On September 19, Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (on-screen fingerprint version) and Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (Youth Edition). The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite became Xiaomi’s first smartphone with a gradient rear of Gold and Dream Blue. The design is inspired by the Master of Impressionism, Claude Monet, and the mirror gradient rear uses the top-notch vacuum nano-sputtering process just like Huawei P20. Now, the company has released a new video which shows that the gradient rear of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is actually a transparent glass cover. How is this even possible?
Xiaomi explained that for it to make a transparent glass achieve colorful hues, its engineers used a time-consuming and rigorous engineering process. Xiaomi said that the glass rear was subjected to a number of layers of coating, forming a nano-scale thickness difference on the surface of the glass. This simply means that the thickness of the glass rear is not uniform rather there is a difference which is highly insignificant to the eye but quite significant to light. Due to the physical and technological differences, parameters such as interference, absorption and diffraction ensures that this glass rear gives a colour when it comes in contact with a dark surface (in this case, the interior of the Mi 8 Lite). Since the glass has different thickness, the shades of the colour produced are different also thus the gradient rear of the Xiaomi Mi 8.
Xiaomi mobile phone also said that if you don’t believe it, you can remove the back cover of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite to clear your doubt although this is definitely not recommended.
As a quick reminder, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is packed with a 6.26-inch 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. It has a 12-to-0 advantage for the Huawei P20 in the AI scene recognition. Of course, this handset supports Xiao AI voice assistant but this is only relevant for Chinese speakers. This smartphone features a high face value and self-timer. This is also the first smartphone of Xiaomi coming with a gradient back panel. In comparison to the newly announced Apple iPhone XR, which has a 35.2mm bangs area, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition’s notch part is 19.4 mm, while the frame is narrower, only 1.95 mm, and the body is slimmer, 7.5mm. See some deals for the 6GB+128GB variant below