The Mi 8 Explorer Edition's 'transparent' back is, sadly, a prop (video)

Xiaomi announced the souped-up Mi 8 Explorer Edition back in the spring as it top-shelf handset, with FaceID-styled 3D scanning at the front, an in-display finger reader and... transparent back that allegedly showed the Snapdragon chipset beneath. 

Well, that transparency turns out to be fake, as many suspected - the picture was just too neatly arranged to be true for anyone who has peeked inside a smartphone's innards.

As you can see in the video above, the "transparent" back is simply a prop that can be scrubbed off, and the real innards aren't nearly as aesthetically pleasing as Xiaomi would like you to believe. This leaves HTC's U12+ as the one with the really nice transparent back, though it doesn't look nearly as impressive as painted stuff on the inside of the rear cover.

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Mi 8 SE
  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3120 mAh



1. cocoy

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

The Question is did Xiaomi claim in their marketing that the images found on their transparent back phone are indeed the internal components of the device? If yes, then they should have been criticized for erroneous claim. If not, what's the issue? They probably did it for decorations or design esthetic.

6. errnope

Posts: 43; Member since: May 23, 2018

All they said was that it wasn't a sticker.

2. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I do not see what the issue is. Its just a design choice for the back panel, similar to using a glass back or metal. Or much more like using a single color back panel or using the gradient back that is going around these days. It is similar to Oneplus using Sandstone finish on the back of the OP1! What is the big deal? If you like it then buy it, if not then skip it! What is the big deal. I mean, I can't see PA writing an article for every new color variant of every phone!

3. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

from the beginning it was not said that the explorer edition really shows it's internals.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Thanks Captain Obvious.. Of course processors won't looks like that, and even if it is, it's a really bad idea to just bare it without any shielding or head spreader. (I've said that before, when they announce this phone)

5. Farcaster

Posts: 162; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Just why? I get that they're trying something different, but this is just plain cheap.

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Epic! I actually like it, as its much nicer to look at than the actual PCB's in the phone. Creds to Xiaomi

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