Intro

Let’s start from the beginning. Here we have the brand new Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite that was launched not too long ago. The Mi 8 Lite is – of course – within the Mi 8 family of smartphones – but aimed towards the mid-range market with a price to match.

The question here is this – is the Mi 8 Lite worth the price? What does the Mi 8 Lite has that separates itself from the sea of mid-range smartphones that are currently in the market now?

Let’s find out in this in-depth review of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite. We had to delay this review because while we’re finalizing the review, an update came and upgraded the Mi 8 Lite to MIUI 10. Hence, we’re redoing the entire review.

We’ll be comparing the Mi 8 Lite with the Xiaomi Mi A2 that we reviewed here since both of these phones are very similar in specs and price.

Unboxing

Upon first look, the Mi 8 Lite’s box is certainly eye-catching. This gradient color actually reflects the color of the Mi 8 Lite’s back – which we’ll get into later.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

At the back of the box is where the list of specs is found. Nothing particularly special here.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

Opening the lid reveals the accessories box first. We have seen a few smartphones that come in such a packaging hierarchy. The phone itself is underneath the accessories box.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

Digging out everything, we get a standard charger, a USB-C cable, a TPU case for the Mi 8 Lite, and the Mi 8 Lite itself alongside with some documentation. Also, we’re getting a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle here since the Mi 8 Lite does not have a headphone jack.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

In terms of contents of the packaging itself, it’s quite similar to the Mi A2.