On September 19th, Xiaomi added two new smartphones to the Mi 8 series in Chengdu, China. These devices include the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (commonly called Mi 8 Youth Edition) and Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (also called Mi 8 On-Screen Fingerprint Version). These phones became the first Xiaomi device to come with a gradient colour back shell and this took its value to a new height.
At 10 o’clock this morning, Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite went on sale for the first time in China. This sale includes a metal signature pen as a gift. The prices include
- Xiaomi Mi 8 4GB+64GB – 1399 Yuan ($204)
- Xiaomi Mi 8 6GB+64GB – 1699 Yuan ($248)
- Xiaomi Mi 8 6GB+128GB – 1999 Yuan ($291)
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is packed with a 6.26-inch notched full-screen, a Snapdragon 660 AIE processor, 3350mAh battery supporting QC3.0 fast charging, and a 12MP rear camera (1.4μm pixel size, dual-core focus, f/1.9 aperture), which is accompanied by a 5MP secondary sensor. The latter is identical to the original Mi 8. Of course, this handset supports Xiao AI voice assistant. It is currently available in Twilight Gold and Dream Blue. Its mirror gradient back shell design uses the same vacuum nano-sputtering process as flagship Huawei P20.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite went on pre-order on Xiaomi Mi Mall and some other Chinese outlets. To make a purchase from these Chinese stores, you need to have a contact in China and your Chinese has to be pretty good because the website is in Chinese. However, this smartphone is now available for pre-order on Geekbuying and it can easily be shipped to your location.