Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition full review: Explore the translucent Android

A wake-up call for the competition.

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The most stunning thing Android has seen in 2018

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is an excellent smartphone which is kept at an unbelievable price. Definitely a wake-up call for the competition.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Battery

Xiaomi has finally taken the wraps off its latest flagship series – the Xiaomi Mi 8 lineup. There are three devices in the lineup – the Xiaomi Mi 8, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

While there is no denying the fact that all the three smartphones are simply stunning, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the most intriguing of them all.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Full specifications

xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition full specifications

Display and Design

Starting things off with the display, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition sports a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display just like the one found on the standard Mi 8. The panel is an FHD+ unit giving out a resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, a screen-to-body ratio of 86.12 percent, DCI-P3 color gamut, 60000:1 contrast ratio, up to 600nits brightness, eye protection mode, always on display, and HDR support.

The device measures 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm and weighs in at 177 grams.

While the front end of the device is amazing, the real deal is the rear panel. The rear of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a translucent glass which gives a peek into the internals of the device. Looking at the Snapdragon logo from the outside gave us the chills, and you would be equally amazed.

xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition features

Fingerprint scanner and 3D facial recognition

xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition in display fingerprint scanner

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features an in-display fingerprint scanner which lets you unlock the device by placing your registered finger on the display itself. Unlike a lot of other smartphones which require you to put a pressure on the display in order for the embedded fingerprint scanner to work, the Mi 8 EE would work just with the tap of your finger. Additionally, the company claims that the Mi 8 EE is the first smartphone in the world with pressure sensitive in-screen fingerprint technology.

If, however, you are still not content with this, the device features a 3D facial recognition system as well.

xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition 3d face unlock featureThe front camera of the device captures the face and analyzes more than 33,000 invisible points of the face of the users to create a depth map. The AI engine of the device then converts the data taken into a mathematical representation which is then matched with the registered facial data stored on the phone in order to unlock it. Errors? Xiaomi claims that the chances of the device getting unlocked with a false data are one in a million.

To tackle the iPhone X even more, the company has come up with its own set of animated emojis dubbed the Mi Meng. The front camera of the device can record up to 52 facial muscle movements in order to create various animated characters which can imitate the facial expressions and voice of the user. Whether this feature is of any use or not would totally depend on the user preference.

xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition mi meng feature

Power, Performance, and Battery

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset which comes equipped with an AI engine. The processor is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which can further be expanded with the help of an external SD card.

There is a 3,000 mAh battery fueling the device which is capable of Quick Charge 4+ fast charging.

Coming to the OS, the device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10 on top of it.

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xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition camera features

The device sports a dual camera setup at the back (12MP Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4micron pixel size + 12MP S5K3M3 telephoto lens, f/2.4 aperture, 1micron pixel size). The camera setup offers an amazing photography experience and has features like 4-axis optical image stabilization, dual-pixel autofocus, and optical zoom.

At the front, we get a 20MP selfie shooter which features facial recognition, AI scene recognition, 3D Beauty mode, and HDR.

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Dual GPS

xiaomi mi 8 dual gps

Just like the Xiaomi Mi 8. the Mi 8 SE also features a dual-frequency GPS which will provide the most accurate location tracking as it will the interfaces like buildings and signal delays.


The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is kept at a price of 3,699 Yuan (~$577) which is pretty insane considering the features it is offering.

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