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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Unboxing and First Impressions

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is part of the latest smartphones from Xiaomi that were launched recently, together with the Mi 8 Pro and Mi Mix 3, which are now available locally. The Mi8 Lite can be considered a budget flagship Android smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite comes with flagship features but at an affordable price. Xiaomi Philippines was kind enough to give us a review unit to test. Here are our unboxing and first impressions of this potential contender in the mid-range segment.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Specs

Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI
6.26-inch Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D Curved Glass Display (2280×1080 resolution) at 400ppi
2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor
Adreno 512 GPU
64GB internal storage
Expandable up to 256GB with microSD
12 MP + 5 MP dual rear cameras, LED flash / AI scene detection
24 MP selfie camera
Dual SIM, Dual Standby (Hybrid)
Fingerprint scanner
Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0
USB Type-C
169 g
3,350mAh battery
Colors: Sunset Gold, Midnight Black, and Aurora Blue

Unboxing the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
The Mi 8 Lite comes in a pink and purple gradient-designed box with a big Eight Lite at the front. Opening the box, it includes the Mi 8 Lite device, USB Type-C cable, 5W power charger, SIM ejector tool, user manual, free jelly case, and Type-C audio adapter. Sadly, the package does not come with a headset.

Design and Display
Now let me talk about the design. The MI 8 Lite comes with a gradient design with 2.5D glass at the back. In terms of form factor, it's similar to the OPPO F9, it's easy to hold but tends to slip on my hands easily because of the glass cover. Good thing it comes with a jelly case.

At the back is the dual main camera, LED flash, and fingerprint scanner with company branding.

To the front is the sharp-looking 6.26-inch Full HD+ 19:9 2.5D Curved Glass Display with its huge notch at the top, where the selfie camera and other sensors are placed.

There is a microphone at the top, now on the right side are the power button and the volume rocker, while on the left is the hybrid SIM/microSD card tray.

Going to the bottom of the Mi 8 Lite are the Type-C connector, speaker grille, and microphone. There is no 3.5mm audio jack, hence the included Type-C audio adapter that can be used if you want to use your wired headset. But you can always use Bluetooth earphones, which is so convenient.

The Mi 8 Lite is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE (artificial intelligence engine) chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a 3,350mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Not bad for a smartphone that is priced below the ₱15k mark.

Out of the box, it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI, which is Xiaomi’s own custom user interface. The MIUI 9.6.5 comes with a clean look and simple interface, it's easy to use, and the app icon animation looks really cool.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Cameras
This device is equipped with a Sony 24-megapixel selfie camera with 1.8μm large pixels capable of AI scene detection and AI light adjustment.

There’s a dual rear camera setup at the back, which consists of a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.9 aperture lens and a 5-megapixel secondary camera sensor.

Some of our first camera shots using the Mi 8 Lite camera look amazing, and the AI works well in identifying the subject and automatically applying the correct filter.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is priced at ₱13,990 (4GB + 64GB version) and ₱16,990 (6GB + 128GB version). It's now available at the Xiaomi official store via Lazada and Shopee and will soon follow at the retail stores in Trinoma, Megamall, SM North Annex, and Gateway Mall.

Stay tuned for our upcoming full in-depth review of the Mi 8 Lite!
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