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Mi 8 Explorer likely not vaporware after all, could be coming on July 24

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition. (Source: MySmartPrice)
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition. (Source: MySmartPrice)
Some Xiaomi fans have always had a feeling that the Mi 8 Explorer was nothing but a concept showpiece by Xiaomi. They may be proven wrong soon, though, with reports claiming that the device could go on sale on July 24.

On May 27, Xiaomi unveiled three devices in its new Mi 8 premium lineup. The mid-range Mi 8 SE and base Mi 8 have gone on sale since then but word of the last device in the trio, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, has been scarce. Until now, that is, as new information claims the device will be launched on July 24.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the most feature-packed and expensive of the three devices. While it’s powered by the same Snapdragon 845 as the regular Mi 8, it does feature more RAM than the latter, and also a dual biometric security system with 3D facial recognition and an in-display fingerprint sensor—the Mi 8 sports only the former. 

While the Mi 8 Explorer looks impressive on paper, there’s always been a certain feel to it, indicating that it may have only been a concept showpiece. The listing here may not be official but it proves that such a device is, indeed, on the way to the store shelves. The price also makes things quite interesting. CNY 3,699 converts to US$550, which makes it one of the cheapest flagships on the market, alongside the Asus Zenfone 5Z, Honor 10, and OnePlus 6.

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Ricci Rox, 2018-07-18 (Update: 2018-07-18)
Ricci Rox
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I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.