Clone may not be the correct term because Xiaomi’s new MI 8 SE and MI 8 Explorer Edition, while it looks like an iPhone X down to the shape, edges, and Notch, doesn’t have all of the same features. Let’s call it a knock off that saves the Chinese maker plenty in R&D expenses. Copy Apple.
Face? Or, Finger?
Somewhere in China’s technology and manufacturing area there are these giant copy machines that are capable of scanning a product on one end and spitting out a near clone on the other end. The Xiaomi Explore Edition is packed with iPhone X goodies and some that Apple has ignored.
Just look. Copycat, indeed.
Except for the Chinese text you might think this is an iPhone. It is an iPhone clone-like smartphone.
Yep, that’s the Notch. It also has Animoji, Face ID-like facial recognition, a similar camera layout on the back, and a model that sports an in-screen fingerprint reader. $420 gets you the base model with specs that top iPhone X. 6GB of RAM and a 3400mAh battery, a 6.2-inch AMOLED display but with only 2248×1080 pixels.
Storage in the base model is anemic at 64GB but there are dual 12MP cameras on the backside, and oddly enough, a 20MP camera on the front. I know, right? Go figure. If you want more RAM, more SSD storage (128GB) and the in-screen fingerprint sensor you’ll have to spend another $100.
The in-screen fingerprint sensor doesn’t have a specific location the way Touch ID has on the iPhone. Pretty much any portion of the bottom of the screen works.
What Xiaomi does not clone, of course, is iOS 11, instead opting for a hybrid Android skin called MIUI 10 with more gestures to mimic iPhone X.
Oh, one more thing that was not copied from iPhone X is the Xiaomi’s backside. It’s not glass glass but transparent so you can see what’s inside, all neat and tidy.
I don’t see anything particularly exciting about watching the backside of various and sundry chips and covers and a battery, but maybe Xiaomi can start running advertising on the back.
Are you ready to sell your iPhone X and get a half price clone-like Android smartphone? You’ll have to go to China to find one, or vacation in Europe and hope it gets approved. Otherwise, don’t expect to find one on sale on Amazon.