Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Lite, Mi 8 Pro: Which one to pick?
Xiaomi has beefed up their Mi 8 series by adding two new more variants — the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro. Now that we have three Mi 8 phones on the market, it’s time decide which device is perfect for you.
Here are their detailed specs:
|Specification||Xiaomi Mi 8||Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite||Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro|
|Display||6.21-inch FHD+ (2248 x 1080) Samsung AMOLED display, ~402 ppi||6.26-inch 19:9 Full HD+ display @ 2280 x 1080px, ~403PPI||6.21-inch Super AMOLED display @ 2248 x 1080px, ~402 ppi|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE 2.2GHz octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 630||Adreno 512||Adreno 630|
|RAM||6GB LPDDR4x RAM||4GB/6GB RAM||6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM|
|Storage||64GB / 128GB / 256GB UFS internal storage||64GB/128GB emmc 5.1 internal storage||128GB UFS internal storage|
|Rear Camera||12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.4 AI dual rear camera, dual-pixel AF||12MP f/1.9 + 5MP dual rear cameras||12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.4 AI dual rear camera|
|Front Camera||20MP AI front camera||24MP front camera||20MP AI front camera|
|Connectivity||4G VoLTE, 4×4 MIMO||Dual 4G VoLTE||4G VoLTE, 4×4 MIMO|
|SIM||Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Sensor||-Fingerprint scanner (rear-mount)|
-IR Face Unlock
|- Fingerprint scanner (rear-mount)|
- Face Unlock
|-In-display Fingerprint scanner
-IR Face Unlock
|OS||MIUI 10 (Android 8.1 Oreo)||MIUI (Android 8 Oreo)||MIUI (Android 8 Oreo)|
|Battery||3,400mAh battery w/ QC4+||3,350mAh battery w/ QC3.0 fast charging||3,000mAh battery w/ QC4+|
Here are the advantages of each smartphone:
- Highest maximum internal storage capacity
- Largest battery capacity
- Largest screen size
- Highest front camera resolution
- Highest maximum RAM capacity
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- 3D Face Unlock
The Mi 8, Mi 8 Lite, and Mi 8 Pro have almost the same display setup. But if you’re looking at the numbers, the Mi 8 Lite is slightly larger, but at 0.05-inch more, it’s negligible. The Mi 8 Lite also has a different display panel which could be IPS instead of Super AMOLED like the one found in its more powerful siblings.
The Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro are also the same in terms of overall performance since they pack the same Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Mi 8 Lite, on the other hand, is in the premium mid-range category with its Snapdragon 660. So if you’re looking for performance, better look at the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro.
You’ve seen that both the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro’s internal storages are equipped with UFS (Universal Flash Storage) while the Mi 8 Lite has an eMMC (Embedded MultiMediaCard) 5.1. Their main difference is that the former can read and write data at the same time while the latter can do only one at a time. We can’t say much about their reading and writing speeds but we’ll know once we get our hands on these smartphones.
Like the previous two major smartphone aspects, the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro also have the same camera setup. On paper, Mi 8 Lite focuses more on the Selfie aspect as it has the highest front camera resolution. We’ve yet to know which one has the best camera performance.
In terms of battery capacity, the Mi 8 has the largest one but only by a bit to the Mi 8 Lite. Like the camera performance, their battery performances are yet to be known.
Here are their prices:
- Xiaomi Mi 8 – Php24,490 (6GB + 64GB), Php27,990 (6GB + 128GB) official SRP
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite – CNY1,399 (~Php11,040)
- Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro – CNY3,199 (~Php25,246) (6GB + 128GB), CNY3,599 (~Php28,402) (8GB + 128GB)
To summarize, The Mi 8 offers more in storage and battery capacity. The Mi 8 Lite is meant for those who want high-resolution selfie camera and lower price. Lastly, the Mi 8 Pro is the best pick for those looking for the best performance possible as well as an in-display fingerprint scanner.
What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.