The Transparent Mi 8 Explorer Edition Isn't Showing The Phone's Real Internals

The Transparent Mi 8 Explorer Edition Isn't Showing The Phone's Real Internals

The Transparent Mi 8 Explorer Edition Isn't Showing The Phone's Real Internals

This is an unusual resolution but that is because the aspect ratio falls to 18.7:9. In terms of software, it runs on Android 8.1 on top of Xiaomi's MIUI 10 skin.

At the heart of the phone, we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. If you want to know more about the Snapdragon 710, we suggest you that you read our coverage here. Xiaomi will charge 2,699 yuan (around Rs 28,000) for Mi 8 and 3,699 yuan (around Rs. 38,000) for the Mi 8 Explorer edition. All of this is powered by a 3,120 mAh battery and is available in 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage or 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage options.

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and will be available in China on 5th June for 2,699 yuan (~S$563). This variant also has in-display fingerprint sensor which was introduced by Vivo also on Vivo X21.

All of this sits in a body that looks strikingly similar to the iPhone X. The camera array is positioned the same on the back, the notch at the top of the screen looks familiar, and the entire body is glass.


Aside from the standard Mi 8, there's also an Explorer Edition with an in-display fingerprint sensor that uses pressure sensitivity.

In the Mi 8-series smartphones, connectivity options include Bluetooth, 4G LTE with VoLTE, dual Global Positioning System and Wi-Fi 802.11ac and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Also making this a victor are two other things: the 3D face unlock and the in-display fingerprint technology that is pressure-sensitive. The rear comes with the features like 2x Zoom dual pixel phase detection autofocus and has a dual LED flash.

The 3.5 mm audio jack was ditched back in 2017 with the announcement of the predecessor Xiaomi Mi 6, but there is USB-C for all the connections. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is now available only in China, but it's expected to make its way to eight different countries in the near future, including India. The smartphone comes in two variants, one with 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage. It will cost CNY3,799 or around $600/€500, but will hit the shelves a month later.

The notch on the Mi 8 houses the 20MP front-facing camera, Proximity sensor, Earpiece, Infrared Lighting and Infrared Lens. If these three products make it overseas, they will definitely give a whirlwind of competition to smartphones that are priced much higher than this.

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