Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition Gets Face Payment Support Using Unique 3D Face ID Technology

Users can use both the face payment technology and the traditional fingerprint payment method on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

Mi 8 Explorer Edition

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is one of the most impressive flagship offerings from the Chinese smartphone maker. The smartphone was released in May and it was the first Android smartphone in China to support 3D face unlocking. The suit was followed by Oppo Find X, but the device is only limited to the 3D face unlocking technology only. However, the Xiaomi Mi 8 has got the Face Payment functionality using the 3D Face ID technology.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Face Payment Support

The Xiaomi Mi 8 was the first Android smartphone to feature 3D Face ID technology and the latest face payment technology is yet another feather in the cap. The smartphone also carries the in-screen fingerprint technology. Even after the addition of the new payment functionality, users can still use the traditional fingerprint payment.

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The new payment experience would be much hassle-free and smooth. Not that the fingerprint payment process is any troublesome, but users can bid farewell to the traditional method and get onboard with one of the finest integrations from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Specifications, Features

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is similar to the standard Mi 8 in most areas but the device comes with some additional features that make it stand out. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a large 6.21-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2248 Full HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The smartphone also gets DCI-P3 color space coverage, HDR10 support, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, a feature missing in the standard variant. Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 10nm processor clocked at 2.8 GHz, paired with an Adreno 630 GPU. For storing apps and data, the Mi 8 Explorer edition offers a single configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Unfortunately, you can not expand the memory further as the device does not come with a slot for a microSD card.

In the imaging department, the smartphone features a 12MP + 12MP AI-powered dual-camera setup with Dual Pixel PDAF and 2x optical zoom. The primary sensor on the Mi 8 Explorer edition is a Sony IMX363 that boasts 1.4um pixel size, a f/1.8 aperture along with 4-axis optical image stabilization. On the front, the device houses a 20MP snapper that features AI Portrait Mode and IR 3D facial recognition.

On the connectivity front, the options that tag along with the Mi 8 Explorer Edition include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, NFC, QZSS, and a USB Type-C port.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is fuelled by a 3000mAh capacity battery that comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+ support. You can expect your device to last for 4 to 5 hours over 15 minutes of charging. In terms of dimensions, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition measures 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm and weighs in at 177 grams. As for software, the flagship device ships with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10.

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition: Expected Price in India

In China, the device is priced at 3699 yuan, which is roughly Rs. 39,000. Xiaomi is expected to launch the standard variant of the Mi 8 in India by the end of the year. However, there is no information on the  Explorer edition launching anytime soon. However, Xiaomi could launch this edition of the smartphone to take on the likes of flagships from Oppo and Vivo. The Mi 8 is expected to be priced somewhere around Rs.35,000 in India, so we are hoping the Mi 8 Explorer Edition to go as high as Rs.40,000, whenever it arrives.


Gargi’s inclination towards gadgets developed over the four years that she invested on her Electronics and Communication degree. She last worked at HeyMojo Inc., where she lead the product marketing team and designed chatbots for the top QSRs around the world. Currently, she is a regular contributor at MySmartPrice and plans on enlightening readers with interesting news on smartphones and telecom industry. Oh, and did we forget to mention that she is also a growth hacker.