Xiaomi brings photography-focused Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro to PH

Technology firm Xiaomi has announced the local availability of the Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro – two photography- and performance-focused smartphones.

The Mi 8 Pro

Inspired by the works of famous French impressionist Claude Monet, whose paintings are renowned for bringing out the effect of light on natural colors, Mi 8 Lite features a new glass finishing that has a mirror-like gradient finish.

John Chen, Xiaomi director for Southeast Asia, said, “The Mi 8 series has been a hit with Mi fans around the world. We are building on this success as we introduce Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro to the Philippines, offering more choices to our consumers here and enabling them to enjoy the latest innovations from Xiaomi in time for the Christmas holiday season.”

With 24 megapixels, the front-facing Sony IMX576 sensor on Mi 8 Lite is able to capture more details than ever before. In low light conditions, the sensor uses Super Pixel technology to combine the information of four pixels into one large pixel, resulting in improved clarity especially in indoor scenarios.

As with Mi 8, the rear AI dual camera uses the Sony IMX363 as its main sensor, which comes with 1.4µm large pixels for images with less noise, along with Dual Pixel Autofocus to dramatically improve focusing speeds.

The high-performance camera hardware is paired with Xiaomi’s advanced AI features, including a new option that applies retouches to achieve a nude makeup look.

Meanwhile, the Mi 8 Lite display can light up in different colors to suit different scenarios when taking selfies, intelligently illuminating the face with the right color temperature.

Mi 8 Lite is powered by the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 660 SoC with the powerful Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE).

Mi 8 Lite also adopts Xiaomi’s new Mi Sound feature with an upgraded DSP (digital signal processing) algorithm for all-around audio improvement.

On top of the flagship Mi 8 features, Mi 8 Pro takes it one step further with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor. Unlike other in-display fingerprint technologies that waste energy by constantly pinging the screen to see if a finger is present, the dedicated pressure sensor only activates the unlocking process once the user places his or her finger on the screen, which is faster and more power-efficient.

The Mi 8 Lite

Mi 8 Lite and Mi 8 Pro will go on sale on Lazada and Shopee on November 11, and at Mi Authorized Stores soon.

Mi 8 Lite will come in Aurora Blue and Midnight Black in two versions: 4GB+64GB for P13,990 and 6GB+128GB for P16,990. Meanwhile, Mi 8 Pro 8GB+128GB will be available in Transparent Titanium for P32,990.

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