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At its 8th anniversary celebrations Xiaomi announced a brand new smartphone called the Mi 8 – Xiaomi Mi 8.

The latest flagship was unveiled a Press Conference in Beijing on Thursday and again it shares very familiar characteristics with Apple’s premium model, the iPhone X.

The Chinese brand claims that the handset – Xiaomi Mi 8 blows competitors out of the water in the famous AnTutu performance index, jumping into the lead with a score surpassing 300,000.

Xiaomi Mi 8

Chinese phone maker took years to shed its iPhone copycat label, yet it will be back with a vengeance now. If ripping off Apple doesn’t faze you, this handset has a lot going for it, such as an AI beautifying mode for selfies and improved navigation.

Old habits die hard, however. On Thursday Xiaomi announced its newest flagship smartphone – Xiaomi Mi 8– in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, and it is the most blatant rip-off yet of the iPhone X. That’s saying a lot, considering that in 2018 every Android phone maker bar Samsung has copied the front-display notch the iPhoneX pioneered to house its front-facing camera. Even though they have the same screen cut-out, recent phones from Huawei and LG retained some of their identity and unique design traits. Xiaomi hasn’t even bothered to do that with the Mi 8.

Xiaomi Mi 8 front camera details

Xiaomi Mi 8 front camera details

Whether it’s the camera placement, the size of the notch, or the way the phones are positioned in promotional images, everyone will be doing a double take to make sure they’re not looking at an iPhone X. The top variant of the Mi 8, dubbed the “Explorer Edition”, presumably due to its transparent glass back, even lifted wholesale Apple’s animated emojis (animojis).

Having said all that, if you look past the brazen plagiarism, the Mi 8 is, as usual with Xiaomi devices, a really good deal.

The handset comes with the best Android chip set available, Snapdragon 845; it has 6GB of RAM; it has the same excellent camera hardware as the just two-months-old Mi Mix 2S; and it has a proven design – albeit proven by another company – with a brilliant 6.2-inch AMOLED display from Samsung. And all that for a starting price of 2,699 yuan (US$421). The top-end Explorer Edition costs 3,299 yuan.

Xiaomi-Mi-8

Of the new models, the Explorer Edition probably represents the best value despite not offering much of an upgrade in raw power over the standard version. That’s because the handset has a series of sensors within its notch that’s very similar to those of the iPhone X, making it the first Android phone to offer real 3D facial recognition as biometric security, as opposed to the simpler, less secure “2D” version of face unlock offered by the likes of the OnePlus 6 or Huawei P20 Pro.

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The Explorer Edition also has a fingerprint reader embedded underneath the screen as a secondary unlock method. On the standard Mi 8, it’s the old-fashioned rear fingerprint reader.

I only had very brief time testing the Mi 8 so I didn’t get to try the facial scanning system, but if Xiaomi is promising to use it as a form of biometric security (which includes verification for online banking), it had better build it as well as Apple’s.

The rest of the hardware leaves me confident, though, because the Mi 8, despite costing less than half the price of the iPhoneX, feels every bit as premium as the Apple handset in terms of build quality.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Vs Iphone X

Xiaomi Mi 8 Vs Iphone X

Hardware was only half the story at this week’s launch event. Xiaomi also introduced MIUI 10, the latest version of its Android skin, and it has an improved swiping navigation interface that eliminates the need for Android’s traditional three-button set-up (it’ll be interesting to see if Xiaomi keeps this implementation, which it designed, or go with Android P’s native swiping navigation that is set to be released this autumn).

One final software trick that could be useful, or creepy, depending on who you are: the Mi 8’s camera system has a new beautifying mode that Xiaomi chairman Lei Jun says is like getting “digital cosmetic surgery”. The mode uses AI to analyse a user’s face and then slims the subject’s nose bridge, reduce chin sag and generally give Asian face types more of a profile.

Chinese phones’ beautifying modes tend to go overboard – they turn subjects into plastic Barbies, in my opinion – but the samples shown during the presentation and at a demo booth seemed natural enough – says the South China morning Post

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Meet Africa’s Lead Social Entrepreneur

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Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Strategist, Enterprise Development and Corporate Trainer/Consultant, Skills Development Expert and the Co-Founder/CEO of COSDEF Group which is an African holding Social Innovation Enterprise with 4 subsidiaries namely The Centre for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa, Wikajobs Career Management Firm, COSDEF Mobile  Microfinance, Skill Study (E-Learning) and other initiatives which include Social Innovation Hub, Rural Driven Empowerment and Pan African Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship (PASEF)

Javnyuy is a certified trainer by The American Entrepreneurship Foundation (AEF) California USA, he is a highly sought after enterprise development trainer (Business Coach), consultant & speaker, author of several articles that have been published on several platforms & magazines across Africa. Javnyuy speaks in averagely 200+ capacity building workshops, conferences, corporate events yearly across Africa reaching thousands in the areas of enterprise development, corporate efficiency, process innovation, strategic execution & personal development. He is the author of one of Cameroon’s sought after personal efficiency book “35 Days of Re-Defining You for Success” and Co-Founder and COO of The 50 Most Influential Young Cameroonians Awards Initiative.

Javnyuy is a Member of the Global Youth Skill & Innovation Council, featured as the future leader of World Economic Forum Davos (Switzerland), Global Youth Ambassador, Motivating Africa Ambassador and alumni of the Cameroon Leadership Academy Fellow 2017

He has 4 years’ experience lecturing entrepreneurship, business management & marketing courses in two private universities in Cameroon that is International University of Bamenda and Impact Polytechnic Kumbo. 3 years’ experience training social entrepreneurship, organizational leadership and executive skills with the African Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) Accra Ghana, 2 years’ experience training executive skills with Power & Wisdom Bible and Leadership Institute Buea, senior trainer & consultant with Vocational Center for International Development, Country Director Consultant, Head Trainer with Christian Life Training Organization, International Career Coach with MARLEQ. Javnyuy have offered hundreds of management and organizational leadership, corporate training programs, team building programs, talent development, work place efficiency skills, organizational productivity strategy trainings to several national and multinational organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, startups among others.

Javnyuy together with his close friend Agbor Franklen Co-founded AFA Designs Software Development Firm which focuses on developing innovative tech solutions for African businesses. AFA Designs have served over 100+ businesses across Africa in diverse sectors like E-Commerce, education, agriculture, not-for-profit, churches etc. Under the leadership of Javnyuy, the AFA Designs team is responsible for Afamuziq app (Download on play store) which is an innovative stylish music player, entertainment partner which gives you full control of your entertainment, enhancing your sound quality, let you share the song you listening with friends and loved ones, Stream favorite sound tracks (Audio and Videos) online, view on playing song lyrics, connects you to your favourite entertainment platforms and blogs with just a click, Mobile TV connecting you with your favourite stations on the go and just much more

Education & Professional Accreditations

Javnyuy has a well-balanced education credentials. He completed his Bsc program in Financial Management in International University Bamenda, he is a certified trainer by the American Entrepreneurship Foundation, Certificate program in Entrepreneurship & Leadership from YALI Regional Leadership Center Accra Ghana (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration), Certificate program in Strengthening Africa’s Public Sector Human Resource Management from United Nations Public Administration Network, Certificate program in Advance Business Management & Public Service Governance from International Governance Institute, studied Entrepreneurship and Business in Clark Atlanta University, Georgia USA under the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, Lean Six Sigma from The Hudson Strategic Group and The Quality Group, Atlanta Georgia and currently undertaking a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Rome Business School

Media

Javnyuy have been featured on over 100 radio/tv programs and magazines across Africa including BBC World Service, Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), 1000 African Voices on Channel Africa, HiTV Cameroon, LTM TV, Canal 2 English International TV, 7News TV, University of Ghana Radio, CBS Radio, CBC Radio, City Community Radio, Africa Business Communities magazine, Inspire 237 magazine, Jongo hub magazine, The Afrikan Legacy Magazine, Betatinz magazine, Konnect Africa magazine, Uphold Africa magazine, Her Business magazine Kenya, Africans Building Africa magazine among several others.

Awards and Recognitions

African Youth of the Year Award nominee 2016, Princess Kuja Recognition Award 2016, UK Base Kinnaka’s Blog Gola Project Award winner 2016, United Council for Youth Empowerment 2017 Nation & Continent Builder of the year award, Young Citizens Contributing Positively (YOCICOPO) award 2017, Voted among the 100 personalities inspiring Cameroon in 2017 by Inspire magazine, Queen’s Young Leaders Award Runner-Up Winner, Cameroon Achievers Award Entrepreneur of the week, profiled among the top 20 young CEOs inspiring change in Cameroon by Cameroon Achievers Magazine, 2018 class of 100 Most Influential Young Africans by Africa Youth Awards and nominee Digital Citizenship SDG Awards

 

Reach out to Javnyuy on

javnyuy@cosdefgroup.com or infos@celbmdafrica.org

Call: Cameroon +237 674949153

          USA +1 202 766 0280

Follow me on LinkedIn and facebook as Javnyuy Joybert

 

 

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