It is true that it is impossible to underestimate Xiaomi's "good" ability. Although there have been three versions of Mi 8 including regular Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition and Mi 8 SE, this Chinese phone company still has two more variants: Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite. This brought the total number of Mi 8 members to 5, and turned it into the most version of Xiaomi series ever.
In particular, Mi 8 Lite, the "main character" in this review is the youngest with the lowest configuration and price, but surely this smartphone will not be easily "bullied", especially compared to other products. products at a price of 280usd.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite officially released from the beginning of November with two colors blue and black, the price is 250usd for 4GB + 64GB memory version and 7.49 million VND for 6GB and 128GB memory versions. The product in VnReview's review today is a dream blue version of RAM / ROM capacity of 4GB / 64GB.
The design is noticeable with a strange colored back face, a thin body
In addition to "rabbit ears", the design with the back color effect (gradient) is becoming the biggest trend in the smartphone market in 2018 or at least this is what Chinese smartphone companies are trying to do. . The transition effect is a combination of two or more different colors, softly transitioning from one color to another without interruption, creating a feeling of joy, more prominent than other monochromatic colors. .
Xiaomi must not want to stand outside any movement and the color transition effect is no exception. Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro are the first two "Minor" smartphones designed with colored backs, but that doesn't mean they are "immature." Mi 8 Lite's dreamy blue will definitely make you remember the twilight (twilight) of the Huawei P20 launched earlier this year. This is also a smartphone marking the "makeover" of Xiaomi's design in the mid-range segment, after dozens of products with boring backs.
The machine has a gradient-colored back face that is quite similar to the Huawei P20 Pro or Huawei Nova 3i
According to the writer's preferences, blue dreaming is the most beautiful of the 2 color options of Mi 8 Lite today (blue and black). Mi 8 Lite's black color looks a bit monotonous but the dreamy blue is different, it is a mixture of blue and purple that makes the product stand out when held in hand.
The back of the glass ball with the strange colors helps Mi 8 Lite to catch attention
However, Mi 8 Lite's glass face is very clinging to sweat and fingerprints, and the dreamy blue makes it even more noticeable. Just holding the phone for about 5 minutes to check email and Facebook messages, the back of Mi 8 Lite has been covered with smudges. Users will constantly have to clean up to keep the aesthetic for the machine, or buy a transparent back cover that is different, because the plastic back cover that Xiaomi gives in the box is also quite cling to fingerprints.
Seems to be "boring" rotating along the camera like the iPhone X and many Xiaomi phones recently, Mi 8 Lite's dual camera cluster is laid back horizontally like Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A machines along with a flash LED on the side edge. In the middle of the back is a one-touch fingerprint sensor.
Mi 8 Lite's dual camera is rotated horizontally, next to the flash and the bottom is a fingerprint sensor
The front of Mi 8 Lite is a 6.26-inch IPS LCD screen with "rabbit ears". So, even though it's a "Lite" version, the Mi 8 Lite is the device with the largest screen size of the 5 brothers. "Rabbit ears" of Mi 8 Lite is quite compact, just enough to contain selfie camera, voice speaker, sensor and LED notification light, helping the device have screen / front ratio of 82.5%, only slightly inferior compared with Mi 8 Pro, Super AMOLED screen (83.8%). However, the "chin" of Mi 8 Lite is still quite thick and due to the cheap version, Mi 8 Lite is not integrated with face detection technology by infrared.
Mi 8 Lite rabbit ears are quite compact, enough room for voice speakers, light sensors, front camera and LED notification lights.
The chin is still relatively thick
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite aluminum frame is coated with a glossy blue paint that looks pretty eye-catching, but it also clings fingerprints and sweat like the back and it is unclear how durable this paint layer will be when used in time. long. The left edge of the machine only has sim hybrid slot (2 sim nano or 1 sim + 1 microSD card), while the right side is two volume up and down keys and power key. The top of the machine only has mic hole, no infrared port to control household appliances like some other phones of Xiaomi.
Mi 8 Lite's hybrid sim slot
The Mi 8 Lite aluminum frame is covered with eye-catching blue glossy paint but cling to fingerprints
The bottom edge of Mi 8 Lite has a balanced design, good finishing. Mi 8 Lite's speaker is just a single speaker, and it doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone port.
Bottom edge of Mi 8 Lite is designed in balance, but only one external speaker but Xiaomi still punched a hole hole on the left to create aesthetics. In the center is the USB type C connector and charging port. Xiaomi has removed the 3.5mm headphone port on Mi 8 Lite, the company included a converter cable from 3.5mm to USB type C.
Mi 8 Lite gives a good sense of design with high finish, metal frame material, glass back cover
Overall, Mi 8 Lite's finish is good, the ports and the interface between the screen and the chassis have no extra detail. The 6.26-inch screen size is not really a big obstacle, especially for those with big hands like the writer. The biggest advantage in the Mi 8 Lite design is the sturdy metal frame, the slim body, the screen border is quite compact and the back with eye-catching color transition effect.
Quality display screen is quite good, average external speaker
With a 6.26-inch IPS LCD screen with FullHD + resolution (2280x1080 pixels), 19: 9 aspect ratio, 403 ppi pixel density, Mi 8 Lite for crisp image quality, no phenomena pitting and not losing too much contrast when looking sideways. The screen shows neutral colors, quite clear and wide viewing angles. However, the maximum brightness of the screen is moderate, enough to be used only when it is dim or under the shade. You will have a bit of trouble if the sun is too intense.
On this phone, Xiaomi continues to include color mode options (default, warm and cold) and different contrast (auto, contrast and standard enhancement). Depending on your needs, you can choose the corresponding color mode. For example, when you need to read a lot of text to prevent eye strain, you can choose the default color mode and standard contrast to reduce blue light as well as maintain contrast stability.
With a 19: 9 aspect ratio, the screen can fully display YouTube videos (usually with a 16: 9 aspect ratio) without getting stuck in the rabbit ears. In most other applications, Xiaomi also handles the software quite well, the most notable case is probably PUBG Mobile, when the black groove will mask some of the game's display content. Xiaomi has integrated the ability to hide rabbit ears, but doing so will cause the upper border to become significantly thicker, and the black color of the LCD screen is not enough to hide it completely.
For some less optimized games, such as PUBG Mobile, the rabbit ears will cover part of the content.
The large 6.26-inch screen gives a good entertainment experience, but the sound quality is inadequate.
However, external speakers in particular and sound quality in general are not the bright spot of Mi 8 Lite. The volume of both speakerphone and headphone is small. The writer has to put the volume above the recommended level to hear enough and the sound quality is nothing special. The offering of Xiaomi with a cable to transfer headphones from 3.5mm to Type-C is a welcome thing, helping you take advantage of high quality headphones if available. Keep in mind that the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR with expensive prices are many times not included with Apple with this type of transfer cable, forcing new iPhone and iPad users to spend extra money for up to 9 USD ( about 200 thousand VND).
The software is still just MIUI 9
Main interface of MIUI 9.6.4 on Mi 8 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite currently runs Android 8.1 software with MIUI interface 9.6.4 Global. Reportedly, MIUI 10 update process for Mi 8 Lite has occurred, and this update has been moved down to the end of November. However, this is not really anything sad because many Xiaomi users complained complaining that MIUI 10 version has many flaws, heater and unstable battery life.
You can choose between using the traditional virtual keys and using navigation gestures. With a large 6.26-inch screen, navigational gestures are significantly more convenient to use.
Face detection on Mi 8 Lite
Mi 8 Lite is not equipped with infrared face unlock system like the Mi 8 Pro, but the speed of unlocking with the front camera is still very fast. When I press the power key to turn on the phone, the lock screen has not been displayed yet, the phone has been unlocked, quite convenient in case you cannot unlock it with fingerprint. Tested in an extremely light environment, Mi 8 Lite still recognizes the face only with the light emitted from the screen even though the number of successes is lower, about 40-50%.
However, Xiaomi warned the face security system could be fooled by 2D snapshots. The author has experimented with a selfie photo posted on Facebook and in some cases, the device still identifies and unlocks, so users need to consider when choosing this security method.
Left, basically, MIUI on Mi 8 Lite is no different than other Xiaomi machines. However, the version that the writer experiences still has some minor errors, such as no button to clean the entire application running in the multitasking interface, but to manually swipe each application or occasionally application lag when escaping.
Multitasking screen MIUI 9.6.4 on Mi 8 Lite.
Agile performance, "delicious weight" heavy game
In terms of performance, the lowest configuration variant in the Mi 8, Mi 8 Lite series is equipped with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial Intelligence Engine) optimized for AI processing tasks, Adreno 512 GPU with three options Memory includes 4GB RAM / 64GB internal memory, 6GB RAM / 64GB internal memory and 6GB RAM / 128GB internal memory. The genuine version sold in Vietnam is 4GB of RAM / 64GB of internal memory and is also the version I use in this article.
The Snapdragon 660 on Mi 8 Lite has 4 high-performance Kryo 260 clocked 2.2GHz cores and 4 energy-efficient 1.8GHz Kryo cores. This chip has a 20% higher performance than the Snapdragon 636 and is 79% higher than the Snapdragon 625. Not only that, compared to Exynos 7885 on some of Samsung's high-end segmented devices, Snapdragon 660 also gives 21% more powerful performance. 4GB RAM is more than enough to meet the usual multitasking needs, and if you are not satisfied with 64GB of internal memory, you can still expand the storage capacity with the microSD card when the Mi 8 Lite supports up to 512GB card. .
In actual use, Mi 8 Lite for fast, smooth processing speed when opening applications, waiting time when downloading games or processing images is not too long to wait. The Adreno 512 GPU can easily "weigh" lightweight titles like Lien Quan Mobile or CrossFire Legends without problems. In the two "heavier" titles than Dead Trigger 2 and PUBG Mobile, Mi 8 Lite still satisfies the writer's expectations very well.
Experimenting with Mobile Naval game at the highest graphic setting, Mi 8 Lite still maintains a maximum FPS of 60 with 85% stability.
Dead Trigger 2 could not be difficult to get Mi 8 Lite, when the machine maintained an average FPS of 59 FPS despite the highest graphics setting with stability of 81%.
With PUBG Mobile, the game is locked at 30FPS. Setting up the highest configuration, turning on anti-aliasing, Mi 8 Lite can still maintain 30FPS with 98% stability, even though the player's game board lasts for nearly 30 minutes and the machine is hot significant.
On the performance measurement application, Mi 8 Lite also achieved the same score with other products in the mid-range segment. Can't expect Mi 8 Lite to have breakthrough performance like the Pocophone F1, but it will certainly be enough for you to be satisfied with the money.
AnTutu score evaluates overall performance
Score GeekBench measures CPU single-core and multi-core processing performance
Manhattan test article on GFXBench application measures GPU's graphics processing performance at true screen resolution (onscreen) and Full-HD (offscreen) default resolution.
The battery life is quite good, enough for one day with moderate intensity
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite's Li-Po battery has a capacity of 3,350 mAh, only 50 mAh smaller than the Mi 8 and larger than the other three brothers. Through some familiar tests of VnReview, Mi 8 Lite has a fairly good battery life, on par with the same range machines. The movie player is continuously 10 hours 42 minutes, playing games continuously for 4 hours 54 minutes.
Time to watch HD movies copied to the machine at brightness and volume of 70%, from when the battery is full until 10% is stopped.
Time to play the game, also calculated from when the battery is full to 10%, then stop.
Use Mi 8 Lite as the main unit for a few days from 6am, with 4G / Wi-Fi connection always on, main tasks include surfing the web, Facebook, watching Youtube, sometimes playing light games and listening to music to entertainment, the machine still responds well to a working day. Arriving at home at around 6pm, Mi 8 Lite will have about 1/3 of the battery, and if you use "throttle" until you are exhausted, the writer can use the machine until you go to bed at 11pm and plug in. Overnight charging to wake up in the morning can continue to use for the new day. Of course, the writer does not encourage readers to use the device to the point of depleting the battery as this may affect the battery life.
According to AccuBattery's data, Mi 8 Lite can be on-screen about 7 hours 44 minutes, with mixed usage time of 40 hours 15 minutes. In standby mode, the device consumes about 0.8% per hour when 4G / Wi-Fi is turned on continuously to receive notifications from applications.
Mi 8 Lite integrates Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology, but the charger that comes with the device is just a regular charger with a 5V-2A output, 10W power. If you want to charge quickly, you need to spend more money to support charging. Mi 8 Lite also has no wireless charger.
Camera with good quality, AI and automatic mode is less different
Today, cameras are considered to be one of the most important components that have a decisive factor for consumers to choose to buy smartphones. And before that, the camera has always been the "sustainable weak point" of Xiaomi products, especially the cheap and mid-range products. However, since the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 launched earlier in the year until recent mid-range products, the camera on Xiaomi smartphone is no longer worth receiving "stone bricks" as before.
With Mi 8 Lite, the device is equipped with dual camera system in the back including main camera with 12MP resolution, aperture f / 1.9, 1.4µm pixel size and integrated dual-pixel dual-phase technology with secondary camera 5MP depth sensor, aperture f / 2.0. According to Xiaomi, both cameras use Sony's IMX363 sensor. Its front camera has 24MP resolution, 0.9µm pixel size, f / 2.2 aperture. It also supports the feature of taking selfie deleting fonts even with only 1 camera.
Camera application interface on Mi 8 Lite.
Xiaomi's camera interface is quite similar to the iPhone and many other companies, when horizontal rotation will have one side is the shooting mode and one side is the on / off options HDR, flash, AI, effects, ...
Following the current AI camera trend, Mi 8 Lite supports automatic adjustment of camera parameters based on context. The machine will automatically detect scenes such as shooting food, animals, portraits and optimizing colors, sharpness ... The advantage of Mi 8 Lite compared to many other AI-enabled smartphones is that it allows to turn on or turn off the computer. This feature. Thus, if you do not like the way of adjusting AI, you can turn it off to take the initiative to take your own discretion. In addition, Mi 8 Lite camera has support for beauty with AI Smart Beauty technology for both photos and videos.
In many cases, photos taken on and off AI on Mi 8 Lite do not have too much difference. However, some food shooting situations or some sky landscapes, AI images are pushed up colors look fresh, flatter than the automatic mode.
In terms of quality, photos taken in sufficient conditions of the Mi 8 Lite daylight are quite detailed, good contrast, bright bands in the average. HDR mode significantly improves the light band of the image as well as the separation between dark light areas. Frame rate in HDR mode is quite fast, without ghosting effect with moving subjects like on the Redmi Note 6 Pro
When shooting in AI mode, the color of the cake is pushed to look more eye-catching.
The photo on AI (right) has a bright color and the sky is a bit greener than the photo with AI turned off (left)
Thanks to the large 1.4-micron pixel-sized sensor and the Dual Pixel PDAF dual-focus technology, Mi 8 Lite is capable of good low-light shooting. Photos reproduce natural colors, brightness and fine details, HDR mode proved very effective in images taken in bright conditions or complex light sources. In extremely low light conditions, Mi 8 Lite pushes the image's light up quite a lot, accepting noise. However, the device catches a bit slow when shooting in low light and AI handles dark images not as good as day.
The quality of the fonts removed by Mi 8 Lite can be said to be good in the price range. In sufficiently bright conditions, the machine clearly separates the subject from the background, the background is erased, and is less susceptible to the main object. It allows to remove fonts in real time - that is, you just need to raise the device to the subject, the camera will recognize and delete the fonts themselves, instead of taking a new shot to process the image. Of course, after shooting, you can still adjust blur blur as well as bokeh effects like a Samsung phone. However, when shooting fonts in low-light or complicated lighting conditions, Mi 8 Lite "breathless" clearly. Photos with low definition, broken, blur are quite obvious.
It supports the most optimal font removal at a distance of 2 meters. When shooting, when the optimal distance is reached, the camera interface will show the font deletion. However, with the close-up shots, the device still erases the font quite well like the bread image above.
Mi 8 Lite's selfie camera has a high resolution, up to 24MP, the highest in current Xiaomi phones. The image quality in the environment is good enough: many details, natural colors and wide angles. Like the rear dual camera cluster, Mi 8 Lite's selfie camera also supports capturing real-time fonts even if it is a single camera. In a bright enough environment, the image erased the font quite well, though sometimes it was slightly flickered into the hair. In the absence of light, the subject's contour of the image such as the hair and shoulders patterns is more susceptible to lightening. Unlike the rear camera, the image deleting fonts from the front camera does not adjust the level of font deletion, probably because the previous camera has only one camera.
It can be said, Mi 8 Lite is an interesting device. Although the youngest of 5 brothers Mi 8, Mi 8 Lite still has its own advantages such as big screen, pretty battery, agile performance, very good photography and especially metal frame design. glasses with back face have strange color transfer effect.
If you compare funny, Mi 8 Lite is like a youngest sister in a large family, you need to affirm your own value and voice to be recognized by everyone. Of course, this smartphone still has a few minus points such as the latest version, the small volume speaker and the AI camera are not really different but considering the current genuine price of VND 7 million, this is clearly is a product worth considering, especially for those who like a product that is full of Xiaomi's unique advantages, it has an eye-catching design.
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