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

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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.

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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.

Also Read:


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Camera

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.

Also Read:


xiaomi mi 8 full specsXiaomi Mi 8 full review: Everything you need to know


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.

Price

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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Vivo X27: Full specifications, features, price, release date, wallpapers, and more

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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

Vivo is soon going to launch the Vivo X27 which will boast of an under-display fingerprint scanner and a pop-up selfie camera.

Let’s have a look at the specifications and the features of the device.

Vivo X27: Full specifications and features

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Specifications
Status Not announced yet
Dimensions 157.7 x 74.3 x 9 mm (6.21 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)
Weight 188 g (6.63 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.39-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, ~400 ppi density
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Colors Blue, Pink
OS Android 9 Pie with Funtouch 9
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
GPU Adreno 612
RAM 8GB
Internal storage 128GB/256GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 256GB
Primary camera Triple camera (48MP, f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF + 13MP, (ultrawide) + 5MP, f/2.4, depth sensor)
Front camera Motorized pop-up 16MP, f/2.0
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Battery 4000mAh, Fast battery charging 18W
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Under-display
Other features -
Price $340

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2: Full specifications, features, price, release date, wallpapers, and more

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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 launched the second generation of the Black Shark gaming smartphones. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is a substantial upgrade over the Xiaomi Black Shark.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2: What all is new?

For starters, we get the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with RAM up to 12GB. There is an under-display fingerprint scanner at the front of the device. While the rear looks almost the same, we get a bumped-up camera module.

The price of the device is kept at around $511 which is not too big of a jump when compared with the original Black Shark that cost around $577 for the top-of-the-line variant when it was launched.

Let’s have a look at the full specifications and features of the device.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2: Full specifications and features

xiaomi black shark 2 full review

Specifications
Status Available
Dimensions 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm (6.44 x 2.95 x 0.35 in)
Weight 205 g (7.23 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.39-inch AMOLED display
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 403ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Colors Black, Silver, Blue
OS Android 9 Pie
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 ( 7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
RAM 6GB/8GB/12GB
Internal storage 128GB/256GB
Expandable storage No
Primary camera Dual camera (48MP, f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF + 12MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom)
Front camera 20MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
3.5mm headphone jack No
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC No
Battery 4000mAh, Fast battery charging 27W
Charging Type-C
Fingerprint scanner Under-display
Other features -
Price $510

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Xiaomi Redmi 7: Full specifications, features, price, release date, wallpapers, and more

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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 made the Xiaomi Redmi 7 budget smartphone official. The device is kept at an asking price of just under $120 which is pretty incredible considering the specifications and the features the device has in store.

Let’s have a look at the full specifications and features of the device.

Xiaomi Redmi 7: Full specifications and features

xiaomi redmi 7 review

Specifications
Status Available
Dimensions 158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm (6.25 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
Weight 180 g (6.35 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.26-inch IPS LCD display
Resolution 720 x 1520 pixels, 269ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 19:9
Colors Black, Red, Blue
OS Android 9 Pie with MIUI 9 on top
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 (14 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver)
GPU Adreno 506
RAM 2GB/3GB/4GB
Internal storage 16GB/32GB/64GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Dual camera (12MP, f/2.2, 1.25µm, PDAF + 2MP, depth sensor)
Front camera 8MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC No
Battery 4000mAh, Fast battery charging 10W
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price $113

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