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26 mayo, 2021

Xiaomi, which has been officially in Spain for just a year, has been going strong. The Chinese firm has managed to become almost a synonym of affordable high-end and one of the maximum exponents in the middle range, and the success of terminals such as the Xiaomi Mi A1 or Mi A2 speaks for itself. The latest from the company is the Mi 8 family, made up of five members. We already know the older brother, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, and the middle one, the Xiaomi Mi 8. It is the turn, then, of the ‘little one’.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is configured as a terminal that bets on a 6.26-inch screen, 4 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 660 processor and a double rear camera. His plan is to use these weapons to place himself on the podium of the mid-range, where there are great rivals to beat such as the Motorola Moto G6 Plus or the Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Will it succeed? Let’s get out of doubt.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, technical sheet

XIAOMI MI 8 LITE

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

156.4 x 75.8 x 7.5 mm
169 grams

SCREEN

6.26-inch IPS / LCD
FullHD + resolution (2,280 x 1,080 pixels)
Aspect ratio 19: 9
403 pixels per inch

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 660 (4 Cortex A73 at 2.2 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 at 1.8 GHz)
GPU Adreno 512

RAM

4GB

STORAGE

64 GB expandable with microSD card

DRUMS

3,350 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0

REAR CAMERA

Double lens composed of:
Main sensor: Sony IMX363 12 megapixel, f / 1.9, 1.4 µm pixels
Secondary sensor: Samsung S5K5E8 5 megapixel, f (2.0, 1.12 µm pixels
LED flash

FRONT CAMERA

24 megapixel IMX576 sensor with 1.12 µm pixels

OPERATING SYSTEM

Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Dual Band WiFi, USB Type-C

OTHERS

Rear fingerprint reader

PRICE

249.99 euros

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 15.9 cm (6.26") 4 GB 64 GB Dual SIM 4G Black 3350 mAh - Smartphone (15.9 cm (6.26"), 2280 x 1080 pixels, 4 GB, 64 GB, 12 MP, Black)

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 15.9 cm (6.26 “) 4 GB 64 GB Dual SIM 4G Black 3350 mAh – Smartphone (15.9 cm (6.26”), 2280 x 1080 pixels, 4 GB, 64 GB, 12 MP, Black)

It is beautiful wherever you look

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Rear

We start with the design. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is a thin terminal, not excessively heavy but not one of the lightest and very beautiful. The back is built in glass and in it we find the fingerprint reader, the module with the double rear camera, the LED flash and the MIUI logo. Feels comfortable and premium in hand, but it has the drawback of almost all glass mobiles: it is a magnet for fingerprints. Luckily, Xiaomi has included a case in the box that, if you are a bit of a maniac like me, you will end up using.

Before going on to review the frames, it should be noted that the fingerprint reader is in an ideal position. The index finger falls right on the sensor, although that will not prevent you from touching where you should not at first and filling the glass with fingerprints. As soon as you repeat the gesture two or three times you will have taken the position and you will not fail again.

XIAOMI MI 8 LITE

XIAOMI MI A2

Huawei P20 Lite

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

Huawei P Smart +

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

Motorola One

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

Honor 8X

OPPO RX17 NEO

BQ AQUARIS X2 PRO

DIMENSIONS

154.4 X 75.8 mm

158.7 x 75.4 mm

148.6 x 71.2 mm

158.3 x 75.3 mm

157.6 x 75.2 mm

160 x 75.5 mm

149.9 x 72.2 mm

159.8 x 76.8 mm

162.5 x 77 mm

160.4 x 76.6 mm

158.3 x 75.5 mm

150.7 x 72.3 mm

THICKNESS

7.5 mm

7.3 mm

7.4 mm

7.6 mm

7.6 mm

8 mm

8 mm

7.5 mm

7.8 mm

7.8 mm

7.4 mm

8.4 mm

WEIGHT

169 grams

166 grams

145 grams

172 grams

169 grams

167 grams

162 grams

168 grams

183 grams

175 grams

156 grams

168 grams

INCHES

6.26 “

5.99 “

5.84 “

6.3 “

6.3 “

5.9 “

5.9 “

6.0 “

6.3 “

6.5 “

6.41 “

5.65 “

SCREEN / FRONT RATIO

82.5%

77.4%

80.5%

81.7%

82.2%

74.4%

79.2%

74.4%

80.5%

84%

84.4%

75.6%

The right frame has the power button and the volume buttons, which can be reached with the thumb if you are right-handed and with the index finger if you are left-handed, although I would have appreciated that they were a little lower. The left frame has the nanoSIM and microSD card slot, the upper edge has the microphone for the videos and the lower edge the speakers, the microphone for calls and the USB type C.

The only thing that can generate some rejection is the notch. It’s tiny, yes, but it’s there. It does not bother me excessively and in the end I have ended up forgetting about him, but always can be hidden by software from Settings> Full screen.

You will have noticed that 3.5mm jack not mentioned, and is that the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite does not incorporate it. That implies that we have three options: use a headset with a USB type C port (which is not included), use the adapter that you can find inside the box or switch to a Bluetooth headset. To the taste of the consumer.

An IPS / LCD screen that performs really well

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Opinion

The first thing that catches your eye when turning on the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite are the colors of its screen, and no wonder. The device has a 6.26-inch IPS / LCD panel with FullHD + resolution (2,280 x 1,080 pixels) and 19: 9 aspect ratio that occupies 82.5% of the front. Despite the size it does not feel large and the compaction work is excellent.

Despite not being AMOLED, the blacks are deep (something that is enjoyed when watching movies or playing games) and the colors look somewhat more saturated, although without exaggeration. It looks great, in short. In addition, the MIUI interface, which we will talk about later, knows how to take advantage of the panel by betting on very colorful icons that give it a very attractive look. Have a effect Wow! every time you unlock the mobile which is hard to come by on an LCD, and is appreciated.

Regarding visibility I have no complaints. The automatic brightness works perfectly, it looks good in broad daylight, and the maximum and minimum levels are correct. Viewing angles are good too, the screen is not blue when tilted, and the white balance is appropriate, although it can always be calibrated in the settings menu. A well-made panel with excellent response time, in a nutshell.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite screen performs well in any situation, and if the notch is a problem it can be hidden from the settings

The only downside that can be put to the panel is the notch, for the simple reason that it is useless. It’s tiny, we agree, but it doesn’t hide any kind of face-unlock technology or anything like that. I insist, it does not bother me, but I would like it to have some function beyond the strictly aesthetic.

We end this section talking about sound, for which I only have good words. Even to the max, music and videos heard clearly and clearly, although I had to be careful not to cover the speaker when holding it horizontally. It’s easy to cover, and so yes, it sounds canned and regular. Nothing serious, of course, but better to keep it in mind.

Excellent in performance, no more

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Pubg

We move on to what is possibly the most important positive point of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, which is none other than performance. If Xiaomi knows something about something and a lot it is about making good mid-range devices, and the Mi 8 Lite is no exception. The terminal has 4 GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 660 processor and an Adreno 512 GPU, and the experience couldn’t be more satisfying.

XIAOMI MI 8 LITE

XIAOMI MI A2

HUAWEI P20 LITE

HUAWEI MATE 20 LITE

HUAWEI P SMART +

MOTOROLA MOTO G6 PLUS

MOTOROLA ONE

SAMSUNG GALAXY A7 (2018)

SAMSUNG GALAXY A9 (2018)

HONOR 8X

OPPO RX17 NEO

BQ AQUARIS X2 PRO

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 660

Kirin 659

Kirin 710

Kirin 710

Snapdragon 630

Snapdragon 625

Exynos 7885 Octa

Snapdragon 660

Kirin 710

Snapdragon 660

Snapdragon 660

RAM

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

6 GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

ANTUTU

142,264

127,610

80,986

132,007

138,583

89,874

81,147

116,370

104,000

139,427

175,000

141,558

GEEKBENCH 4 (SINGLE / MULTI)

1,628 / 5,896

1,626 / 4,286

935 / 3,581

1,587 / 5,519

1,252 / 5,355

862 / 4,055

856 / 4,206

568/1989

1,609 / 5,844

1,611 / 5,688

1,922 / 4,373

1,642 / 5,763

All applications open fast, navigation through the interface is smooth, the loading times in day-to-day apps are very short and the overall feeling is that the phone is doing well, plain and simple. MIUI, with its pluses and minuses, is one of the (in my opinion) best layers of customization today, and it shows on a day-to-day basis.

Reviewing the experience I have had during the analysis, with apps such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, GMail and Google Chrome I have not suffered a single iota of lag. The experience is more than correct and has left me with a very good taste in my mouth. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is one of those mobiles that you are happy to use.

Performance is one of the main strengths of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. Everything opens and moves fast and the experience is outstanding

I have also had no problems with light games like Clash Royale and although titles like PUBG Mobile cost a little more, lowering the quality can achieve correct performance. FPS are stable, even when there is a significant graphic load to process. I do not think it is a mobile focused on playing, but if you want to use it for that, you will not have a major problem. Fortnite, yes, it is not compatible (neither with this nor with any mobile that has the Snapdragon 660, by the way).

The temperature remains correct in almost all circumstances, although if you are to spend long sessions of gaming You may notice some warming in the rear. It’s nothing over the top and the terminal cools down quickly when you leave it alone for a couple of minutes.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Gestures

As for multitasking, the 4 GB of RAM is more than enough to have several apps running in the background and switch between them without having to wait for them to reopen. It is nice to be able to be playing PUBG Mobile, receive a WhatsApp, open the app, answer and return to the game knowing that it will remain open and right where you left it.

Finally, 64GB of storage is a good-sounding figure. It is difficult to fill so much memory, especially if you are a cloud user such as a server, but, just in case, you will be interested to know that you can expand it with microSD cards.

MIUI 10, your best friend and your worst enemy

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Miui 1

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