Xiaomi has already confirmed that it is hosting an event in Shenzhen on May 31 where it will be launching a flagship smartphone. While some rumors and leaks have hinted that it will be called the Mi 8, others hint at Mi 8 Anniversary Edition name. Xiaomi has also been teasing MIUI 10 and Mi Band 3. In all likelihood, we won’t be surprised to see three products being launched at the event. The Mi 8 has been a part of numerous leaks, and now, a hands-on video and alleged press render has also surfaced.
Spotted by SlashLeaks, the video shows off the black color variant of the Mi 8 from the front, back and sides. It shares striking resemblance with the iPhone X, be it the design, dimensions the back with vertically placed dual cameras, or the broad display notch on the top. If you look closer, you can see the camera, depth sensor, earpiece and proximity sensor that the notch houses. The smartphone is nearly bezel-less from the sides, and also the bottom.
Watch: Alleged Mi 8 leaked hands-on video
The power / sleep button can be seen along the right, and the volume buttons on the left. The back has a translucent glass, just like the HTC U12+, and you can actually see the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that powers the device. The dual cameras are vertically placed on the top left, with the LED flash sitting between the camera modules.
Talking about the leaked press render, it shows off the front panel that looks exactly like the iPhone X. The wallpaper on the display is the Xiaomi’s invite teaser. And yes, the broad notch above the display is visible in the render. Besides this, the leak does not drop any more hints.
The Mi 8 being a flagship smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6GB or 8GB RAM, and 64GB or 128GB storage options. Past reports have hinted that the Mi 8 will come with 3D face scanning technology, and an under-display fingerprint sensor.
The renders do show the depth sensor and other cameras required for 3D face scanning, and the physical fingerprint scanner is also missing. Now, it remains to be seen if Xiaomi goes Apple way to completely ditch the sensor, or adds an under-display one.