi even include a number of uplifting messages etched into the inner board which gives it a nice personal touch. As cool as it looks, these circuits are actually dummies and the real internals are hidden away inside the device’s body. But that doesn’t really matter – the look is truly unique and we love it.

    On the front, a 6.21-inch Full HD AMOLED display has a 2248 x 1080-pixel resolution and a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Now many have commented on the fact that the display is ‘only’ Full HD but we’ve found the colours to be vivid and intense and with a maximum level of 600 nits, the Mi 8 Pro did not struggle with brightness.

    There is a bezel around the display, which is not large but is definitely noticeable and the notch at the top is bigger than a lot of its competitors and is particularly wide. The notch can be hidden on the phone’s settings, however if your apps are set up to run full screen, turning off the notch literally blanks out that section and any part of the app in it.

    The device comes with an in-screen fingerprint sensor that we’ve been really impressed with. The scanner is pressure sensitive, so you need to physically press it to activate it which is significantly more power-efficient than those continuously waiting to detect a finger. This means no scanner on the rear of the device, which gives an already impressive design a much cleaner look.

    • Unique transparent finish
    • 21-inch Full HD AMOLED display
    • 2248 x 1080-pixel resolution
    • 7:9 aspect ratio
    • Maximum brightness 600 nits
    • In-screen fingerprint sensor

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    Camera

    When it comes to the camera, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro comes with a dual-lens rear camera which is more than respectable for the price. Both lenses measure in at 12MP, however the first lens has an f/1.8 aperture and the second lens an f/2.4. This secondary sensor is utilised to achieve a 2x optical zoom effect within the camera app and to help with the impressive portrait mode. 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation is also included, as well as some impressive AI tech that can distinguish between 206 scenes in 25 different categories and adjust the settings accordingly.

    The 20MP front camera is also very impressive and comes with Beauty mode which has been much-loved on many other devices. For many, the result can be too fake and so this can be disabled in the phone’s settings, however we feel this effect helps to take some brilliant selfies.

    The impressive camera software also uses pixel binning that groups individual pixels together to create ‘super pixels’ to absorb as much light as possible for good low light photography.

    • Dual rear camera
    • 12MP f/1.8 aperture primary sensor
    • 12MP f/2.4 secondary lens
    • 2x optical zoom
    • Optical Image Stabilisation
    • AI technology recognises 206 scenes
    • 20MP front camera
    • Beauty and portrait mode

     

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    Performance

    Following in the footsteps of other recent flagships, the Mi 8 Pro comes fitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that is great for gamers and media lovers as the chip can cope admirably with increased frame rates and enhanced image details.

    The device runs Android 8.1 (or Oreo) with Xiaomi’s MIUI 10. This overlay provides a more colourful theme that you’ll either love or hate and has removed the app drawer completely so that all your apps are now kept on home screens.

    The 3000mAh battery is a little less than we were expecting however should get you through an average day without any real problems and the device supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ to help get you back up and running as quickly as possible.

    Now, a headphone jack doesn’t come fitted, however you may have become accustomed to that with modern releases nowadays. Unlike many of its counterparts, the device is not waterproof either, however that shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re planning on taking a dip.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
    • Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 10
    • 3000mAh battery
    • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
    • No 3.5mm headphone jack

     

    As you can see, Xiaomi have delivered again in the Mi 8 Pro with their promise to deliver top end specifications at a low price point.

    The design is something special and we love how sleek and premium it feels in hand. The camera is particularly impressive for the price point and with a flagship level processor, you won’t experience any problems with gaming, watching media or photography. This is definitely one of our favourites for best value-for-money device of the year.

    The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is available from Clove as a UK Model with 128GB internal memory and 8GB RAM for £499 including VAT so go and check that out.

     

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    Samantha Watson

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