Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Lite, Mi 8 Pro: Which one to pick?

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:

SpecificationXiaomi Mi 8Xiaomi Mi 8 LiteXiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Display6.21-inch FHD+ (2248 x 1080) Samsung AMOLED display, ~402 ppi6.26-inch 19:9 Full HD+ display @ 2280 x 1080px, ~403PPI6.21-inch Super AMOLED display @ 2248 x 1080px, ~402 ppi
Glass Protectionn/an/an/a
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE 2.2GHz octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 512Adreno 630
Storage64GB / 128GB / 256GB UFS internal storage64GB/128GB emmc 5.1 internal storage128GB UFS internal storage
Rear Camera12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.4 AI dual rear camera, dual-pixel AF12MP f/1.9 + 5MP dual rear cameras12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.4 AI dual rear camera
Front Camera20MP AI front camera24MP front camera20MP AI front camera
Connectivity4G VoLTE, 4×4 MIMODual 4G VoLTE4G VoLTE, 4×4 MIMO
SIMDual-SIM (nano)Dual-SIM (nano)Dual-SIM (nano)
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Sensor-Fingerprint scanner (rear-mount)
-IR Face Unlock
- Fingerprint scanner (rear-mount)
- Face Unlock
-In-display Fingerprint scanner
-IR Face Unlock
OSMIUI 10 (Android 8.1 Oreo)MIUI (Android 8 Oreo)MIUI (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery3,400mAh battery w/ QC4+3,350mAh battery w/ QC3.0 fast charging3,000mAh battery w/ QC4+

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Xiaomi Mi 8

  • Highest maximum internal storage capacity
  • Largest battery capacity

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

  • Largest screen size
  • Highest front camera resolution

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro


  • 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.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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5 Responses

  1. Josh says:

    Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite – CNY1,399 (~Php11,040) = This price is obviously for the 4GB version. How about the 6GB one?

    Lastly, do you have any information if Xiaomi is going to bring this model to the Philippines?

    Thank you.

  2. Anorak says:

    Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro – CNY3,199 (~Php25,246) (6GB + 128GB)
    Xiaomi Mi 8 – Php27,990 (6GB + 128GB)

    Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro cheaper than Xiaomi Mi 8?

  3. Enthusiastic says:

    Guys, do a video of mi 8 lite and mi 8 pro

  4. John Llyod says:

    isa sa hindi masyadong na ha highlight yung internal storage type. the lite variant uses only eMMc, which is slower than UFS. something to consider too when buying smartphone.

  5. alucard says:

    According to comparison it is saying that the xiaomi mi 8 lite doesn’t have an AI Features in Camera?

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