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June 4, 2018

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Review: World’s First Mobile Phone with Snapdragon 710 SoC

Chinese mobile phone and electronics company Xiaomi has introduced a smaller variant of its latest flagship Xiaomi Mi 8 mobile phone in China at its annual launch event to celebrate its 8th anniversary. This mobile phone sports display notch, similar to the Apple iPhone X. It is the world’s first phone to launch with the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC.

Apple released the Apple iPhone SE, which was the smaller version of Apple iPhone 6s, and just like the iPhone SE, the Mi 8 SE is a smaller edition of the Mi 8 device. Xiaomi has taken inspiration from Apple in various ways, particularly in design and software department. Shades of iOS are still are evident in MIUI.

The mobile phone comes with a 5.88-inch Super AMOLED display and includes a dual-lens rear camera with a 12MP primary and a 5MP of secondary lens. And you will get 20MP of the large shooter on the front for capturing Selfies. In addition to this, the phone runs the latest Android Oreo-based MIUI 10 interface. As far as connectivity is concerned, the Mi 8 SE provides regular VoLTE connectivity along with Bluetooth 5.0. Read the full specs and explore all its connectivity options. The smartphone is powered by a 3120mAh large battery.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Release Date and Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE has been announced on 31 May 2018. You can pre-order the device from all the major retailers. The Mi 8 SE will go on sale from 8th of June in China. Xiaomi Mi 8 SE release date in Australia is yet to be announced.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE Price

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE price for 4GB RAM+64GB is Yuan 1799 ($280). The 6GB RAM+64GB variant costs Yuan 1999 ($310). Xiaomi Mi 8 SE price in Australia will be approx. AU$350 for 4GB RAM+64GB variant. For 6GB RAM+64GB, it will cost you around AU$400. These are only estimated prices, and we have no confirmation about Australian prices yet.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Specs and Features

Here is the brief detail of Xiaomi Mi 8 SE specifications and features.

  • 5.88-inch FHD+  Super AMOLED Display w/ 18:9 ratio
  • 1080x2244p Resolution, 423ppi density
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Unspecified version)
  • Android 8.1 Oreo w/ MIUI 10
  • Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710
  • 8x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Octa-core Processor
  • Adreno 616 GPU
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB
  • 12MP (f/1.9) +5MP (f/2.0) AI based Dual Lens Camera w/ dual-LED flash
  • Camera Features: 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, phase detection autofocus, touch focus, phase detection, HDR
  • 20MP Selfie Camera w/ f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording
  • Dual-SIM variant
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear),Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • 3120mAh Li-Po Non-removable Battery w/ Quick Charge 3.0
  • Weight: 164 grams
  • Available Colors: Grey, Blue, Red, Gold

Design and Display

The new Xiaomi Mi 8 SE featuring premium glass body, which is almost identical to the expensive and larger Mi edition. And SE version is also smaller coming with a 5.88’’ display. And it will feel as big as an “old style” 5.2’’ device in your hands, according to Xiaomi. It is not a high-spec device, but it feels really like a premium flagship in hand.

It features a 5.88’’ full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a notch, 1080x2244 pixels of resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Hence, this is basically the same panel in a smaller scale, which ironically makes the Mi 8 SE even sharper with a PPI of 423 and 600nit brightness of the Mi 8 and Transparent Edition.


As far as performance is concerned, the Mi 8 SE by Xiaomi is powered by the recently released Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset based processor coupled with an Adreno 616 GPU. Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 710, and this Xiaomi device included this. This processor chip is way better than Snapdragon 600 series and follows few features of the flagship Snapdragon 800 series of processors, according to the manufacturer. The new Snapdragon 710 platform is dedicated to providing customised Artificial Intelligence experience due to its multi-core AI Engine and claims to enhance performance improvements in AI apps comparing with Snapdragon 660.

The new CPU included Mi 8 SE is 20 percent more powerful as compared to the Snapdragon 660, with power consumption improved to up to 20 percent for video playback and 40 percent while playing games.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE device runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo version with MIUI 10 skinned on top.


Talking about the camera, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE includes an AI-based dual rear camera setup featuring a 12MP primary lens with f/1.9 aperture along with a 5MP secondary lens with f/2.0 comparatively larger aperture. As far as Selfie camera is concerned, the device offers a 20MP high-quality front-facing shooter with AI portrait support and more.


The new Mi 8 SE has been released in two variants: one with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and other with 6BG RAM + 64GB storage.

Battery and Connectivity

The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is powered by a 3120mAh large enough battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Though the battery is comparatively less than Mi 8’s 3400mAh .battery, better than the Mi 8 Explorer’s 3000mAh battery. Connectivity options include, but are not limited to, dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C port, GPS and Bluetooth 5.0


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