When Xiaomi announced its 2018 flagship Mi series models on May 31, the company came up with a surprise package when it announced the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition came with an attractive translucent glass back and a more powerful hardware configuration than the regular Mi 8 model. But unfortunately, the device has been elusive since then. It is yet to go on sale.
This is turning out to be a regular occurrence for Xiaomi whose high-end or custom models are hard to come by. We recall clearly the Silver variant of the Mi 6 which was almost unavailable to buy as a result of the cumbersome production and electroplating process. However, there are indications that Xiaomi will soon put the device up for grabs in China. The device was spotted recently on TENAA where it got certified one and a half month after it was unveiled.
A poster teasing the Mi 8 Explorer Edition recently appeared on Weibo and it points at a July 24 release. The device will be available for 3699 yuan (~$552). It is likely still a while before the device will become available outside China if ever it will.
Among its stand out features is a translucent glass back which shows the internal components in a beautiful way. The device doesn’t feature a fingerprint sensor at the back instead, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition has an in-screen fingerprint reader that enables users to unlock the phone simply touch. The display is equipped with a highly sensitive pressure sensor, so with just a light touch the fingerprint is scanned and the device unlocked. The device supports Face ID and also onboard is a Snapdragon 845 chipset.