The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite or the Mi 8 Youth Edition was spotted running the latest Android 9 Pie operating system on popular online benchmarking repository Geekbench. The device is one of the several models that sell under the Xiaomi Mi 8 umbrella.
Xiaomi launched the Mi 8 Series earlier this year. There are quite a few powerful and capable Android smartphones in the series, including the Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 8 SE, and Mi 8 Pro. The Chinese smartphone and electronics giant recently launched the Mi 8 Lite, which also sells as Mi 8 Youth Edition. Xiaomi is targeting the younger generation with the variant.
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite Spotted On Geekbench Running Android 9 Pie
The Mi 8 Lite launched with Android 8.1 Oreo. Now Xiaomi appears to be testing the next significant update to the Android OS. The Geekbench listing mentions the Xiaomi smartphone is running Android 9 Pie. However, it is quite likely that Xiaomi could be testing the latest MIUI custom skin. A few MIUI v10 builds are based on the latest Android version.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite / Youth Edition packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor. The listing corroborates the processor, and mentions the clock speed as 1.84GHz. Incidentally, the performance cores on the SDM660 can go up to 2.2GHz. Hence, the clock speed, which appears low, could be of the efficiency cores. The listing mentions the test device has 3,712MB or 4GB RAM. The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite did initially launch with 4GB RAM. However, Xiaomi also launched a 6GB RAM variant as well.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite test device running Android 9 Pie OS, and packing 4GB RAM, managed a single-core speed of 1630, and a multi-core speed of 5857. These are good scores. They are quite common for an Android smartphone packing Snapdragon 660 SoC, and 4GB RAM.
Xiaomi Actively Testing Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 For Its Handsets
Xiaomi has been actively testing its own MIUI 10 OS that is based on Android 9 Pie, on several of its handsets. The Xiaomi Mi Series, which includes the MIX sub-brand smartphones, and the recently launched POCO F1 too, have beta builds of the Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10.
Given the pace of development, it is quite likely that Xiaomi could successfully send out OTA updates containing the stable release of MIUI 10. The Mi 8 Lite/Youth Edition was the first Xiaomi smartphone with a shimmering gradient color design. The device is one of the few Xiaomi smartphones that has enjoyed a much broader international release.