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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
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By: Jolanta Szczepaniak

The new king of the middle-price shelf?

Packaging and accesories

The sales package looks pretty decently. In its content, besides the phone, there is a 5V/2A charger, cable for data transfer and charging and an adapter from USB-C to 3.5mm minijack. But this is not all, there is a tray for opening SIM/microSD cards tray, some papers and a silicone etui as well.


Housing and display

Mi 8 Lite draws our attention mainly with the quality of construction. It has glass panels connected by a metal frame, they are well-fitted and perfected in the smallest details. Edges are curved and well-profiled, thanks to which the smartphone lies in hands comfortably – despite its large size. The big surface of the display prevents it from being used with one hand – unless you have huge ones.


The display takes 82% of the front panel. It has arced edges, a large diagonal (6.26-inch), 19:9 ratio and a high resolution, which results in 403 ppi. It ensures a perfectly sharp and contrast image. I hand no reasons to complain about brightness, readability angles and the responsiveness. Problems occur only when looking at the screen through glasses with a polarizing filter – when we are holding the smartphone vertically, the image is dimmed, in the horizontal position there are no problems.

Of course there is the notch, that is an element with a debatable aesthetics. Though it is slightly less debatable than the one in Mi 8, because it is not as wide. Unfortunately, just like in Mi 8, notifications icons are not shown next to the notch. In order to see what new is going on in our apps, we need to slide down the shortcuts and notifications bar. The notch can be hidden, but I must say this – the black area around the notch is bigger than it should – it goes around 2 mm below the notch.


The notifications LED placed above the speaker is a small comfort. Besides the speaker for calls and notifications LED mentioned before, the notch stores the front camera and basic sensors.

The back panel is covered with a 2.5D glass, and the finish is the top notch. Of course it makes the phone incredibly slick and it instantly catches all dirt. The manufacturer has prepared a few colours versions – next to the traditional black we have gradients – it offers gold-red and blue-purple ones. The review model is in the black colour, but it gives interesting, grey reflexes. Apart from printed markings and the manufacturer’s logo on the back of Mi 8 Lite there is a fingerprint scanner and a dual camera with a LED flash.

Let us start from the scanner – it works fast and precise, I had almost no problems with unlocking the phone – and in addition it can serve as a trigger for the camera shutter. It is placed where our index finger rests naturally, though it would have been great if the scanner had been placed slightly lower than the housing. It is almost on the same level as the glass panel and it is sometimes hard to feel it. The camera on the other hand is placed in a module with a horizontal orientation – and this one stands too high above the housing. But when we will dress the smartphone in the etui from the set, the situation becomes much better – the convex camera disappears, and the fingerprint scanner goes deeper. The etui helps protecting the glass panels from any damage, it keeps the device clean and it prevents it from sliding on all surfaces.


Edges are made from metal (sometimes intersected with antennas), comfortably profiled and they have all elements necessary for proper usage of the phone. On the lower edge there is a USB type C socket with the speaker on the right and a second row of holes, which ensures a symmetrical looks and hide the microphone. On the upper one – there is only the hole of the additional microphone. On the right there are volume and power/lock buttons – they are on an appropriate height and they have a nice “click”. On the left there is only the tray for SIM (in the nano size) and microSD cards – in the hybrid solution.

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