The Mi 8 SE, meanwhile is the smaller variant of the Mi 8 line, with a 5.88-inch AMOLED fullscreen display, a Snapdragon 710 processor inside, and a 12MP + 5 MP dual camera setup supporting enhanced low-light photography. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the most expensive version of the Mi 8 family, and the only Android phone in the world to have a notch exactly like the iPhone X, complete with cameras that do 3D facial recognition. Lastly, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition will go for a (still cheap) 3,699 yuan ($577 USD).
Xiaomi is betting big with the Mi 8 flagship smartphone. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition will see direct competition from Vivo X21, a smartphone that was launched in China in March with in-display fingerprint scanning as well.
The previous iteration, the Mi Band 2 was a great fitness band and featured some of the most sought after features in an extremely affordable price range.
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Which of the new Xiaomi Mi 8 handsets are you most tempted by? The Explorer Edition will arrive much later, though it's unclear when exactly. It boots MIUI 10 out of the box, based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
When it comes to battery life, it is the Mi 8 that has the edge over the other two smartphones. The Explorer Edition is the first phone to ship with an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
Getting back to the full-size model, the Mi 8 also features 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of onboard storage. The cameras feature 1.4-micron pixels, OIS, dual-pixel autofocus and AI-powered portrait mode. Along with this, the Explorer edition has been launched with the 8GB RAM and 265GB internal storage for the consumers.
As always, the global prices of the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition will be slightly higher than their prices in China, but we don't have any details on that front for now. While what's under the glass is confirmed by Xiaomi not to be a sticker, it may actually be a sleek dummy representation of what's actually powering the smartphone underneath. It's priced from 1,799 yuan (US$280). In fact, it's the very first phone to ship with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 710 chipset. Tell us in the comment below.