The phone comes in a box with pretty much everything
you’d expect at this price, meaning there are no headphones.
But if you already own a pair of cans or buds, Xiaomi has included a
USB-C to 3.5mm adapter since the phone, unfortunately, doesn’t have an audio jack.



The Mi 8 Lite sports a 6.26-inch 19:9 display with 2280 x 1080 resolution, Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, 24MP front, and 3,350mAh battery with Quick charge 3.0 technology. The Mi 8 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display with 2248 x 1080 resolution, Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, dual 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front, and 3,400mAh battery with fast charging. Xiaomi also implemented an in-display fingerprint scanner technology which is similar to VIVO’s latest smartphones. With the Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi marked the completion of the Mi 8 lineup, or so it seems. The company now has two premium flagship models in the Mi 8 family – the Mi 8 and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition along with two mid-rangers – the Mi 8 SE and the Mi 8 Lite, with the last one being the subject of this review.

But releasing yet another Mi 8 smartphone, one could not help but think that Xiaomi is just confusing its customers and luring them into buying a Mi 8-branded handset with lackluster specs. After all, we’ve come across quite a few underwhelming Lite models in recent years. Luckily, this is not the case. Unlike most direct Lite rivals out there, the Mi 8 Lite comes at a reasonable price, while packing capable hardware and it doesn’t try to imitate its more expensive siblings, spec-wise, that is. In fact, Xiaomi could have easily released the phone under a different name or as part of a different lineup and still score good sales numbers. Of course, in order to bring the price that low, Xiaomi had to cut some corners while giving you a few reasons to opt for the Mi 8 Lite instead of Mi 8 SE. For one, the display is bigger and taller. And when you consider the smaller notch, the screen real estate should be taken into account as well. And besides, if you are aiming for a powerful mid-range SoC and you are a fan of Xiaomi’s MIUI, it’s your only option with Snapdragon 660 chipset aside from the Android One-powered Mi A2.

Additional information

Weight 0.41 lbs
Dimensions 6.16 × 2.98 × 0.30 in

NETWORK Technology
LAUNCH Announced 2018, September
Status Available. Released 2018, September
BODY Dimensions 156.4 x 75.8 x 7.5 mm (6.16 x 2.98 x 0.30 in)
Weight 169 g (5.96 oz)
Build Front/back glass, aluminum frame
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.26 inches, 97.8 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPU Adreno 512
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
5 MP, f/2.0, 1/5", 1.12µm, depth sensor
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60/120fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)
SELFIE CAMERA Single 24 MP, 1/2.8", 0.9µm
Features Auto HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3350 mAh battery
MISC Colors Midnight Black, Aurora Blue, Twilight Gold (China only)
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 2769 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2338
Basemark X: 21269
Display Contrast ratio: 1453 (nominal), 2.862 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 67dB / Noise 77dB / Ring 77dB
Audio quality Noise -93.5dB / Crosstalk -35.4dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 77h


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