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Xiaomi Mi 8 Review - Verdict

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Xiaomi Mi 8 (4)

Value For Money

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is available in the UK from Three, for £389 (pay as you go), or £429 sim-free, which makes it really good value for money. It's up against the following smartphones:

OnePlus 6, 6.28inch screen, dual cameras (for bokeh effect), OIS, £439
OnePlus 6T, 6.41inch screen, dual cameras (for bokeh effect), OIS, £499
Samsung Galaxy S8, 5.8inch screen, single 12mp f/1.7 camera, OIS, £380
Huawei P20, 5.8inch screen, dual cameras (mono and colour), OIS, £399
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, 5inch screen, single 19mp f/2.0 camera, EIS, £449

Have a look at more smartphones in our Top 10 Best Smartphones for Photography, Top 10 Best Mid-range Smartphones, or have a look at the Best Smartphones under £300 for Photography


 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a number of flagship features, including an impressively fast SnapDragon 845 processor, yet the smartphone has a price tag that is roughly half the price of many other flagship smartphones! 

The cameras used on the Mi 8 deliver some good results. The main camera is very good, delivering great 12mp images, and the optical image stabilisation helps to deliver sharp images. The telephoto camera is capable of delivering some good results, but the lack of optical image stabilisation hinders results. The front facing, selfie camera, performs well. There are plenty of options, and features, including manual controls, although unfortunately there is no built-in raw support. For this you'll need to install another app, such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. 

If you're looking for an alternative to the main brands, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is a great option, giving a great set of features, at a very competitive price point. 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pros

  • Impressive specs for the price
  • Wide-angle 12mp camera with OIS
  • Great value for money
  • Telephoto camera
  • Fast processor

Xiaomi Mi 8 Cons

  • Telephoto camera doesn't feature OIS
  • Raw shooting not available in default app
  • Large notch

Features5/5
Handling4/5
Performance4.5/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict

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