Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE review: Light and easy

Dec 17, 2021 Administrator Reviews 55 hits

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE review: Light and easy

Make no mistake, despite the title of the article. This is indeed pretty much a review of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. But I wanted to make it easy for myself and everyone else by putting this in listicle form. Let’s go!

The new Control Center

Okay, so I don’t exactly know how new this is. I don’t recall the Mi 11 (which was the last Xiaomi phone I reviewed) having this same type of Control Center, but it is just heaven sent for anyone who uses Google Home (or Samsung SmartThings).

I personally found this very useful since I have multiple lights and devices connected to Google Home. And as someone who’s generally lazy, being able to turn the devices on/off after swiping down to get to the control center is a layer of convenience I didn’t know I needed until the option was available to me.

Quick note though, the swiping down might need some getting used to. You’re required to swipe from the right side of the screen to get to the Control Center and on the left side of the screen for your Notifications. But that’s only when you’re on the home screen.

If you have the app open it has to be the upper right-hand corner and the upper left-hand corner of the screen for the Control Center and Notifications respectively. Getting to that upper left-hand corner can be a bit of a doozy though. If there’s something I didn’t particularly enjoy about this setup it would be that.

Incredibly light

First thing I noticed when I first held the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was how it’s so thin and light. Coming from my usual daily drivers that are quite hefty (iPhone 11 Pro and OPPO Find X3 Pro), the weight and overall feel of this phone needed some adjustment from my end.

The weight and general size is great for many things. For one, it’s great for one-handed use despite its relatively big 6.55-inch AMOLED display. It never felt too big nor too heavy to hold even during extended watch or play periods.

Binge-ready display and audio 

While we’re on the topic of the display, I thought it had an overall pretty good display. On paper, it lists all of these as features: 1B colors, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 90Hz, 500 nits (typ), 800 nits (HBM).

There’s nothing here that suggests it is a bad display and my usage suggests the same thing. I thoroughly enjoyed jumping from one TikTok to another on this phone. I also spent a significant amount of time replaying TWICE Chaeyoung’s latest Melody Project — “Off My Face” by Justin Bieber. 

What I was super pleasantly surprised by is its audio. Other than being the right level of loud but still staying clear, I encountered certain clips/videos that played with how audio comes off, and the phone was able to deliver the effect the videos were going for. It’s hard to explain in text, but it’s almost like it had some sort of spatial awareness. It’s not bass-y at all, but what phone is?

Overall, it’s fantastic for media consumption and is about as good as it gets for the price (PhP 16,990 for this 6GB+128GB variant unit we have) it commands.

Photos ready for your social media feed

The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is equipped with the following cameras: 64MP f/1.8, 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 5MP f/2.4 telephoto macro, and 20MP f/2.2 selfies.

I have generally zero complaints about the images.They’re about exactly what you expect from a midranger — which is already touching near-flagship territory especially in well lit conditions. I didn’t have any opportunity to shoot at night during the review period. Closest I got is some of the food photos taken as dusk was about to hit. On that note, photo dump!

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