Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition with FaceID and Under Display Fingerprint Scanner Launched

by: - Last updated on: December 6th, 2020

It’s Xiaomi’s 8th anniversary and they’ve left no stone unturned in building a hype about their latest flagships, the Mi 8 and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Let’s take a look at the latter, which seems to be a special anniversary edition.

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Mi 8 Explorer Edition Highlights

One of the highlights of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the all-new under display fingerprint scanner with multiple pressure points helping in faster unlock speeds. We’ve seen this technology in the recently launched Vivo X21 where the speed of the scanner wasn’t up to the mark.

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There’s also a 3D face recognition system on board, similar to the iPhone X’s implementation with structured lighting, which is a first of its kind implementation on an Android device. Xiaomi is sticking to Apple’s moniker and calling ‘Face ID’ itself! Thanks to the 3D face recognition capabilities, there also Xiaomi’s version of Animojis available for use.


Other specifications include the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. It also borrows other flagship features from its young sibling, the Mi 8, like the 6.21-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio, dual GPS bands, NFC, a 3400mAh battery and a similar 12+12MP dual camera set up and 4-axis OIS to the back. The front shooter also remains unchanged at 20MP with an effective pixel size of 1.8 microns and all the AI goodness.

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The Explorer Edition of the Mi 8 will go on sale in China for 3699 Yuan ($575/INR 39000) and comes with a transparent back showing off the internals of the device. It remains to be seen if and when Xiaomi decides to bring the Mi 8 Explorer edition to India and other countries outside of China. If they do, would you prefer this over the likes of OnePlus 6 and Honor 10? Let us know through the comments section below.

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