The Mi 8 Lite is the first budget phone to arrive the UK. Unless you’re a real fan of tech, or have looked at imported phones, you may not have heard of Xiaomi before. It’s the fourth most popular mobile brand in China, however, and one of the fastest-growing globally.
Belonging to Xiaomi’s 2018 flagship Mi 8 family but with a lower spec and more affordable price, the Mi 8 Lite has a lot to offer the mid-range smartphone market.
It’s metal and glass, there’s a display notch, slim screen borders and a finish that’s anything but boring. Our version has a highly reflective gradient: it’s purple at the bottom, aquamarine-tinged blue at the top.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is made of metal and glass, there’s a display notch, slim screen borders and a finish that’s anything but boring. Our version has a highly reflective gradient: it’s purple at the bottom, aquamarine-tinged blue at the top. Just in case you find this shading a little too intense, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite also comes in black.
The side buttons are metal and feel good. At 7.5mm, it’s slim, and the 6.26-inch screen gives it the stature of a “flagship” phone. There’s a fast fingerprint.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has a very large, very good screen. Measuring 6.26 inches across, which makes video and gaming great. Colours are vibrant, contrast only perceptibly worse than the best LCDs at an angle in a dim room, and maximum brightness is high enough to make the display readable on a sunny day.It also a 2160 x 1080 pixel panel.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has a 3350mAh battery. While this sounds fairly impressive, battery life is one of the few areas where the Xiaomi is decent, as opposed to trampling most rivals.
The device will survive a full day of solid mid-to-heavy use. There’s no wireless charging hardware in the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. However, it does have a USB-C charge socket and fast charging, which is now an important feature in making a phone seem current.
On the back is a 12-megapixel main sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor. These are reportedly the Sony IMX363 (12MP) and a Samsung S5K5E8 (5MP). The use of these different brands is testament to Xiaomi’s attempt to fit the best tech possible at the price. Around the front sits a 24-megapixel Sony IMX576 sensor.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is among the best in class in terms of the simple experience of shooting. There’s almost no shutter lag, focusing is reasonably fast, and it can focus on fairly close-up objects with no major issues.
Portrait mode is one other feature worth mentioning. This is the now-common depth mode, which uses the second sensor to blur out the background in images, for a visual effect similar to that of a larger wide-aperture lens.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite’s video is interesting, too. It can shoot footage at up to 4K resolution (30fps) and advertises electronic stabilisation for 1080p and 4K capture. Stabilised 4K is almost unheard of at this level.
This is one of the best phones available in its class for gaming. It has a Snapdragon 660 processor, an octa-core chipset with Kryo 260 cores, and an Adreno 512 GPU.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has a surprisingly good internal speaker, too, which is one area I expected to be neglected as part of Xiaomi’s cost-saving measures. However, it’s loud, there’s some extra low-end power, and it sounds composed even at top volume.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite runs Android 8.1.0 and MIUI 10.0. It’s Xiaomi’s custom Android interface. In most respects, it’s a perfectly serviceable interface that actually looks cleaner and simpler than what the likes of LG and HTC use at present.
DISPLAY: 6.26″ (15.9 cm)
STORAGE: 64 GB
CAMERA:12 MP + 5 MP
BATTERY: 3350 mAh
RAM: 4 GB
FINGERPRINT SENSOR POSITION:Rear
OTHER SENSORSPro: Light sensor, ximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
FINGERPRINT SENSOR: Yes
QUICK CHARGING: Yes
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android v8.1 (Oreo)
SIM SLOTS: Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
MODEL: Mi 8 Youth
LAUNCH DATE: April 18, 2019 (Expected)
SIM SIZESIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano
NETWORK4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
FINGERPRINT SENSOR: Yes
CHIPSET: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8956
GRAPHICS: Adreno 512
PROCESSOR: Octa core (2.2 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)
ARCHITECTURE6: 4 bit
RAM: 4 GB
WEIGHT: 169 grams
HEIGHT: 156.4 mm
COLOURS: Aurora Blue, Sunset Gold, Midnight Black
DISPLAY TYPE: IPS: LCD
ASPECT RATIO: 19:9
BEZELLESS DISPLAY: Yes with notch
PIXEL DENSITY: 403 ppi
SCREEN SIZE: 6.26 inches (15.9 cm)
SCREEN RESOLUTION: 1080 x 2280 pixels
TOUCH SCREEN: Yes Capacitive Touchscreen Multi-touch
SETTINGS: Exposure compensation, ISO control
CAMERA FEATURES: Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
IMAGE RESOLUTION: 4000 x 3000 Pixels
SENSORE: xmor RS
AUTOFOCUS: Yes Phase Detection autofocus
SHOOTING MODES: Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
RESOLUTION: 24 MP Front Camera
PHYSICAL APERTURE: F1.9
FLASH: Yes LED Flash
VIDEO RECORDING: 3840×2160 @ 30 fps, 1920×1080 @ 120 fps
WIFI: Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
WIFI FEATURES: Mobile Hotspot
BLUETOOTH: Yes v5.0
USB TYPEC: Yes (Doesn`t support micro-USB)
USB CONNECTIVITY: Mass storage device, USB charging
NETWORK SUPPORT: 4G, 3G, 2G
GPS: Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
SIM: 14G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
SIM SIZE: SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
SIM 24G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available