Specifications for Xiaomi’s Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Today saw Xiaomi launch the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and  Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphones that all boast dual rear cameras, MIUI 10, and a full-sized notch on their displays. All three handsets feature Qualcomm processors, with the diminutive Mi 8 SE being the first to make use of the brand new Snapdragon 710 platform. While the regular Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer are very similar regarding hardware, there are some subtle differences, not least the reduction in battery capacity. As you would expect, the Mi 8 SE is much different from its larger siblings, and you can check out how each model differs in the specifications table we’ve inserted for your viewing pleasure after the break. 

 Xiaomi Mi 8 SEXiaomi Mi 8Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
AnnouncedMay 31, 2018May 31, 2018May 31, 2018
ReleasedJune 20185 June, 2018TBD
Display5.8-inch AMOLED, 18:7:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2244 resolution (FHD+), 424ppi 6.21-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2248 resolution (FHD+), 600nits6.21-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2248 resolution (FHD+), 600nits
NotchYesYesYes
ProcessorSnapdragon 710 Octa-core, Adreno 616Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core. Adreno 630 GPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core, Adreno 630 GPUI
RAM4GB/6GB6GB8GB
Storage64GB64/128/256GB,
UFS 2.1
128GB UFS 2.1
Primary Rear Camera12MP, 1.4μm pixel size, Dual Pixel autofocus, F/1.8 aperture12MP (Sony IMX363), 1.4μm pixels, OIS, F/1.8, 26mm Wide-angle lens 12MP (Sony IMX363), 1.4μm pixels, OIS, F/1.8, 26mm Wide-angle lens
Secondary Rear Camera5MP, F/2.4 aperture, 1.0μm pixels, 2x Optical Zoom12MP (Samsung S5K3M3), 1.0μm pixels, F/2.0, 2x Optical Zoom12MP (Samsung S5K3M3), 1.0μm pixels, F/2.0, 2x Optical Zoom
Front Camera20MP, AI Beautify20MP, F2/0, 1.8μm pixels, 20MP, F2/0, 1.8μm pixels,
Battery3,120mAh (non-removable), Quick Charge 33,400mAh (non-removable), Quick Charge 4+3,000mAh (non-removable), Quick Charge 4+
PortsUSB Type-C, Dual SIM (nano)USB Type C, Dual SIM (nano)USB Type-C, Dual SIM (nano)
Audio JackNoNoNo
Fingerprint ReaderRear PanelRear PanelIn-display scanner
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 10Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 10Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 10
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0 LE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Dual Band GPS, 802.11ac WiFi, MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Dual band GPS, 802.11ac WiFi, MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, NFC, GPS, GLONASS,
NetworkCDMA: 800 MHz
GSM:
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS:
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD):
Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
LTE (TDD):
Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
CDMA: 800 MHz
GSM:
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS:
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD):
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20
LTE (TDD):
Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
CDMA 800 MHz
GSM:
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS:
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD):
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20
LTE (TDD):
Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
Measurements147.3 x 73.1 x 7.5mm154.9 x 74.8 7.6mm154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm
Weight164g175g177g
ColorsBlack, Blue, Red, GoldBlack, Gold, Blue, WhiteTransparent Rear panel

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).