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Xiaomi Mi 8 is an iPhone X clone

Check out the phones side by side.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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Without a doubt, the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer look a lot like the iPhone X.

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From the notch on the front of its 6.2-inch AMOLED screen...

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...to the stacked dual camera setup on the back. 

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Of course, the Xiaomi Mi 8 retains its fingerprint reader, unlike the iPhone X. 

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The Mi 8 Explorer has a few more extras, like this "transparent" design. It's just for show.

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The Mi 8 Explorer has an in-screen fingerprint sensor that requires a little pressure to work.

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Xiaomi says this will save some battery.

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The Mi 8 supports gesture controls similar to the iPhone X.

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Swiping from either side takes you back a step.

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There's also a face unlocking feature that uses infrared cameras, though it isn't clear if Xiaomi's making the same security claims as Apple's Face ID.

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The Mi 8 phones use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chip.

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The Mi 8 has up to 256GB of built-in storage and 6GB or RAM, while the Explorer has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.

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Here it is in black.

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A look at the USB-C port.

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Xiaomi phones sell in limited markets, but the Mi series has had enviable specs, looks and performance for far less than the most top-shelf phone.

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One last look at the Xiaomi Mi 8

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