Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite smartphones side by side

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro vs Mi 8 Lite - Size, Bezels and Design Comparison

September 19, 2018 - Xiaomi announcing the Mi 8 Pro (小米8 屏幕指纹版) and the Mi 8 Lite (小米8 青春版), both are powerful Android smartphones that carry a look quite similar to the iPhone X in the first look.

Both phones have large screens, the Pro version comes with a 6.21-inch display and the Lite version comes with a 6.26-inch display. It's quite unusual seeing two devices under the same model number offering a display with slightly different sizes. Even the resolution is a bit different, the Pro has 1080x2248 pixel resolution and the Lite has a 1080x2280 pixel resolution.

In terms of size, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is the smaller of the two, but by only a slight bit. It is only 1mm (0.04-inch) narrower, 1.5mm (0.06-inch) shorter abut 0.1mm thicker than the Lite - certainly not a significant difference.

The Mi 8 Pro is a much more powerful device, carrying Qualcomm SD 846 SoC vs the Lite version that comes with Snapdragon 660.

If you look at the top of the front side, you can see that the Mi 8 Pro has a much larger notch compared to the Mi 8 Lite, significantly larger. This is why it reminds many of the iPhone X, or maybe better to compare it to the iPhone XS Max due to its larger size.

The Mi 8 Pro also features a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor, which the 'Lite' version lacks.

I personally like the design of both phones, but there isn't anything original about them isn't it. You can compare the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs Mi 8 Pro and iPhone XS Max here for more information and with interactive comparison features. Now let's take a look at the bezels.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite vs Pro bezel thickness comparison

You can see that both the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro have a relatively slim top and bottom and side bezels. However, I compared the bezels of the 'Pro' version to the iPhone XS Max. You can see that the top bezel is smaller on the Mi 8 Pro, but has a much larger chin (bottom bezel).

I personally prefer the more unified and equal bezel size design of the iPhone XS Max, which is the same as the iPhone XS, it's little brother. The iPhone XS Max, although 2.6mm taller and 2.6mm wider, comes with a very slightly larger display compared to the Lite and Pro, really nothing to write home about.

Both the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro look also really nice at the back. The main difference is that the Lite version has its camera arranged in a horizontal layout with a LED flash at the right of the lenses and it comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The Mi 8 Pro doesn't have a rear-mounted fingerprint reader as this functionality is embedded underneath the screen itself.

Overall, both the Mi 8 Pro (小米8 屏幕指纹版 ) and the Mi 8 Lite (小米8 青春版) look sleek and beautiful in my opinion but again, I still prefer the more rounded and even look of the iPhone XS and XS Max. You just can't ignore that unified design, which other phones that seems to copy the iPhone's design, lack.