Mi 8 Lite Review- Tough Contender in Mid-Range Market

GadgetFrame 18 Mar, 2019

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is a good and high-quality smartphone that does not burn a hole in your pocket. The phone directly competes with Samsung Galaxy A50, Realme 2 Pro, Huawei Y9 2019 and some others. The phone has a beautiful design and great overall features.  Read our review to find out what you can expect from this Rs.31,99 (~$300) device.

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Mi 8 Lite Design

Talking about the design of Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, which is one of the phones from recently launched Mi8 Series along with Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE, the phone comes with a gradient color design which can be seen in more and more smartphones with this color effect for past few months. So, it is not a unique one though it is entirely flashy and immediately eye-catching.

MI 8 lite has an all glass-built body with a metal frame at the side of the phone. Regarding the connectivity and ports, on the bottom of the phone, there are USB type C port and Mono bottom firing speaker grill. Though there is a grill at both sides of the USB C ports, the one at the right is for the speaker cutout and the next one is just for the aesthetic purpose. Coming to the headset jack, Unfortunately, Xiaomi has stopped adding 3.5 mm headphone jack which is the downside of the device for me.

Mi 8 Lite Design back

On the right side of the phone, you will find a power button and volume rocker. On the left side, you will spot a hybrid SIM slot which capable of housing either two separate SIM cards or one SIM card and one micro SD card.


It is shipped with 6.26 inches of an LCD display. It hosts the resolution of 1080 by 2280 pixels and a 403ppi density. It sports 19:9 aspect ratio featuring the notch on the top of the display panel. You can adjust the display color under the color and contrast setting but it is not applicable if you turn the reading mode on.

Mi 8 Lite Display

The screen-to-body ratio is 82.5%, really nice number for a smartphone in this class and it beats the Xiaomi Redmi note six pro and Xiaomi MI A2.


Mi 8 Lite Camera

It hosts with 24 MP front-facing camera for selfies. For the back camera, it comes with 2 lenses: first one 12 MP sensor and a second 5 MP as a depth sensor. 

In the video front, the phone shoots 720p video at 30fps and 1880p at 30fps. There is also support for 4K@30fps video recording which is a plus point about the device.

Like Huawei and Honor, Xiaomi also makes a big issue of “AI” shooting. It’s a mode you can switch on and off from the camera app’s top layer. I often recommend turning it off in Huawei phones, but the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is a different case entirely.

Most AI camera modes tend to oversaturate colors, making food, grass, and skies look larger than life; as if put through a bold filter. Xiaomi’s seems to affect exposure and dynamic range more notably. The dynamic range of non-AI shots often looks a little limited even with Auto HDR engaged, and many scenes become much more lively-looking with AI turned back on.

AI Turned Off AI Turned On
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Mi 8 Lite Camera HDR Off Mi 8 Lite Camera HDR On

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite’s front camera is similarly impressive. Its 24-megapixel sensor leads its class in terms of detail capture, and it uses pixel-binning (grouping the image data from clusters of pixels to create a higher fidelity image at the expense of resolution, relative to the camera’s sensor’s original megapixel count) in low light.

This makes selfies look clearer and crisp. A good amount of fine detail is retained, even in dim light. And when it gets too dark you can use the screen as a makeshift flash.

The lens uses a fixed focus, reducing your photographic options slightly, but you can still get pretty close without losing focus.

Selfie Sample
Mi 8 Lite Selfie Sample


Mi 8 Lite Software

MI 8 lite comes with MIUI 10.2 on the top of android 8.1 Oreo. These include full-screen gestures for UI navigation, MI drop for file transfer without the internet, the dual app for using the one app with two accounts, second space for accessing the different profiles by using the different passcodes and the fingerprint. You can get access to Google assistance by long pressing on home key.


It uses the 14 nm Snapdragon 660 chipset. It comes with an octa-core CPU with four 2.2GHzZ cortex A73 CPU cores and four 1.8 GHz cortex A-53 cores. For 3D intensive gaming, there is the Adreno 512 GPU.  You can play various games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 and other many games with any trouble. It has a built-in Qualcomm X12 LTE modem which supports 2G, 3G, and 4G with LTE maximum download speed of 600 Mbps. It packs with Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine for AI tasks.

It is incorporated with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.


It is fueled with 3350 mAh battery. It can survive the whole day with the single charge however battery life depends on the screen brightness and uses of performance. It comes with a 10W charger which is a non-quick charger though it supports quick charge 3.0.


  • Display: 26 inches IPS LCD display 1080 x 2280 pixels (~403 ppi density)
  • 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: 4GB RAM/ 64GB internal storage
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Rear 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
  • Front Camera: 24 MP, 1/2.8″, 0.9µm
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3350 mAh battery  (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
  • Colors: Twilight gold, Dream blue, Deep space gray
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Price in Nepal: Rs. 31,999

Pros and Cons



Great battery

No quick charger in the box

Snapdragon 660 

No 3.5mm headset jack

Second Space

No face recognition

24MP selfie camera

No separate microSD card slot

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