Xiaomi mi 8 explorer edition tested

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Xiaongươi presented the Xiaomi Mi 8 as its flagship on the occasion of the company’s 8th anniversary. We have sầu already tested this extensively. Besides the Xiamày Mi 8 SE, the third smartphone in the group is the Xiaomày Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which stands out from the Mi 8 with an extravagant design and a fingerprint sensor in the display. But is that even necessary?


Xiaomày Mi 8 Explorer Edition Smartphone

Technical Specifications

Display6.21″ AMOLED display (2248 x 1080p, 19:9 aspect ratio), 402 ppi
ProcessorQualcomilimet SnapLong 845
Graphics chipAdreno 630
710 MHz
Internal memory128 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera12 MPhường wide angle (OIS) with ƒ/1.8 + 12 MP.. tele camera with ƒ/2.4
Front camera20 MP.. with AI scene detection & portrait mode
Battery3,000 mAh with Quiông chồng Charge 4.0+
ConnectivityLTE Band 1,3,5,7,8,20, WLAN AC, GPS/BDS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM
FeaturesFingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C | 3 chiều Face Unlock
Operating systemMIUI 9.6, Android 8.1
Dimensions / Weight154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm / 177 g

Packaging & Scope of Delivery

The manufacturer from Shenzhen has always attached great importance to lớn presentation. However, the Xiaongươi Mi Mix series has always received special attention from the manufacturer. This honour is now also part of the Explorer Edition of the Xiaomày Mi 8. While the Mi 8 is delivered in a typical smartphone box, the Explorer comes in a flat, square box in flagship blachồng.

The “8” immediately catches the eye when we open the package. You don’t get more information on the front, but you know immediately what is meant. Before we can take the smartphone, there is even a personal greeting from Lei Jun, the Xiaongươi CEO, in English and Chinese – here they have sầu learned a lot.


But then you get the Mi 8 EE in all its glory, the USB charger with công nhân plug, a red USB type C cable 1 m long & a Chinese operating manual và warranty card. The SIM needle and the USB type C to lớn 3.5 milimet jaông chồng adapter are also required – we know why. A little highlight: the included hardcase, which is transparent on the back, but why?

The red USB Type-C cable is a small optical highlight.

Small details with a big effect

Optically, at least on the front, there is really nothing at all between the Mi 8 và the Explorer Edition. Xiaongươi sticks khổng lồ the tightrope walk between his own Mi style và the Mã Sản Phẩm from Cupertino. While the phối series is a bit more “angular”, the Xiaomày Mi 8 EE rounds it all off a bit. The housing frame is very softly rounded at all four corners và is slightly thinner on the sides than up và down.

Xiaomày has consistently followed the “round thread”. This also means that there is no 90° angle in the four corners of the screen. The notch at the top of the screen is also much more curved than is the case with the Mi 8 SE. To save space, the Notch is used here again, which is again relatively large. However, it also contains all kinds of công nghệ. Besides the 20 megapixel front camera sensor there is an infrared camera, a notification LED, a light sensor, the auricle, a distance sensor and the dot matrix projector for 3 chiều scanning.


The lower edge of the screen is visibly thicker. Even with the expensive sầu Explorer Edition, Xiaomi is not considering bending the bottom of the display panel lớn minimize the edge, as is the case with iPhone X. However, this would have sầu pushed up costs even further.


We really like the details that Xiaongươi has implemented here. Dominant are the metallic red accents, which have already been pointed out with the USB cable. The power button on the right side also shimmers in this metallic red. You can also find the color in the USB type slot, but also as a border of both camera modules on the back. Despite its size, the Explorer Edition is also very comfortable to lớn hold, which is mainly due lớn its ergonomic thiết kế. Overall, I like this a bit better than the ergonomics of the Xiaomày Mi Mix 2S.

Xiaomày wants to be transparent

Xiaomày has thought of something special for the baông chồng, but nothing quality. The baông xã of the phone has been designed mostly transparent khổng lồ give an insight inkhổng lồ the inside of the phone. We already know this from the Smartphone HTC U11/U12 +, but it is still a real eye-catcher. Although not the entire “skeleton” of the smartphone is visible, a large part is. Only towards the sides, the transparent effect disappears, so that for example adhesive sầu residues or the like are not visible. But you can absolutely live sầu with that.


A closer look reveals individual hardware components. The Qualcomilimet hình ảnh on the CPU unit immediately catches the eye, the AI unit is a bit more inconspicuous. But the PCB should also show that Xiaomày is not only about the giải pháp công nghệ, no, also about the emotions. Sincerity và passion as well as the Mi fans are therefore also khổng lồ blame for the company’s success. They are also given the company motto: Be the coolest company in the heart of our users. Oh, Xiaongươi.

Appearances are deceptive

Already after the introduction of the Explorer Edition there were justified doubts about this look, which we lượt thích very much in itself. What you see under the hood is for the most part not the actual motherboard with the individual hardware components. However, this is also not a sticker, but a plastic replica with some real capacitors và electrical resistors, which however vày not fulfil any function.


If you remove it, you first come across a layer of thermal paste và then you get to lớn the right board. It can be seen that the arrangement is different và the whole presentation is not as visually appealing as the plastic replica.

At least the NFC tag shown here is real.

That clouds the mood a little, as a real technology tín đồ one is a bit disappointed by Xiaomi’s strategy. The problem is that Xiaomi has emphasized the authentithành phố of this thiết kế in advance. Nevertheless, this doesn’t change the fact that this design itself looks pretty cool. How you giảm giá khuyến mãi with it in the end is up to lớn you. It’s a pity – but no khuyễn mãi giảm giá breaker for me.

According to Điện thoại HTC & Xiaomày, manufacturers will probably increasingly rely on such a kiến thiết in the future.

AMOLED display still the plus point par excellence

With the Xiaongươi Mi 8 series, the manufacturer has consistently & for a long time once again installed AMOLED panels. The Explorer Edition also comes with a 6.21 inch AMOLED display, which offers a high resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels. This results in a px mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa of 402 ppi, i.e. pixels per inch. The contrast ratio of 60000:1 is very high, which is due to lớn the AMOLED panel.

In contrast lớn LCD IPS displays, an AMOLED display has the advantage that it can control & illuminate the pixels individually. This results in much better blaông chồng values, which increases the contrast ratio. In addition, these panels are somewhat more energy-saving, but also comparatively somewhat darker. AMOLED panels, for example, are preferred by Samsung smartphones.


As in the đánh giá of the Xiaomi Mi 8, the display of the Xiaongươi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is one of the most convincing features, especially in competition with the in-house Xiaomày Mi Mix 2S. The colour representation is very rich and the whole picture simply looks very strong. The contrast is also very strong & I like it personally. Even in sunlight, the display is easy to lớn read even at medium brightness.


However, MIUI still leaves room for individual preference in the settings. There you can adjust the color scheme using the color palette & choose between three settings for the contrast. It is also possible to lớn activate & schedule the reading mode, which removes the blue tones và is more pleasant for the eyes in the evenings and mornings.


Thanks khổng lồ AMOLED technology, the Always On mode is also available. If this is switched on, the display shows information even in idle mode. These include, for example, the time & date. This is energy-saving due lớn the AMOLED, as only the few pixels that are needed need to be illuminated.

Xiaomi Mi 8 at top performance

When it comes khổng lồ performance you don’t have to say much. The Explorer Edition is one of four Xiaomày smartphones with the Snaprồng 845 processor. The CPU is currently Qualcomm’s most powerful processor unit và offers eight Kryo 385 cores with a cloông chồng frequency of up lớn 2.8 GHz. It was manufactured in a 10 nm production process và is therefore quite energy-efficient despite its performance.


The only innovation: the Mi 8 EE is equipped with 8 GB LPDDR4X memory and not with 6 GB. In addition, there is 128 GB UFS 2.1 memory, which cannot be expanded via microSD card. If you need more memory, you need either the 6/256 GB version of the Mi 8 or the Pocophone Poco F1 with microSD slot.


As in the Xiaongươi Mi 8, performance is beyond all doubt, because this CPU is a beast và cannot be brought to its knees so quickly. This is already noticeable in everyday life when opening and closing apps as well as in multitasking, but at the lakiểm tra when you play a game on your điện thoại thông minh. Blockbusters lượt thích PUBG or the Asphalternative text games run very smoothly on the Mi 8 in the Explorer Edition.


The benchmark results also confirm our impressions. What is striking here is that the AnTuTu value is significantly higher than that of the Mi 8, the Geekbench & PCMark benchmarks are comparably high. This may be due to the fact that our benchmark at that time was relatively low, but also to lớn the expansion of the RAM. Personally, I did not notice the increase in memory in everyday life. At this point 6 GB is enough in my opinion, because MIUI handles the resources quite well.

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The camera – the centerpiece of the Xiaomày Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Like the Mi 8, the manufacturer uses a dual lens camera consisting of the 12 megapx Sony IMX363 and the 12 megapx Samsung S5K3M3 sensor. This makes the Explorer Edition the third one in the group, since the Xiaongươi Mi Mix 2S has already been equipped with the same camera. Sony’s primary sensor offers an aperture of ƒ/1.8, quad optical image stabilisation and a 24 mm focal length. The second camera is a telephoto lớn camera with a focal length of 47 mm, whereby the aperture is much more closed with ƒ/2.4.


Even slightly more difficult indoor lighting does not make the camera sweat.

Accordingly, there are no surprises here. The Xiaomi Mi 8 in the Eplorer Edition also shoots very good photos, which can score with rich colours, good sharpness & good exposure. Especially in good lighting conditions, the điện thoại thông minh tends almost towards DSLR replacement. It is especially fun to lớn put an object in the foreground & then work with the natural Bokeh.



But also the artificial Bokeh is very well done by Xiaomi. The secondary sensor including telepholớn focal length is used for portrait photos. This brings the objects closer, the image section becomes smaller, but the bokeh benefits from this. This works very well for both people and objects. Only the edge detection has problems khổng lồ keep smooth edges like the cardboard of the Mi A2 (see picture above). However, this is more likely khổng lồ be the case at second glance.

The Best Selfie Cam In A Trung Quốc Smartphone

The biggest surprise of the Mi 8 was the front camera. The đôi mươi megapixel sensor has delivered very good selfies and could shine just in terms of resolution and sharpness, so that even a 150% zoom inlớn the images is no problem. Xiaongươi has kept it that way, so you can also use the Explorer Edition perfectly for selfies. At this point we also want khổng lồ praise the portrait mode, which Xiaongươi masters with flying colours just through the software.

As with the Mi 8, we are more than enthusiastic about the front camera. Both the “normal” and portrait modes are convincing.

Low-light selfies sometimes work very well, sometimes less well. From time khổng lồ time the display becomes a disteo. If the sensors in the notch detect that there is too little light, the Mi 8 regulates the display brightness in the ứng dụng up & down to lớn better illuminate the pholớn. However, this creates a regular flow of light that does not stop. This sounds a lot lượt thích a software problem that I hope will be solved in the future!


Beautiful videos – bad sound

Even in a luxury smartphone you have sầu lớn fight with a typical Xiaongươi problem. The videos of the main and front camera are really impressive sầu in terms of colour, resolution and stabilisation. With the main camera we still recommend to stay at Full HD resolution, as the 4K images are not stabilized. However, the sound recordings are limited lớn being unusable. The microphone tries to filter out very svào noises, but ambient noises become quite loud.

More expensive sầu điện thoại thông minh with a smaller battery?

Actually, Xiaomày has only increased the unique of the Explorer Edition, except for the battery capađô thị. While the Mi 8 with an average value of 3,400 mAh has reached a pretty good running time, the battery of the luxury điện thoại thông minh is decimated lớn 3,000 mAh. It is important to note that the energy consuming resources such as the CPU và the display remain the same và that 3D Face Unlochồng và the In-Display fingerprint scanner are also added. So how long does the Mi 8 EE make ends meet?

Xiaongươi manages lớn surprise us here! With an on-screen time of 9 hours, the value for such a small capađô thị is very high! This means that it is also higher than the runtime of a OnePlus 6 – we would not have expected this! The benchmark was performed at medium brightness và WLAN switched on.


If you need khổng lồ recharge the Mi 8 EE, Quiông xã Charge 4.0+ is theoretically very fast. However, Xiaomày “only” includes a Quiông chồng Charge 3.0 charger & QC 4.0+ devices are rarely available so far. With an 18W charger, the Mi 8 in the Explorer Edition can be fully charged in just over an hour và 10 minutes. You have sầu to lớn do without Qi-charging in the Explorer Edition; this feature is still only available in the Xiaomày Mi Mix 2S.

The unlocking options

Xiaongươi dares lớn bởi vì without the very popular fingerprint sensor on the back. Instead, two new generation unlocking options are debuting: 3D Face Unloông chồng & the fingerprint sensor in the display.

3D Face Unlock

The Mi 8 was the first Xiaongươi điện thoại thông minh that not only used the front camera as hardware for face unlocking. In the notch there is already an infrared camera và an infrared sensor, which accelerate the recognition process and make it possible even in the dark.

The Explorer Edition builds on this & additionally works with a dot matrix và the distance sensor. In this way, a 3D scan of the face is performed and not “only” a 2D scan, as with the competition. The Mi 8 EE is actually the first smartphone after the iPhone X khổng lồ use this technology!

The cài đặt process of the 3D Face Unlochồng takes a little more time, but is still fast.

And Xiaomày catches me here completely, because that works very well in practice. But the tốc độ is on the màn chơi of the Mi 8 và slightly faster than for example the Mix 2S. The “normal” version skips the loông xã screen when unlocked and takes you directly to the launcher, this does not happen with the Mi 8 EE. However, the security here is better due khổng lồ the 3 chiều scan và could not be outwitted in our chạy thử.

Mi 8 EE with fingerprint sensor in display

The fingerprint sensor in the display is probably THE feature of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which was most anticipated. At the moment, it belongs khổng lồ a select circle that currently only includes Oppo, Vivo and Meizu, with Vivo smartphones such as the Vivo NEX being the only Smartphone phone currently available with the in-display fingerprint sensor.


The sensor under the touch screen comes from Synaptics, who also demonstrated their công nghệ in the Vivo X21 UD. Setup works in the same way as a regular fingerprint sensor. The area to be touched is also similarly large & is located centrally in the lower third of the display. cảnh báo that you also need to lớn apply a slight pressure, as you might know it from the touch ID of your iPhone.

Since the công nghệ is still quite new, unlocking is simply a lot of fun và feels futuristic. In my case, I have sầu a 90% success rate in unlocking, but that’s mainly because I forget lớn put pressure on it. The unloông chồng time is longer than a regular fingerprint sensor, but we wouldn’t điện thoại tư vấn it slow. It makes no difference whether a bullet-proof glass foil (in our case 9h hardness) is attached or not.

All in all, unlocking with the touch screen is really fun, but there is definitely still room for improvement in terms of reliability and speed.

Is a global ROM in sight for the Mi 8 EE?

Like almost every Xiaongươi smartphone, the flagship comes with pre-installed MIUI operating system. This is a highly customized Android 8.1, which is equipped with a lot of Xiaomi’s own software (Bloatware). since the điện thoại thông minh is intended for the Chinese market, many of the pre-installed apps are useless for other users. At the time of the kiểm tra, MIUI version 9.6 was on the điện thoại thông minh.

In addition, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is only available in Chinese or English, as only a công nhân version is currently available. A global ROM with other languages is not yet in sight either.


Nevertheless, all Google services can be installed very easily. Just search for “Google Play Store” in the Mi App Store, scroll down khổng lồ the Baidu ibé (xanh paw) in the results, clichồng và the store can be installed. After installation, you must allow the Play Store khổng lồ use the memory in the Permissions settings (Acces and change files on internal storage).

No jack & no microSD card

There was no upgrade in the connection options. On the bottom side, the USB Type-C connector is used to lớn charge the device và for data transfer with a PC. A tai nghe connection is still stubbornly dispensed with, but a USB type C lớn 3.5 milimet jaông chồng connection adapter is included. If the AUX đầu vào is important for such a powerful smartphone, Xiaomi’s only option is the Pocophone. Otherwise there is only one Dual SIM slot, which offers space for two SIM cards, but is not used for memory expansion via microSD thẻ.



Conclusion: Buy Xiaomày Mi 8 Explorer Edition?

To answer the question: in my opinion not! Sure, Xiaomi proves with the điện thoại thông minh that they can even produce luxury smartphones, because there is not much to criticize about the Mi 8 EE. The biggest point of criticism remains the price. Performance, camera, 3D face unloông chồng, fingerprint sensor in display, operating system, processing, kiến thiết, selfie-cam và even the battery speak for the top model. Xiaongươi doesn’t have sầu khổng lồ hide from Samsung and Apple here. 95% of these features are also available with the Xiaomày Mi 8, which costs at least $200 less.

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I don’t want lớn stop anyone from getting the Explorer, but the fingerprint sensor in the display, the 3D Face Unloông xã & the 2 GB RAM are simply not worth the extra charge in my eyes. The Mi 8 is too good for that, so this version does not bring much added value. This variant also showed me again how much you can get for your money with the Mi 8. To get the smartphone, you have sầu khổng lồ wear the Mi hình ảnh sản phẩm on your chest. It’s also about prestige và nerdity, but maybe that’s exactly what Xiaongươi wants và intentionally makes the phone a bit too expensive sầu. Who knows.

In my eyes it would have been a real statement to vày without the Mi 8 and to sell the Explorer as the normal Xiaomày Mi 8. Then Apple and Samsung would have had to lớn look around. After all, the Poteo F1 is now a top smartphone at a competitive price. Do you see it differently? Would you buy the Explorer Edition?