Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite review

Added by on 09.20.18 | Last update 07.12.21
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite ревю


Manufacturers have a habit of launching smartphones and lightweight versions of them. Such is the case with Xiaomi mi 8, not long after which the Xiaomi mi 8 lite was introduced. The latter, despite its pared-down specs, has a bunch of interesting features and traits.  The first differences with the basic model can be seen already in its appearance. After some lower indicators in the technical parameters, but they are logical and come within the understanding of a lower price class device.


  • Release date: 2018, September
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Aurora Blue, Twilight Gold (China only)
  • Dimensions: 156.4 x 75.8 x 7.5 mm.
  • Weight: 169 g.
  • Screen: 6.26" inc, 1080 x 2280, IPS LCD
  • Camera : Dual, 12MP
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
  • Memory: 64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
  • Battery: 3350,  Non-removable Li-Po
  • Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
  • Operating system: Android 8.1 (Oreo); MIUI 10
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

If you are curious to find out all the details before reading the full review, visit the page for Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Specs, where you will find even the smallest detail about the phone.


Traditionally, Lite version smartphones copy the design of the basic device. This is not the case with the Xiaomi mi 8 lite. It is more angular and the camera unit is positioned horizontally and looks different. The notch on the screen is also different. All these differences are visible to the naked eye. However, the dimensions of the body have remained identical - 156.4 x 75.9 x7.5 mm. The smartphone weighs just 169 grams, which puts it in the lightweight category.

The Xiaomi mi 8 lite's look is made of glass and metal. It is available in several colours in the market - black, gold and blue. On its rear panel, there is a fingerprint scanner that works satisfactorily fast and accurate.


The screen size of Xiaomi mi 8 lite differs slightly from that of the flagship model. It has a diagonal of 6.26 inches, a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density per inch of 403. The aspect ratio is equal to 19:9.

The maximum backlight level is enough to be able to read information from the screen on a sunny day. The light sensor responds adequately and adjusts the screen brightness smoothly. To the delight of users, there is a night mode. It helps to work more comfortably with Xiaomi mi 8 lite during the dark hours of the day.


The Xiaomi mi 8 lite packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 + 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) with an Adreno 512 video processor. To these we must mention the RAM, which is 4 GB. Storage is 64 GB, which can be increased using a memory card at the expense of one SIM card slot. A version with 128 GB of storage is also available. 

The specifications of Xiaomi mi 8 lite suggest that you will be able to play even heavy games with it. The device factory runs on Android 8.1 operating system and MIUI 10 interface.


This Xiaomi model has a dual main camera. The first one is a 12-megapixel with an aperture of f/1.9. It is complemented by a 5-megapixel module. Artificial intelligence makes the photos better and several additional modes enhance the experience.

Xiaomi mi 8 lite takes good pictures for its price. Even in tricky conditions, the camera handles and the footage is decent. As the hours get darker, it gets harder to take good pictures, but with more experimentation with the settings, you will be able to get decent results.

The resolution of the front camera is 24 MP. It will surprise you with its ability to take wonderful pictures indoors where the light source is lamps. It also knows how to "blur" the background.

With Xiaomi mi 8 lite you can shoot videos with a maximum resolution of 4K, you have the option to take slow motion photos at 120 frames per second, but in maximum Full HD.

Autonomous operation

Xiaomi mi 8 lite has a 3350 mAh battery, slightly less than the flagship model. Against the relatively strong processor, the autonomous work is better. The manufacturer has provided support for QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging technology. If you need a quick battery recharge, we recommend you take advantage of it. With the proprietary power pack, Xiaomi mi 8 lite charges from 0 to 100% in less than two hours. With Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, the battery charges in half an hour.


Xiaomi mi 8 lite is a smartphone that is worth the money. It offers stylish looks, good build quality, mid-level performance and dual rear cameras.

In terms of performance, the Xiaomi mi 8 lite falls short of the flagship Mi 8 and lacks an infrared facial recognition system. However, the device boasts a pretty good 24-megapixel front camera and a good combination of processor and graphics.


  • Cute looks
  • Large display
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Good performance for its price class
  • Quality cameras


  • No NFC
  • No protection against moisture and dust

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite video review

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Xiaomi.

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Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor

Hello, I am Richard Taylor, a technology expert and journalist from the UK. I have a degree in Computer Science from the University of Birmingham. My passion is the latest technology, especially smartphones. That's why I chose to test, analyze, and write expert reviews about them. My technical expertise, combined with a deep passion for technology and years of experience, has made me a trusted source of information. Over the years, I have written reviews for various sites, but for quite some time now, I have been writing exclusively for PhonesData. You can see more about me here or read all my smartphone reviews here.

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