Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi, isn’t here to play. At least, that is the impression we get. This year, their 8th year of operation, they have announced three variants of their flagship, as follows: Xiaomi Mi 8, Explorer Edition, and SE. If the original Apple can play the three musketeers game, so can the Apple of China.
So, what are the distinguishing factors between these three models? You know how we love to simplify things for you. Let’s have a look.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (Special Edition)
This is the most affordable of the Mi 8 series. It has a 5.88-inch Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, 3,120 mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge, 64GB internal storage, 4GB/6GB RAM options, and a 12 + 5 megapixels dual rear camera and 30-megapixel selfie camera. Both cameras have AI enhancements. There is a fingerprint scanner on the back.
The Mi 8 SE is one of the first smartphones to use the Snapdragon 710 processor.
Cost? From $281. That is a very affordable price tag.
Xiaomi Mi 8
Holding the middle ground of the three variants is the regular Mi 8. It has a slightly bigger 6.21” Super AMOLED display, the top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 64GB/128GB internal storage options, 6GB RAM, 3D Face Unlock, 12 + 12 megapixel rear dual camera with AI. AI is also available for the 20-megapixel selfie camera.
The Mi 8’s face unlock works by infra-red and the company says it offers a more precise action than what we have seen – even letting you unlock with your face even in the dark. It is also the first smartphone with Dual GPS for more precise location services.
How much will it cost to buy the Xiaomi Mi 8? Just $420 for the 64GB storage option.
Mi 8 Explorer Edition
The alpha dog of the three is the Explorer Edition. This dude has everything that the regular Mi 8 has – having the same hardware and software – but with RAM bumped up to a whopping 8 GB and 128 GB storage. In addition, and this is cool, the Explorer Edition has in-display fingerprint scanner and a see-through back panel so you can see the internals of the phone.
This science-fiction style gagdet will set your bank account back by $600, but it looks like you will enjoy spending that money on it, all other things being equal.
All three of them have a notch on the display. There is no 3.5 mm audio jack as well. Sigh. But all three of them are bad boys, and they look set to challenge Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note8.
Where To Buy Xiaomi Mi 8 Phones
Where can you get the Xiaomi Mi 8 triplets to buy? They will be available at online and offline Mi Stores as well as other smartphone retailers like AliExpress and BestBuy.
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