Xiaomi Mi 8, 8 SE, 8 Explorer Edition: Everything you need to Know

We all know about Xiaomi in the smartphone industry. They are known for amazing smartphones at affordable prices. This year has been a year for the notch where each smartphone is coming with a notch after iPhone x success. Every smartphone company is bringing phones with a notch. Xiaomi couldn’t stand back they also launched their flagship smartphone with notch. Xiaomi started the trend of bezel less phone with well know mi mix and it now has reached to the next level. Soon we can expect to see the 100% bezel less phones without notch. Recently xiaomi has announced there most awaited flagship smartphones in china. It is called Mi 8 series which consist of Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer and Mi 8 SE. Xiaomi did a pretty good job in hardware as well as software. They also announced Mi band 3 and MIUI 10 along with Mi 8 phones.

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As we all know they always come up with amazing phones at cheaper prices. And they continued the same thing with Mi 8. Mi 8 is now the cheapest flagship smartphone with latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. You will read about their specs, prices, as well as comparison and reviews.

Mi 8 Specifications & Price

Mi 8 comes with a 6.21-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2248 pixels) Samsung’s AMOLED display with 18:7:9 aspect ratio. It also has Face Unlock feature, well, most of the smartphones also have the same things from last couple of months. The highlight of the smartphone is, It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with AnTuTu benchmark score of 301,472. The Mi 8 comes in two different RAM variants, it has 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X RAM. Well, The 8GB RAM edition is also known as the Explorer Edition. It runs on Android Oreo with MIUI 10. The MIUI 10 looks promising, because the UI has been changed by the company. It comes with some amazing enhancements and updates.


Another big achievement for the Mi 8 is its camera, Yes, It has 20 Megapixel camera at the front with some sensors, same like the iPhone X. It has 20MP front camera with Proximity sensor, Earpiece speaker, Infrared lighting, and Infrared lens. Talking about the back camera, Like every newly launched Xiaomi phone It also has dual lens rear camera with 12 Megapixel lens, with 1.4-micron pixels, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel autofocus, AI portraits, AI scene detection, and video detection. It will be made available from 4th June in China, If you want to purchase it in India you need to wait till August.

It starts from CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 28,600) for 6GB RAM variant with 64GB storage, CNY 2,999 (about Rs. 31,600) for 6GB RAM & 128GB storage & CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,800) for 6GB RAM & 256GB storage. Mi 8 comes with 3,000mAh battery with support of Quick Charging 3.0. Talking about the other normal features, It also supports fast charging (thanks to USB type-C). In connectivity, It comes with 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual Sim support, NFC, WiFi, dual-band GPS (with L1/ L5 signal support).

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Mi 8 Explorer Specifications & Price

Mi 8 Explorer Edition runs on Android Oreo with MIUI, comes with a 6.21-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2248 pixels) with 402 PPI. The special edition is powered by octa-core processor and it comes with 8GB of RAM. It packs with a 12 Megapixel primary camera on the rear and 20 Megapixel secondary camera with LED flash. Also, It packs with 3,000mAh battery.


Well, All the other things are same as of the Mi 8. The only major difference is of RAM variant, it has 8GB and other has 6GB. The Explorer edition comes with a price tag of CNY 3,699 (roughly Rs. 39,000), will be available from 4th June in China & will available in India from August.

Mi 8 SE Specifications & Price

The smartphones packs with 5.88-inch AMOLED full-screen HD+ (1080×2244 pixels) display with 2.5D glass protection, 423 ppi pixel density, and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It has Notch at the top. Also, The Mi 8 SE is powered by the 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor. It comes in two different RAM variants, it has 4GB / 6GB RAM. It has only 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is not expandable via MicroSD card. The highlight of the phone is, It has face unlock capability.


Mi 8 SE comes with a AI dual camera with 12 megapixel & 5 megapixel at the back with f/1.9 aperture, Bokeh mode, Portrait mode, monochrome temp flash, HDR adjustment, dimming technology, EIS, and AI features. At the front, It comes with 20 megapixel camera with Bokeh effect, smart beauty features built-in front soft light, automatic HDR, 4K video capture, and slow motion. It is coupled with Adreno 616 Graphics card. The Mi 8 SE will come in 4 color variants, namely Bright Blue, Dark Grey, Bright Red, and Golden.

It starts from CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,900) for 4GB RAM & 64GB inbuilt storage variant & CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 21,100) for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant. It will be available from 4th June in China, from August you can purchase it in India. Mi 8 SE packs with 3,120mAh battery with the support of Quick Charge 3.0. Talking about the connectivity features, the smartphone comes with dual sim support, 4G VoLTE, GLONASS, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO, AGPS, USB Type-C, and much more.


Xiaomi is usually termed as the ‘budget smartphone king’, and we think the Mi 8 brings plenty of unique things to take on big companies like Samsung, OnePlus, HTC, etc. All the smartphones are premium but these are not fully power packed phones, like the Mi 8 SE does not have capability to increase the internal storage. The new Xiaomi Mi 8 series phones comes with MIUI 10, It will be available from the end of July for all other Xiaomi phones. But it comes with Mi 8 series as of default OS with Android Oreo. However, the Step taken by Xiaomi is really interesting these phones looks promising. We can also say, The Mi 8 may look like an Android-powered iPhone X, but it is packed with great hardware and has checked all the right boxes.

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