Battery & Charger

When we first reviewed the Mi A2, we highlighted that the 3,000mAh battery in that phone just isn’t enough for the power hungry Snapdragon 660. Xiaomi listened and improved, but not by much. The Mi 8 Lite only has a 3,350mAh battery – still bigger than the Mi A2’s battery, but not really sufficient.

Take a look at our battery benchmark to know what we mean.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite battery life benchmark

3,350mAh is more in the “meh” territory when it comes to battery life. Should’ve gone for something like 3,700mAh at least.

Charger

The Mi 8 Lite comes with a standard 5V 2A charger which is the bare minimum when it comes to bundled smartphone chargers these days. Here is the charging curve of the Mi 8 Lite.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite battery charging graph

Takes around half an hour to reach 50% battery, and a total of 52 minutes to reach 75% battery. This is the limitation of 5V 2A chargers – they’re actually quite slow in today’s standard.