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One of the many phones announced in Xiaomi’s crazy long two-day keynote is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite. And I have to say, this is a rather simple phone. So, let’s go through our usual 6 points and talk about the Mi 11 Lite in this video.

Oh, I should also highlight that ours here is the Mi 11 Lite 4G version, not the 5G version.

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Design

Okay, so let’s start off with the design first since I think this is the biggest highlight of the Mi 11 Lite.

It’s flat on both the front and the back side, and it’s also very thin. One thing that Xiaomi keeps talking about is how lightweight the Mi 11 Lite is.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

And yes, it is very lightweight to the point where I forgot that it’s in my pocket. But, when I picked up the Mi 11 Lite for the first time, the glass back doesn’t feel good. To which I found out that the Mi 11 Lite is actually using “impact-resistant glass backs” – which I think is why the Mi 11 Lite is able to be so lightweight.

Screen

Okay, screen – 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution with 90Hz refresh rate. The screen looks okay and there’s nothing special or wrong about it.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

Cameras

We have a total of 3 different cameras here – and they can all be used to take photos. The picture quality of the main camera is performing quite okay. Pretty good clarity and colors overall, though dynamic range is somewhat still a hit or miss situation at certain scenes.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

Watch our video at the top of this review for all the camera picture samples.

Software – MIUI 12

And what’s also same with the Mi 11 here is MIUI 12. We don’t want to talk about it here because we already talked about MIUI 12 in-depth during the Mi 11 review, so watch that review instead.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

Battery

Rather small 4,250mAh battery – which is one of the reasons why the Mi 11 Lite is so thin – manages to last for quite a long time in our battery life test even at 90Hz refresh rate because it’s using the rather power-efficient Snapdragon 732G – so it’ll learn throughout the day if minimal gaming is involved.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

As for the charging time, it takes more than an hour to charge from 15% to 100% of battery life with its included 33W charger.

Performance

And now the performance – The Mi 11 Lite is equipped with the Snapdragon 732G with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage – and it can run Genshin Impact at about the lowest or low graphical setting preset at 30fps and that’s about it.

If you want to watch the gaming performance analysis of the Mi 11 Lite, watch it here.

Should you buy the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite?

And that’s it. It’s priced at RM1,199 and it’s a fine phone on its own. Not gonna lie, the Mi 11 Lite is a rather boring phone. Since it is priced as such, it sits in between and sandwiched by both new POCO phones. At the end of the day, you have to make your own choice on which smartphone to get, depending on what you want from a phone.

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