This is an affordable version of the Xiaomi phone powered by the recently announced Snapdragon 710, the one with two big Kyro 360 based/Cortex A75 inspired cores with speeds of up to 2.2 GHz and six Kryo 360 Cortex A55 based efficiency cores clocked up to 1.7 GHz.
To refresh your memory, the Snapdragon 710 comes in 10nm, has 2X AI performance of 660, Snapdragon X15 800 Mbps modem, Hexagon 685 DPS, Spectra 250 ISP, Quick Charging 4+ new two big and six small core CPUs and Adreno 616 - the key to mainstream/performance success.
This all is in the Xiaomi Mi8 SE. The phone measures 5.88 inches and has a Full HD plus screen with 2244x1080 18:7.9 screen ratio. The screen to body ration on this phone is rather nice - 86.12 percent and the display supports DCI-P3, 60000:1 contrast and 600 nits. The phone form factor is comparable to 5.1 inch old generation phones and it is smaller than the flagship Mi8 with its 6.21 inch screen.
Let's also mention that the phone comes with Bluetooth 5.0, 2x2 802.11ac WiFi. It comes with a 3120 mAh battery. This should be enough for 108 hours of local music playback, 13 hours of video playback, seven hours of gaming or 269 hours of standby.
It scores 174333 in Antutu and this is significantly more than the Snapdragon 660 based Vivo X21 (146358) or Oppo R15 (148176).
The phone supports a 12 and 5 megapixel camera duo at the back with 1.4?m pixel size Dual PD focus that can help in dark conditions and f/1.9 large aperture for blight picture quality and better bluet/bokeh effect. The camera duo supports ESI in both photo and video and the AI camera can identify 206 scenes and tune and optimize picture in real time.
The front face shooter has 20 megapixels, AI powered bokeh and AI smart beauty 4.0.
There will be two versions of the phone - the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for 1799 RMB and 6GB RAM and 64GB storage for 1999 RMB/€267 or $312. Both versions will be available in golden, red, black and blue colors. The 128GB version is clearly missing from the list.
The Mi 8 SE will go on sale in China on June 8th, 10.00 local time or roughtly a week from now.
With the 1799 RMB/€240 or $280 price, it will be a very tough competitor for the Samsung Galaxy A series or the Huawei P20 Lite and others. Of course, it will put a lot of pressure on local competitors including Oppo and Vivo.