Why the extra thickness on the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition?

Let’s get something out of the way: we’re all for thickening up phones if it means providing the consumer with more useful features like extra battery or a whole bunch of other technology.

The Mi 8 Explorer Edition from Chinese player Xiaomi is chock full of “other technology” from in-display fingerprint sensing to structured light facial recognition, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. For that to appear in a body just 7.6mm thick is a fair achievement.

But then we get to the back panel and this whole “transparent” design trend that’s been bothering the industry for the past several years. It’s been stated before that real panel is all for show. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor would not look so fancy perched up there in reality.

Well, according to Weibo tech commentator Ice Universe, that “transparent” look is not just a two-dimensional sticker. It’s a real, “decorative” circuit board. Meaning that the phone could’ve been thinner than it is. Or, better yet, that 3,000mAh battery could’ve been upgraded. Alas, we’re not in that alternate reality, but it’s still a good phone. And it’s not one we can easily get anyways.

In China, pre-orders have started for the Mi 8 Explorer Edition with a price of ¥3,699 ($543). More pictures of the circuit board can be found at the source link.

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Jules Wang
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