At a special launch event in China on 19 September Xiaomi has announced the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro. It had been widely tipped to announce either the Mi 8 Youth or Mi 8X, and from the specifications it would appear these are they, but with different names.

Special editions of its Mi 8 flagship, the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro join the Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer in Xiaomi's top-end line-up.

While the Mi 8 Lite is a cheaper version of the Mi 8 with decent photography and gaming credentials, the Mi 8 Pro takes the in-display fingerprint sensor previously seen only in the Explorer edition.

Mi 8 Lite release date

The Mi 8 Lite will be available in China from 25 September in a range of colours comprising Aurora Blue, Sunset Gold and Midnight Black.

Mi 8 Lite price

  • Mi 8 Lite 4GB RAM, 64GB storage: 1399 RMB (£155/US$204)
  • Mi 8 Lite 6GB RAM, 64GB storage: 1699 RMB (£189/$248)
  • Mi 8 Lite 6GB RAM, 128GB storage: 1999 RMB (£222/$292)

Mi 8 Lite

Mi 8 Pro release date

The Mi 8 Pro will land before the Mi 8 Lite, available in China from 21 September. It comes in Sunset Gold, Black and Transparent Titanium.

Mi 8 Pro price

  • Mi 8 Pro 6GB RAM, 128GB storage: 3199 RMB (£355/$467)
  • Mi 8 Pro 8GB RAM, 128GB storage: 3599 RMB (£400/$526)

Where to buy Mi 8 Lite & Mi 8 Pro in the UK

Xiaomi will be launching in the UK on the Three network imminently, but an exact date is not yet known and we also don't know how much of its range will be available here. So, in the meantime, if you want to buy these phones in the UK you'll need to import them from the likes of GearBest or Geekbuying, but remember that when shipping phones from China your consumer rights are different and you are liable for 20% import duty.

The Mi 8 Pro is not yet available at either site, but Geekbuying is now listing the Mi 8 Lite at the following prices:

  • Deep Space Grey (4GB + 64GB): £233.56/US$279.99
  • Deep Space Grey (6GB + 64GB): £279.81/$356.99
  • Deep Space Grey (6GB + 128GB): £326.05/$415.99
  • Twilight Gold (6GB + 64GB): £279.81/$356.99
  • Twilight Gold (6GB + 128GB): £326.05$415.99
  • Dream Blue (6GB + 64GB): £279.81/$356.99
  • Dream Blue (6GB + 128GB): £326.05/$415.99

Geekbuying says it will ship the phones on 9 October 2018.

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Mi 8 Lite

Mi 8 Lite specifications

The Mi 8 Lite is the cheapest in Xiaomi's Mi 8 line-up. It's a Snapdragon 660-powered phone with Vulkan API support making it ideal for gaming. Xiaomi has worked with both Tencent Games and Epic Games to optimise the phone for gaming, and the Mi 8 Lite is the first Snapdragon 660 phone capable of running the Chinese version of Arena of Valor.

You can also expect decent audio while playing those games, thanks to the inclusion of Mi Sound with an upgraded DSP algorithm.

With a 24Mp Sony IMX576 front camera, selfies are a major draw here. There's integrated AI, as we've seen on previous high-end Xiaomi phone cameras, as well as a new feature that can retouch facial areas to achieve an enhanced nude make-up look.

It has a 6.26in Full-HD+ 19:9 IPS display, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. There's also a 12Mp + 5Mp dual-camera, 3350mAh battery and a rear fingerprint sensor. See how it compares to the other Mi 8 models in the table at the bottom of this page. 

Mi 8 Pro specifications

As you'll see below the Mi 8 Pro is in essence the Mi 8 Explorer Edition with an additional 6GB of RAM option and a couple more colour options. It takes the spec of the standard Mi 8 but sacrifices a bit of battery capacity in order to squeeze in that fancy fingerprint sensor. You can see how the phones compare below.

Mi 8 Pro

Mi 8 vs Lite, SE, Pro & Explorer

  Mi 8 Lite Mi 8 SE Mi 8 Mi 8 Pro Mi 8 Explorer Edition
Priced from 1399 RMB 1799 RMB 2699 RMB 3199 RMB 3699 RMB
Display 6.26in Full-HD+ IPS LCD, 19:9 5.88in Full-HD+ SuperAMOLED, 18.7:9 6.21in Full-HD+ SuperAMOLED, 18.7:9 6.21in Full-HD+ SuperAMOLED, 18.7:9 6.21in Full-HD+ SuperAMOLED, 18.7:9
Processor 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core
Graphics Adreno 512 Adreno 616 Adreno 630 Adreno 630 Adreno 630
Memory 4GB/6GB RAM 4GB/6GB RAM 6GB/8GB RAM 6GB/8GB RAM 8GB RAM
Storage 64GB/128GB internal 64GB/128GB internal 64GB/128GB/256GB internal 128GB internal 128GB internal
Primary camera 12Mp+ 5Mp dual camera 12Mp + 5Mp dual-camera 12Mp + 12Mp dual-camera 12Mp + 12Mp dual-camera 12Mp + 12Mp dual-camera
Selfie camera 24Mp 20Mp 20Mp 20Mp 20Mp
Fingerprint sensor Rear Rear Rear In-display In-display
Battery 3350mAh 3120mAh 3400mAh 3000mAh 3000mAh
Dimensions 156.4x75.8x7.5mm 147.3x73.1x7.5mm 154.9x74.8x7.6mm 154.9x74.8x7.6mm 154.9x74.8x7.6mm
Weight 169g 164g 175g 177g 177g

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