Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro (reviewed) in China on 19 September, and following a UK launch on 8 November those phones officially go on sale in the UK today. (And to celebrate the launch you can pick up a Mi 8 Lite or Mi A2 for just £1 if you're quick!)

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 and transparent rear cover previously seen only in the Explorer edition.

The Mi 8 Lite was not mentioned in the keynote but will go on sale in the UK at the same time as the Pro.

Mi 8 Lite Price & UK Availability

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

In the UK it costs from £249 (£279 for the 6GB RAM model) and goes on sale on 9 November via Three, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, Currys/PC World, Very, Go Mobile, Mobile Phones Direct and Mi.com from 9 November. You'll also be able to buy it from Xiaomi's first UK-based Mi outlet in London's Westfield shopping centre from 18 November.

Mi 8 Pro UK Price & Availability

The Mi 8 Pro became available in China on 21 September in Sunset Gold, Black and Transparent Titanium. In the UK only the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage Transparent Titanium version will be available, priced at £499.

You can buy it from 9 November via Three, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse, Currys/PC World, Very, Go Mobile, Mobile Phones Direct and Mi.com. As with the Lite, it will also be available in the London Mi outlet from 18 November.

Mi 8 Lite specifications

Mi 8 Lite

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

Mi 8 Pro

As you'll see below the Mi 8 Pro is in essence the Mi 8 Explorer Edition but without the 3D facial recognition. It takes the spec of the standard Mi 8 but sacrifices a bit of battery capacity in order to squeeze in that fancy in-display fingerprint sensor. 

It's a flagship phone with the 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Everything seems to come in twos with the Mi 8 Pro, with two camera lenses at the rear, support for two SIMs (both able to connect to 4G networks) and dual-frequency GPS.

Mi 8 vs Lite, SE, Pro & Explorer

  Mi 8 Lite Mi 8 SE Mi 8 Mi 8 Pro Mi 8 Explorer Edition
Priced from £249 UK Availability TBC £459 £499 UK Availability TBC
Display 6.26in Full-HD+ IPS LCD, 19:9 5.88in Full-HD+ AMOLED, 18.7:9 6.21in Full-HD+ AMOLED, 18.7:9 6.21in Full-HD+ AMOLED, 18.7:9 6.21in Full-HD+ AMOLED, 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 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
Face Recognition IR IR IR IR 3D
Battery 3350mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 3120mAh 3400mAh 3000mAh, Quick Charge 4.0 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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