Should you buy the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite?
Launched as part of Xiaomi’s Mi 8 series is the mid ranged Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, also known as Mi 8 Youth in some countries. As we get our hands on the device, we put up together our hands-on and first impressions to give you some insights before buying the mid-ranged price device.
Design and Display
First up is the design, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite looks classy with its classy gradient design on the back protected by a 2.5D glass. It may seem familiar cause the gradient design is similar to some smartphones like the Huawei Nova 3i, P20, Oppo F9, R17 Pro and the Vivo V11.
However, the downside is that it is prone to fingerprint smudges which are also easily seen when not placed in a case. The Mi 8 Lite sports a 6.26-inch 19:9 display with 2280 x 1080 resolution with a metal frame design on the front.
Up top is a notch which is also seen on the Mi 8 Pro but a tad smaller. At the back is its fingerprint scanner along with its dual camera setup arranged horizontally. It has a USB Type-C port and speaker below its trunk. At the left side is its hybrid sim tray and on its right is the power button and volume rockers.
The smartphone comes with a pink to purple gradient designed box with a big Eight Lite on it. Upon opening, you get a USB-C cable, a 5W power adapter, and a SIM ejector tool. You also get a user manual like all other smartphones. Included as well inside is a free case but it’s a soft silicone case so it doesn’t protect the device that much.
Unfortunately, the Mi 8 Lite doesn’t have any headphone jack but it still has a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter included inside the box. No free headphones, again same as other Xiaomi devices.
Specs and Camera
Under the hood, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. The Mi 8 Lite comes in options of a 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage. It comes with Android Oreo and MIUI out of the box. It is also powered by a 3,350mAh battery with Quick charge 3.0 technology. In terms of speed, overall browsing and normal usage is fast and we didn’t encounter any lags while playing games or music.
Moving in the camera, it has a dual rear camera setup which consists of a 12-megapixel camera with a f/1.9 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, it has a 24-megapixel f/2.2 front camera.
Camera first impression is that it does pretty decent for a mid-range smartphone as you can see in our indoor shots below. No worries, we’ll share with you our complete insight and more photos on our full review soon.
Priced at PHP 13,990 (4GB + 64GB) and Php 16,990 (6GB + 128GB), you can purchase the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite via Lazada and Shopee. We’ll end this for now, but stay tuned for our upcoming full camera and in-depth review for the Mi 8 Lite!
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite specs, Philippine price, and release
- Display: 6.26-inch 19:9 Full HD+ display @ 2280 x 1080px
- Size, Weight: 156.4 x 75.8 x 7.5mm, 169 g
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor
- GPU: Adreno 512
- Memory: 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage
- Rear Camera: 12MP f/1.9 + 5MP dual rear cameras
- Front Camera: 24MP front camera
- Connectivity: Dual 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
- Ports: USB Type-C
- OS: Android 8 Oreo
- Battery: 3,350mAh battery with QC 3.0 fast charging
- Color: Aurora Blue, Midnight Black
- Price: PHP 13,990 (4GB + 64GB) and Php 16,990 (6GB + 128GB)