Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition vs Vivo X21: Price, Specifications, Features Compared

The Mi 8, says Xiaomi, is "the first ever Android device in the world that comes with 3D face unlock", using "an infrared camera paired with a dedicated infrared illuminator". With the Mi 8 it is doing what it does best, inviting comparisons to Apple and then packing impressive technology (and a price) that will draw favorable attention from its fans and those not keen to spend $1,000 on a phone.

The fancier Explorer Edition (EE) version of the Mi 8 adds moves the fingerprint sensor under the display. DxOMark gave Xiaomi Mi 8 a score of 99 noting that the company improved a number of aspects in the camera when compared to its previous offering, the Mi MIX 2S. The new Xiaomi Mi Band 3 may be right up your street and be the ideal tracker to place on your wrist as it has just launched in China.

But the characteristic notch is now proliferating to new devices shipping soon or on their way, including the Mi 8.

If you've got a bit more cash to spend, you might want to consider the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face unlock, and a gorgeous-looking transparent back.

First up, the "regular" Xiaomi Mi 8. It's not surprising since we've been hearing about the new Xiaomi Android phone the past few months.

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As far as the Mi Band 3 is concerned, the new fitness tracker will get some facelift with bigger screen real estate and rounded edges.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 comes with a replaceable silicone band, and you will need to take it out of that strap when it needs to be charged, though luckily, you won't have to do that for quite some time, as it sports a black and white display yet again, as was the case with the Mi Band 2. We reported about the purported specs of the Mi 8 and a possible Mi 8 SE variant yesterday and most of that info has come true.

The 20 MP front camera that resides insides the notch has f/2.0 aperture and 1.8 μm pixel size.

Aside from these, the Mi 8 will also come with a fingerprint sensor in the back and a shiny new dual-frequency Global Positioning System sensor that Xiaomi claims will boost accuracy and signal reception.

There's also a 12-megapixel dual camera setup on the back, with iPhone X-style AI-powered portrait mode and "Studio Lighting" effects. The hardware specifications are somewhat similar, but things go much deeper than that, and you'll guys get to know everything in our specifications, features and pricing comparison. The phone copied both the rounded corners and notch on the front of the device, along with the vertical camera bump on the rear. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 platform with Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) and Adreno 630 graphics, achieving an AnTuTu score over 300,000. The Explorer Edition will cost the most - at 3,699 Chinese yuan (or about $575, £435 and AU$760). Xiaomi disclosed a schedule, but it only applies to open and closed beta tests, so we are months away from the actual release of MIUI 10 for the majority of devices. The Mi 8 comes with a metal and glass design along with 6.21-inch Samsung AMOLED display, and a noticeable chin at the bottom.

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