the worthy heir of the Mi 10 Lite

Of Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite there are two variants: one LTE with connectivity support up to 4G + and one 5G, more in line with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G predecessor released about 1 year earlier. We have already analyzed in detail the first, a smartphone that we have defined redundant due to the number of similar products of the house on the same price range, to name two Redmi Note 10 Pro and Poco X3 Pro (or even Poco F3 Pro), while in this review let’s see the most interesting and which differs precisely in two aspects: connectivity e processor.

The second novelty of this smartphone is in fact the processor: the first to be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G, a 5 nm processor that already promises very well on paper.

Unboxing di Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

Inside the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G package there is the 33 W charger, the USB Type C cable for charging and file transfer, a transparent protective cover in TPU and a pre-applied protective film for the screen.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G video review

Design & Ergonomics

Between Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G and Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (4G) there is practically no difference in terms of design and size. The only number to vary is the weight with 2 grams more on the version in question. The design therefore remains the main workhorse of this smartphone given the extreme thinness of 6.8 mm and the super low weight of 159 grams.

These downward numbers were obtained thanks to an innovative processing of materials: magnesium alloy, a material also used in the aeronautical and aerospace industry which, compared to aluminum, has greater strength and durability as well as lightness. In short, well done.

However, this is not a compact smartphone and in fact the dimensions remain those of a typical smartphone these days, on all dimensions the one that is felt most is the width. The display is also a confirmation: 6.55 inches of good quality with Amoled technology, FHD + resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate (240 Hz touch sampling rate) and HDR10 + support. The yield is good both in terms of color and brightness that has a range large enough to be enjoyed both in the dark and in the sunlight. Compared to the Mi 11 Lite 4G in this case I did not find unevenness in the Amoled panel.

The fingerprint sensor it was placed on the power button, on the side, it works well but on this product we would have expected to find it under the display, in continuity with the Mi 10 Lite. However it is safe, responsive and effective, perhaps just a little uncomfortable for left-handers.

The main speaker works in conjunction with the earpiece capsule in the speaker to offer the stereo effect when playing songs, videos or hands-free calls, the quality is good and all in all it guarantees a good experience in the context of multimedia, but the door is missing. 3.5 mm audio. The proximity sensor is there and works well and so is the vibration feedback which is the right full-bodied.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

Functionality

The software area remains the sore point of Xiaomi smartphones, even on this Mi 11 Lite 5G which in effect has the same version and the same defects as the 4G version and other products in this price range.

This is Android 11 with MIUI 12 graphic interface which should soon update to version 12.5, of which you can see the first news in our preview. The first thing that catches the eye after the initial configuration is the presence here too of numerous pre-installed applications which, however, fortunately, can be uninstalled.

In the settings there is the possibility to clone applications in order to use multiple accounts on various social networks, the turbo video game to promote performance compared to energy saving, the ability to open applications in the window, the Lite mode for the less practical with smartphones and various advanced settings for energy saving if we find ourselves far from a battery charger and a small residual charge. On the other hand, Xiaomi’s Super Wallpaper are absent, animated backgrounds that would adapt well to the Amoled screen, present instead on the Poco F3 as seen in our review. However, you can still install them manually (link). The always on display instead is present but remains on for a maximum of 10 seconds missing the setting to keep it always on, behaving more like an ambient display.

In general, the operating system works well, only some lag every now and then or the forced passage to 60 Hz refresh rate on some applications represent a limit in the user experience that is still good considering the price range. But in this regard I have a video planned so subscribe to the channel and activate the notifications.

For the rest compared to the LTE variant the only difference is a couple of more features to manage 5G connectivity and then deactivate it or activate it if necessary.

Performance

This variant of Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G has a whole new SoC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G which compared to the 732G of the LTE variant offers higher performance on the table and a renewed connectivity sector where in addition to the new generation mobile networks it now also supports WiFi 6 and bluetooth 5.2. There remain NFC, infrared transmitter, USB Type-C port and various GPS modules.

The differences in terms of performance can be seen more in the benchmarks than in the use and the reason is a bit to be found in the software that is always poorly optimized or rather poorly adapted to the hardware to which it is supported. The major upgrade is done by the GPU or an Adreno 642 which in the benchmarks obtains results of a good 40-50% higher than the Adreno 620 of the 4G version (you can see it in this very complicated test where the MI 11 Lite 4G is in serious difficulty) but it is still slightly lower than the Adreno 650 present on Poco F3.

In daily use the main difference is 1-2 seconds in more complex operations such as when closing a heavy game. In any case, it is still a hardware that is more current with the times and certainly capable of offering good performance for much longer, it is therefore the most suitable model for those looking for a smartphone to keep in their pocket for a long time and for those who want to use it also for sessions. prolonged gaming.

In support there are then 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of internal memory UFS 2.2 expandable via MicroSD by means of a hybrid slot in which to insert the expansion or the Nano SIM.

The reception also works well and here obviously the difference with the previous model is to have or not to have 5G connectivity and here too the same goes, in order to keep it in your pocket for many years it is definitely recommended.

Camera

Almost no difference on the photographic sector with a 64 megapixel main sensor (f / 1.79) with 4-in-1 pixel binning and 1.4 micro pixels, 8 megapixel ultra wide angle sensor (f / 2.2) and 5 telemacro sensor megapixel (f / 2.4), and single-tone flash. On the front instead Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G has a 20 megapixel sensor, while the LTE variant uses a 16 megapixel sensor.

The quality is good in relation to the price range with an ultra wide angle that suffers the most from strong contrasts and a macro that is usually quite useless. The main camera, however, achieves pleasant and balanced shots. I say almost no difference because if you juxtapose two photographs taken with both smartphones you can notice some differences, albeit tiny, in some cases, however, as at night, the 4G variant tends to do better, in others the 5G model even if there is to be considered. a small software version difference between the two. Selfies are nice but HDR is always a bit limited.

In videos it can record up to 4K at 30 fps but only in 1080p at 30 fps it is possible to switch from the ultra wide-angle camera to the main one during recording, again a small difference compared to the LTE variant that does not allow it. The quality is decent, partly the lack of optical stabilization is felt but the electronic one does a good job.

Battery & Autonomy

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G battery is 4250 mAh with support for fast charging at 33 W. It allows you to amply cover the working day with more than 5 and a half hours of screen on thanks mainly to an aggressive software towards applications forced by default to energy saving. It could therefore happen that some notifications arrive late, to solve this you have to go to the settings, battery, click the gear in the top right, scroll to the energy saving app and open one by one the individual applications you want to remove the restrictions system.

Compared to the 4G model you get a 5-10% less battery but the working day is still abundantly covered.

Compared to the LTE model, it has a slightly shorter duration due to the more energy-intensive processor which, however, offers a greater sprint from the point of view of performance.

In conclusion

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, unlike the LTE variant, it is a smartphone that makes a lot of sense to exist as well as an evolution of the previous model. Try to give both a shot to the rim, that is the performance, and to the barrel, that is the design. It is a product that is not only more beautiful and aesthetically refined than all the other smartphones of the house in this price range but it is also the right upgrade of the previous model, and here we can mention the higher refresh rate of the display but above all the new one. Qualcomm platform that ensures full support for 5G connectivity and performance that will remain adequate for several years, even in the gaming field.

Its list price for Italy is 449 Euro, a bit high especially considering that there is Poco F3 around which starts at 349 Euro, the advice is therefore to wait for it to come down from the pedestal and buy it as soon as it lands. about 349 Euros or even less.

Its direct competitor is undoubtedly Samsung Galaxy A52 5G which has more cards to play, such as the 120 Hz refresh rate display and a better photographic sector but also something less, such as the “previous” generation processor, the Snapdragon 750G.

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