Xiaomi launched the Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 8 SE, and Mi Band 3 at a massive event last month in China. It still hasn’t confirmed whether any of the phones will be making the trip overseas, but a new report has some interesting information about the smallest of the bunch.
Beebom claims that Xiaomi is going to release the Mi 8 SE as the Mi 8i in India. The “i” apparently stands for India. The company had done something similar with the Mi 4i back in 2015, so this is certainly a possibility. Plus, the URL for the device’s Chinese page refers to it as the Mi 8i.
Mi 8i Launch Speculation
A source asserts that the renamed Mi 8i will cost somewhere between Rs 18000 and Rs 20000 in India. The 4GB/64GB version of the Mi 8 SE is priced at CNY 1799 (roughly Rs 18935) and the 6GB/64GB one at CNY 1999 (roughly Rs 21040).
The Mi 8i may arrive alongside the Mi Band 3 next month. Sadly, it appears that the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition won’t be tagging along. This isn’t entirely unexpected since the company has so far done well only in the budget segment in India.
Even Xiaomi’s last flagship phone, the Mi 6, never made it to India. The Mi 8 SE is a bit different since it offers the same looks as the Mi 8, but with downgraded specs. For instance, it runs on a Snapdragon 710 processor. It’s the first smartphone to get its hands on the SoC.
Specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE:
– OS: Android Oreo-based MIUI 10
– Display: 5.88-inch 18.7:9 AMOLED, 1080 x 2244 pixels
– CPU: 2.2GHz Snapdragon 710
– GPU: Adreno 616
– Storage: 64GB
– RAM: 4GB/6GB
– Camera: 12MP + 5MP rear, 20MP front
– Battery: 3120mAh
– Size: 147.28 x 73.09 x 7.5mm
– Weight: 164g
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fiac, USB Type-C, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS
The Mi 8 SE and Mi Band 3 might enter India in the last week of July or the first week of August. We’ll let you know the moment Xiaomi decides to officially confirm or deny the rumors.