Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition officially unveiled

At a press conference in Shenzhen today, Xiaomi introduced several new products. The first one we check out is the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, one of three variants of the phone launched today and the most powerful option for interested buyers. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition includes hardware that puts it on par with flagship level devices and is a large device for buyers who prefer bigger phones.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be equipped with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. For the display, Xiaomi went with a massive 6.21-inch AMOLED screen running at full HD resolution. More unique is the fact that Xiaomi succeeded in incorporating an in-display fingerprint scanner which means they were able to abandon a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. On the inside, there is a 3,000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4+ and a pair of SIM card slots. For cameras, the device has a dual camera setup for the rear-facing unit with each sensor being 12MP. In a bit of a twist, the sensors were sourced from both Sony and Samsung. On the front-side is a 20MP camera for catching selfies.

In addition to the in-display fingerprint scanner, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is equipped with 3D facial recognition technology. From a design standpoint, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition gets a unique see-through back. The phone is constructed of metal and glass. Running on the device is Android 8.1 Oreo and MIUI  9. Xiaomi says MIUI 10 is on the way.

With the launch, Xiaomi is only making the phone available in China starting on June 5th for a price of 3,699 Yuan ($577 USD). Plans and details for release in other markets have not yet been revealed.

source: Android Headlines

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.