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The newer Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite or the classic Xiaomi Mi 8 SE?

The newer Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite or the classic Xiaomi Mi 8 SE?

By  GB Blog Official 2018-10-07 6989 1

There are a lot of mid-range affordable Xiaomi smartphones out there — and that’s great. But it’s also confusing: a lot of the company’s budget phones cost just about the same and differences in performance are often hard to spot. So, today, we take a look at two of these babies side by side, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and see how they differ.

 

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: specs

Let's start the comparison with their specifications so that you will quickly know the difference between the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.

 

Product name
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
Display
6.26 inch, 2280 x 1080 pixel
5.88 inch, 2244 x 1080 pixels
CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa core 2.2GHz
Snapdragon 710 octa core 2.2GHz
OS
Android 8.1
MIUI 9
Memory
6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
External memory
Not supported
Camera
12.0MP + 5.0MP back cameras; 20.0MP front camera
12.0MP + 5.0MP rear camera;24.0MP front camera
Battery capacity
3120mAh
3350mAh
Connectivity
 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi,3G,4G,A-GPS,Bluetooth 5.0,CDMA,dual band WiFi,GPS,GSM,WiFi 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 4G 6.26 inch Phablet English and Chinese Version - GOLD

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 4G 6.26 inch Phablet English and Chinese Version - GOLD
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Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 4G Phablet - GOLD

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 4G Phablet - GOLD
$413.8 $289.99    

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: designs, displays and aesthetics


At the first glance, the two phones are very similar, which, again, is true of a large number of the company's mid-range phones. Both the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 SE aim for the bezel-free look — hence, the notch at the top of the screen on both phones housing front cameras. The notch on the Mi 8 SE is slightly longer than that on the Mi 8 Lite even though the Mi 8 SE is also smaller than the Mi 8 Lite (5.8 x 2.88 x 0.3 inches vs. 6.16 x 2.98 x 0.3 inches) and hosts a smaller display (5.88 inches on the Mi 8 SE vs 6.26 inch on the Mi 8 Lite). On the back, both phones have their fingerprint sensors as well as the camera setup: the Mi 8 SE sports vertical cameras while the Mi 8 Lite opts for the horizontal placement.


the design of Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 


Now, let's take a closer look at the displays. The Mi 8 SE comes with a 5.88 inch screen with 2244 x 1080 resolution and 18.7:9 ration. The Mi 8 Lite, on the other hand, sports a larger 6.26 inch display with  2280 x 1080 resolution and 19:9 ratio.


the display of Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 


The Mi 8 SE is clearly the more compact option of the two — but it's also the one offering a better overall viewing quality thanks to the high screen-to-body ratio and the use of the Super AMOLED panel with HDR10 technology and DCI-P3 coverage.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: performance, speed, storage and cameras


The phones are quite similar on the inside as well – but there are a few notable differences to mention.


The Mi 8 Lite comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa core processor clocked at 2.2GHz while the Mi 8 SE features the more powerful Snapdragon 710 octa core CPU. With that, when it comes to everyday use, the differences should not be too notable — you will get the more or less similar experience when it comes to multitasking and speed. This is also true because of the same offer when it comes to RAM and storage: 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on both devices. Unfortunately, neither of the phones support memory expansion on an SD card.


the processor of Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite  


the processor of Xiaomi Mi 8 SE


On the camera side, the MI 8 SE comes with 12.0MP + 5.0MP dual back cameras and a 20.0MP front camera. The Mi 8 Lite comes with the same back camera setup, but does give you more on the front — a 24.0MP selfie shooter. Then again, the Mi 8 SE does offer the infrared Face Unlock feature while the Mi 8 Lite does not.


the cameras of  Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 


the cameras of Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite  


Battery-wise, things are more similar than they are different: the Mi 8 SE comes with the 3120mAh built-in battery while the Mi 8 Lite sports a 3350mAh battery.


Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs. Xiaomi Mi 8 SE: summing things up

It's never easy to compare phones that are very similar. But if we generalise and simplify, here's how things look:

 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
Larger display: 6.26 inch
Quality display: 5.88 inch AMOLED
Better front cam: 24.0MP
More compact
Bigger battery
More powerful CPU: Snapdragon 710
Smaller notch
3D face unlock

Price-wise, the two phones are very close as well. On promotion on GB, the Mi 8 SE can be yours for $289.99, while the Mi 8 Lite is available for about $250.


When it comes to giving recommendations, we think that the Mi 8 SE would be a better option for those looking for the classic mid-range Xiaomi phone — it's also more compact.The Mi 8 Lite, on the other hand, sports a trendier look, a larger display and a better selfie cam.

 

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