Design

This is where the Mi 8 Lite actually stands out from other smartphones in the market. It’s not entirely flashy or out of the ordinary in terms of design. However, the back is immediately eye-catching as it has this gradient effect.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
From blue to purple.

We’ve been seeing more and more smartphones with this gradient color effect for the past few months – and I think we’re only going to see more of it since more smartphones have gradient colors too.

The Mi 8 Lite we have here is in the Aurora Blue color, which has a color gradient that is dark blue at the top, and shifts to purple at the bottom. It is quite a subtle gradient, but noticeable for sure since it’s highly reflective.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

The geometry of the Mi 8 Lite is rather boxy, to be honest. Even though it does have a little roundness at the frame, the phone feels like the it’s using a rather big phone to be its foundation instead.

The Mi 8 Lite isn’t particularly nice to hold due to its boxy design – especially when using the phone one-handed with the included TPU case installed.

Speaking of the included TPU case, it’s actually quite decent in terms of quality. It is rather thick and yet flexible, provides enough protection for the overall phone and has the little dots inside the case as well.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

The only two concerns I have is the lack of a lip around the camera at the back and the case sits flat with the screen. These two issues make the rear-facing cameras and the screen to be scratched easily.

Even though the TPU case is a rather basic one, I recommend all users of the Mi 8 Lite to use case since the highly reflective back will give everyone an eyesore with fingerprints and potential scratches.