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Xiaomi launching new phones in Pakistan today, including the flagship Mi 8

Updated Aug 11, 2018 10:23am

Global technology giant Xiaomi is launching its flagship Mi 8 and Mi Band 3 in Pakistan today. The Mi Band 3 is an all-round upgrade on Xiaomi’s popular fitness tracker in Pakistan. The company is also officially launching its accessible phones Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A in the local market.

Mi 8

Looks: Mi 8 features a four-sided curved glass back panel, aviation-grade aluminum frame, and a 2.5D glass screen. It sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ Samsung AMOLED full screen display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and 86.68% screen-to-body ratio.

Processor: Powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 platform with Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) and Adreno 630 graphics, Mi 8 is able to achieve an impressive AnTuTu score exceeding 300,000.

Camera: Mi 8 elevates the photography experience Xiaomi delivered with Mi MIX 2S, thanks to professional tuning from Xiaomi’s camera lab. With a 12MP dual AI camera, the device received a 105 photo score from camera benchmark organization, DxOMark.

On the front, Mi 8 sports a 20MP camera that uses pixel binning technology to combine information from four pixels to create one large 1.8µm pixel for clearer low light photography.

With new software features including the AI-enabled Studio Lighting function, portraits now look like they were shot in a professional setting. Additionally, Xiaomi’s AI Beautify 5.0 delivers a number of facial retouching effects for enhancing portraits.

Other features: Mi 8 adopts dual-frequency GPS, supporting both L1 and L5 bands, resulting in much more accurate navigation.

It also features face unlocking with an infrared camera paired with a dedicated infrared illuminator.

Price: The Mi 8 will be available in black at a price of Rs64,999 in Pakistan.

Mi Band 3

With a large OLED touchscreen display, in addition to a physical button for easy control, Mi Band 3 is an all-round upgrade on Xiaomi’s popular fitness tracker Mi Band 2, complete with a more comfortable and secure wrist band.

The tracker also features a 20-day battery life and 50-meter water resistance.

Price: Mi Band 3 will be available in black colour in Pakistan at a price of Rs3,999.

Redmi 6

Looks: Redmi 6 has a 5.45-inch 18:9 display with a screen-to-body ratio of 80.5%. Its polycarbonate back panel has a brushed metal surface, and is symmetrically curved and gently tapered toward the edges.

Processor: Redmi 6 sports the latest MediaTek Helio P22 SoC. Its octa-core CPU is built on 12nm process and consumes about 48% less power than comparable 28nm chipsets.

The CPU also features ARM big.LITTLE architecture that automatically switches between performance and power-efficient cores depending on tasks, delivering balanced performance and power consumption.

Camera: The device features a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup. The main sensor has 1.25µm large pixels — the largest among popular smartphones in this price range.

Larger pixels take in more light than smaller ones, a huge advantage for improving photo quality and reducing noise in low-light conditions.

It also uses phase-detection autofocus to improve focusing speed so users won’t miss capturing important moments.

The 5MP front camera of Redmi 6 is supported by Xiaomi’s AI Portrait mode, which renders a realistic bokeh effect with a single lens.

Redmi 6A

Looks: Redmi 6A adopts the same body and screen as Redmi 6. It sports the MediaTek Helio A22 SoC that is also built on the 12nm process.

Battery: It's 3000mAh battery allows the phone to stay in standby mode for up to 19 days.

Camera: The Redmi 6A has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, both capable of using Xiaomi’s AI Portrait mode.

Processor: MIUI has also been optimized for Redmi 6A, reducing the system apps’ memory usage by nearly 30%.

Price: Redmi 6 will be available in two variants: 3+32GB for Rs19,999 and 4+64GB for Rs24,999. Redmi 6A is priced at Rs14,999 for 2+16 GB and Rs16,999 for 2+32 GB.

Both models will be available in four colours: Gold, Black, Blue and Grey.

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