Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Everything You Want to Know

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Earlier today, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi launched their much awaited 8th’s anniversary Xiaomi Mi 8 and the more premium Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition as well as the cheaper¬†Mi 8 SE. Since we might have missed something in the heat of the moment, here’s a recap of everything you need to know about the freshly launched Mi flagship.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition


Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a design we’ve never seen before on a phone – a translucent back cover. Sure, the recently released HTC U12+ also features a similar design, but that’s limited to a small area, meanwhile on the Mi 8 EE, the whole back is translucent, along with the sexy Qualcomm logo shining through.

Smartphone’s dimensions are 154.9mm x 74.8mm x 7.6mm for a weight of¬†177 grams.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Xiaomi’ flagship packs a¬†6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED screen with¬†2248 x 1080 resolution and a PPI of 402. The display is able to produce a brightness of¬†600nit, a¬†60000:1 contrast ratio and supports,¬†AOD Extinguishing technology,¬†Eye protection mode
and HDR.


The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with the beastly Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.8GHz paired with an Adreno 630 GPU wth a frequency of 710MHz. The handset also gets 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM (exclusive to the EE) along with 128GB of fast UFS2.1 storage.


Xiaomi Mi 8

On the Mi 8 we find a combo of a SONY IMX363 12MP wide-angle lens with 4-axis optical image stabilization and f/1.8 aperture paired with a 12MP telephoto f/2.4 lens mainly used for portraits. There are also 7 kinds of AI studio lighting effects
to easily shoot “studio-grade” portraits from the get-go. The smartphone is able to shoot 4K videos at 30fps,¬†slow motion videos at 720p 240fps and 1080p 240fps, plus¬†high frame rate videos at 1080p 120fps.

The front-facing 20MP selfie snapper features an F/2.0 aperture, 1.8um pixels, AI portrait mode and AI beautify.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the only 8th anniversary edition phone coming with a proper 3D Face ID technology, iPhone X style. This means it utilizes a dot projector and a flood illuminator to precisely register and recognize a face, making it much more accurate than other Face recognition technologies.

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Another exclusive feature on the EE is the presence of an under-display fingerprint scanner, which according to Xiaomi is much faster than what we find on the VIVO phones, thus drastically¬† reducing the difference between “old” style fingerprint scanner and the new UD.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 and its EE variant are the first phones to ever pack a dual-frequency GPS system. This technology allows for much more accurate tracking with a precision of around 30 centimeters, thanks to the simultaneous reception of L1 / L5 GPS signals. Far better than the 5 meters range we have on current phones.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

What’s probably the only gripe against the Mi 8 EE is its battery capacity. The smartphone does indeed lose 400mAh over the plain Mi 8, with a total capacity of 3000mAh.

You shouldn’t worry too much about running out of juice though, as the phone supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ which will allow you to quickly refill the battery in little to no time. We – of course – find an USB Type-C port as well.


The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition supports two nano-SIM cards and dual-card VoLTE HD voice 2.

Supported frequency bands are:

  • GSM B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
  • CDMA 1X / EVDO BC0
  • WCDMA B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B8
  • TD-SCDMA B34 / B39
  • TD-LTE B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 (120MHz)
  • FDD-LTE B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B17 / B20

Thanks to the LTE B41 4 antenna technology the phone also supports 4×4 MIMO

Other features include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi,¬†WiFi Direct, 2×2 MIMO Technology, MU-MIMO,¬†WiFi Display and¬†Bluetooth 5.0.

Pricing & Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition will cost¬†3699 Yuan, around $577.60, when it’ll finally be available in early June.

Click here to learn more about the plain Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE launched earlier today.
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