It has been over a month since Xiaomi introduced the Mi 8 Lineup to the world. Everyone has been patiently awaiting the release of the most exciting variant of them all – the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. It looks like that day is close, at least for Chinese consumers. A new TENAA listing for the Mi 8 Explorer Edition has been spotted which gives us a confirmation of this phone’s storage variants. The listing also indicates that the launch of this phone in the Chinese market is imminent.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Priced at CNY 3,799
It has already been confirmed that the Mi 8 Explorer edition’s 8GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration will cost CNY 3,799 which roughly equates to Rs. 38,000. The TENAA listing pretty much cements the expected mid-July release of this smartphone.
Furthermore, the listing gives us a look at a few other storage models of this device which had previously not been mentioned. The listing clearly reveals three RAM models with 4GB, 6GB and 8GB options, and three storage options with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. It isn’t certain exactly how these RAM + storage options have been configured. We know there is an 8GB/128GB model. This means there should be at least one with 8GB/256GB. The 4GB RAM model must be paired with the 64GB of storage. The 6GB model is where there is a bit of confusion as it could be paired either with 64GB or 128GB of storage.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Specification, Features
The first thing that stands out most about this handset is its semi-transparent backing that gives us a peek at the phone’s internals. It remains to be seen how much of the visible internals are real or if all of it is just for show. Either way, the phone offers a unique look with top-of-the-line specs to match.
At the front, the phone has a Super AMOLED screen that measures 6.12-inches and achieves close to an 83.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. This display has a 1080 x 2248 pixels Full HD + resolution with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The top of the screen does have one of those controversial notches, but the main aspect to focus about is the in-display fingerprint scanner underneath.
The internal hardware is pretty much the same as the regular Mi 8. The phone runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with its quad-core CPU which comes with an Adreno 630 GPU. We already took a look at the storage options. Keep in mind that there isn’t any future expandability possible as there is no microSD card slot on this phone. For software, the smartphone will come with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out of the box. Keeping the lights on is a 3000mAh battery that comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ support.
In the imaging department, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a 12MP + 12MP dual-camera configuration at the back. The primary lens features a 1.4um pixel size, four-axis optical image stabilization, Dual Pixel AF, and an f/1.8 aperture. The secondary lens has a 1.0um pixel size and an f/2.4 aperture. On the front, the phone offers a 20MP snapper with AI Beautify and AI Portrait selfies. This camera is also capable of 3D facial recognition technology which uses an Infrared sensor and Infrared lighting to accurately scan 4096 facial points.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Availability in India
It is difficult to assess when Xiaomi plans to introduce this phone to the Indian market. We are still waiting for confirmation on the Indian launch details for the Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE. Since the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is only just making its debut in China, its release might take a significantly longer time globally. We can only hope that the company doesn’t make us wait too long and even perhaps release all three smartphones in India at the same time.