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iPhone X and Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer, comparedLet's see how Xiaomi's iPhone clone stacks up.
Okay, so these are clearly different phones, but you've gotta admit they look a lot alike. This is the [UNKNOWN] 8 Explorer, this is the iPhone 10, they both have notches, they both use gestures, and the camera modules on the back look similar, too. I'm gonna take you on a tour of how they're the same and how they're different [MUSIC] The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer is clearly larger than the iPhone X, with a 6.2-inch screen versus a 5.8-inch screen. But the two phones have similar shapes. They also both have notches with almost identical proportions This is the area that houses a front facing camera and other sensors. You get a 20 megapixel front facing camera on the Mi 8 Explorer, and a seven megapixel shooter on the iPhone X. But remember, low megapixels don't mean better picture. [MUSIC] Here's another similarity between the two. The Mi 8 Explorer has its own version of the iPhone X's Face ID, which uses infrared light to map your face. Unfortunately, [UNKNOWN] Phone won't tie into mobile payments. It's just used for unlocking but the Mi 8 Explorer also have a pressure sensitive fingerprint reader built into the screen. I few other phones have an in-screen reader as well but this is the first to require a bit of pressure to unlock it. [MUSIC] Let's check our gesture navigation now. Just like on the iPhone X, you can swipe to access an app and swipe and hold to see your recent apps On the Mi 8 explorer, you can also swipe down in the middle of the screen to get to your quick access tools, and swipe inwards from either edge to go back one step. Xiaomi will also add its own [UNKNOWN] assistant, an animated emoji like the iPhone's Animoji, but only in later updates. All right. Time to flip over to the back. We immediately see two stacked 12 mega pixel cameras. And the same position all the way over to the left. With the flash in between on both phones. This is a blatant design copy here. But then there's a completely different panel on the Mia 8 explorer that shows off the components that you'd find on a phone. This is just decorative though, you are not literally looking into the Mi 8. Unlike the iPhone10, the Mi 8 explorer has no wireless charging and no waterproofing. But it will cost the equivalent of under $600 compared to the iPhone10 stratospheric $1000 price. Note that the Me 8 explorer is a special edition of the Me 8. We know it will sell in China but we don't know yet if we will see it anywhere else. [MUSIC]