The other day there was an incredible sale from big brands on Aliexpress. But today I would like to draw your attention to another interesting smartphone model, which is called Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.
Yes, you may have heard of versions like Xiaomi 11T or Xiaomi 11T Pro. But at the moment I don’t have these devices yet. Therefore, I hope that in the future I will be able to get them and tell you my opinion about the next flagship devices.
As for today’s hero with the Lite prefix, I can’t say that this is a completely budget device. Since the price tag during the sale was $299 with various coupons and discounts.
Therefore, let’s take a look at the main features of a smartphone from Xiaomi to understand whether the device is worth its money or not. First of all, a very modern Snapdragon 778G processor was installed inside the 11 Lite 5G NE case, which has 5G support and a 6 nanometer process technology.
In addition, the device received a 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate. The smartphone also stands out for the presence of stereo sound, minimal protection against splashes and dust under the IP53 standard. I was also surprised by the weight of the device, which did not exceed 158 grams.
Thus, let’s check what a smartphone is really capable of in real life and find out its strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, I plan to start my full and in-depth review with unboxing.
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE: Specifications
|Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE:||Specs|
|Display:||6.55 inches AMOLED with 1080 x 2400 pixels, 90 Hz|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 778G 5G Octa Core 2.4GHz|
|Inner memory:||128/256 GB|
|Expanding memory：||Up to 1TB|
|Cameras：||48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MPmain camera and 16 MP front camera|
|Communication：||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual band, 3G, 4G, 5G, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and GPS|
|OS：||Android 11 (MIUI 12.5)|
|Dimensions:||160.5 x 75.7 x 6.8 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone is delivered in the most standard packaging for its brand. This is a white package, but on the front part, you will not find anything other than the name of the model and the company. That is, there is no drawing of the device here.
At the same time, the quality of the packaging was always at its best from Xiaomi. This is a tight and reliable box, so during transportation I had no particular problems.
After unpacking, the first thing that greeted me was an envelope with a protective cover, documentation and a needle for the SIM tray. Slightly below is the smartphone itself, which was wrapped in a protective shipping film. On the film itself, you can read the main features of the smartphone model from Xiaomi. In addition, the package included a Type-C charging cable and a 33W power adapter.
In general, the equipment looked good, but I did not see anything surprising here. The package is standard, but I’m always glad that there is a protective transparent silicone case. Now let’s check the device for design features.
Design, build quality and materials
First, I want to talk about the available color options for the new Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE model. The manufacturer offers a choice of four colors – white, black, pink and blue. If you look at the white color, then it is quite different from the rest. Since it is based on sparkles or so-called snowflakes, so many will like this color, but many will not.
My version of the smartphone was made in blue. If we talk about the materials used, then the back of the case used a matte protective glass. But on its surface, there were rather strong fingerprints, which were also difficult to erase. The bezel itself was glossy and made the smartphone stand out well.
I had no particular complaints about the build quality. All components were well assembled with each other and I did not identify any extraneous squeaks and sounds. In addition, the manufacturer promises protection against water and dust under the IP53 standard. This does not mean that you can submerge the device underwater. But you can not be afraid to use it in a humid environment or light rain.
If you look at the back of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone, then it is practically no different from the previous version of the Xiaomi 11 Lite. In addition, the differences between the two generations are very minimal and they are related specifically to performance, but we’ll talk about it a little later. So, here I found three camera modules with LED flash.
At the same time, the dimensions of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone were 160 x 75 x 7 mm, and the weight was only 158 grams. This is a very light smartphone for its size, but this is due to the fact that the built-in battery capacity was not very large. During my testing, I could easily hold the smartphone with one hand, but I only controlled it with two hands. Since the 6.55 inch screen size makes itself felt.
The right side of the smartphone was equipped with a volume rocker and a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. At the same time, the scanner itself worked very quickly and accurately, so I had no problems with its performance. But on the opposite side, that is, on the left side of the device, there was nothing.
At the top, there is a hole for a microphone and an infrared port. The bottom edge of the device received a main speaker, Type-C port, microphone and a hybrid slot for dual nano SIM cards or one nano SIM card and memory card.
In addition, it is worth highlighting that the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone also has an additional earpiece and it also plays. That is, stereo sound is used here. As for the sound, I cannot say that the sound played badly. Quite the opposite, there was a decent and voluminous bass here. Besides, the headroom was sufficient for everyday tasks. Now I propose to talk about the screen and its features.
Screen and image quality
On board the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE device, a similar screen was installed as the Xiaomi 11 Lite model. It is a 6.55 inch AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution or 1080 x 2400 pixels. At the same time, the pixel density per inch was within 402 PPI. The aspect ratio was 20: 9.
In addition, it is worth highlighting that the smartphone screen was protected by 5th generation Corning Gorilla Glass. But all the same, it will not hurt to stick on the protective glass, since initially the device did not even have a protective film on the screen. And believe my experience, scratches or scuffs on the screen will remain very easy.
Among other features, the screen of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone has HDR10 +, 90 Hz screen refresh rate, Dolby Vision technology and much more. In addition, the color rendition was high, since the sRGB value was within 100%. The black color was very deep due to the presence of the AMOLED matrix and the high value of the contrast level.
But in the settings of the smartphone, you can find the following useful features. These are reading mode, night mode, dark theme, and even there was an Always-On Display function. If we talk about the maximum value of the brightness level, then it was within 800 nits.
As my practice has shown, in the open air in bright sunlight, using the smartphone screen was not a very comfortable experience. But if you turn on the automatic brightness control, which works very adequately, there will be no problems with readability in the open air. But the PWM from the screen was about 25% at 100 and at 50 brightness levels. At minimum brightness, the PWM was around 13%.
Performance, benchmarks, games and OS
As I mentioned earlier, the main difference between Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE and Xiaomi 11 Lite is precisely the updated version of the processor. The new device model uses Snapdragon 778G with 5G network support, respectively. Let me remind you that the last generation of Xiaomi 11 Lite had a Snapdragon 780G processor. As you can understand, it is the 780G that will have better performance than today’s hero.
At the same time, the 6 nanometer process technology was used on the Snapdragon 778G processor and was based on eight cores. The four cores of the powerful Kryo 670 were clocked at 2.4 GHz, and the rest of the energy efficient Kryo 670s were clocked at 1.8 GHz.
If we talk about performance tests, then in AnTuTu, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone scored about 490 thousand points. The result is very good, but before flagship or gaming devices it will be doubly small. You can watch other benchmark tests from the album below.
The graphics are handled by the Adreno 642L chipset and during my testing, I was able to run a lot of demanding and heavy games. These were Genshin Impact, Call Of Duty Mobile, and others. But playing at a high graphics value was not very comfortable, since sometimes there were frame drops and small freezes. But if you put the average value of the graphics, then I did not reveal any special problems during testing of games.
For example, after one battle session in PUBG Mobile, which lasted about 15 minutes, the body of the smartphone warmed up to 42 degrees Celsius. In addition, if you look at the trotting test result, it was not entirely optimistic. There were performance gaps and this is not permissible, as for this class of smartphones.
Inside the case of the device was built 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory in UFS 2.2 format. But, as I said, expanding the memory is possible thanks to the combined slot using a memory card. If we check the speed of the built-in memory, then the result was about 1020 MBps read speed, and about 630 MBps writing.
It’s not all bad wirelessly, as it has 5G network support with a sixth-generation dual-band Wi-Fi module. In addition, the smartphone has Bluetooth 5.2, a fast GPS module, and even an NFC module for contactless payments was installed. In general, all modules worked well and did not give me any particular complaints during my testing.
As for the operating system, everything is standard here, since this is the most typical Xiaomi smartphone. That is, the device is controlled under the most recent version of Android 11 with the MIUI 12.5 user interface. Therefore, if you have previously encountered devices from the Xiaomi brand, then you will not have any difficulties with control and functions. At the same time, all processes went smoothly and, most importantly, quickly.
Camera and sample photos
The main camera module received a module with a maximum resolution of 64 megapixels. Examples of pictures taken on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE you can see in the album below. As for the rest of the sensors, the device has an ultra wide module with a resolution of 8 megapixels and a 5 megapixel macro sensor.
At the same time, a selfie module with a resolution of 20 megapixels was located on the front of the case. The quality of the front-facing camera was pretty good when it comes to good bright lighting. Although you can also take good selfies at night, the details will no longer be as clear.
If we talk about the main module of the 64MP camera, the photos turned out to be quite bright and saturated. The colors were reproduced accurately and without unnecessary deviation. I can say the same for the work of the night mode, the sample photos were very solid at night, but when zooming in, the details of objects dropped.
In the camera application, there are many useful modes. This is a photo, video, portrait, macro, ultra-wide, 64 MP mode, pro and much more. The maximum video resolution of the main camera module was 4K and 30 frames per second, and on a selfie camera, the video shoots 1080p and 30 or 60 frames per second. There was no optical stabilization on board the smartphone, but there was digital stabilization.
Battery and run time
The updated Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone received exactly the same battery capacity as on the previous Xiaomi 11 Lite model. Namely, a 4250 mAh battery is used here.
In the Work 3.0 Battery test, the device achieved a result of about 7.5 hours at 90Hz screen frequency and 100% brightness level. In addition, after the test, there was still about 20% of the battery charge.
That is, I think that with the screen on, a full charge will be enough for 9 hours of battery life. This is approximately 1.5-2 days of active use. In terms of games, the device was 20% discharged in one hour of playing Genshin Impact.
At the same time, a full charge was about 1 hour and 15 minutes thanks to fast charging with a power of 33 watts. Note that there is no wireless charging on board the device.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After several weeks of testing the new smartphone model Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, I was left with both positive and negative emotions.
For example, from the pros I can single out – this is a good combination of the materials of manufacture used. I also liked the build quality and its handling features. Everything was located in its place and did not cause problems with me.
As for the screen, the AMOLED matrix also showed itself in a very positive way. It is a large 6.55-inch screen with many useful features including a 90Hz refresh rate.
But the performance turned out to be with some nuances. For example, under heavy loads, the device got quite hot. I think this is due to the raw firmware, but after the global release of the device, all these problems should be solved first.
The camera also performed well, as you might have noticed, the sample photos were not bad considering the class of the device. At the same time, the battery life was also with a good result, as well as the fast charging time.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can purchase the new Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE smartphone model at a good and bargain price for only $299. I think that this is the maximum price, as for such a device and I see no point in paying higher.