In addition to announcing its Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition flagships at a press conference in Shenzhen, Xiaomi has also decided to introduce a more affordable variant of the device, the Mi 8 SE. This handset does resemble the Mi 8 in terms of the design, but it's a bit different. The Mi 8 SE sports less rounded corners, while its display notch is also smaller, both in width and height. The device is made out of metal and glass, just like the Mi 8, and it sports a thin "chin" below the display. The Mi 8 SE also comes with a vertically-aligned dual camera setup on the back, and an LED flash which sits in-between those two cameras.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is smaller than the Mi 8, it sports a 5.88-inch fullHD+ AMOLED display, while it comes with a regular capacitive fingerprint scanner on its back. This smartphone is fueled by the Snapdragon 710 64-bit octa-core processor, which is Qualcomm's all-new mid-range processor. The XIaomi Mi 8 SE comes in two variants, the more affordable variant of the phone includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the other one comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. The device features 12-megapixel (1.4um pixel size, Dual Pixel autofocus, f/1.9 aperture) and 5-megapixel (f/2.0 aperture, 1.12um pixel size) cameras on its back. A 20-megapixel camera is included on the phone's front side, while a 3,120mAh battery sits on the inside of this phone. The device does come with Bluetooth 5.0 LE, while Android 8.1 Oreo comes pre-installed on the device, along with Xiaomi's MIUI 9 skin. Two SIM card slots are included in the package as well (2x nano SIM), while a 3.5mm headphone jack is not included here.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes in Black, Blue, Red and Gold color variants. The phone's 4GB RAM model is priced at 1,799 Yuan in China, while the 6GB RAM variant costs 1,999 Yuan. Chinese consumers will be able to purchase this phone starting on June 8. The company did not announce when or if will the Mi 8 SE come to markets outside of China, but it almost certainly will, same as the regular Mi 8 variant.