Taking a closer look at the transparent Xiaomi Mi 8

Helen Aguilar
June 2, 2018

Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer edition runs on octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which is recently launched.

The Mi 8 features a 6.21-inch AMOLED screen with 600 nits of brightness and a resolution of 2,248 x 1,080 pixels (88.5 percent screen-to-body ratio).

Let no one ever say that Xiaomi is unwilling to draw inspiration from other brands because on the outside at least, the Mi 8 looks a heck of a lot like Apple's iPhone X thanks to the metal and glass design, similar camera layout and even the full-size notch. The premium Mi 8 Explorer Edition goes one step further with 3D facial recognition, just like Face ID.

Xiaomi, meanwhile, maintains that the transparent back on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition does show the actual components - here's what the company told The Verge. The 5.88-inch smartphone is only available in a single variant while the Mi 8 is available with 6GB RAM/64GB storage which costs CNY2,699 (approximately $421).

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition, meanwhile, adds some extra touches to your standard Mi 8, with an in-display fingerprint sensor that is pressure sensitive and a transparent back panel. Xiaomi has gone with a Samsung-made Super AMOLED display for the Mi 8 and that's a really good move. For selfies, the Mi 8 sports a 20MP front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture, AI portrait selfies, and beautify. The Chinese company today unveiled its new Mi 8 smartphone series powered by MIUI 10, plus the new and ultra-affordable Mi Band 3. The Mi 8 SE is the first phone to come with this chip, which is supposed to deliver a 30 percent battery consumption improvement compared to the Snapdragon 660.

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Design wise, the Mi 8 SE isn't too different than the Mi 8, though it does lose the in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Whereas Mi 8 comes with 6GB RAM and three other basic configurations of 64GB internal storage, 128GB internal storage, and 258GB internal storage. For all the bells and whistles, fans will have to look to the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

In the absence of a full United Kingdom release date announcement, we don't have any official word on what the price might be over here. The SE gets its juice from a 3120 mAh battery, and is chargeable via a Type-C port, with 18 W Quick Charge 3.0 keeping thing quick.

Xiaomi has launched the smartphone in various storage and RAM options.

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