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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer: which one should you buy?

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer: which one should you buy?

By  Matthieu Andre 2018-10-02 1780 0

Xiaomi fascinate people with the very latest flagships released on May 31th, which are Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer. Both versions are best sellers and have strong updates since last year. But which phone comes out a winner and which one should you buy?

 

Xiaomi Mi 8 4G Phablet

Xiaomi Mi 8 4G Phablet International Version - BLACK
$561 $459.99    

 

Xiaomi Mi 8 4G Phablet Explorer Edition

Xiaomi Mi 8 4G Phablet Explorer Edition - DARK GRAY
$859 $729.99    

 

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - specs

Let's start the comparison with their specifications so that you will quickly know the difference between the Xiaomi Mi 8 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer.


Product name
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer
Xiaomi Mi 8
Dimensions and weight
154.9 x 74,8 x 7.6 mm Weight: 177g 154.9 x 74,8 x 7.6 mm Weight: 175g
Display
6.21 inch (83.8% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2248 pixels with 402 PPI density and Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Memory
RAM: 8GB
ROM:128GB
RAM: 6GB
ROM: 64GB/128GB/256GB
OS
Android 8.1 Oreo (with MIUI 9)
CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with Octa-core (4 x2.8GHz & 4 x1.8GH) processor
Camera
Front camera: 20MP with f/2.0 aperture
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 aperture and 12MP f/2.4 aperture with dual-LED flash
Connectivity
2G/3G/4G Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/c/g/n/ac, dual band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Battery
Non-removable Li-Po 3000mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3400mAh battery
Additional features
Pressure sensitive in-screen fingerprint sensor, Fast battery charging (Quick charge V.4+), Face ID (3D structured-light face unlock) Fingerprint (rear mounted), Fast battery charging (Quick charge V.4+), Infrared face recognition

Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - design

The most obvious difference between the Xioami Mi 8 and Xioami Mi 8 Exploer is on the design. As its name suggests, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Exploer comes with a stunning transparent back glass panel, which is a groundbreaking and novel design, and must be a good feature to make your phone stand out of others. While the Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a traditional glass body. Despite this, both Xiaomi Mi 8 and mi 8 Explorer have a bezel-less look with a notch on the top.


Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer design


Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - display

Both the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer edition features the same display. They are both equiped with a full HD + super AMOLED touch screen displays with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, ensuring new technologies for your comfort. Moreover, performing with an 83.8 screen-to-body ratio, a resolution of 1080 x 2048 pixels and a 402 PPI density, both smartphones generate a stunning experience for your daily use.


Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer display


Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - camera

Both the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer edition features the same dual rear camera combining two sensors. The first one is 12.0MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and wide angle lens, the other one is 12,0MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture, a telephoto lens and a dual LED flash. Up front, they houses the same 20MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.8um pixel size and AI portrait mode. They both work together, enable effect and optical zoom 2x, so that all your pictures are unforgettable.


Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer rear camera


Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer front camera


Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - CPU & OS

If you want a fast smartphone, Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer are both powered by the latest version Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with Octa-core, and they are running MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo system. Bringing major internal improvements and performances, it will allow you to use your smartphone for a long time.


Xiaomi Mi 8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer processor


Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - memory

If you want to store all your personal files, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer will fit you. Coming with 33% more RAM and 100% more storage capacity than Xiaomi Mi 8, it features a capacity of 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM storage while on the other hand, Xiaomi Mi 8 offers a capacity of 6GB RAM and three different configurations (64GB/128GB/256GB ROM). Depending on the capacity storage you need, choose carefully before you decide.


Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - battery

If you want a bigger battery, Xiaomi Mi 8 is the right choice and can last longer. Coming with 13% more battery capacity than Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer, it features a non-removable 3,400mAh Li-Po battery built-in while on the other hand, Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer carries a smaller one, a non-removable 3,000mAh Li-Po battery. They both support the same fast battery charging 4.0+, allowing excellent performances and ensuring a protection against temperature.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - connectivity

Connectivity options are same on both smartphones, and it includes Bluetooth 5.0, 2G/3G/4G, GPS, hotspot, WiFi Direct, DLNA, dual band, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/c/g/n/ac. The connectivity will allow you to get connected anywhere with a high speed, high data transfer transmission and a connection to local networks.


Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - different fingerprint sensor and face recognition


Another main differences between the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer are the different technology on the fingerprint sensor and face recognition.


The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer adopts more advanced pressure sensitive in-screen fingerprint sensor, which is highly sensitive and will bring you wonderful unlocking experience via vibrating your finger. While the Mi 8 will provide you a conventional fingerprint unlocking via its rear fingerprint sensor.


the pressure sensitive in-screen fingerprint sensor on Xiaomi 8 explorer


Besides, the face recognition technology is also different. Thanks to the advanced 3D structured-light face unlock on the Xioami Mi 8 Explorer, you will enjoy a safer unlock with a glance. While the Xiaomi Mi 8 only adopts common infrared face recognition.       


 the 3D structured-light face unlock on the Xioami Mi 8 Explorer


Xiaomi Mi 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer - price

In terms of price, Xiaomi Mi 8 is cheaper than Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer, starting with a price at a bit over $400. The Xiaomi Mi 8 will ensure a perfect moment of your life with its entry price. Nevertheless, if you require exceptional features,namely novel design, more RAM, and advanced unlock, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer will be a great choice, but consider a much stiffer price around $700.


The verdict

To conclude, both smartphones perform almost similar features. They slightly differ in terms of memory, battery, design, price, and unlock features. Depending on the use you require, they both ensure a good durability, life span and extensive technologies for your convenience. If you are looking for a light phone with a bigger battery and entry price, the Xiaomi Mi 8 will be the right choice for your daily use. However, if you are looking for similar functions with more storage capacity, advanced fingerprint sensor and innovative design, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer will be a good choice, but the price will be higher.


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