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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
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By: Jolanta Szczepaniak

The new king of the middle-price shelf?

Sound

The single speaker placed on the lower edge is responsible for the sound. It plays surprisingly well – it is clear and loud enough – some distortions appear only in the upper volume scale. It sound even slightly better than Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, which I have reviewed at the end of August. It will work while watching movies and series or while gaming, but it might not be enough for those who are sensitive to the sound quality.

I do not enjoy the lack of the minijack – as a compensation the manufacturer add an adapter to the set, thanks to which we can plug-in earphones with a minijack. Of course we can always use the Bluetooth module and wireless earphones.


Photos and video

Up to this moment Xiaomi’s smartphones where known from many things, but not for their good cameras. Now the manufacturer is trying to change this. In Mi 8 Lite there is a 12-megapixel main camera with the Sony IMX363 sensor with the f/1.9 brightness. There is the Dual Pixel as well, which is being used for faster focusing. The second matrix offers only 5 megapixels and an f/2.2 brightness – and it is meant for measuring the depth of field. There is an AI system for recognizing scenes and adjusting appropriate parameters for the photo as well.

The camera app is friendly and it has many modes, through which we can switch by swiping our finger through the screen:

  • Short video,
  • Video,
  • Photo (auto mode, with HDR in the auto mode, support for AI and colours effects),
  • Portrait,
  • Square,
  • Panorama,
  • Manual mode (with the possibility to set the white balance, focus, sharpness, opening the shutter and ISO).

The photo’s quality is really satisfying. They have good dynamics and natural colours, they are neither under nor overexposed. Of course when we are talking about daylight or a well-lighted room. In night shots it will not be as good – but this is normal in this price shelf. There are some noises and photos lack details, especially at night – but I still think that for a middle-price shelf model Mi 8 Lite works really good. You can see photography results below (photos in the full resolution can be found here):


The camera allows video recording with a maximum quality of 4K. There is a FullHD mode 60 frames per second and the slow-motion mode, in which the video can be record in 720p (with 240 frames per second) or in 1080p (with 120 frames per second). If we would like to use optical image stabilization, then it is worth setting Full HD with 30 frames per second.

Mi 8 Lite has a good main camera, but we should really take a look at the selfie one. This is a 24-megapixel Sony IMX576 camera with an f/2.2 lens. And software solutions that are supposed to brighten the face and add beautifying effects. In the portrait mode the smartphone tries to separate the background from the photographed person. After all the smartphone is intended for younger users, so we should not be surprised that the selfie feature is so important. And here are effects of its work:


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