Someone might think this Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is yet another mid-range smartphone of the Chinese company, given the growing number of devices we have witnessed this year, but he actually stands out for design, really beautiful thanks to a gradient coloring, in our case Aurora Blue but also one hardware that should not be underestimated to meet everyone's needs. So we just have to find out Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite in our full review.
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Already from the pack we realize that we have in our hands a special device, unique because Xiaomi has equipped Mi 8 Lite of a super colored sales box that stands out and immediately makes me want to open it, finding inside:
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
- Mains power supply with European socket and 5V / 2A output
- USB Type-C charging and data transfer cable
- Soft transparent silicone cover, which is thinner than the company has with other devices
- Clip for removing the SIM tray
- Multilanguage user manual and warranty booklet
- Adapter Type-C to Jack 3,5 mm
And given the preface that we have done, we can only start this review with the design of Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, one of the strengths of the smartphone that is proposed to the general public with one combination of glass and aluminum characterized by colors worthy of a modern work of art and 2.5D machining. In fact, the back made in mirrored glass stands out in the Aurora Blue color with gradients ranging from violet to deep blue and that in reflection with light create striking color plays. Perhaps the originality is not a hallmark of this terminal, but if the inspiration to other rival models has made Xiaomi churning out a device like that, then it is well to be flicked.
That said, the suggestive colored back is interrupted by the insertion of a fingerprint sensor almost flush with the body and one dual horizontal camera slightly protruding accompanied by a LED single tone flash. The protrusion of the camera, if you do not use the back cover provided, will create discomfort when using the smartphone on a flat surface only when you press the top left of the display while for what concerns the fingerprint sensor as usual proved to be reliable, precise and fast in unlocking also allowing special functions such as blocking access to certain applications or photo shooting.
I profiles running along Mi 8 Lite are made of plastic colored blue, which for the period when I used the smartphone seems to have resisted the color and scratches, but only time will give the right answer to the effective resistance of colored material, even if the advice is to use the back cover supplied that increases the grip of the phone because the material used is slightly slippery, eliminates the slight problem of the protrusion of the camera and above all protects the device perfectly. Returning to the profiles, on them we find on the left side the trolley of the SIMs able to host two SIM cards in nano format or 1 SIM and a micro SD card for memory expansion with support up to 256 GB, provided you give up the Dual SIM Dual Standby functionality.
On the right there are the volume rocker and the power button while on the upper profile we find in absolute solitude only the second microphone for the reduction of environmental noise, therefore no jack from 3,5 mm e no IR transmitter. Too bad for the latter. On the bottom there is a double symmetrical grid at the entrance Type-C with OTG support, to whose left we find the main microphone while on the right it mono speaker.
And before telling you about the rest, I'll briefly mention the ergonomics of the smartphone, which thanks to dimensions equal to 156,4 75,8 x x 7,5 mm and a weight of 169 grams, distributed harmoniously over the entire body, make Mi 8 Lite one of the best smartphones that I have held in my hand. I've always been able to use it in one hand even in extreme situations, like in a car, and I have to say that I've never had to complain if not at oleophobic level both on the front and on the back, because Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite gets dirty just looking at it.
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Let's go back to the bomb on the mono type system speaker, but since well balanced sound and very generous volume without distorting the sound which overall has satisfied me for most of the multimedia situations, such as listening to music or video. And I also immediately talk about the network connectivity that Mi 8 Lite offers, which boasts the full support for the B20 band at 800 MHz, with possibility to use the function Dual 4G but especially of hook the 4G + signal, which should not be underestimated in the price range to which the telephone is placed. Excellent sound even in capsule and lightning signal reception: just think that during the journey from home-work the cellular signal undergoes considerable variations, ranging from 2G to 4G + and I've never had problems of stalling or difficulty in coupling cells. I would dare to say that Mi 8 Lite is one of the best reception-level smartphones I've ever tried.
But we finish the overview linked to the design, which on the front offers a panel from 6,26 inches marked by the notch (smaller than 45% compared to the solutions adopted by the Mi 8 series), inside which the capsule is contained, a small monochromatic notification LED (white), the brightness and proximity sensors and the selfie camera. The display from 6,26 inch is IPS LCD type with resolution Full HD + (2280 x 1080 pixels) format 19:9 and if compared to the price is another strong point of Mi 8 Lite (403 PPI, 1500 contrast: 1). Nyou were of excellent quality, perfectly managed contrasts and faithful color reproduction, with the possibility at the software level to calibrate the temperature and contrasts. In short, with Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is a pleasure to enjoy multimedia content. In addition we have the possibility to take advantage of the reading mode or enable the double-touch gesture to activate the screen or that of the lift. Finally good visibility under the light thanks to an anti-reflection treatment. The only defects found are a incorrect polarization of the panel and the lack of support for high definition streaming content, because The Google Widevine DRM certificate is of the 3 level.
As I mentioned, Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite adopts the notch, which is decidedly more content respect the Mi 8 series, and then aesthetically gives even more elegance to the terminal. Even in this case though the problem of displaying notifications remainsbut apparently future updates to the MIUI 10 seem to want to eliminate this burden. But it does not matter, because just get used to it and then if users of the bitten apple do not complain after spending 1000 euro why should we do that we have spent 4 times less? (cynicism or provocation?)
Ok, Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is undoubtedly beautiful to see but then how it behaves in everyday life, in short, is the saying nice and stupid? The answer is no, as Mi 8 Lite offers a respectable hardware that consists of one Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 CPU Octacore to 2.2 GHz clock to which the GPU Adreno 512 @650MHz, 6 GB of LPDDR4X dual channel RAM and 128 GB of internal storage expandable eMMC type 5.1. At the benchmark level you do not get dizzy scores, but I assure you that during the use of every day the difference between him and a top of the range is not even noticed. In situations of stress, the terminal reacts well, always offering a system fluidity up to expectations without ever overheating. A praise should certainly be made to Xiaomi for the optimization of the software on this Mi 8 Lite, surprising for speed and fluidity, overcoming many devices of the competition.
When I received the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite I found the classic MIUI 9.6 basic, which in our case was the Global Stable 18.104.22.168 version with 01 security patch 2018 September. During my week of testing I received an update, which however only brought about an improvement in system stability and overall performance. But just 24 hours before this review, with my surprise sum the MIUI 10 in Global Stable version has also reached my device by updating to the 10.0.3.0 version with 01 October 2018 security patch, improving even more the fluidity and general stability of the system, and even if there is not yet a solution to the notifications in the "horns" of the display, however, it is possible to view at least the percentage of the battery. So it is useless to talk about it because now we know it as our pockets, but it is right to point out that we already find the Italian language, Play Store and Google services fully functional, then a phone ready to use without having to go crazy with flash ROM or other, but the however, it is advisable to unlock the boot loader, given the waiting times that are required.
So let's talk about the rest of the hardware that consists of a Dual bandwidth 802.11a / b / g / n / ac WiFi (2.4 / 5.0 GHz) with support for WiFi Direct and WiFi display, Bluetooth 5.0 e GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / BeiDou from the quick fix. And if Bluetooth behaved perfectly with the various gadgets associated, what was surprising was the GPS that spanne it seemed to me even more precise than that of Mi 8, which boasts Dual GPS technology. Absent instead NFC and Radio FM.
And not even the autonomy of Mi 8 Lite that during standby obtains consumption almost insignificant. There battery from 3350 mAh combined with low CPU consumption offers very good performance, always taking us to the end of the day. And if you follow my reviews you know how I think about the hours of active screen, a value susceptible to many variables, which in my case are composed of consumption resulting mostly from the function of WiFi hotspot. As an example, however, I can tell you that in a day of medium-intense use I arrived in the evening with about 30% of remaining charge and about 4 hours of active screen. Finally I report the Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge support.
And finally, we come to the photographic section of this Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, one of the points on which many evaluations await, compared to the best buy Redmi Note 5 Pro. And then I start by listing the sensors of the dual rear cameramain optics hosts the Sony IMX363 from 12 megapixel, pixel width from 1,4μm and aperture f/ 1.9 to which a second sensor Samsung S5K5E8 from 5 megapixel, pixel width from 1,12 μm and aperture f/ 2.2, with specific depth data collection function to offer a bokeh effect with a more than satisfactory result.
On the front instead Xiaomi wanted to aim a lot, offering one camera sefie equipped with Sony IMX576 sensor from 24 megapixel equipped 4 Super Pixel technology in 1 with pixel width from 1,8μm and aperture f/ 2.2. For both rooms, rear and front, we have available the AI technology that once active it is able to recognize the scene or the framed subject and set automatically the best shooting parameters. The rendering of the photos in daytime is definitely valid, full of details and good representation of the colors. The bokeh effect that you get from both rooms is very good and for photos taken with the back room, if there is a face, we can also apply 3D light effects, while for all other photos we can apply effects on the blurred.
AI mode is not too invasive and often helps us take a better picture, a really convenient option for those not accustomed to photography. We can not define Mi 8 Lite as a camera phone, but to answer the initial question, surely the difference with the photo area of Redmi Note 5 Pro is seen and also a lot.
At the video level we have the chance to shoot some Time Lapse and Slow Motion, while for the normal shot we can get up to the resolution 4K is 30fps, or choose the mode 1080p to 60fps ma with the Full HD resolution at 30fps we can take advantage of the EIS digital stabilizer which seems to perform his work in an excellent way. The focus is really fast and the change of focus does not seem to be affected by any problem, resulting fast and smooth in the exchange. Even the audio captured by the videos seemed to me of good quality. In short, the video and photo side Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite convinces. Finally, at the software level, the presence of theAutomatic HDR both on the back camera and on that selfie, the latter able to capture videos in Full HD at 30fps. Also present a series of filters to apply to the photos in real time, manual mode (albeit limited to a few parameters), panorama mode and finally for the selfie camera the ability to take advantage of the screen as a flash for night shots.
But the front room amazed me especially for the Unlock Face supportthat believe me guys happens perfectly even in situations of absolute darkness, like Mi 8, although in this case the IR camera dedicated to this function is absent. The unlocking times proved to be quite rapid, not lightning, but absolutely performing the performance of the function that was able to unlock 10 times on 10.
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During the unboxing video of the terminal I stated that this terminal could have ousted the best buy title at Redmi Note 5 Pro and so it turned out. Mi 8 Lite in my opinion is a balanced smartphone, stunning aesthetically and complimented on a performance level. There are many points in favor of this terminal, such as autonomy, display, aesthetics, general and photographic performances. A future update of the MIUI 10 can only improve the already excellent judgment of this device that has absolutely nothing to envy to high-end models. General fluidity and speed combined with daily reliability (I've never encountered lag or jamming) are already very good reasons to recommend it to the vast majority of users who can take home a device that will not disappoint even in a few years . So if you are convinced of the purchase you can do it through the store Gearbest.com or follow the offers that we offer on our daily basis Telegram channel.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has all the credentials to be called a best buy. From its has everything that one can search in a smartphone without disappointing in any aspect analyzed. Excellent autonomy, breath-taking design and top-of-the-range performance. Mi 8 Lite of "Lite" has only the price.
- DESIGN AND MATERIALS
- USER EXPERIENCE
- UNLOCK FACE ALSO IN THE DARK
- QUICK AND PRECISE GPS
- WRONG POLARIZATION SCREEN
- JACK ABSENCE FROM 3.5 MM
- ABS IR TRANSMITTER