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Today we will review another Xiaomi mid-ranger – we welcome the 4G version of the Mi 11 Lite.
We are not sure how Xiaomi can keep up the continuous production of so many phones with the ongoing global chip shortage. But we are happy that things are working out well for them so far.
Mi 11 Lite 5G has already received our recommendation and we hope that the cheaper version will be just as good. The lightweight Mi 11 Lite, like the Mi 11 Lite 5G, is modeled after the Mi 11 flagship and focuses on similar features – an HRR OLED screen, comfortable camera quality, long battery life, fast charging and overall smooth user experience.
We are pleased to see that Xiaomi has carefully hand-picked the features that matter most. The 6.55-inch OLED is of good quality with 10-bit color support, HDR10 certification and a 90Hz refresh rate. There is also 240Hz touch sampling, which is another requirement for a smooth experience.
The triple camera on the back is also reminiscent of the Mi 11s and the same as on the Mi 11 Lite 5G – there is a high-res 64MP primary, an 8MP ultra-wide snapper and a 5MP telemacro cam. All possible shooting functions are supported, including night mode, long exposure, pro mode for all cameras and the Mi 11 series exclusive video modes such as Parallel World, Time Freeze, Night Mode Timelapse, among others.
The Mi 11 Lite relies on the Snapdragon 732G chip – the same one we saw as part of the Redmi Note 10 Pro. That’s the only notable difference with the Mi 11 Lite 5G – 5G model using a more powerful Snapdragon 780G 5G SoC.
The Mi 11 Lite may have gone through an obvious cost-saving process, but it can still enjoy stereo speakers, NFC connectivity, a microSD slot and even an IR port. And by looking at its spec sheet, it appears to be a Lite version done right.
Overview of Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite:
- Body: 160.5×75.7×6.8mm, 157g; Gorilla Glass 5 front, glass back, plastic frame.
- Screen: 6.55 “AMOLED, 1B colors, HDR10, 90Hz, 240Hz touch sampling, 500 nits (type), 800 nits, 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 402ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM7150 Snapdragon 732G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver); Adreno 618.
- Memory: 64 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS / software: Android 11, MIUI 12.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 1.97 “, 0.7 um, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 119 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 ;m; Macro: 5 MP, f / 2.4, AF.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.5, 25 mm (wide), 1 / 3.06 “1.0 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 120fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps, 720p @ 120 fps.
- Battery: 4250mAh; Fast charging 33W.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); Infrared port.
The most notable omission is obvious resistance to splashes. While the similarly priced Poco X3 Pro is IP53 rated, and Samsung is making an even bigger effort with its latest IP67 rated Galaxy A phones, Xiaomi is not keen on providing any kind of intrusion protection for Mi 11 Lite phones. Of course, this is not a big problem, but it is already a popular must-have for the competition.
Unboxing of Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
The Mi 11 Lite package is a match to what most of the Redmi and Poco phones recently offered – a 33W power supply, a 3A-rated USB-C cable, which is also a USB-C-to-3.5 mm adapter.
There’s also a transparent silicone case inside the retail box – a much appreciated addition across all Xiaomi phones. Xiaomi also gives a thin screen protector away, but it’s one of those cheap movies that turns your screen into a stain magnet, and we just could not bear all this smearing, sorry.