Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite: Should You Buy It?

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, the company's newest model, was released in India on Tuesday. The new smartphone, which was released in late March around the world, is a more cheap version of the Mi 11, which was released in December as a flagship Mi-series phone. Xiaomi did not release the Mi 11 in India, instead opting to release the Mi 11X series in April. The Mi 11 Lite is originally available in India in a 4G form, but Xiaomi India CEO Manu Kumar Jain revealed during the virtual launch event that the company hopes to offer the Mi 11 Lite is a 5G model if there is enough demand. 

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite specs

DESIGN

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is only 6.8mm thick and weighs 157 grams. The Vivo X60 Pro was 7.67mm thick, making it one of the thinnest smartphones this year. Although the 0.87mm difference in thickness may not have a significant influence on everyday use, it is the weight that can be a game-changer in this situation. The Mi 11 Lite is easy to handle and operate. Jazz Blue, Tuscany Coral, and Vinyl Black are the three color options. I received the Tuscany Coral color variety for review, and it is very gorgeous. In reality, all three color variations appear to be attractive in photographs. Vivo's X and V series smartphones are the only other Android smartphones that are likely to be released. The fingerprint smudges on the back panel aren't too noticeable, and Xiaomi has employed a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on this phone. 

DISPLAY

The Mi 11 Lite's brilliant display attempts to make up for the lack of other features. The phone has a 6.55-inch full-HD+ AMOLED 10-bit display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a refresh rate of 90 frames per second. The display also boasts a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Both the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (AMOLED) and the iQOO Z3 (LCD) have 120Hz displays for approximately the same price, however, the 10-bit panel employed by Xiaomi here makes a substantial difference in your watching experience. On the Mi 11 Lite, the colors are vibrant. The panel does not oversaturate them, and the contrast level is often good. The display is HDR10-capable and features a little hole punched out for the selfie camera. 

CAMERA

In the camera section, you won't find much to be excited about. The Redmi Note 10 Pro's configuration is pretty similar. A 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 5-megapixel telemacro sensor are all included in the Mi 11 Lite. The camera arrangement can record 4K video at 30 frames per second. There's a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front.

The colors and attention to detail were outstanding. The main camera's photographs were clear and detailed. The portrait images were also excellent, however, the colors were a little too saturated. The macro camera on the Mi 11 Lite impressed me the most. For photography enthusiasts, the camera app includes a lot of features. Photo, Video, Portrait, Pro, and Night modes are among the standard settings. For vloggers and people who enjoy making films on their phones, Xiaomi has included 23 director modes on the Mi 11 Lite.

Over the next few days, I'll be thoroughly testing the Mi 11 Lite's camera, and we'll talk about its results in our comprehensive Mi 11 Lite review.  

BATTERY AND PERFORMANCE

Because of the Mi 11 Lite 5G's small profile, we expected the battery to be inadequate. But, boy, were we wrong. For starters, the 4,250mAh capacity cell is quite large - and in our testing, it easily lasted 16 hours a day with roughly 25% battery remaining or more. That hasn't had anything to do with what we've requested the phone to accomplish on any given day. In addition to hours of screen time, calls, and other activities, I used Strava to track one hour and an hour of gaming in the evening. This device has no issues with it. However, because we were unable to identify a 5G signal area during testing - lockout and all - it's unclear whether this would have an impact on battery life. However, we do find a 5G option in the settings that allows us to turn off the connectivity when it's not in use, which helps to save battery life. While the battery life is excellent, part of the reason is due to the very strict software approach. By default, MIUI 12, Xiaomi's skinned version of Google's Android 11 operating system, has a lot of "off" settings chosen. Seriously, MIUI seems hell-bent on making sure the battery lasts forever, even if it means sacrificing the app experience. As a result, you'll need to go into individual apps' settings and allow them to self-wake as needed, removing any automated battery limits from the critical apps from which you'd expect push alerts, for example. We've seen MIUI create notification delays in other Xiaomi phones in the past. However, in the Mi 11 Lite 5G, that hasn't been an issue at all - either because we're so used to it and have configured the software to suit our needs; or perhaps because Xiaomi has addressed the issue in a little update!

Aside from that, the software is quite solid. There are a few curiosities, such as a second Xiaomi shop in addition to Google Play, but the two don't really compete. And, after copying over a slew of apps, it's evident that there are Xiaomi pre-install favorites as well as a slew of unnecessary basics - browsers, calendars, and the like - that clog up the home screen at first but can be simply replaced with Chrome and your other favorites. 

 In terms of the phone's internals, the Mi 11 Lite 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G platform, which is one step behind the top-tier 800 series architecture. Is it really that important? We haven't found it to be the case. Fluidity has been strong throughout, from general user interface use to app opening time.

A 700 series processor is also more than capable of running your more demanding games. We've been able to play South Park: Phone Destroyer and PUBG: Mobile without issue, demonstrating how well power and battery life can be balanced in devices like this. 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage edition of the Mi 11 Lite is priced at Rs. 21,999 in India. The smartphone is also available with an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage combination for Rs. 23,999. Jazz Blue, Tuscany Coral, and Vinyl Black are the three color options available on both Mi 11 Lite models. Pre-orders will begin on June 25 at 12 p.m. (noon) through Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home stores, and other retail outlets, with the phone's first sale set for June 28.

Customers who pre-order the Mi 11 Lite will receive a discount of Rs. 1,500. Customers who purchase the phone with an HDFC Bank card will receive an additional discount of up to Rs. 1,500. 

The Mi 11 Lite was launched for a price of EUR 299 (Rs. 26,400) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. In China, the Mi 11 Lite 5G was released with a starting price of CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 26,300) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model.

Alongside the Mi 11 Lite, Xiaomi launched the Mi Watch Revolve Active in India. The smartwatch comes at an effective price of Rs. 8,999. 

PROS

1. Dependable battery, 33 W fast charging support.
2. Great OLED screen, 10-bit color support, 90Hz refresh, HDR10.
3. Captivating glass design, incredibly lightweight.
4. Superb daylight photo and video quality across all cameras.
5.Excellent Night Mode.
6. Amazing color options.
7. Various storage options.
8. AMOLED display with 1B color and HDR10+ option.
9. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

CONS

1. A faster chipset would have been more appealing.
2. There are better Xiaomi phones for the same price.
3. Relatively small battery size.
4. Does not offer a 3.5 mm connector.
5. Micro SD card uses a shared SIM slot.
6. Moderate photography in low light.
7. Uses type C 2.0 the old charging port.