Video: Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Unboxing – Not Worth It
Chris here and I have in my hands today the Mi 8 Explorer edition finally it is out and finally shipping from China but it is quite expensive in fact a lot more you have to pay for this model currently at the time of this video over the standard me eight that I reviewed so in this video I'm not going to go into an extreme amount of detail like it did with the other phone there your standard edition so the me eight I've already reviewed I've covered that I've done camera comparison so please refer to those videos if you want more information about the cameras benchmarks and things like that I will cover only just the minimum here and focus on the three key differences so this model here has now 3d face unlocking proper 3d mapping it is the first Android phone to do that it has an in-screen fingerprint reader and unfortunately that in screen fingerprint reader tech comes at the cost of of the battery capacity so it's been reduced from three thousand four hundred million hours in the meet eight to only three thousand now so that's going to impact of course the battery life it won't be as long on this one as it is on the me eight and then the rear of it we have a transparent back so you can look at the layout of the internals but what you're looking at isn't actually the internals directly they're put like a plastic over the top of it so just looks fancy and it's very pretty to look at and something different now show me were to put just the chipset the RAM the ufs storage all exposed and then just the glass that chipset of course would overheat so you can see the reasoning why they've done that so this model I picked up here from trading chins in and it's very hard to get hold of at the moment everyone's got to go through basically dealers and the price of it is just so inflated but it will be coming down eventually once more of these get out into the market so you can see the packaging the box here is twice as big as the typical standard version the me eight so obviously they've done something a little bit different here and nothing on the black back of it so just got the slip on the top okay so you can see there is the phone and they've put a transparent case around it so that's the same theme of course as the case on the rear of this phone so take a look and see what else we get in this box here so there's something right here they've actually put this in anger this time and Chinese so if you'd like to read that then go ahead now and pause the video and under that we have our type c2 USB cable but this time around it is red so they've made just an aesthetic little change there to make it look a little different and then the little charger so this is rated to 12 volts 1.
5 amps maximum output quick charge 3 and even the charger plug has a red accent to it and then lastly we have this slip here so this will probably have the warranty cards and it should have our case hopefully show me has changed the case here instead a TPU style one and give us something a little different so warranty card something beer in Chinese the sim tool and then of course the 3.5 millimeter jack adapter so no 3.5 mm headphone jack on this and no micro SD support so if you need both of those then on this obviously is not the fun to get so yes it looks like they have changed the case here slightly different transparent back it on it which is great so you can still look at those internals and then it's just a rubber around the outside so it just has this protective film over the screen that's just for transit obviously that comes off and I will check the weight of it why not just to see if it's going to be lighter or heavier so 177 grams and 7.
8 millimeters thick that's without the camera which just sticks out a little bit that brings it up then to 8.5 millimeters with for camera taking a look at that extra wide not sure even that top is or they could have slimmed that down a little bit but hey you know it's what it is and we just have to accept that it does have a very nice AMOLED panel on and oh so the earpiece rather small they did have to size that down for the tick they've put in here the front-facing camera you can see obviously and then a little hard to make out because it is quite dark here we've got an additional couple of sensors right here on the top you can see the middle frame here is rounded off smooths off nicely we have 2.5 dhhs on the glass and 10 aligns there and then just the microphone on the top so that secondary mic of course is for noise cancellation and calls and then for video as well and then a very minor change here to those metal buttons on the right hand side they've painted the power button now read the volume rockin is power button they're both made out of metal they have a good feeling to them and they do not rattle around like some phones so along the bottom you'll find a single loud speaker even though it looks like – it's in fact one of them is just the microphone I'll type C port then two antenna lines so the me eight and the me eight Explorer they're not gonna win any records here for having the smallest chin in the world it's still quite obvious there and I really wish that that actually put capacitive touch menu keys in this space elites make use of it now that's SIM tray which is on the left hand side it is made out of metal and it does have a rubber gasket around it so that's gonna help keep out water if you accidentally did happen to get a little bit on it and even dust – in the long run and now on to the cool part of the phone here so here's the transparent back we'll have the layout of the chips head so it says snapdragon on there you can see and obviously this is all actually just fake but the screws do look real those screws that are holding it into place there they in fact look real so the markings on the chip that's Qualcomm logo it says Qualcomm Snapdragon just below it it says AI engine and then just lists like the part number for that to make it look like you're looking at the real chips here and like I mentioned at the start if this was all exposed and this was what it actually looked like then it would overheat straight away you get thermal throttling and then with the – a 12 megapixel cameras on the rear it says dual camera there and it's just listing the fact that it's a 1.
4 micrometers in size the pixels on that main sensor and this area right here you're looking at that Sears innovation for every one that would be where the NFC antenna is so on the rear we have the me logo there and you can see another fake printed circuit board where the realtalk screw screwing it into place and it reads be the coolest company in the hearts of our users and here it is in the case which of course fits perfect leads from the manufacturer it says designed by Xiaomi in Beijing 8th anniversary edition and you can still see all of those pretty looking internals and around the top it covers the screen nicely so perfect cutouts there the top microphone for the ports at the bottom and it does raise up a little bit so if you were to put this flat face flat down it won't touch the screen but only just overall a very nice case and feels great in hand build quality of the phone overall is very good it is definitely a flagship premium phone so the rear of it definitely stands out it looks a lot different than your typical phone and I actually like it I think it looks alright it's a nice change so even though what we're looking at is fake I know that's going to disappoint a lot of people if it wasn't fake and if it was the shielding electromagnetic shielding the heats better for the chipset anything this is what we would actually be looking at something like that you can see with my me six so of course looking at that is not as nice as looking at even though it's fake this circuit board layout okay so just jump straight into the phone here I've gone through the setup already I've covered all of this the display and various other things in my unboxing video of the standard models this one so please do check that out if you want more information so it is still not shipping with me away ten that is still in beta but later on at some point it will be shipping with me UI ten there now if you're like me you're probably wondering where is the status LED well here it is it's actually inside the earpiece now they've had to have moved it and it's just in white so wonder if this is going to compromise that earpiece even further having to reduce the size of it even over than me eight standard edition so now I'm gonna add my face here it's asking for your 3d face data and you can see there is a little disclaimer at the bottom still telling you that it's not going to be as secure as a password but this myth it should be a lot better than the 2d face scanning which can be full quite easily so I've got the camera and all the other rubbish in the way I'm gonna see if I can do this on camera okay it's telling me to look at it turn my head to the right oh my eyes wider to my head to the right okay I think I need to get a little closer okay opem eyes wider is it scanning my face turn your head to the left done it I load my head okay actually that is done it took a little while longer because of course I've got the camera and the tripod in the way there now let's see how this works so obviously gonna have to wait the phone first and now that was very quick very quick I'll do that again yeah that is really fast okay so now you can't see anything I'm gonna try this now in complete darkness almost and that's still really quick okay it takes a little while longer but so far that seems to be pretty impressive not bad at all and then on to the fingerprint reader now so I'm setting it up as you can see it's your typical setup so you need to move your finger slightly you get the vibration to confirm it's scanned it and you can see it is lighting up there on the screen so that's the space we have so that is now done and I lock the phone and now you can see it's just popped up like the vivo NEXS and that's been not too bad that is fast I don't think that's too too much slower really than the real fingerprint reader on the meat eight okay a little bit slower there try that again so you can see where you need to place your finger now this been an AMOLED panel I am slightly concerned in the long run about screen burn so if it's always going to be that set error eye area I can imagine that after maybe two or three years you will see or even less than that after you might see a little burn in there so hopefully show me it's just gonna move that animation slightly but yeah that speed is good know also did want to check out that dual frequency GPS so it is actually working properly here getting an accuracy of around about now four to three meters and it's locking on and using every single satellite and what was happening with my in the eight the standard edition you could say is that I tested it again just before I ended up selling that model that it would get the accuracy of around three or four and then it always keeps showing an accuracy of about 8 meters double this one here but it seems that that's either been fixed hardware-wise here or they've fixed it and via software which is good to see so there we go this is a shorter video from me because yes I've already covered this mobile phones that's why I just wanted to focus on what is different here but I can summarize very quickly having owned the Mi 8 for quite some times I had that one for about six weeks and a year said it is a good phone then notch obviously you're either gonna love it or hate it what annoyed me wasn't the size of the knotch more but it was just the fact you couldn't see some notifications straight away that you had to slide the notifications down to view everything and it's not gonna be there at the top that's just a minor thing but it's something you need to bear in mind and also bear in mind that this model where 400 million hours less means that it will charge probably under two hours so the full charge times will be faster of than the Mi 8 in my testing but then the full battery life you're probably looking about around about an hour less of on screen time so this one will get around under ideal conditions on wireless continuous use about 8 hours of on-screen time whereas you'll get around 9 perhaps 9 Plus on them me 8 the standard edition so it does look really nice I think it actually looks nice I do like the look of this here and then of course we've got that fingerprint reader I'll demonstrate that again it's quick not quite as fast as the rear one but it's a lot faster than I thought it was going to be and I have used the vivo Nix s I reviewed that one which seemed to be around about the same speed as this perhaps even a little bit slower there so the speed as I feel is perfectly fine for that fingerprint reader but you probably won't actually be using it you'll be using the face unlocking so I lock the phone and then I tap to unlock and you can hear that confirmation noise that it unlocked straight away so no one's probably ever going to actually be using the fingerprint reader once you set up face unlocking my test it was almost pitch black in here there was no light whatsoever I put the shutters down everything and it worked fine it unlocked quite quickly now the security wise a password as they even mention what the disclaimer is going to be more secure than this so it is a nice phone the build quality is good it has an AMOLED panel right now that price is just ludicrous in their right mind we'll be buying one of these only us crazy youtubers that want to review it and get some views I will be doing something like that so of course wait for the price to drop down at the moment dealers have got it are this very very limited stock show me only putting out a few every week or so but once they go past there once a lot of units are out there they're in the market that price is going to start to really plummet and then it may be worth considering but me personally if I was going to be looking between the Mi 8 and then the Mi 8 Explorer it's a no-brainer for me save the money go for the me eight I mean you got the same exact phone you've got better battery life on that one unless of course you must have that really flash looking back on it and you wanna well your friends or someone with the in-screen fingerprint reader even though you won't be using it you'll be using the three-deep face unlocking so as I mentioned in this video a couple of times police do check my review of the me eight and then camera comparisons are also over in the description further videos on the meet eight thank you so much for watching and I do hope to catch you back in the next one bye for now.