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Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi Band 3: hit or miss?

In case you've been living under a rock and haven't heard yet, Xiaomi revealed some exciting new devices on Thursday. These include three versions of the brand's first-ever notched smartphone, the Mi 8, and the still-affordable Mi Band 3. We want to know what you think of each of them in this week's poll.

Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi's 8th anniversary flagship comes with the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 GB of RAM, a 12 MP dual camera, a rear fingerprint scanner and the company's first notched display. The 6.21-inch OLED display is home to a 20 MP front camera, though it's the Explorer Edition that will pack the 3D facial recognition and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

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The Xiaomi Mi 8 has a relatively wide notch. / © Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition has generated some controversy over its transparent back. While Xiaomi said in a statement to The Verge that the back is in fact made of transparent glass, the parts you can see through it are likely not the actual working components of the phone. While what's under the glass is confirmed by Xiaomi not to be a sticker, it may actually be a sleek dummy representation of what's actually powering the smartphone underneath.

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The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition and its transparent back. / © Xiaomi

There's also a smaller SE version of the Mi 8 with a slightly smaller 5.88-inch AMOLED display, and a weaker Snapdragon 710 SoC. For those looking for a bargain, the Mi 8 SE is a great deal at the equivalent of around $311. That's compared to the Mi 8, which costs between $420 and $515, depending on how much internal storage you want, and the Explorer Edition which goes for $623.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

The successor to the popular and cheap Mi Band 2 was announced alongside Xiaomi's new flagship. What's new in this generation? The OLED display is larger and has a higher resolution, and the wristband is said to be more comfortable to wear. The water resistance was also improved, up to about 50 meters. The device will have the same 20 day battery life, and slightly higher price of 169 yuan, which is about $26. For a water-resistant wearable with a heart rate monitor and support for notifications, that's still an incredibly good price.

To me, the Mi Band 3 seems like an iterative improvement that doesn't add much in terms of specs or design, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Mi Band 2 was a winner. Why fix what isn't broken?

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The design and specs of the Mi Band 3 aren't a big step forward. / © Xiaomi

Let us know which of these devices you would buy in the poll below:

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  • I'm wondering since the Mi Band 3 has a seemingly larger display if it will have notification previews. The Mi Band 2 had notifications but did not have notification previews.


  • Great phones on the budget&mid-range segments. Ready to upgrade my Redmi Note 4 to the SE.


  • I hope the Mi band 3 has a way to adjust the brightness. My band 2 is pretty impossible to read when I'm outside.


    • I just bought the Mi Band 3, still no screen brightness control, it's the very same story as the V2. Overall very happy with the improvements though, just a little disappointed with the screen, but who knows it may be in a firmware update, wishful thinking :)


      • Brittany McGhee
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        2 weeks ago Link to comment

        If we hear anything about brightness control for a future update, we'll be sure to post about it ASAP! Let's keep our fingers crossed.


  • nice phone, thanks for this information.