Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition and Mi 8 SE Differentiated in Design, Performance and Camera

On the occasion of its 8th-anniversary event in China, Xiaomi unveiled the much-awaited flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 8. During the event which happened in Shenzen, China the Mi 8 wasn’t the only smartphone which made its debut. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition and the Mi 8 SE were also the two other devices to accompany the standard Mi 8. However, fans of the brand in India might have to wait a little bit since the phone has not yet touched Indian shores. Below we have detailed the differences between the three different variants of Mi 8 which debuted in this exclusive event.

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Design and Display
The three devices resemble each other a lot with all of them sporting a near bezel-less design and the notch. The rear of the phone is where the difference is seen. While the Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE feature a glass back, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a transparent glass back panel.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition sport a 6.2-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display which renders a 1080 x 2248 resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The Mi 8 SE comes with a 5.88-inch AMOLED panel with the same 1080 x 2248 Full HD+ resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. All the phones come with Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The Mi 8 and Mi SE smartphones sport a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone, on the other hand, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition sports an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Software, Hardware, Performance
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition and the Mi 8 both sport the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. Speaking of the memory, Mi 8 comes with 6GB of RAM, while the Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with 8GB of RAM. For internal storage, the Mi 8 features 128GB of internal storage, while the Mi 8 is available in three variants of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The third device, the Mi 8 SE sports Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 710 processor. The device comes in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. All these devices by Xiaomi will come with Android 8.1 with MIUI 10 on top of them, also, there is not any memory expansion option.

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Battery
The Mi 8 packs a 3400mAh battery which is accompanied by Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ support for fast charging. This puts it ahead of the other two phones. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition, on the other hand, comes with a 3000mAh capacity battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ support. The Mi 8 SE goes further ahead in terms of battery by packing 3120mAh along with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Camera
The Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphones sport a dual camera setup comprising of 12MP + 12MP sensors. The primary sensor comes with a 1.4um pixel size, four-axis optical image stabilisation, Dual Pixel AF, and a f/1.8 aperture. The secondary 12MP sensor comes with 1.0um pixel size and a f/2.4 aperture. Owing to this dual camera setup the phone enables 2x optical zoom as well the Portrait Mode feature.

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The portrait mode is also enhanced by AI, lifting the quality of the images to that comparable with the iPhones. Being the less pricey version, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE sports a slightly underwhelming dual camera setup comprising of 12MP + 5MP sensors on the rear. The primary sensor comes with EIS, dual-pixel AF, and a f/1.9 aperture. A very impressive feat of the phones is the ability to record 4K videos at 60fps across all three devices. For selfies, the smartphones sport a 20MP sensor with AI Beautify and AI Portrait selfies. The Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE come with 3D facial recognition technology which makes them the first Android smartphone to offer Face ID-like facial recognition using an Infrared sensor and Infrared lighting. This enables the phone to accurately scan 4096 facial points.

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Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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All these phones including mi 8 se comes with sAmoled hdr10 displays

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