Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE & Mi 8 Explorer Edition – Specifications, Features, Pricing Comparison and More

Omar Sohail
Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 SE & Mi 8 Explorer Edition - Specifications, Features Comparison and More

Never has Xiaomi announced three different versions but as there is a first time of everything, the company has unveiled the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The hardware specifications are somewhat similar, but things go much deeper than that, and you’ll guys get to know everything in our specifications, features and pricing comparison.

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Mi 8 SE vs Mi 8 Explorer Edition - Hardware Specification Differences

Both the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition feature a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,240 x 1,080. This is an unusual resolution but that is because the aspect ratio falls to 18.7:9. The Mi 8 SE features a smaller 5.88-inch AMOLED display, which is a different variant belonging to the series and comes with the same resolution. In terms of design, both of them get the same notch and chin design.

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In terms of hardware specifications, the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition are armed with a Snapdragon 845. The Mi 8 SE is a less powerful member and it features a Snapdragon 710. If you want to know more about the Snapdragon 710, we suggest you that you read our coverage here. The Snapdragon 710 is aimed to provide flagship features to devices but with a smaller price tag so the Mi 8 SE is considerably cheaper as opposed to the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition, as you’ll soon find out if you read the pricing differences below.

The Snapdragon 710-powered smartphone also gets 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. In comparison, the Mi 8 comes with the same amount of RAM, but it is available in the 64, 128 and 256GB storage models. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is considered as the most powerful member since not only does it come with a Snapdragon 845, the processor’s performance is complemented by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Coming to the camera, the Mi 8 SE has a 12MP + 5MP configuration while the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition get the 12MP + 12MP upgrade. All three devices feature a 20MP front-facing camera.

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Mi 8 SE vs Mi 8 Explorer Edition - Feature Differences

The Mi 8 is the only smartphone that comes with a 3D face unlock feature, while the Mi 8 SE is only accompanied by a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The Mi 8 also has a fingerprint reader at the back, so you can access the home screen using the Mi 8 through two ways. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with an in-display fingerprint reader, a feature that is not present in the Mi 8 or the Mi 8 SE. Of course, all three variants come with varied pricing structures and they have been detailed below.

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Mi 8 SE vs Mi 8 Explorer Edition - Pricing Differences

The Mi 8 SE is the cheapest variant out of all of three devices and costs CNY1,799, or $281. The 5.88-inch smartphone is only available in a single variant while the Mi 8 is available with 6GB RAM/64GB storage which costs CNY2,699 (approximately $421). The 6GB RAM/128GB storage model will sell for CNY2,999 (approximately $468), while the highest storage version, which is the 6GB RAM/256GB storage one, will be available for CNY3,299 (approximately $515).

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the most expensive model out of all three and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard memory. This variant costs CNY3,699 (approximately $577). Here is a fun fact; all three models cost less than $600, making them very competitive in terms of pricing and performance. If these three products make it overseas, they will definitely give a whirlwind of competition to smartphones that are priced much higher than this.

The specifications are still being updated so we will continue to insert more information accordingly

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