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Personally I am an avid supporter of mammoth smartphones, with dimensions and weights not exactly within everyone's reach, but when I held the new ultra thin and light smartphone, Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, for the first time, all my certainties about preference of colossal devices have begun to falter, because it is undeniable that the featherweight offered by the device subject of this review has allowed me to live a new technological experience, so much so that I come to think that the suffix NE stands for New Experience. If I have just intrigued you a bit, keep reading this review and discover with me Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.
Certainly, a paragraph dedicated to unboxing cannot be missing, that is to say the contents of the sales package which is configured in a white color and gold writings printed on all sides. Inside the sales box we find the following equipment:
- Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE;
- Pin for removing the SIM tray;
- Quick guide, warranty card and safety information;
- USB Type-C to 3,5mm jack adapter for earphones;
- Plastic protective film for the display (already pre-applied);
- Transparent silicone protective cover;
- Cable for USB Type-C charging and data transfer;
- Wall power supply with European socket and max output 11V-3A / 33W.
Without the basic knowledge of the smartphone, the sensation to the touch is definitely one of the best I've experienced in all my "humble" career as a reviewer. We are talking about a back cover made of anti-reflective satin glass with an excellent matte finish that retains fingerprints and dirt in general, which are hardly noticeable on this terminal.
Also on the back we find the bump camera that houses 3 optics and the dual tone LED flash, with a typical style of the whole Mi 11 series, standing out to the eye for the reduced protrusion to the bone. In fact, we are talking about a step compared to the body of less than 2 mm (1,77 mm to be precise), which combines perfectly with the rest of the small dimensions, such as a thickness of only 6,81 mm and a weight contained in 158 grams. .
However, we are not talking about a compact smartphone, considering a 160,53 mm in length and 75,73 mm in width, but overall ergonomics is one of the many strengths of this Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. The ease of use and the feeling of a featherweight are difficult to describe, but without a doubt they pass any defect into second place… which, moreover, 11 Lite 5G NE does not have.
The profiles are made of polycarbonate with glossy paint, where we find the volume rocker and power button on the right side, but the latter is not limited to the simple on / off function but integrates an excellent sensor under its surface. fingerprints for unlocking the device, which I personally prefer to those "under display", for the convenience, reliability and speed in carrying out their function, which on this smartphone is expressed at maximum power. Moreover, the position on the 11 Lite 5G NE is optimal for both right and left hands.
The left profile is completely devoid of elements while the lower one houses the main speaker, the USB Type-C port for charging, data transfer and OTG support (no video output), primary microphone and SIM slot. In the video review I made a big typo and therefore specific better in this review, that Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE offers a hybrid SIM tray, being able to insert 2 SIMs in nano format or giving up the Dual SIM Dual Standby functionality, you can insert a micro card SD up to 1 TB to expand the internal memory of the smartphone.
The name of the device certainly suggests that we have full compatibility with the new generation 5G networks, which I must admit is rather performing even with virtual operators that generally limit the speed of navigation in download and upload. For example, with Very Mobile I have always been able to benefit from the 4G + signal with peak speeds that have not made me regret not being able to benefit from the new 5G standard.
Earlier I mentioned the presence of the main speaker and this is because the second speaker is inserted inside the ear capsule. The sound obtained from the two speakers, therefore stereo, is pleasant and of high volume without distorting at the highest levels. The bass is slightly subdued compared to the rest of the medium and high frequencies, but overall the sound experience is pleasant and then it should not be underestimated that the stereo sound is also usable in hands-free mode during a call. It is necessary to mention the excellent operation of the proximity and brightness sensor, which work very well, therefore we will not have any problem in bringing the smartphone to the ear, abandoning the fear that with the cheek we will touch who knows which buttons in call.
Finally, in the upper profile there is the IR transmitter and the second microphone for the reduction of environmental noise, so no 3,5 mm jack, having to resort to the adapter in the package if you want to use wired earphones.
We finally reached the front of this Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, where a large 6,55-inch display in 20: 9 with AMOLED technology and Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels) stands out, protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The The panel used also supports True Color technology, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision as well as a refresh rate at 90 Hz and sampling frequency at the touch of 240 Hz. All this translates into a color rendering highly faithful to reality, so much so that we could exploit the smartphone for photo editing with programs such as Photoshop Express or Lightroom, even in direct sunlight due to the excellent readability given by the large brightness of the panel itself.
Specifications that excite not only on paper but precisely in the use we make of our smartphone every day, such as watching TV series and movies, videos on YouTube etc .. also counting on the support for Widevine L1 DRMs, unfortunately not yet recognized by the streaming platform Amazon Prime Video. In any case, the enjoyment in viewing multimedia content is at the highest levels and the degree of immersion is full, also due to frames reduced to the bone (only 1,88 mm wide). For a greater experience, we can then count on the comfortable on-screen gestures and take advantage of the software customizations made available by MIUI 12.5, as well as the Always On Display mode. The only disturbing element, so to speak, is the presence of the translated punch hole on the upper left side of the display, but after a few minutes you immediately get used to it.
Apart from the 3,5 mm jack, the only absence is given by an IPXX certification, although the company has been treating its devices with some anti-drop devices for some time, as well as equipping the SIM slot with a sheath that runs along the carriage door. In any case, the connectivity is complete, boasting a 5G Dual, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6, Dual GPS, NFC and an excellent haptic vibration that makes typing on the screen pleasant and smooth.
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is also loved for the excellent performance obtained thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, octacore with maximum clock at 2.4 GHz, 6nm production process and sixth generation AI Engine. The GPU is entrusted to the Adreno 642L supports 6/8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128/256 GB of UFS 2.2 storage with Host Performance Booster. Memories not at the top, but highly performing and optimized so that even the temperatures during the most excited use, are kept at bay, reaching a maximum peak of only 44 degrees. No slowdown or lag, which allow the 11 Lite 5G NE to perform even in gaming, enjoying the latest generation titles without any sacrifice from a graphic point of view.
In short, Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is a pleasant smartphone to use physically, thanks to small measures and weights but above all for the reliability found, with a MIUI 12.5.1 Global Stable based on Android 11 and August 2021 security patch. I will not dwell on it because we know MIUI 12.5 better than our sister, although unfortunately I have to underline the presence of invasive advertising as well as the fact that as soon as it is turned on, the smartphone offers us the beauty of well over 20 more or less useful bloatware, like Facebook or unknown games. Everything is solved with the simple uninstallation, a waste of time that we could have avoided.
Actually I just published the review and an update has arrived that brings the security patches to September 2021 but also unlocks the RAM memory extension function, up to an additional 3 GB, which on the 8 already present on my device, literally make them fly like a moon rocket this device.
Instead I want to say a few positive words about the autonomy of the smartphone, guaranteed (despite the reduced thickness of the phone) by a 4250 mAh battery with support for fast charging at 33W. Of course, the autonomy depends a lot and varies on the use that each user makes of the smartphone, but overall the stress day will always take you home, with a residual of 10/15%.
We then came to the photographic sector, an often hot topic for Xiaomi / Redmi devices. Well, even in this area 11 Lite 5G NE manages to make its way, relying on a triple rear camera, consisting of a primary lens of 64 MP, f / 1,79, Super Pixel 4 in 1 as well as an ultrawide f / lens. 2.2 8 MP, 119 ° FOV and a 5 MP, f / 2.5 macro camera with 3-7 cm autofocus.
I liked the possibility of using both the main and ultrawide cameras within the same video, albeit limited to 1080p 30fps resolution only, while the maximum resolution obtainable from video recording reaches 4K 30fps, with the possibility of digital stabilization which performs very well. its function. The only defect found, in selfie mode, is related to the HDR function, which in some cases returns a photo with rather bright colors, saturated at times fluorescent. Nothing that cannot be solved with a software update, while the focus was excellent, fast and fluid in the passage from one subject to another.
Photos rich in details in optimal lighting conditions, but even at night the yield is quite professional, although in certain circumstances the criticality of the sensor comes out, although the management of shadows and lights is rather balanced. Even the 20 MP selfie camera, f / 2.24, which can of course also be used to unlock the smartphone via Unlock Face technology with excellent performance even in the dark, gives shots and video footage above expectations, so much so that the same videos can be recorded up to 1080p 60 fps. For the more creative, then there is no lack of unique features such as cinematic effects and vlogs.
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is not a camera phone, but in the reference range it is definitely one of the best and then everything takes a back seat if we retrace the qualities I told you about. Lightness, stability and reliability of the software, performances close to those of devices considered top with prices to sell a kidney, excellent autonomy, display with WOW effect, etc. .. The icing on the cake is missing, or the price, which for the day of 28 / 09 from 13:00 for 24 consecutive hours goes to € 299,90 for the 6/128 GB version while for the 8/128 GB version the price rises to € 399,90 bundled with Mi Band 6.
After 24 hours, the price will increase by 100 euros for both memory cuts, with sales also at the Amazon online store. It goes without saying that at the launch price, Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, must be taken because you will not find anything in circulation that can beat it. At the list price perhaps you should do a little more thought, considering that devices with more pumped hardware are dropping in price, but soon Black Friday will arrive as well as 11.11, a day in which probably the 11 Lite 5G NE could reserve you like surprises.
In any case, we also leave you the purchase link to the Goboo store, which I kindly thank for sending the sample and which I recommend you keep an eye on for the many offers dedicated to technology that we often publish on our channel of the Telegram offers. In short, what are you waiting for, prepare the paper, break the piggy bank and win a Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is a smartphone with an elegant aesthetic that surprises for all the advantages offered, typical of devices with higher prices and out of reach dimensions. Weight and thickness are really low as is the price at launch, but everything in which it engages is decidedly remarkable and exaggeratedly rewarding. One of the best smartphones produced by the Asian brand, which will make you live a new technological experience.
- STEREO SOUND
- 90 HZ DISPLAY
- COMPLETENESS CONNECTIVITY
- MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
- RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
- NO IPxx CERTIFICATION