Xiaomi announced its flagship Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition as well along with Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone at an event in China. It also sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ AMOLED display from Samsung with a notch and 88.5% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 with up to 6GB RAM and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI on top. The company said that it has the overall DxO Mark score of, with 105 scores in DxO Mark for photo.
It comes with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor that has dedicated pressure sensor that activates unlocking more quickly. It uses Synaptics FS9500 Clear ID family of optical in-display fingerprint sensor placed in a natural location directly in the OLED touchscreen. It has 3D face recognition that uses advanced structured lighting technology to capture 33,000 facial points, lets you create animated emojis based on facial expressions, same as Apple’s Animoji and it features a transparent back.
It has dual rear cameras, the primary is 12 MP with Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS, Dual Pixel auto focus, the secondary is also 12 MP camera for AI portraits and it has AI scene recognition as well. On the front side it has 20 MP camera that support for AI portrait selfies with real-time background blur and AI Studio Light Effect.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition specifications
The mobile sports a 6.21-inch Full HD+ 18:7:9 AMOLED display with 600 nits brightness, 60000:1 contrast ratio, DCI-P3 color gamut with a resolution of 2248 × 1080 pixels.
It is powered by 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to MIUI 10.
The device comes with 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 256GB (UFS 2.1) storage.
It has dual rear camera the primary is 12MP rear camera with 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, Optical zoom, 4K video recording, secondary 12MP rear camera with Samsung S5K3M3 sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size, 2X zoom.
On the front side it has 20MP front-facing camera with real-time AI portraits.
Connectivity & Sensors
The mobile supports Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5, Dual-frequency (L1+L5) GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, and USB Type-C. It has Dual SIM (nano + nano). It also comes with in-display fingerprint sensor and 3D Face unlock feature.
Battery and Dimensions
The mobile packs 3000mAh (typ)/2900mAh (min) with Quick Charge 4+ fast charging. It has a size measurement of 154.9×74.8x 7.6 mm and weight is 177g.
Price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is priced at 3699 yuan (US$ 577/Rs. 39,000 approx.). It will be available in China from June 5th.
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