Apart from launching the Xiaomi Mi 8 as its 8th Anniversary flagship, Xiaomi has also launched the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition that is nothing but an advanced version of the Mi 8. The Chinese manufacturer claims that the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first Android smartphone that supports 3D facial recognition, a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint reader and dual-band GPS technology along with Mi 8.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition – Features
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a 6.21-inch S-AMOLED display having FHD+ resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels and 18.7:9 aspect ratio that delivers a screen-to-body ratio of 86.12 percent. The screen is enabled with features like DCI-P3 color gamut, 60000:1 contrast ratio, up to 600nits brightness, HDR support, Eye protection mode, and Always-On Display.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is driven by Snapdragon 845 that comes with an Artificial Intelligence Engine. The SoC is coupled with 8GB of RAM and it comes with an inbuilt storage of 128GB. The connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM support, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack.
Like the Mi 8, the Explorer Edition is also blessed with dual-band GPS for accurate GPS navigation compared to conventional smartphones. It also features a 3,000mAh battery that is found under the hood of the Mi 8. The Mi 8 EE supports Quick Charge 4+ fast charging. It pre-loaded with MIUI 10 based Android 8.1 Oreo.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition features a 2.5D curved translucent glass on the rear that gives a clear view of the internals of the phone such as the NFC coil, Kevlar texture for the battery and other components.
Xiaomi has also introduced a pressure sensitive in-screen fingerprint reader to the Mi 8 Explorer Edition that enables users to unlock the phone simply by touching and scanning fingerprint sensor that is embedded in its display. Xiaomi claims that since the display of the phone is equipped with highly sensitive pressure sensor, it can instantly scan and unlock the phone by touching on the screen gently. Hence, a user does not require to press harder on the screen to unlock the device.
The notch of the device includes components like 20MP selfie camera, proximity sensor, ambient sensor, infrared lens, flood illuminator and dot projector. Xiaomi has followed the footsteps of Apple’s iPhone X by introducing a complex structured light 3D module to enable 3D facial scanning in the Mi 8 EE. Apart from 3D facial recognition, it offers features like 3D Beauty, 10 kinds of AI scene detection, mirror function and HDR.
The selfie camera captures the face data of the user by analyzing more than 33,000 invisible points of the face of the users to create a depth map. The infrared lens also captures the infrared image of the face at the same time. The AI engine of the SoC comes into play to convert the depth map and infrared image into a mathematical representation which is then matched the registered facial data stored on the phone to unlock it.
The dual camera setup that includes a wide-angle 12MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor that is equipped with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4micron pixel size. It is accompanied by a secondary 12MP S5K3M3 telephoto lens that has an aperture of f/2.4 and 1micron pixel size. It offers camera features like 4-axis OIS, optical zoom and dual autofocus, AI Studio Lighting for enhanced portrait shots, AI scene detection and video editing, 4K UHD video shooting and Full HD slow-motion recording at 240fps.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition – Pricing and Availability
Xiaomi has not yet revealed any information of the smartphone’s availability but it will be priced at CNY 3,699 Yuan (~$577, PKR 67,000) for the Chinese market. However, the pricing in other regions may vary. Stay tuned to be informed.