Xiaomi launched its flagship Mi 8 smartphone amid fanfare at company’s 8th anniversary event in May. The smartphone was announced in three different variants – Mi 8 SE, Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Of the three devices, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition caught attention of consumers for being a premium device with nearly transparent back.
Soon after the launch of Mi 8 Explorer Edition, there were questions being raised about the validity of the transparent back design of the smartphone. Those who saw the smartphone raised doubts whether the circuit board seen on the back of the device showcased the phone’s actual internals. It was then proven with certainty that the phone is not showing real internals due to the atypical layout of the circuit. While Xiaomi insisted that Mi 8 Explorer Edition was a really transparent smartphone, now new pictures indicate that the board is not actually connected to the phone’s internal circuit.
A photo shared on Weibo shows that the Xiaomi is using a dummy board to project the internals of the smartphone. Android Police notes that the dummy board leaves space for parts like the processor and there is also no sign of the ball grid array needed for a chip to connect to actually function as a connected circuit board.
The new leak further indicates that the real components are underneath this dummy board seen on the back of the device. Xiaomi has tried really hard to make a smartphone that shows internals of the device but in that process, it seems to have failed to be transparent. Xiaomi’s Mi 8 Explorer Edition definitely stands out for a transparent device but it is also fake at the core. Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC launched HTC U11+ and HTC U12+ with transparent back, but it gives a little insight into the internals.
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To recall, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is a flagship device with 6.21-inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM And 128GB non-expandable storage. It features dual rear camera setup with dual 12-megapixel sensor with the primary sensor offering optical image stabilization and f/1.8 aperture. The secondary sensor acts as zoom lens with support for 2x optical zoom. There is a 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone supports Face ID and has an under-display fingerprint sensor. It is packed by a 3,000mAh battery and retails for €500 (around Rs 40,200).