Update | The Snapdragon 710-powered Mi Max 3 Pro is dead in the water, Xiaomi executive confirms
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Update: As touted, the Mi 8 Explorer did, in fact, go on sale on July 30, and with a price tag of US$530. While we may not be the biggest fans of Xiaomi's Mi 8 lineup—mostly due to the sheer unoriginality on show—we have to admit that there aren't a lot of better devices on offer at that price point. You can find a detailed teardown video of that device at the bottom of this page.
A few weeks ago, we received word of a device that was said to be on the way from Xiaomi. The device, the Mi Max 3 Pro, allegedly made an appearance on Xiaomi’s own official website. While one would think that made its launch a certainty, it would appear that we won’t be getting the device after all.
In a post on Weibo, Xiaomi’s Product Marketing Director, Zhi Zhiyuan, announced that the OEM has no plans of releasing the Mi Max 3 Pro. The Mi Max 3 Pro was billed to be a more powerful variant of the Mi Max 3 that was released a short while ago. The biggest difference between the two devices would have been the presence of the new Snapdragon 710 on the Pro model, with the base Mi Max 3 having to make do with a Snapdragon 636.
Speaking of Xiaomi vaporware, another device that may very well fit into that class is the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The flagship was unveiled alongside the Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE but while the latter two have made their way into user hands, the Explorer Edition is yet to even go on sale. There was word that it would go on sale on July 24 but that was three days ago and here we are. According to newer reports, however, we may be getting it on July 30. Only time will tell.