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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Apple iPhone X: How Xiaomi's latest flagship competes against Apple's finest?

01 June 2018 5

The Chinese giant Xiaomi finally wraps off the cover from the much-awaited flagship smartphone Mi 8. The Mi 8 is quite special due to a number of reasons, the first is Xiaomi released it to celebrate their 8th anniversary. The device features so far the best camera setup from Xiaomi, it brings a lot of new features which were so far not available on any Android smartphones. Last but not the least the Mi 8 can be claimed as the best possible copy of iPhone X not only in terms of design, aesthetics but also due to specs sheet as well.

Since the beginning of this year, we have seen a number of Android-running smartphones with a notch at the top of the display. Although many tried to clone iPhone X no one is as near as the Xiaomi's Mi 8. In short, we can claim Xiaomi thinks by bringing a solid hardware smartphone with iPhone X looks will make their flagship successful. Another good thing is despite having all the top-tier hardware aspects the Mi 8 still costs a fraction of amount as opposed to iPhone X.

Like always whenever a new flagship smartphone is announced we put it in head to head competition against the competitors. Being an iPhone X clone today we will compare the Mi 8 against the iPhone X. We are hopeful our comparison will certainly help you better understand the real differences between the two devices and also in what aspects Mi 8 copies iPhone X. So without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.

74.8 x 154.9 x 7.6 mm
6.21 inches - 2248x1080 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Xiaomi followed the latest trend of bringing the notch design but the company not only took inspiration from iPhone for the notch but also for the other aspects of design as well. On first look apart from the larger size, you may not find any major difference between Mi 8 and iPhone X. Both the devices have a full front-facing display with a notch at the top of the display.

The Mi 8 chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side. Despite the fact it has glass rear it lacks support for wireless charging. For connectivity, the device has USB-C port and as expected the device doesn't have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead the users will have to rely on USB-C Dongle. The rear side is adorned with dual cameras placed vertically on the top left corner. The dual sensors are placed pretty much similar to iPhone X. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear below the dual cameras in the center.

Despite being a top-tier device it lacks IP-ratings which means it won't be dust and water resistant. On the other hand, the iPhone X comes with a stainless steel frame with glass covering the rear side. The iPhone X is the first smartphone from Apple without any physical button instead the company relies on gestures support. On the rear, you will get dual cameras setup aligned vertically on the top left corner. It not only lacks physical home button but also the Touch ID (fingerprint scanner). Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack couple of years ago, same is the case with iPhone X.

The edge-to-edge display implementation on the iPhone X is far better than Mi 8. Also, the Xiaomi's device chin is slightly thick as opposed to iPhone X. Thanks to glass rear the iPhone X support wireless charging. The iPhone X is an IP67 certified device which provides resistance against water up to 1 meters deep for 30 minutes without any charge.


The Mi 8 is featuring a 6.21-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels. It's an AMOLED display panel from Samsung which means you will be getting the best in the class display with great colors accuracy, contrast ratio and deep blacks. The display aspect ratio is 18.7:9 and the display pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch.

The Mi 8 display supports HDR and DCI-P3 colors standards. Also, it is the first Xiaomi smartphone with always-on display feature. This certainly will affect the battery life but Samsung and LG are offering this feature for years now. Being the most expensive smartphone from Apple, the iPhone X is featuring a 5.8-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels.

Xiaomi claims despite having a display above the 6-inches the overall dimensions of Mi 8 are pretty much similar to a thick bezels smartphone with 5.5-inches panel. So we can claim the Mi 8 falls in the phablet category whereas the iPhone X is quite a compact smartphone which can be easily grabbed single handily.

The iPhone X display supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. The sharpness and colors saturation of both the panels are pretty great. Surprisingly both the companies didn't adopt quad HD+ resolution instead retains the Full HD+ resolution. The iPhone X display brings Dolby Vision and HDR10 support.


Under the hood is the latest flagships both the devices are packed with the best possible hardware. The Mi 8 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. The base variant has 6GB RAM and there is a top-tier variant with 8GB native storage. There are three variants based on the storage including 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Unfortunately, the device doesn't support memory expansion via MicroSD.

On the other hand, the iPhone X is powered up by the Apple's own Hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset with 3GB RAM. There are two variants on the basis of storage 64GB and 256GB. It also doesn't support memory expansion via MicroSD card. The Mi 8 is one of the fastest Android smartphones as it is amongst the first to cross the 300k barrier on the AnTuTu benchmark. However, both the devices are powerhouses in their respective markets. So no matter which smartphone you opt you will find both of them ultra fast in processing and multi-tasking.

As OS the iPhone X is pre-installed with the iOS 11, however, the company rolled out many iterations over iOS 11 since the first version release. Now they are heading towards iOS 12. The Mi 8 is one of the first smartphones from Xiaomi with MIUI 10 OS straight out of the box. Its a custom UI layer from Xiaomi over the Android Oreo with a number of new features and an AI Assistant.

Specs Xiaomi Mi 8 Apple iPhone X
Display 6.2-inches 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2248 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 A11 Bionic
Storage 64,128, 256GB Non-Expandable 64, 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 20MP 7MP
Battery 3,400mAh 2,716mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP-ratings None IP67
OS Android Oreo with MIUI 10 iOS 11

Undoubtedly one of the key selling aspects of Mi 8 is indeed the cameras set up. Xiaomi claimed that Mi 8 features so far the best camera setup from Xiaomi, if not crosses the Mi Mix 2S in photography but also brings AI support to refine the image processing and scene detection. Thanks to AI support the Mi 8 cameras detect scene and optimize camera settings accordingly. Both the rear cameras are 12MP modules with dual pixels autofocus.

The primary sensor is a wide-angle module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a telephoto sensor to provide optical zoom up to 2x with f/2.4 aperture. The device provides digital zoom up to 10x. The dual cameras setup is assisted with Optical image stabilization so you don't have to worry about blurry images. The Mi 8 not only brings bokeh effect shots for the rear cameras but also for the single selfie camera as well. Up front, the selfie camera is 20MP with f/2.0 aperture.

The cameras set up on the iPhone X is exactly similar to Mi 8. The primary sensor is a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom.

The iPhone X dual cameras are highly regarded as one of the best camera setups in the market. Up front, the selfie camera is a true depth sensor of 7MP.

As per DxoMark ratings the Mi 8 scores whopping 105 points in still photography category which makes it the second best in the market. On DxoMark ratings, the Mi 8 crushes the iPhone X not only in still photography but also in video capturing capabilities as well.

Facial recognition and AniMoji

The iPhone X relies solely on the 3D mapping of face AKA facial ID as a security feature instead of a regular fingerprint scanner. Apple also uses the 3D mapping feature for creating live Emojis which they dubbed as Animoji. It is one of the few features which was so far exclusive for the Apple iPhone X only. However, Xiaomi copies this aspect as well.

Apart from the selfie sensor in the notch, the device features infrared sensor for facial recognition as well. According to Xiaomi, the sensor accuracy level is pretty great and it also works fine even in low-light conditions. The Mi 8 also maps users face to create 3D Emoji. Xiaomi's version of emoji is quite close to Apple's Animoji instead of Samsung's AR Emoji. So we can claim Xiaomi's Animoji is bluntly copy of Apple iPhone X one of the special features.


The Xiaomi Mi 8 lights are kept on by a 3,400mAh battery cell which is quite average considering it is packed with a display fairly large above 6-inches. The always-on display will also drain the battery juice a little quicker. However, the good thing is it supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0 which quickly recharges the device in no time.

The iPhone X features a battery cell of 2,716mAh which isn't amongst the best in the market. It supports fast charging but here is a catch. It doesn't ship with fast charger straight out of the box instead you will have to spend around $75 to have a good fast charger and cable. It supports Qi Wireless charging but you have to spend extra amount to enjoy this feature.

Price and availability

The Mi 8 will go up for pre-orders from today in China with a release from June 5. The entry-level variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage can be purchased at 2,699 Yuan ($421). The standard model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will be available for 2,999 Yuan ($467). The top of the line variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage costs 3,299 Yuan ($514). At the moment it is still in the dark when the Mi 8 will go global.

The iPhone X is widely available across the globe. Its base variant was announced for $999 whereas the top of the line variant with 256GB storage costs $1150.


The Mi 8 and iPhone X has a lot of similarities like OLED panels, glass and metal sandwich design with two vertical cameras on the rear side. Both the devices have a notch at the top of the display. Both have facial recognition as well as AniMoji feature. Both the Mi 8 and iPhone X are on the latest best software of their respective platforms. The SoCs on both the devices is the best-in-class in the market. In the camera segment, the MI 8 certainly challenges the iPhone X not only in photography but also in videography as well. If you are found of AniMoji both the devices have it but as expected the Xiaomi's version isn't as mature as the Apple's.

Last but not the least the Mi 8 comes with dual GPS tech to provide accurate GPS functionalities. It is one of the only smartphones in the market with such feature. According to Xiaomi dual GPS provides location accuracy up to 3x. In the end, the price tag difference will certainly play an important role here as the Mi 8 is available in less than half of the price tag of iPhone X which certainly will lure many Android smartphones buyers who like iPhone X design.

Feel free to share your views in the comments section below regarding the Mi 8 vs iPhone X in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons and previews in the coming days.

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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Apple iPhone X: How Xiaomi's latest flagship compete against Apple's finest?
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