This article explains detailed specifications of Xiaomi’s flagship phones: Mi 8, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. What are the differences? What key features shipped on each phone? Let’s find out below!
On May 31 2018, Xiaomi has announced the release of new products. The date is basically the company’s anniversary date and hence they launched something specials during the anniversary event held at Shenzhen, China. The most anticipated products announced during the event is the Mi 8 Series and MIUI 10. The Mi 8 series are basically available in three series: the original Mi 8, the SE, and the Explorer Edition. While the SE is its lowered edition, the Explorer one is its highest edition.
Now, let’s start from its main engine, the CPU. Shall we?
Both the original and Explorer editions of Mi 8 are powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC (system on chip) sporting Octacore (8x) Kryo 385 CPUs clocked up to 2.8GHz. This SoC is really a beast. The chipset also features Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP, Adreno 630 Visual Processing Subsystem (including GPU, VPU and DPU), Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DS for a dedicated AI (Artificial Intelligence) processing, Secure Processing Unit (SPU) for keeping biometrics, Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, and Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem. This Chipset has all of nowadays high-tech features a flagship phone ever had.
The younger brother, Mi 8 SE, comes shipped with slightly lower -but as speedy as its brother- processor: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 10nm SoC. This chipset boasts Oactacore (8x) Kryo 360 ARM Cortex CPUs clocked up to 2.2GHz. Along with its CPUs also come the Adreno 616 GPU, 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 250 ISP, multi-core Qualcomm AI Engine, Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, Hexagon 685 DSP, and Qualcomm All-Ways Aware.
Both Snapdragon 710 and 845 planted in all Mi8 devices support the latest Qualcomm Quickcharge 4+ technology.
RAM / Storage
- Mi 8: 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, 6GB/256GB
- Mi 8 Explorer Edition: 8GB/128GB
- Mi 8 SE: 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB
Announced price (Chinese Yuan):
- Mi 8 : The phone will start from CNY2,699 for the 6/64 GB version. The 6/128 GB is CNY2,999, while the most expensive 6/256 GB version is CNY3,299.
- Mi 8 Explorer Edition: It will cost CNY3,799 or around $600/€500.
- Mi 8 SE: CNY 1,799 ($281) for the 4GB version and CNY 1,999 ($312) for the 6GB model.
Price in every country may be different based on exchange rate and other factors like local policy.
Main Rear Camera
Now here we come at the most important part of a flagship phone, the main camera. All phones from the Mi 8 series feature dual-camera at the back.
Both Mi 8 and its Explorer Edition come with a dual camera setup of 12 MP (f/1.8, 1.4µm) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 1.0 µm), the later being a telephoto cam. The primary sensor is 1.4µm IMX363 by Sony, while the secondary is 1.0µm S5K3M3 by Samsung. On the other hand, its younger brother, the SE, comes with a dual camera setup of 12MP + 5 MP. All have Artificial Intelligence (AI) software-based feature and dual-pixel ability to enhance low-light photos and adjust the correct scenes. Moreover, the devices also have 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to reduce blur and noise. The Xiaomi CEO also claimed the Mi 8 can reach a 99 points overall rating by DxOMark, which is better than Mi Mix 2s and the iPhone X. The photo category was rated at 105 which is highest compared to both Mi Mix 2s and iPhone X.
While another brand has released its flagship phone earlier featuring dual front-facing camera setup, the Mi 8 still sports a single selfie shooter. Instead, the company boasted a 20MP camera with a massive 1.8µm sensor and 2.0 aperture. This super awesome selfie cam is available on all variants or editions of Mi 8. The company has also equipped AI portrait selfie and AI Beautify 5.0. This is claimed to be able to shot stunning selfie photos with studio-like effects, beautification, bokeh and scene recognition.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE features a 5.88″ Super AMOLED display with FHD+ (1080×2244) featuring 18.7:9 aspect ratio. With 86.12% front screen coverage and really thin bezels, the phone’s dimension is just as big as a standard 5.2-inch phone. The DCI-P3 color gamut on its panel is capable of 600 nits peak brightness for better outdoor visibility.
The standard Mi 8 and its Explorer Edition sport a 6.21″ touchscreen display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The resolution is Full HD+ or 2248 x 1080 pixels. With 88.5% screen-to-body ratio, the screen also has 600nit brightness and 60000:1 contrast ratio. Of course, users will be able to use the phone even under direct sunlight.
All editions of Mi 8 has a notched display and Samsung AMOLED screen. However, the SE does not have 3D Face ID sensor on its notch. While the Mi 8 features IR face unlock, the Explorer Edition supports 3D face unlock.
While a 3,120 mAh battery powers the Mi 8 SE and it supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0 over the USB-C port, the standard and the Explorer editions boast 3,400mAh and 3,000 battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 support.
Other Key Features
All series of Mi 8 come shipped running MIUI 9 but are scheduled to get updated to MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo soon.
Connectivity options on the devices include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Dual frequency GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and a USB Type-C port.
While the standard and the SE editions have fingerprint scanner on its back, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition is equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Furthermore, it also has a transparent back panel, allowing you to see some of the internals of the device.
Moreover, a dual-GPS setup is planted under the hood of all editions of this flagship phone.