Along with the smartphone, we receive: a quick charger, USB-C cable, needle for opening a cards’ tray and a silicone cover. It is nice that we can protect the phone from the start, but the fact that there are no earphones in the set is less nice. There is only an adapter from USB-C to minijack and in this moment we realise that the phone does not have a minijack socket. The first disadvantage.
But there are advantages as well. The housing is made perfectly and assembled in a way that is expected from a highest class device. At the front we have a 2.5D glass, while at the back – a glass with strongly curved edges. There are rumours that both panels are made out of Gorilla Glass 5, but neither the manufacturer of the phone nor the glass do not admit this. In any case – glasses look great and the long time of using the phone assured me that they are highly resistant to scratches and even smaller falls do not damage them.
The metal frame that keeps the phone together proves to be solid, but if we will make an effort it can be scratched slightly easier than glass panels. The housing is stiff, there are no clearances, nothing knocks or creaks. Different elements are placed in a rather classical manner. Volume and power buttons are on the right side, while on the left there is a tray for cards. The socket is another disadvantage, because it can only store two nanoSIM cards, without the possibility of enhancing the memory with a microSD card.
The upper wall of Xiaomi Mi 8 is basically smooth (there is only the secondary microphone) and the lower one pleases us with its symmetry. In the middle there is a USB-C socket, and on both sides we have symmetrical holes, which suggest a presence of two speakers. Unfortunately, there is only one and the other side hides the microphone.
At the back there is a fingerprint scanner, discrete logo and certificates, while in the upper corner there is a dual camera, which lenses along with the LED flash are placed in a common frame that slightly stands above the housing. You can complain that Xiaomi Mi 8 looks a bit like iPhone X – but I do not share this belief, there are too many differences, though the stylization is in fact “hackneyed”. However, I very much enjoy the shape of Xiaomi Mi 8 and I consider the phone as a pretty.
Waterproofness would have been great, but I appreciate the fact that the phone lies in hands comfortably, buttons and the scanner are perfectly under our fingers and the whole does not have a tendency to catching dirt, and when it appears we can easily clean it. The only thing that bothers me is the dust that stays in the proximity of the back camera.
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