From our last week poll, 57% said the notch on the Xiaomi Mi 8 is not justified and there should have been some other way while 20% believes that it is justified. 22% don’t really care about the notch, they just need to see some innovation.
On March 27, Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei unveiled flagship Huawei P20 Pro which has proven to be the best smartphone in some areas. Yesterday, another Chinese manufacturing giant, Xioami, dropped the Xiaomi Mi 8 with a translucent rear version called Xioami Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Both smartphones have a similar design in terms of their display notch and they are set to rival the most expensive smartphones in the market presently. Huawei P20 Pro is not entirely cheap itself as it comes with a whopping $1150 price tag while the Xiaomi Mi 8 (Explorer Edition) comes with a $577.60 price tag. However, since these smartphones are pretty new, we will give a detailed analysis of these devices.
Xiaomi Mi 8 (Explorer Edition)
Xiaomi Mi 8 (Explorer Edition) is designed from premium materials and it comes with a translucent back and metal frame. Its high screen-to-body ratio comes from its notched display which leaves at least five sensors on the front. It is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor clocking 2.8 GHz coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is equipped with a 6.21-inch S-AMOLED display with a resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixel and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. In the camera department, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a dual rear camera setup which has 12MP + 12MP configuration with f/1.8 + f/2.4. This is assisted by a 20MP f/2.0 front camera. It runs on MIUI 10 based Android 8.1 Oreo. depth customizations and its lights are kept on by a 3000 mAh battery with 20W Fast charging (Quick Charge 4+).
Huawei P20 Pro
Just like the MIX 2s, Huawei P20 Pro is designed from premium materials which combine a glass back and metal frame. Unlike the MIX the P20 Pro high screen-to-body ratio takes inspiration from iPhone X with a notch. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core SoC clocking 2.4 GHz coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage. The P20 Pro is equipped with a 6.1-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2244p (Full HD+) and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. In the camera department, Huawei P20 Pro comes with a triple 40MP + 20MP + 8 MP f/1.8 + f/1.6 + f/2.4 rear cameras with a 24MP f/2.0 front camera. It runs on EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.0 Oreo depth customizations and its lights are kept on by a 4000 mAh battery with Fast charging. This smartphone is also IP67 rating water and dust proof.
Design & Appearance
Many Android users strongly dislike the notch idea used in the Huawei P20 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition which they feel is copied from iPhone X although Android phones like Essential Phone has used the notch before iPhone X. Thus in this aspect, both devices are hated by those that hate the notch idea.
There is no dispute with size here because both smartphones use similar size but the S-AMOLED screen of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition delivers more brilliant colors and deeper blacks than the AMOLED screen of the P20 Pro.
The performance on the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition should be better overall than the P20 Pro, many thanks to its more advanced Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with its 8GB of RAM option. On AnTuTu Benchmark score, Huawei P20 has 209,884 While the Xiaomi Mi 8 is way ahead with 301,472 which makes it the Snapdragon 845 smartphone presently
Before the arrival of Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer edition, DxOMark records shows that Huawei P20 Pro has by far the best camera in the market but that is not entirely true right now with the performance of Xiaomi Mi 8. Huawei P20 Pro still got an edge in this section though, it is the first smartphone with a triple camera and a 40 MP main sensor. Its 24 MP selfie camera is better than the 20MP front shooter found on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition front snapper as well.
Huawei P20 Pro comes with a 4000 mAh battery while the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a 3000 mAh battery. However, the S-AMOLED display of the Mi 8 could give it some ability to conserve power. None of this smartphones is compatible with wireless charging, while P20 Pro is the only model which offers water-resistance (IP67).
Fingerprint Sensor, Face Recognition & GPS Module
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition completely floors the Huawei P20 Pro in this section. For starters, the Mi 8 comes with an on-screen fingerprint reader that enables users to unlock the phone by simply touching the fingerprint sensor embedded in its display. Xiaomi claims that since the display of the phone is equipped with a high-pressure sensitive sensor, it can instantly scan and unlock the phone by touching on the screen gently. The Huawei P20 Pro comes with the archaic front mounted fingerprint sensor. Furthermore, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a complex structured light 3D module to enable 3D facial scanning. The company says that hacking through this feature is like one in a million thus it is completely safe for a financial transaction. Lastly, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition uses a dual-band GPS for accurate GPS navigation which is better than those found on conventional smartphones.
This is one of the most important factors in choosing a smartphone. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition sells for just $577.60 in China while the P20 Pro sells for €899/$1150
So, if given the opportunity, which of these smartphones will you purchase? Let us have your votes in the polls below and if there is anything you need to add, let us know in the comments.