Xiaomi Unveils First Android Smartphone Powered by the Snapdragon 710

Qualcomm recently announced the Snapdragon 710 as a less-powerful chipset than the flagship 845 but more powerful than the mid-range 660. The company originally said the first devices with the chipset inside would arrive later this year, but today we’re getting our first look at the very first phone with the processor installed.

Called the Mi 8 SE, the device is a less-stellar version of the flagship Mi 8 that also debuted today. It retains a similar glass body with a metal frame and packs a 5.8-inch OLED Full HD+ display. And yes, there’s a notch up at the top to house things like the selfie camera and earpiece.

Under the hood is obviously the Snapdragon 710 processor with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Powering the experience is a 3120mAh battery, while Android 8.1 Oreo serves as the software on top. Dual 12MP and 5MP cameras sit on the back and a 20MP sensor sits up front.

Additionally, the Mi 8 SE comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, an Adreno 616 GPU, dual SIM card slots, and a USB-C port. There isn’t a headphone jack, however.

For the specs, you’d think the phone cost around $500 or so. Fortunately, this isn’t the case as the Mi 8 SE will cost around just $280 when it launches next month in China. Obviously, that’s a pretty great deal so if you can get your hands on the device, you definitely should consider it.

So far, there’s no word on whether the phone will reach other markets but stay tuned.