Xiaomi Mi 8: Great battery life only without Google

When you think of a smartphone with a very long battery life, your attention usually falls to a smartphone with a large battery capacity. But, what’s important to know is that the hardware components of a smartphone and software optimization have an impact on battery life also, so it’s not enough just to look at the capacity numbers. The Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a battery that has less than 4,000 mAh and a huge display, so will it be able to withstand stress? Discover how it fared in our Xiaomi Mi 8 battery test.

What changes, however, is the software. The Xiaomi Mi 8 at our disposal uses the version of operating system made for the Chinese market, instead of the one that you will find on smartphones meant for the international market. More precisely, the MIUI 9.5.6.0 (OEACNFA) build comes without Google services, which we installed ourselves later. In addition, the new dual-frequency GPS remained active at all times, as did Bluetooth and the 4G data connection on both SIM cards.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 follows last year’s Mi 6, skipping the 7 to mark the company’s eighth year. The resemblance to the iPhone X starts with a similar notch design. While this creates an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone, the Mi 8’s 6.21-inch AMOLED display doesn’t quite stretch all the way to the bottom like the X’s does.

You’ll also find two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear of the Mi 8, laid out in just the same way as the iPhone X. Xiaomi says the Mi 8’s cameras achieved a 105 photo score after being rated by DxOMark. On the front is a 20-megapixel camera using “pixel-binning” technology to combine four pixels into a larger one for better low-light selfies.

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