Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition features an in-display fingerprint scanner and transparent back while rest of the specs & design are same as that of the standard model, Mi 8. It features 6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED display with a resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels at an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, and PPI of 402 pixels per inch. The smartphone also supports the always-on display, and there is a noticeable chin at the bottom.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is powered by Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and it is paired with 8GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with MIUI 10 on top of it.
On the camera side, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup on the back with a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition also features a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfie & video-calling.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) support that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. The Mi 8 packs 3,000mAh battery, and has connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the Mi 8 are Compass/Magnetometer Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, and Barometer.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition cost 3699 Yuan (US $577).
Design and Display
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is a flagship offering and the main highlight of the smartphone is that it has a transparent back panel. It is also the first smartphone from Xiaomi that features an under-display fingerprint scanner. Additionally, there is also a facial unlock feature.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features 6.21-inch FHD+ Samsung AMOLED notched-display with a resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 88.5% screen-to-body ratio, and support for Always On Display. The notched display offers excellent visuals and it’s a treat for all those who love watching videos or playing games. The screen is also paired with awesome viewing angles and offers good legibility when placed under bright sunlight.
Performance and Storage
Under the hood, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with Adreno 630 GPU, and 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The 8GB of RAM ensures that you won’t experience any issues and get top-quality seamless performance while the Adreno 630 GPU make sure that you should have superb gaming experience.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition has 256GB of internal storage, which can be expanded further by using a microSD card up to 256GB. There is a dedicated memory expansion slot and you can store an ample number of apps, songs, videos, etc.
Camera And Operating System
On the camera side, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a dual 12+12-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash. The camera features 4-axis optical image stabilization, Dual Pixel autofocus, AI portraits, AI scene recognition, and video detection. On the front, the Mi 8 features 20-megapixel front-facing camera for selfie & video-calls. The front camera comes with features like AI portrait selfies with real-time background blur, AI Studio Light Effect, and beautify.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system wrapped under the proprietary MIUI 10 skin on top.
Connectivity and Battery
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has dual SIM support and connectivity options on are 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi (dual-band, 2.4GHz, and 5.0GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, dual-band GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C reversible connector. Sensors on the Mi 8 are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gyroscope, infrared, and a proximity sensor.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition fuelled by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery with support for Quick Charge 4+.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition Technical Specifications
|Model||Mi 8 Explorer Edition|
|SIM Slot||Dual SIM Card Slot|
|Box Content||Handset with built-in Battery charger, Type-C cable, Power Adapter, Eject Pin, Case, User Manual, Warranty Card|
|Resolution||1080 x 2248 pixels, 18,7:9 aspect ratio|
|Pixel Density||402 pixels per inch (ppi)|
|Screen to body percentage||83.77%|
Processor and Operating System
|No of Cores||8 (Octa Core)|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|User Interface (UI)||MIUI 10|
Memory And Storage
|USB OTG Support||Yes|
|Rear Camera||Dual: 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm), 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Front Facing Camera||20 MP (f/2.0)|
|Selfie Flash||Soft light flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video Recording||2160p@60fps, 1080p@30/240fps|
|Image Stabilizer||Yes, OIS|
Internet And Connectivity
|Operating Frequency||2G GSM B2/B3/B5/B8, CDMA 1X/EVDO BC0,|
3G WCDMA B1/B2/B4/B5/B8, TD-SCDMA B34/B39
4G FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20, TD-LTE B34/B38/B39/B40/B41(120MHz)
|Network||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Internet||EDGE, GPRS, LTE|
|Bluetooth||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB Connectivity||Yes, USB Type C|
|Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)||Yes|
|Headphone Connector||Yes, USB Type-C|
|Fast Charge||Quick, v4.0|
|Build||Front/rear glass, aluminum frame (7000 series)|
|Dimensions||154.90 x 74.80 x 7.60 mm|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient Light, Compass/Magnetometer, Fingerprint (in-display), Barometer|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail|
|Warranty||1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories|
|Media Player||Yes (AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC)|
|Video Player||Yes (3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player)|