Some time ago Xiaomi officially launched a middle class smartphone called Mi 8 Lite. This device has almost the same specifications as the Mi A2.
But the matter of design, the Mi 8 Lite is far better than the Mi A2. I fell in love when I first saw the rear body of the Mi 8 Lite that uses a blue-purple gradation with the name Aurora Blue.
The color gradation present on the Mi 8 Lite itself makes it look luxurious compared to the official Xiaomi smartphone that has been present. This time I also had the opportunity to use the device for several weeks.
To that end, for Gadgeters who are curious about the advantages, features, camera capabilities, or shortcomings of the Mi 8 Lite, you can view the following review article:
1. The design
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has a rear body made of metal coated with glass complete with shades of blue and purple that attract attention. Even I was able to reflect on the rear body.
The combination of glass and color gradation also makes this smartphone look attractive when exposed to light reflection. But due to the use of this glass coating also makes it slippery when held using one hand.
Even my fingerprints made it easy to touch when I touched the rear body glass. For this reason, I immediately used the additional case that Xiami provided in the sales package.
The metal frame embedded in this smartphone also makes it feel sturdy when in the grip. On the right side there are volume and power buttons arranged vertically.Turning to the left there is a SIM card and microSD slot in the form of Hybrid. In other words, I can pin 2 SIM cards without a microSD or one SIM card and one microSD at a time.
At the bottom there is a USB Type-C port that functions for battery charging and data transfer. The absence of a 3.5mm audio jack port, making the USB Type-C port also used to connect earphones or headphones with a smartph1.
But the conditions for these earphones or headphones are to use a USB Type-C port. Still at the bottom there are 2 speaker holes, but only the right speaker hole is what makes the sound. While the left hole is only decoration to make it look symmetrical.
Following the current trends, Xiaomi also pinned a 6.26-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD + resolution (2280 x 1080 pixels) and a 19: 9 ratio perspective that fills the front complete with bangs or notches similar to the iPhone X or Huawei P20 Pro.
But if the user doesn’t like this bangs, you can hide it by activating the Hide Notch feature in the Settings menu. Next, the bangs will be disguised by the black area at the top.
With the use of IPS LCD technology, it allows users to still be able to see images, videos, or games clearly up to a 178 degree angle. To keep the eye from blue ray radiation, Xiaomi has also embed the Reading Mode feature on the screen of this smartph1.
Of all, Xiaomi also favored the camera of the Mi 8 Lite because it already uses 2 12 MP back cameras + 5 MP, dual pixel Autofocus, and LED Flash that can produce bokeh photos (background blur) instantly and neatly.
While the front camera has a 24 MP resolution with a Sony IMX576 sensor and 4-in-1 Super Pixel technology that is capable of producing selfies and wefies with a smooth face.
Thanks to the help of artificial intelligence or Artificial intelligence (AI) that is embedded in the default camera application so that it can help users in producing good photos with scenes or scenes that have been adjusted.
By default, I was immediately confronted with Photo mode that uses AI when I first opened the default camera application. If the AI feature is activated, the smartphone will intelligently determine the exact scene when the photo will be taken.
Even when I use Portrait mode on the back camera, I can still edit the blur level in the background after the photo is taken. Meanwhile, the rear camera is also able to take videos with several modes, ranging from Beautify, Slow-motion, to Time-lapse.
To that end, for Gadgeters who are curious about the photo quality of the Mi 8 Lite camera, they can see the results of the photo as follows:
4. Rear Camera
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core chipset with 2.2 GHz speed with AIE (Artificial Intelligence Engine) and 14nm process technology so that its performance is powerful.
Even the Adreno 512 GPU that is present on the chipset is claimed by the Xiaomi to be able to process graphics well so that users can enjoy the game up to high graphics smoothly without lag.
In offsetting the Qualcomm chipset, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is also equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. If the user feels less internal capacity, he can directly add microSD.
To prove this performance, I also tried to run a variety of applications for daily activities on Mi 8 Lite ranging from Phone, SMS, Chat, social ne2rking, video, games, and music.
Mi 8 Lite is able to run applications multitasking smoothly without lag. Next, I tested it with several popular games, such as Garena Free Fire, Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor, and Final Fantasy Pocket Edition.
Mobile Legends and Arena of Valor can be run smoothly using high graphics and high frame rates. While Garena Free Fire, Arena of Valor, and Final Fantasy Pocket Edition can run smoothly with high graphics.
As usual, I also benchmarked the Mi 8 Lite by using AnTuTu and Geekbench. The result was unexpected because Mi 8 Lite received AnTuTu score reaching 143,668 points.
Though the average smartphone with Snapdragon 660 has an AnTuTu value ranging from 130 thousands to 138 thousands of points. Most likely, Xiaomi also embed features like Zenfone 5’s AI Boost on the Mi 8 Lite.
Even so, still Mi 8 Lite can smoothly run games and applications. Furthermore, the Mi 8 Lite also managed to get a score reaching 1,624 points for Single-core testing and 5,791 points for Multi-core testing. You could say the performance of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is reliable for running applications and playing games.
This smartphone is equipped with a battery that has a capacity of 3350 mAh and claimed by Xiaomi can last a long time because of the efficiency of the implanted artificial intelligence.
As proof, I run a variety of applications in everyday activities, ranging from SMS, chat, telephone, social ne2rking, occasional games, occasional videos, and occasional music. The result, the Mi 8 Lite can last for 16 hours from 100% to a 15% critical point.
Although this smartphone supports Quick Charge, but the default charger does not support because it only has an output of 5V / 2A so the speed is standard. But in its realistic testing, the Mi 8 Lite’s battery is able to charge for 1.8 hours – 2.2 hours from 0% to 100%. Based on information circulating on the internet, the Quick Charge feature of this smartphone can function when using a charger with an output of 5V / 4.5A.
The fingerprint sensor is still present on the back of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite making it easier for users to be able to unlock using only the fingerprint in a matter of seconds.
You could say this fingerprint sensor can quickly recognize my fingerprint when opening a smartph1. Furthermore, Mi 8 Lite allows 5 different fingerprints to be registered and recognized during the unlock process.
7. Face Unlock
As an alternative to fingerprints, Xiaomi has also pinned a Face Unlock feature on this smartphone that allows users to unlock using only their faces. Even artificial intelligence or AI that is present in this smartphone can improve the accuracy of face detection.
When I use it, Face Unlock can detect my face quickly. Even in low light conditions. Meanwhile, users can only register 1 face to recognize the Face Unlock feature.
8. MIUI 10
Initially the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite used MIUI 9.6, but Xiaomi itself has provided an official MIUI 10 update for this smartphone that can be downloaded via OTA (Over The Air).
MIUI 10 has an appearance similar to iOS, both in icons, brightness bars, volume bars, and animations so that it looks different than MIUI 9.6. Even MIUI 10 feels lighter and faster than MIUI 9.6.
MIUI 10 itself has a variety of features ranging from dual split multitasking that allows 2 applications to run at the same time on one screen, dual apps that allow there are 2 similar applications, to artificial intelligence or Artificial Intelligence (AI) for performance, camera, and endurance battery.
9. 3 finger screenshot
Although there are many smartphones that have a 3-finger screenshot feature, but the presence of MIUI 10 makes it easier for Mi 8 Lite users to take screenshots without holding the power button and volume down for a few seconds.
I myself feel that the 3-finger screenshot feature is very practical because it only needs to close 3 fingers which are then pulled from the top to the bottom of the screen so that I can take a screenshot in the specified area.
Mi 8 Lite is very advanced design that looks with the rear body that is made of metal coated with glass to make it look charming. Even the gradation of blue and purple colors of Aurora Blue present on the rear body gives the impression of luxury on this smartph1.
The matter of performance, Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is able to compete with smartphones in its class because it is able to run games and applications smoothly. Even I was satisfied when taking photos using the front and rear cameras of this smartph1.
Unfortunately, the Mi 8 Lite doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack port at all, so users must use earphones or headphones with USB Type-C or Bluetooth port connections that are more expensive.
But if the user wants a little hassle then he can use a USB Type-C converter cable to the 3.5mm audio jack port provided in the sales package. I think if the user has good earphones or headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack port it is better to use the converter instead of buying a new 1.
Furthermore, the glass-covered rear body makes this smartphone slippery when held and fingerprints stick easily. But this can still be overcome by using an additional jelly casing provided in the sales package.
You could say I’m satisfied using the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite in a few weeks, especially in terms of design, performance, and camera. In other words, this smartphone can be an attractive choice.