Xiaomi’s MI 11 with Snapdragon 765G one of the lightest phones available, at a very affordable price
Xiaomi releases a lot of phones in a year, and even by Xiaomi’s standards, 2021 has been a busy year. The Redmi Note 9T, Redmi Note 10 series, Mi 10i, Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, and a slew of POCO devices, including the POCO X3 Pro, F3, and, most recently, the M3 Pro, were all announced. While the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra compete for the title of greatest Android phones, the Mi 11 Lite is a third model in the series geared at the mid-range market.
This smartphone is noteworthy since it is the first to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G processor. The Snapdragon 765G dominated the mid-range rung last year, and the 780G takes things to a whole new level.
The Mi 11 Lite stands out thanks to its vibrant colors, slim 6.8mm profile, and 157g weight, making it one of the lightest phones on the market. However, it comes with standard features such as a 90Hz AMOLED panel, 5G connection, stereo sound, and a 4250mAh battery with 33W rapid charging. The phone clearly has a lot to offer, and it starts at Rs. 34,999, making it a direct competitor to the OnePlus Nord and the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G. Is it capable of outperforming its mid-range competitors? That’s why here is the complete review of Mi 11 Lite.
Design and Display:
The weight of the Mi 11 Lite is the first thing that the user get noticed when they start using i2t; at 159g, it is one of the lightest phones available today. Over the previous three years, manufacturers have added metal designs and larger batteries, making phones heavier. Switching from the Mi 11 Ultra, which weighed in at 234 grams, to the Mi 11 Lite was a welcome adjustment. At just 6.8mm, the phone is also one of the thinnest on the market. To put things in perspective, the standard Galaxy S21 is 1.1mm thicker and 10g heavier than the Mi 11 Lite, while the ZenFone 8 – a true small phone — is 2.1mm thicker and 10g heavier.
So, if you’re searching for a light phone, the Mi 11 Lite is now the default choice. The design aesthetic remains essentially identical from the Mi 11, which is a good thing because you will really enjoy Xiaomi’s 2021 flagship’s direction. The 64MP primary and 5MP modules are placed to the left of the camera island, while the wide-angle lens and flash module are located to the right.
The 64MP and 5MP cameras are housed in an oblong chassis, which is distinguished by the big rings around the lenses. The Mi 11 Lite doesn’t have the same curving sides as the Mi 11, opting for a boxier design instead. However, due to the phone’s slim design, you won’t have any concerns with use.
The Mi 11 Lite’s back has a frosted glass appearance that is a pleasure to use. The matte finish makes the phone simpler to grasp and use, and it diffuses the color behind the surface, giving it a pearlescent appearance. The Citrus Yellow variant in particular is bright and inviting, making it an easy choice if you want a phone that shines out.
The glossy mid-frame is composed of plastic, and while you would have preferred a matte finish here as well, it doesn’t make the phone too bulky. A unique feature of the design is that the screen does not sit flush with the body, instead protruding slightly out in front. This basically implies that if the handset falls, the screen will bear the brunt of the force, thus you should certainly use a protection with the Mi 11 Lite. The volume and power buttons are to the right, and Xiaomi chose a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the power button to complete the design.
The IR blaster is on top, the USB-C charging connector and primary speaker are on the bottom, and there’s a dual-SIM card slot to the left of the charging port. While the Mi 11 Lite’s lack of a 3.5mm connection is a disappointment, Xiaomi does include a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor in the box. You also get a silicone case and a screen protector installed right out of the box, allowing you to get started right away without having to purchase any other accessories.
The Mi 11 Lite has a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel with an FHD+ (2400 x 1080) resolution on the screen. The phone has a 90Hz refresh rate out of the box, but it is set to 60Hz by default, so you’ll have to go into the settings to enable the high refresh mode. The panel is protected by a Gorilla Glass 6 layer. The screen itself has ultra-thin bezels, and to the left is a hole-punch cutout. You can stream HDR material from Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and other streaming providers without any problems thanks to HDR10+ and Widevine L1.
A secondary speaker is hidden into the earpiece, and while it’s not as detailed as the Mi 11’s dual-channel stereo, the stereo sound here makes a difference while playing games or watching videos. Xiaomi has previously demonstrated its ability to produce high-quality AMOLED panels for its handsets, and this time is no exception.
The screen on the Mi 11 Lite is one of the best in the mid-range segment, with excellent colors and contrast levels. You may adjust the color balance, set up an always-on mode, read in Reading Mode, and more with MIUI’s customization options.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is the first phone to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G processor. While the chipset is designed to fit within the mid-range market, it offers significant performance improvements over last year’s Snapdragon 765G. One Cortex A78 core with a clock speed of up to 2.40GHz, three A78 cores with a rate speed of 2.20GHz, and four Cortex A55 cores with a clock speed of 1.80GHz make up the Snapdragon 780G.
The Snapdragon 780G’s performance is increased by 35 to 40% thanks to the move from the A76 cores in the 765G to the A78 cores. On the 780G, everything from social media scrolling to browsing and gaming feels noticeably faster. There is no any latency or slowdowns with the phone. The Snapdragon 765G had its limits, especially when it came to gaming – it couldn’t handle demanding games with all of the settings turned up. The Snapdragon 780G, on the other hand, has no such issues; the Adreno 642 performs exactly as well as Qualcomm’s top designs in this regard.
The Adreno 642 is nearly identical to the Adreno 650 featured in the Snapdragon 865. So, if you’re looking for a mid-range gaming phone in 2021, the Snapdragon 780G might be the best option. You’ll also see significant efficiency savings because to the 5nm node move. That’s why, despite having a low 4250mAh battery, the Mi 11 Lite manages to endure the entire day.
Despite the fact that this is technically a Lite model, Xiaomi hasn’t skimped on connectivity. Like the Mi 11, you get Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, as well as AptX HD, NFC, and 5G. The Sub-6 5G bands are the same as on the rest of the Mi 11 series: n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/77/78.Xiaomi has finally started to pay attention to this important aspect, with IP53 dust and water resistance.
The Mi 11 Lite lacks an in-screen fingerprint reader, opting instead for a side-mounted alternative similar to the Redmi Note 10 series. While having a front-mounted sensor would have been wonderful, the side-mounted sensor works flawlessly and is conveniently situated where your thumb generally rests on the side.
In terms of battery life, despite having a smaller 4520mAh battery, the Mi 11 Lite manages to last all day from a full charge. Most Xiaomi phones in this category have batteries that are at least 5000mAh, so it’s encouraging to see how well the Mi 11 Lite does in this area. You don’t have to worry about the phone running out of battery before the end of the day, and throughout the course of 16 hours, we can average five and a half hours of screen time.
When you do need to charge the smartphone, you can do it quickly with the 33W fast charger. A 33W charger comes included with the phone, and it takes slightly over an hour to fully charge it. Wireless charging is not available, but there are no additional difficulties with battery life here.
On the camera front, Xiaomi hasn’t made any significant changes. The Mi 11 Lite features a 64MP Samsung GW3 sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro module, and a 20MP fixed-focus front camera. The 64MP lens uses 4-to-1 pixel binning to create 16MP photos, but you can also shoot in full resolution if you want to. If you’ve used a Xiaomi phone in the last 18 months, you’ll be right at home. The primary shooting settings are easily accessible via a ribbon, which also includes toggles for switching between lenses, timer, flash, HDR, AI, beauty effects, and other options.
The six video effects introduced with the Mi 11 have been preserved – these are essentially filters that give your films a more cinematic vibe. While Xiaomi has included video effects, video recording is limited to 4K at 30 frames per second – you’ll need to upgrade to the Mi 11 to get 4K at 60 frames per second and 8K footage.
In daytime, the Mi 11 Lite shoots excellent images, but you already knew that. Even Xiaomi’s low-cost phones produce photographs with a wide dynamic range and brilliant hues, so this isn’t surprising. The wide-angle lens will throw you off; the dynamic range is limited, and colors appear muted as a result. In terms of low-light imaging, the Mi 11 Lite outperforms the rest of Xiaomi’s mid-range products. Although there is some noise around the edges, the colors are generally accurate, and the photographs produced have lots of information.
The Mi 11 Lite’s absence of optical image stabilization affects it in low-light situations, and Xiaomi could have made the Mi 11 Lite one of the greatest mid-range cameras if it had given a little more attention to the hardware. As it is, getting stunning shots in low-light situations will require some work.
The Mi 11 Lite, like the rest of the Mi 11 series, comes pre-installed with MIUI 12 based on Android 11. The MIUI 12 update has been rolled out to the most of Xiaomi’s 2020 lineup, so if you’re using a Xiaomi, Redmi, or POCO phone that’s running MIUI 12, the software experience will be identical to the Mi 11 Lite. Bloatware is the most noticeable difference from last year.
Xiaomi’s phones used to be plagued by pre-installed bloatware — even the Mi 10 series wasn’t spared last year — but that is no longer the case. Xiaomi has significantly reduced the amount of pre-installed services on its phones, and while some wayward games and “utilities” remain, they are readily deleted. MIUI 12 is a well-known operating system, and the Mi 11 Lite has no new features. You receive a privacy dashboard, Conversations view, and all of Android 11’s new features out of the box, as well as Google’s dialer and Android Messages.
The UI isn’t cluttered or bloated, and while it’s not exactly pure Android, Xiaomi has done an excellent job of limiting overt customisation. However, one area where Xiaomi might go a lot better is with software upgrades. For the next three years, the Mi 11 Lite will receive two platform updates and quarterly security patches, but Xiaomi isn’t known for releasing updates quickly. This must alter in the next years, given the brand’s progress in worldwide markets.
Price and availability:
The 6 GB RAM and 128GB of ROM variant of the Mi 11 Lite costs Rs. 34,999 in Nepal. It will soon be accessible at Nepal’s approved retailers.