Since its launch just a month ago, we are closely monitoring what is possibly one of the great cover-ups of this 2018 . The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has finally left China with a global version and this is great news for those looking for a powerful and especially attractive mid-range.
Let’s take out the analysis machine and get to know this new variant of Xiaomi’s most successful model in depth.
XIAOMI MI 8 LITE: A QUALITY SMARTPHONE WITH A SPECTACULAR BALANCE
Xiaomi has us used to going half crazy with its infinite versions and variants. This in 2018 has only increased and of its new high-end model, the Mi 8, we already have 5 different references . This policy of a phone for each user seems to be going well and despite its complications for the neophyte in the matter, it leaves us jewels like this Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite .
The new Mi 8 Lite was launched a month ago in China and from the first moment, its qualities and features pleasantly surprised us. Despite bearing the name of the brand’s most powerful current model, it is still a mid-range terminal with very good finishes, which can directly compete with the Honor 8X .
At the beginning, there was much doubt about the expansion of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite to the rest of the world. As you surely know, and if we don’t tell you, now Xiaomi terminals with a Chinese version cannot be unlocked outside of the Asian country, in this way the brand will encourage the national purchase of terminals in its internationalization strategy. This means that you can ONLY buy global versions in the usual Asian stores like Aliexpress.
ANALYZING THE EXTERIOR OF THE MI 8 LITE
If we look at the exterior we find interesting details that will surely catch your attention. Starting at the back, the Mi 8 Lite has a glass body in three colors: Black, blue degraded to purple and gold degraded to pink. This latest model will not reach our continent. The appearance in hand and in sight is very premium.
Unlike all new Xiaomi devices, the Mi 8 Lite has a horizontal camera body. Configuration similar to what we found until not too long ago in phones like the Mi A1 and that is typical of Apple models like the iPhone 7 Plus. This design makes the back look a bit more outdated than its nomenclature brothers, but don’t be fooled by appearances , this is a phone with a lot of personality and high-level cameras. In the central part we have the usual fingerprint sensor that in this brand is especially fast.
On the front we find many differences with respect to the rest of the range, some especially attractive. First of all, we find particularly thin screen frames on a 6.26-inch FullHD+ LCD panel with 403 pixels per inch.
One of the most striking aspects is found in the upper notch. That notch given by Xiaomi that in this model is especially small. Its size is considerably reduced compared to all the models presented by Xiaomi so far, and we like that.
Its dimensions are 156.4 x 75.8 x 7.5 mm, very similar to those of the PocoPhone, so it remains comfortable within a segment that continues to grow.
We do not like that it has lost the 3.5mm jack, something that occurs in all the high-end. In compensation we have a USB type C charging port at the bottom. Another aspect that we do not like is found in the loss of the infrared sensor.
ANALYZING THE INTERIOR OF THIS XIAOMI MI 8 LITE
The interior of this Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is undoubtedly its best cover letter. This is a mid-range phone with a fantastic balance that surpasses its main competitor within the brand itself, the Xiaomi Mi A2 . Many of the reviews compare it directly with the Honor 8X, a phone that is being liked a lot.
Among its components we find a Snapdragon 660 processor . This SoC surpasses variants such as the 636 of the Redmi Note 6 Pro and also allows us extra functions such as a processing core for artificial intelligence or fast charging. In Antutu it gives us a score of 143,000 points, 10,000 points above the Mi A2 and 5,000 above the Honor 8X.
Continuing with the technical section, we find a 3350 mAh battery that has QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging. After testing it, we have verified that its recovery speed is impressive. It significantly outperforms competitive models, speeding up recovery substantially.
The device comes with MIUI 10 version that is so popular, which is based on Android Oreo 8.1.
GOOD PHOTOS BOTH DAY AND NIGHT
In the last year Xiaomi has been seeking to raise the specifications and results of the photographic aspect as far as possible. This is due to the creation of a unit within the Chinese company specializing in this field.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has a high-quality camera body that is remarkably close to the high-end range and that delivers great results. At the rear we find a double sensor. The first is the Sony IMX363 that we also find in the Mi 8 and which has 12 MP and f/1.9 aperture. The secondary is 5 Mpx and is signed by Samsung. The day shots are of high quality and we also get good results at night.
On the front side, the phone has a powerful 24 MP camera and a Sony IMX 576 series sensor. This has facial unlocking and an AI system aimed at improving image performance and blur effect through digital modification.
WHERE TO BUY THE XIAOMI MI 8 LITE AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS
You can buy the Xiaomi MI 8 Lite in national Xiaomi stores both physical and online thanks to the incorporation of the global version. You can also go to the usual stores such as Aliexpress, Gearbest, or Bangood, where you will probably enjoy great offers on the occasion of 11.11. Remember, buy only global versions!
The price of the Mi 8 Lite is €220 in its 4+64 GB version and €249 in its 6+128GB version. Possibly the devaluation of the model allows you to get it with even lower prices in just a few weeks.