Xiaomi made a Redmi K30 Pro Explorer Edition but you can't have it

Ivan, 15 May 2020

Xiaomi used to make special variants of its flagships that had semi-transparent rear panels. They called them Explorer Editions and made one for the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 9. But they said they wouldn't release a Mi 10/10 Pro Explorer Edition, despite leaked images of just such a prototype in the wild.

It turns out they made a prototype of a Redmi K30 Pro Explorer Edition as well, as per images from Xiaomi Senior Product Manager Daniel D on Twitter. He calls it a custom Redmi K30 Pro, which likely means that it isn't going on general sale anytime soon (or alternatively Xiaomi is checking to see what sort of interest such a device would generate).

Redmi K30 Pro with a transparent rear panel Redmi K30 Pro with a transparent rear panel
Redmi K30 Pro with a transparent rear panel

Past Explorer Edition devices showed some of the internals but also had fake design elements like large lettering or covered some internals to make them more attractive. In the case of this Redmi K30 Pro it appears that it uses a plain transparent back panel and the internals are laid bare for all to enjoy.

Whether this custom edition makes it to the shelves or not, it's very cool to look at.


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there are transparent back glasses out there mi phones don't have waterproofing anyway so just replace it

  • Anonymous

Or a case as most of us do anyway :)

I don't know… I don't really want to see all the PCB mess. It just feels like a remote control which has lost its battery cover (only it's for the entire back, not just the battery compartment). I suppose some people would buy it, though.

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