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[Reviews] Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs Mi 8 SE vs Mi A2: Which one is better?

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This post was edited by drlaxin at 02:21, Sep-23-2018

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Hello MIUI Fans,

With launch of 2 more variants of Mi 8 on 19th Sep 2019; The Mi8 Basket is full of options and now having total 5 different variants as below:
  • Mi 8
  • Mi 8 SE
  • Mi 8 EE
  • Mi 8 Lite
  • Mi 8 Pro

3 of the above variants (Mi 8, Mi 8 EE and Mi 8 Pro) are Flagship phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SOC but remaining 2 variants (Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Lite) are trimmed versions and actually belong to mid-range Smartphone category but sharing the design and appearance with the family they belong.

Given the many variants of the Mi 8 which are available in the market with similar names and the high amount of Xiaomi upper mid-rangers, I believe it is time to discuss about the phones sold in the same price range.

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I picked 3 Xiaomi Smartphones launched in last 3 months with same price range. Here, you will find the main similarities and differences between Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Xiaomi Mi A2.

Similarities

All these devices are similar in terms of hardware and thus speed, because they all feature an upper-midrange hardware. Mi 8 SE packs a slightly higher-end processor (SDN 710), the difference should not be noticeable in routine use. Mi 8 Lite and Mi A2 have Same SoC (SDN 660). Each of these devices is available with the similar memory configuration (RAM and Storage).All of them have more or less similar display resolution. The battery life of these phones is also similar. Further, all of them feature amazing front cameras with high resolutions for very detailed selfies. They have similar prices range from 1399 CNY ~ 14800 INR to
2299 CNY ~ 24200 INR (for Mi8 Lite and Mi8 SE Variants). Mi A2 price varies from region to region; in India 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage variant is available and priced at 16999 INR ~ 1610 CNY ~ 235 USD ~ 200 Euro.

Differences

Display
Three different aspect ratios (19:9 for the Mi 8 Lite, 18.7:9 for the Mi 8 SE and 18:9 for the Mi A2) and three different sizes (6.26, 5.88 and 5.99 inches, respectively). Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the most compact device. It is also the one with the best viewing quality as it’s with Super AMOLED panel with HDR10 technology and DCI-P3. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and Mi A2 both have mid-end LCD panels.

Processor
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the most powerful as it has a better SoC: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SOC
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and Mi A2 have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC

Software
Mi A2 boast Android One, a stock version of the operating system supported by Google with faster updates.
Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 SE comes with latest MIUI.

Camera Setup
Camera of Xiaomi Mi A2 is definitely the most convincing one with its 12 + 20 MP dual camera on the rear and its bright f/1.8 aperture. It can capture stunning shots even when light conditions are not the best and it is one step forward to its opponents.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Lite have the same dual camera setup with 12 + 5 MP, f/1.9 and f/2.0 apertures.
Mi 8 SE features an infrared face unlock system, while the others do not.

Battery
Mi 8 Lite having the biggest battery capacity of 3350 mAh, Mi 8 SE at the second place with 3120 mAh and Mi A2 with the smallest one with 3000 mAh.

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Tech Specs and Price of Mi 8 Lite

  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 Octa-core processor (4x2.2GHz Kryo 260 and 4x1.8GHz Kryo 260)
  • Adreno 512 GPU, 650Mhz
  • 4/6 GB of RAM LPDDR4X
  • 6.26-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display, (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio)
  • 1080 x 2280 pixels FHD+ (~403 ppi pixel density), 19:9 Ratio, 1500:1 Contrast
  • DCI-P3 color gamut, high color saturation, 430nit
  • Gold, Blue and Space Gray (Trend Mirror Gradient)
  • 64/128GB of storage EMMC 5.1
  • 12 MP,  f/1.9, 1.4µm, AI, Dark Light Enhancement, Dual PD, Dual-LED flash, Sony IMX 363
  • 5 MP, telephoto lens, portrait lens, f/2.0, 1.12µm, AI, Samsung S5K5E8
  • 24 MP front camera, f/2.0, 1.8µm, 3D Beauty, Mirror Function, Portrait Mode, Front HDR, Sony IMX 576
  • Dual SIM (nano sim size)
  • 3G, LTE, 4G+ Carrier Aggregation, VoLTE Calls
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS
  • 3350mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 Supported
  • 2x2 MIMO Technology to support MU-MIMO
  • Sensors: distance sensor, Ambient Light sensor, Gyro, Vibration Motor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Electronic Compass
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • USB-C port
  • 156.4 mm x 75.8 mm x 7.5 mm
  • 169 Grams
  • Price:  4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage –       1399 CNY ~ 14800 INR
  • 6 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage –        1699 CNY ~ 18000 INR
  • 6 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage –      1999 CNY ~ 21000 INR

              
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Tech Specs and Price of Mi 8 SE

  • Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 Octa-core processor (2x2.2GHz Cortex A75 and 6x1.7GHz Cortex A55)
  • Adreno 616 GPU 500Mhz
  • 4GB/6GB of RAM LPDDR4
  • 5.88-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, (~81.3% screen-to-body ratio)
  • 1080 x 2244 pixels FHD+ (~423 ppi pixel density), 60,000:1 contrast ratio, 18.7:9 Ratio
  • DCI-P3 color gamut, high color saturation, 430nit
  • Blue, Red, Gold, Grey
  • 64GB of storage eMMC 5.1
  • 12 MP, wide angle lens,  f/1.9, 1.4µm Dark Light Enhancement, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual-LED flash, EIS
  • 5 MP, telephoto lens, portrait lens, f/2.4, 1.12µm, AI
  • 20 MP front camera, f/2.0, 1.0µm, 3D Beauty, Portrait Mode, Front HDR, Autofocus
  • Finger print scanner
  • Dual SIM (nano sim size)
  • 3G, LTE, 4G+ Carrier Aggregation, VoLTE Calls
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS
  • 3120mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 Supported
  • 2x2 MIMO Technology to support MU-MIMO
  • Sensors: distance sensor, Ambient Light sensor, Gyro, Vibration Motor, Accelerometer, Barometer
  • Electronic Compass, Hall Sensor, Infrared
  • Android Oreo 8.1, MIUI 9.5
  • USB-C port, UFS 2.1
  • 147.3 mm x 73.1 mm x 7.5 mm
  • 164 Grams
  • Price:      4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage –        1799 CNY ~ 18900 INR
  •               6 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage –        1999 CNY ~ 21000 INR
  •               6 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage –      2299 CNY ~ 24200 INR


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Tech Spec and Price of Mi A2

  • 5.99-inch Full HD+ display @ 2160 x 1080 pixels, 403ppi, 77.4% screen to body ratio, 18:9 Ratio
  • 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 Octa-core CPU Qualcomm SDM660 Kryo 260 (4x2.2Ghz + 4x1.8Ghz)
  • Adreno 512 GPU 650Mhz
  • 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB Internal storage (No Expansion Slot)
  • 12MP 1.25μm Rear Camera, f/1.75 Aperture, PDAF, single tone flash, face recognition, HDR, AI, Sony IMX 486 Sensor
  • 20MP secondary lens, 2.0μm, f/1.75 Aperture, Sony IMX 376 Sensor
  • 20MP front-facing camera, 2.0μm, f/1.8 Aperture with soft flash, 1080p, Smart Beauty 4.0, Sony IMX 376 Sensor
  • Dual-SIM (Nano + Nano)
  • 4G LTE, 4G+, Dual LTE Mode
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4G 5G Wifi
  • Bluetooth 5.0, Bluetooth HID
  • GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB C Port
  • 3010 mAh battery, Supports QC 3.0
  • Android 8.1
  • 158.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm
  • 168 grams
  • Available in Black, Gold, Lake Blue
  • Price:  Price of Mi A2 varies too much in different regions (Find below Price in Spain)
  • 4 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage –        249 Euro
  • 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage –        279 Euro
  • 6 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage –      349 Euro
  • In India only 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage variant is available and priced at 16999 INR ~ 235 USD ~ 200 Euro.

Guys. Now It's your turn.
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Which of the above phone you would choose ?
Which one is Better ??
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Awesome comparison

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drlaxin Plz Vote. You haven't voted yet.  12:01, Sep-24-2018

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I choose 2, but 1 is better

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