Xiaomi Mi8 vs Mi8 Explorer Edition

We’ve finally witnessed the Xiaomi’s biggest event in Shenzhen on May 31st and the launch of a series of products which includes the MIUI 10 Powered by AI, flagship smartphone Mi8 and its trimmed down version Mi 8 SE, along with Mi TV4, Mi VR Standalone and Mi Band 3.

Actually, there three models of Mi 8 launched at the event, the regular Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition and the Mi 8 SE. Here we are going to compare the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition and talk about is there any key difference between both of them?

Technical Specifications of Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition

FeaturesXiaomi Mi 8Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
Display6.21-inch Full HD+6.21-inch Full HD+
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
Rear CameraDual 12-megapixel + 12-megapixelDual 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Front Camera20-megapixel20-megapixel
Connectivity4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Android OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10
SecurityFingerprint sensor and infrared face unlockIn-display fingerprint sensor and infrared face unlock


Now let’s talk about other features:

Xiaomi Mi 8


The most notable detail in the Mi8 and Mi8 Explorer Edition design is the notch on the top of the screen. The Essential Phone, which first introduced the concept of Notch, later adopted by Apple in the iPhone X.

The Mi 8 and its sibling also showing up the notch on the device, however, many users do not like it and recently it became a controversial topic.

Fortunately, the notch can be closed by software and Xiaomi gives the message that you can use it with peace of mind even for users who do not like notches. There is no difference on the front, but as you turn back the devices you’ll find a big difference. The Explorer Edition comes with a transparent back under which you can clearly see the Snapdragon processor and other hardware.

Mi 8 Explorer Edition with a transparent back
See-through (transparent) glass panel of Mi 8 Explorer Edition

HTC U12+ is the first smartphone to come with the translucent (transparent) back. The Mi 8, on the other hand, features a four-way curved glass back panel with aluminium chassis.


The camera on both Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition is same. The dual rear camera uses two different sensors, 12 MP + 12 MP. The 12-megapixel main rear camera has f / 1.8 aperture and OIS support, while the second 12-megapixel camera has f / 2.4 aperture.

The main camera also offers 2x optical zoom, auto focus and dual tone LED flash support. The main camera sensor is the Sony IMX363, the second camera sensor is the Samsung S5K3M3. Thanks to these sensors, which are extremely high quality, DXOMark takes 105 points and is positioned right behind the Huawei P20. Or, in other words, the world’s second best-selling phone, the Xiaomi Mi8.

Xiaomi, who seems to be very helpful for the camera, reinforced this camera with artificial intelligence. The device, which automatically identifies the 206 different scene modes, uses the artificial intelligence, studio light modes and portrait mode to produce truly dazzling pictures.

3D facial recognition

The front camera comes with 20-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and 3D facial recognition which uses Infrared to scan 4096 facial points, making the feature more secure.

Battery and Connection-

The basic connectivity options like the Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, wi-fi direct etc found on every device are also part of the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Xiaoimi has solved the GPS problem that causes us to lose our way by being lost between high buildings in the city by using a dual-channel GPS.

This is the first time when a smartphone has used dual GPS system.

On the battery side, the Xiaomi Mi 8 has a battery of 3400 mAh and the Explorer Edition has a battery of 3000 mAh. We can expect these batteries supporting Qualcomm’s 4.0 quick charge will be sufficient for at least one day with intensive use.

All other features are shown in the table above.


In China, the price of Mi 8 starts at CNY 2,699 (approximately Rs 28,550) for the base variant with 64GB storage and goes up to CNY 3,299 (approximately Rs 34,750) for the top model with 256GB storage

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition, on the other hand, has been priced at CNY 3,699, which is approximately Rs 39,000.

Now after looking at the technical specs and design of Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition we don’t find any major difference except the transparent back of Explorer Edition which gives it an industrial design.

Let us know in the comments below what you guys think.