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Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy S8

Here we compared two smartphones: the 6.26-inch Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite (with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660) that was released on September 19, 2018, against the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is powered by Exynos 9 Octa 8895 and came out 18 months before. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
  • Has a 0.46 inch larger screen size
  • Comes with 350 mAh larger battery capacity: 3350 vs 3000 mAh
  • More recent OS version: Android 10 versus 9
  • The phone is 1-year and 6-months newer
Reasons to consider the Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Waterproof body (IP68 classification)
  • 41% higher pixel density (570 vs 403 PPI)
  • Shows 9% longer battery life (84 vs 77 hours)
  • Supports Qi/PMA wireless charging up to
  • Delivers 31% higher maximum brightness (621 against 474 nits)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 29% better performance in AnTuTu Benchmark (230K versus 178K)
  • More energy-efficient CPU – Exynos 9 Octa 8895
  • Super AMOLED display (versus competitor's IPS LCD)
  • Better grip in hands – the body is 7.7 mm narrower
  • The front-facing camera can record video at 1440p

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests
Phone:
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Display

Type IPS LCD Super AMOLED
Size 6.26 inches 5.8 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Aspect ratio 19:9 18.5:9
PPI 403 ppi 570 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
HDR support No Yes, HDR10
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Screen-to-body ratio 82.5% 83.6%
Display features - - Always-On Display
Display tests
RGB color space 99.9% 99.8%
PWM 2358 Hz 250 Hz
Response time 46.2 ms 4.4 ms
Contrast 1276:1 ∞ Infinity
Max. Brightness
474 nits
Galaxy S8 +31%
621 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [1], [2]

Design and build

Height 156.4 mm (6.16 inches) 148.9 mm (5.86 inches)
Width 75.8 mm (2.98 inches) 68.1 mm (2.68 inches)
Thickness 7.5 mm (0.3 inches) 8 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 169 gramm (5.96 oz) 155 gramm (5.47 oz)
Waterproof No IP68
Rear material Glass Glass
Frame material Metal Metal
Colors Black, Gold, Blue Black, Silver, Gold, Gray, Blue, Red, Pink
Fingerprint scanner Yes, rear Yes, rear
Screen-to-body ratio
82.5%
Galaxy S8 +1%
83.6%

Performance

Tests of Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and Samsung Galaxy S8 in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895
Max. clock 2200 MHz 2300 MHz
CPU cores 8 (4 + 4) 8 (4 + 4)
Architecture - 4 cores at 1.84 GHz: Kryo 260 Silver (Cortex-A53)
- 4 cores at 2.2 GHz: Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
- 4 cores at 1.69 GHz: Cortex-A53
- 4 cores at 2.314 GHz: Exynos M2
Lithography process 14 nanometers 10 nanometers
Graphics Adreno 512 Mali-G71 MP20
GPU clock 850 MHz 546 MHz
FLOPS ~217 GFLOPS ~349 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 4, 6 GB 4 GB
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR4X
Memory clock 1866 MHz 1794 MHz
Channels 2 2
Storage
Storage size 64, 128 GB 64 GB
Storage type eMMC 5.1 UFS 2.1
Memory card MicroSD MicroSD
Memory card max. size Up to 256 GB Up to 256 GB

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
342
Galaxy S8 +1%
346
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
1454
1456
AnTuTu Benchmark 8
178498
Galaxy S8 +29%
230574
AnTuTu Android Rating (294th and 219th place)

Software

Operating system Android 8.1 (Can be upgraded to Android 10) Android 7.0 (Can be upgraded to Android 9.0)
ROM MIUI 12 One UI
OS size 16 GB 11.7 GB

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 3350 mAh 3000 mAh
Charge power 18 W 15 W
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Wireless charging No Yes, Qi/PMA
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 (50% in 30 min) Yes, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge (40% in 30 min)
Full charging time 1:27 hr 1:45 hr

Battery life tests

Web browsing (Wi-Fi)
Mi 8 Lite +2%
10:24 hr
10:05 hr
Watching videos (Player)
10:15 hr
Galaxy S8 +41%
14:32 hr
Talk (3G)
Mi 8 Lite +22%
29:59 hr
24:30 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Image resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash LED Dual LED
Stabilization Digital Optical
8K video recording No No
4K video recording Up to 30FPS Up to 30FPS
1080p video recording Up to 120FPS Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 240 FPS (720p) 240 FPS (720p)
Lenses 2 (12 MP + 5 MP) 1 (12 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.9
- Focal length: 24 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Sony IMX363 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
- 12 MP
- Aperture: f/1.7
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.4 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.55", Sony IMX333 (Exmor-RS CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
- Optical stabilization
Depth lens - 5 MP
- Aperture: f/2.0
- Pixel size: 1.12 micron
- Sensor: 1/5" (CMOS)
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Camera features - Bokeh mode
- Pro mode
- Pro mode
Samples - Photo samples of Samsung Galaxy S8 from DxOMark
Selfie camera
Megapixels 24 megapixels 8 megapixels
Image resolution 5760 x 4312 3264 x 2448
Aperture f/2.2 f/1.7
Focal length 22 mm 25 mm
Pixel size 0.9 microns 1.22 microns
Sensor type BSI CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.8" 1/3.6"
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) при 30 FPS 1440p при 30 FPS

DxOMark camera tests

Photo quality
Video quality
Generic camera score

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) Wi-Fi 5 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
Wi-Fi features - Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Display
- Dual Band
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 5 5
Bluetooth features LE, A2DP PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, LE, HSP, HID, HFP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP
USB type USB Type-C USB Type-C
USB version 2 3.1
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- USB-Host mode
- OTG
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
NFC* No Yes
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Nano Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot No Yes
LTE Cat* 18 16
5G support No No

Sound

Speakers Mono Mono
Headphone audio jack No Yes
FM radio No No
Dolby Atmos No Yes
Speakers test
Max. loudness
Mi 8 Lite +4%
86.1 dB
82.8 dB

Other

Category Mid-range Flagship
Announced September 2018 March 2017
Release date September 2018 April 2017
Launch price ~ 187 USD ~ 687 USD
SAR (head) 0.749 W/kg 0.315 W/kg
SAR (body) 1.585 W/kg 1.27 W/kg
Sensors - Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
- Barometer
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

If the display, performance, battery life, design, and sound are more important to you, then choose the Samsung Galaxy S8. But if the software is more of a priority – go for the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite.

Cast your vote

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4 (44.4%)
5 (55.6%)
Total votes: 9

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