At a press conference in China, Xiaomi has today announced a new smartphone — Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, which is the watered-down variant of the company’s flagship smartphone Xiaomi Mi 8 launched a few months ago.
The Mi 8 Lite features a 6.26-inch Full HD+ display having a screen resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio, and a notch on top of the display. Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor, coupled with Adreno 512 GPU. The chipset is manufactured using an advanced 14nm FinFET process.
The phone comes in three variants based on memory configuration — 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.
Coming to the camera, there’s a 24-megapixel front-facing camera with Sony IMX576 sensor and f/2.2 aperture. It also has support for artificial intelligence-based features. It comes with a new generation of AI Smart Beauty technology, which the company is calling AI Makeup Beauty. It also supports AI Beauty feature for video recording as well.
On the back side, there’s AI-based dual-camera setup arranged horizontally. It consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.9 aperture. The camera also supports adjustable blurring intensity for the background. It comes with AI Scene Recognition feature and the company has added two new AI Scenes – Beach and Sea Bottom.
The glass-bodied smartphone has a unique mirror effect applied using the mirror nano-dip plating process similar to that of Huawei P20, giving it a more premium look. During the launch event, Xiaomi compared the phone with the recently launched iPhone XR, suggesting that the Mi 8 Lite has a slimmer, has minimal bezels, and has a smaller notch on top of the display.
It has the standard set of connectivity options, including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS. Running on Android Oreo operating system out-of-the-box, with the company’s own MIUI custom interface on top, the smartphone is powered by a 3,350mAh battery with support for fast charging technology.
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For the first time, Xiaomi is offering gradient color options for its smartphone. It comes in three color options — Dream Blue, Twilight Gold, and Black. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite is priced at 1,399 Yuan ($204) for the 4GB RAM model. The 6GB RAM + 64GB storage is priced at 1,699 Yuan ($248) and the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model costs 1,999 Yuan, which roughly converts to $292. It will be available for pre-booking from today and will start shipping from 25th September in China.
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