News Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite officially introduced – did they copy Honor?

Today Xiaomi introduced another version of the Xiaomi Mi 8: the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, which is aimed at a younger target group. You can find all information in the article.

Xiaomi also introduced the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, which is basically the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

Whenever you think that there is no more room in Xiaomi’s smartphone portfolio, the Chinese surprise us again. Now the next high-end smartphone is in the starting blocks. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite was officially launched on September 19 – and we wonder why.

Xiaomi MI 8 Lite Smartphone

Technical details

Display 6,28″ IPS LC-Display mit 2280 × 1080p
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, (Kryo 260 Cluster with 2.2 & 1.84 GHz )
Graphics chip Qualcomm Adreno 512 @ 650 MHz
Main memory 4/6 GB
Internal memory 64/128 GB
Main Camera Dual Camera with 12/5 MP, Sony IMX363 & Samsung S5K5E8, ƒ/1.9
Front Camera 24 MP Sony IMX576
Battery 3,350 mAh, Quick Charge 3.0
Connectivity Wi-Fi AC, BT 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/BDS, Hybrid SIM
Features USB Type-C, Fingerprint Sensor, Face Unlock
Operating system MIUI 9.6
Dimensions / Weight  156.4 × 75.8 × 7.5 mm / 169 g

Xiaomi now also with Twilight approach

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (originally “Youth Edition”) offers some optical features we already know from Xiaomi. However, this model also looks in the direction of the competition from Huawei and especially Honor and adjusts the optics a bit. With a diagonal of 6.26 inches, the display is slightly larger than the Xiaomi Mi 8 and also relies on a resolution of 2280 x 1080p. Thus, one again complies with the Full HD+ criterion. Moreover, a notch is used in order to save a few valuable millimeters in the design. The cut-out is relatively small and not as big as in the Mi 8 or Mi 8 SE.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition glas back

A leak by the TENAA certification authority has also revealed again how the dimensions turn out. With dimensions of 156.4 × 75.8 × 7.5 mm, it is slightly larger, wider, but also thinner than the Pocophone F1, for example. But with a total weight of 169 g, it’s of course a bit lighter. A first picture of the back of the glass shows that the title “Youth Edition” is something one would like to do justice to. The Twilight effect known from Huawei is also used here, which in this case leads to a color change between pink, pink and orange. In addition there is a blue-purple Colorway, which reminds us very much of the Honor 10.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Colors

Mi 8 Lite with Snapdragon 660

Even though you might be a bit annoyed by the sheer variety of smartphones, a glance at the specs almost makes you forget. As processor Xiaomi now uses the Snapdragon 660, and not the 710, as first assumed. This CPU seems to become the new Snapdragon 625, after all it is used in many smartphones and tablets of the manufacturer. According to the “Mix & Match” motto, 4 and 6 GB RAM can be combined with 64 and 128 GB internal memory.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Pink

On the memory Android 8.1 Oreo in the form of MIUI is preinstalled. The manufacturer’s own operating system should tickle the maximum battery life out of the 3,350 mAh battery capacity. The battery is also rechargeable with Quick Charge 3.0, whereby a fast charging time is guaranteed and one never has to get along really long without his smartphone.

The software also influences the device’s cameras. Finally, on the back you combine the Sony IMX363 12 megapixel sensor with ƒ/1.9 aperture and a 5 megapixel sensor, which is an indication that the cameras from the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (and Mi 8) are reused. The cameras are arranged horizontally again. The AI functions also seem to make it possible to adjust the bokeh for portrait photos, similar to the new iPhone.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Camera

Only on the front side the resolution has increased. This is probably just the way to pick up the young target group who can use the 24 megapixel sensor for selfies. This is the Sony IMX576 sensor with a ƒ/2.2 aperture.


Meanwhile one thinks that Xiaomi is working on its own smartphone configurator, which spits out every smartphone you want to. With the Mi 8 Lite they make the Xiaomi Mi 6X almost obsolete again. Same CPU, very similar camera, almost identical battery size, same memory, similar price. We really liked the 6X or Mi A2 – the Youth Edition will probably be similarly good. We are curious whether the Mi 8 Lite will also come to Europe or maybe even the Mi 8 SE; this would at least be an alternative to the Pocophone F1 in the price range.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite will be delivered from September 25th in China and is available for a price of almost 200€. A version from a China shop would cost according to our experience at least 230€. A global version is not planned yet.

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