The flagship Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphone went on sale in China earlier today for the first time on Xiaomi Mall. As expected, the smartphone went out of stock in just a few seconds of it going on sale. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is set to go on sale in China for the second time later this week.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Sold Out in Seconds in First Sale, Next Sale on August 3
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition selling out in mere seconds in its first sale in China is certainly not surprising. Thanks to its impressive hardware specifications and the unique transparent back, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is undoubtedly one of the most impressive flagship smartphones that we have seen this year.
Xiaomi fans in China will be getting another opportunity to get their hands on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition this Friday, i.e. August 3rd. Just like today, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition will go on sale on Xiaomi Mall for 3,699 yuan (Rs.37,500 approximately.).
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Specifications, Features
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is similar to the standard Mi 8 in most areas but does have a few key features that set it apart. It comes with a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with a notch at the top featuring 1080 x 2248 Full HD+ resolution, DCI-P3 color space coverage, HDR10 support, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Unlike the standard Mi 8, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition features an in-display fingerprint sensor. Powering the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 10nm processor clocked at 2.8 GHz with an Adreno 630 GPU. In terms of memory, the smartphone comes in just a single configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Further expansion isn’t supported as the smartphone does not include a microSD card slot.
On the back of the handset is a 12MP + 12MP AI dual-camera setup with 2x optical zoom and Dual Pixel PDAF. The primary Sony IMX363 sensor on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition boasts 1.4um pixel size, an f/1.8 aperture, and 4-axis optical image stabilization. For selfies, the smartphone features a 20MP unit on the front with AI Portrait Mode and IR 3D facial recognition.
When it comes to connectivity, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NFC, USB Type-C port, and Dual 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on is a 3000mAh capacity battery with a non-removable battery. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+ support, so you can expect to get three to four hours of usage from a little over 15 minutes of charging. In terms of physical size, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition measures 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm and weighs in at 177 grams. The flagship smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 currently and is expected to receive the MIUI 10 update soon.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Expected Price in India
Xiaomi is expected to launch the Mi 8 flagship smartphone in India sometime later this year. While no information is currently available regarding the Mi 8 Explorer Edition coming to India, we do think there is a small chance that the device could be launched in the country to take on rivals like the OPPO Find X and the Vivo NEX. As for the price, Mi 8 is expected to cost somewhere around Rs.35,000 in India, so we can expect the Mi 8 Explorer Edition to be priced closer to Rs.40,000.