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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer Edition with 20MP front camera launched

31 May 2018 4

Xiaomi has also launched the Mi 8 SE and the Mi 8 Explorer Editon alongside the Mi 8 at an event in China. Both of them have a notch like the standard Mi 8 smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

Just like the Mi 8, the Explorer Edition also includes the Face ID tech, however, the same isn't present on the Mi 8 SE. But, unlike the Mi 8, the Explorer Edition equips 3D structured light technology, this is Android's first smartphone equipped with "Face ID”. Mi 8 features the infrared Face Unlock tech, something present on the iPhone X.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with a transparent back (front/rear glass with aluminum frame) that shows the innards of the device clearly


The 3D face unlock uses advanced structured light technology to accurately measure and verify facial details. One of the highlights of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the under-display fingerprint scanner which we recently saw in Vivo X21.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer also comes with dual GPS bands and has NFC support as well.

  • 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2248 pixels (~402 ppi density) resolution
  • Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS
  • Dual 12 MP (f/1.8, 4-axis OIS, dual-pixel PDAF) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 1/3.4) cameras
  • 20MP front camera
  • Under-display fingerprint scanner
  • 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm dimensions and 177gm
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0
  • 3,000mAH battery
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Talking about the Mi 8 SE, the device features a 5.88-inch AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution and is the first phone ever to be powered by the Snapdragon 710. It’s based on the 10nm manufacturing process and features Qualcomm’s big.LITTLE architecture.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE features a squarish form factor compared to the Mi 8 Explorer Edition

  • 5.88-inch AMOLED full HD+ display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio
  • Snapdragon 710 processor
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12MP+5MP AI dual rear cameras with OIS
  • 20MP front camera infused with AI
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint display
  • 147.3 x 73.1 x 7.5 mm dimensions, 164gm
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0
  • 3,120mAH battery
Price and availability

The price of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is 1799 Yuan and the 6GB RAM and 64GB variant costs 2699 Yuan, and also the price of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition with 8GB RAM with 128GB storage costs 3699 Yuan.

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes in Gray, Blue, Red, Gold color variants but the Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes only in the Black (transparent black) color. Mi 8 SE will be released in June and the Explorer Edition will come in July.

We are yet to know if Xiaomi plans to bring the Mi 8 SE to more regions, One thing to note here, MI 8 has already been teased by the company to launch in these several regions.

  • The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer isn't still available online. To be notified when it becomse available click here.
  • The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE isn't still available online. To be notified when it becomse available click here.

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