The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the highest-end Xiaomi-branded phone to date, and the leaked Xiaomi invite reveals that the device will go on sale starting on July 24. This leaked invite claims that the Mi 8 Explorer Edition will hit China first, of course, and that the device will be priced at 3,699 Yuan ($553) in its homeland. The device will become available at 10AM (local time) on July 24, if the leaked invite is to be believed, and it does seem to be legit.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition will eventually become available in markets outside of China, but we still do not know when exactly will that happen. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is actually quite similar to the regular Mi 8, but with several key differences. In terms of the design, the two devices sport the same dimensions, and also look the same, save for the see-through back on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Both devices are made out of glass and metal, and both sport a display notch. The Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition also comes with really thin bezels, and all of their physical keys are located on the right. The Mi 8 comes with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, while the Mi 8 Explorer Edition features an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is yet another major difference between the two phones.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, unlike the Mi 8 which sports 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB / 256GB of storage. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor fuels the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, while the device sports a 6.21-inch fullHD+ display. Android 8.1 Oreo comes pre-installed on the phone, along with Xiaomi's MIUI 9 skin on top of it. Two 12-megapixel cameras can be found on the back of the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, while a single 20-megapixel camera sits on the device's front side. A 3,000mAh battery is also included in the package, and it is not removable. If you'd like to know more about the device, feel free to check out our official announcement.