Xiaomi initially offered the primary of the Mi 11 sequence on the tail finish of 2020, bringing the telephone to new markets originally of the brand new yr. Speedy-forward to overdue March 2021 and we had been all of sudden offered to roughly six further family members, probably the most modest of which is the Mi 11 Lite.

To not be perplexed with the Mi 11 Lite 5G – which stocks in some (however no longer all of its) key {hardware} – the usual Mi 11 Lite is a svelte 4G-only providing that leads with its design and packs in a wealth of options, all underpinned via Xiaomi’s signature sense of worth.

Design and construct

The Lite specializes in handing over a big-screened enjoy in an impressively skinny bundle; one thing it achieves via boasting a waistline of simply 6.81mm; that is thinner than almost some other smartphone lately available on the market (save for fresh foldables, when opened up), twinned with a featherweight shape, at 157 grams.

Like maximum telephones lately available on the market, the rear triple digital camera module provides just a little further thickness to the top-left nook however even the two-tiered design – which draws at once from the unique Mi 11, with its chrome accents – is just noticeable.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite logo

In spite of its expansive, flat glass back and front, the delicate rounding on the edges and the curved steel body imply it is relaxed to carry, alternatively, the mirror-like end of the again quilt is such that grip can once in a while really feel briefly provide and fingerprints display up all too simply – in particular within the Boba Black model reviewed right here.

Xiaomi does, fortunately, come with a clear versatile case in-box, so you’ll nonetheless get pleasure from the telephone’s maximum complementary proportions – in addition to having the ability to experience your selected end – with just a little further peace of thoughts.

Talking of end, the Mi 11 Lite is available in 3 colourways: Boba Black (pictured), Bubblegum Blue and Peach Purple. Not like the replicate polish of the black fashion, each blue and crimson variations boast a subtle floor remedy that provides gentle resources mirrored within the telephone’s again a fantastic lustre and iridescence, in addition to markedly awesome resistance to smudges and smears.

That steel body, in the meantime, seems to be too skinny for the standard headphone jack (even supposing an adapter does come in-box), alternatively, Xiaomi did in finding room sufficient for a USB-C port, speaker grille, quantity rocker, persistent key and maximum strangely of all – one seldom-seen however preferred function – an IR blaster; which ties into the Mi Far off common far off app.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite fingerprint sensor power button

The facility key additionally doubles as a fingerprint sensor, which proves to be with ease positioned, responsive and dependable. Face unencumber may be an possibility, the usage of the telephone’s fundamental RGB front-facing digital camera (i.e. no Apple Face ID-style IR contour mapping is at paintings at the Lite).

Whilst its design is rather uncompromising, it should not come as a wonder {that a} telephone as skinny and as gentle because the Mi 11 Lite lacks wi-fi charging, whilst its extra reasonably priced status manner it forgoes IP certification in opposition to mud and water resistance too.

Show and audio

There is a satisfying symmetry to the entrance of the Mi 11 Lite that units itself excluding extra reasonably priced telephones that try to slender down their bezels; the thickness of which seems virtually equivalent all of the manner round (less expensive handsets generally have a thicker ‘chin’ of bezel alongside the ground).

The first rate screen-to-body ratio at paintings at the Mi 11 Lite is helping create an expansive viewing enjoy, with the 6.55in Complete HD+ HDR10-compliant, 10-bit color AMOLED panel handing over nice brightness, viewing angles, distinction and hues.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite screen pencil

MIUI – Xiaomi’s Android consumer enjoy – additionally provides in a mountain of keep an eye on over the telephone’s visuals; letting you place or agenda darkish mode (which turns brilliant UI components darkish or black – excellent for a tool with a power-efficient OLED show like this one), alternate color gamut and temperature to a advantageous stage, and turn up refresh charge.

The telephone defaults to a standard 60Hz however dip into the settings and you can in finding the method to transfer to 90Hz. MIUI does not explicitly say whether or not this actual prime refresh charge implementation is dynamic or fastened (the previous regarding optimising refresh charge in response to app or motion) however know that you can acquire a a ways slicker, smoother-looking consumer enjoy, on the expense of just a little battery existence.

One-handed mode is a part of the equation too, which feels very important at the Lite’s large show, shrinking the UI right down to deliver the entirety inside of a thumb’s succeed in with a easy swipe around the navigation keys on the backside.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite front camera close-up

On the level the place bezel meets body, Xiaomi has controlled to chop a near-imperceptible earpiece slit that outputs sound with spectacular readability. What is extra, the telephone’s stereo setup delivers a ways clearer and louder sound general than you would be expecting from a tool as skinny as this.

Device and contours

If the show settings had been any indication, Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 – as it sounds as if at the Mi 11 Lite – is a feature-packed enjoy. It is a double-edged sword, alternatively, granting customers an astounding degree of personalisation and customisation however on the similar time presenting a cacophony of choices and purposes that can baffle even long-time Android customers; no less than in the beginning.

Maximum Chinese language telephone makers have both toned down (with regards to Huawei and Oppo) their Android skins or all however reverted again to near-stock (Vivo) when bringing their telephones to global audiences. Whilst that is in part true of Xiaomi too, the worldwide construct of MIUI 12 nonetheless feels uniquely advanced and a tad overwhelming.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite MIUI 12

The Mi 11 Lite additionally comes pre-loaded with a rather prime share of bloatware for a contemporary smartphone; with third-party entries like eBay and PUBG Cellular provide out the field, in addition to a heap of Xiaomi’s personal apps that both double up on Google’s choices (just like the Mi [web] Browser) or serve what maximum would believe area of interest functions, just like the (barcode) scanner app, the standalone display screen recorder app, the separate Safety and Cleaner apps, and so forth.

There are even cases of advertisements shooting up inside of a few of these first-party apps, which cheapens the whole enjoy reasonably.

If you regulate to MIUI’s intricacies, alternatively, there are components that can unquestionably attraction. The quantity of fine-grain keep an eye on over how the entirety seems and behaves is amazingly wealthy; from basic choices – like ‘app drawer or no app drawer’ as to whether or no longer the standing bar presentations the telephone’s connection pace.

There also are a heap of playful UI components and animations that get dressed the entirety in an extra degree of polish no longer discovered on different consumer reports; the About telephone phase has a perfect instance of this, the place the visible illustration of garage used sloshes round like a liquid, the usage of the telephone’s accelerometer and programmed physics to reply to the telephone’s orientation and motion.

Efficiency

Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 700-series chipsets are usually well-respected, with remaining yr’s Snapdragon 765G proving succesful sufficient to search out its manner into a lot of flagships; just like the Google Pixel 5 and LG Velvet, in addition to a few of our favorite mid-range telephones of the yr, corresponding to the unique OnePlus Nord.

The Snapdragon 732G powering the Mi 11 Lite (which debuted inside of Xiaomi’s personal Poco X3 NFC, remaining yr) is down against the decrease finish of the 700 line however nonetheless proves to be a forged selection.

The telephone feels utterly relaxed sporting out on a regular basis duties like messaging, surfing and streaming video, with the one genuine signal that the Lite is not powered via a flagship-class SoC presenting itself maximum readily via longer-than-expected app load occasions.

Past that, the Lite nonetheless feels wholly succesful as a gaming telephone, defaulting to ‘prime’ graphics inside of Name of Accountability: Cellular – with real-time shadows enabled (however results like intensity of box, ragdolls and anti-aliasing disabled).

As much as 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 garage (as examined) must additionally turn out sufficient for many customers’ wishes and jointly have the ability to ship two to 3 years of competent use (device replace beef up from Xiaomi allowing).

Battery

For the sort of skinny tool, Xiaomi has nonetheless controlled to fit in a shockingly capacious 4250mAh battery (that is better than an iPhone 12 Professional Max’s).

As Android telephones cross, that is not the maximum cavernous of cells but it surely must see you via an afternoon of use with ease, with rate to spare.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite USB-C close-up

The telephone’s persistent menu is just a little complicated to interpret however provides you with helpful stats like estimated utilization closing and no longer one, however two ranges of battery saver; the primary of which restricts background app process, clears the telephone’s cache on every occasion it is locked and disables high quality of existence options like raise-to-wake, whilst the ‘extremely’ variant moreover restricts efficiency and capability to additional longevity.

MIUI additionally highlights when battery-draining apps are at paintings and suggests different adjustments that may be made to give a boost to longevity; like switching the display screen’s refresh charge right down to 60Hz (all of the Mi 11 Lite benchmarks on this evaluation had been carried out with the show set to 90Hz), turning off location products and services, haptic comments and extra.

Xiaomi additionally contains 33W speedy charger in-box, which refills the Mi 11 Lite again as much as 43% in simply half-hour, 97% in an hour and a complete rate in an hour and ten mins flat.

Digicam

The digital camera module at the telephone’s again seems identical in design to the usual Mi 11 however the Mi 11 Lite sports activities an entirely other set of sensors; with a 64Mp lead digital camera, an 8Mp ultrawide, a 5Mp ‘telemacro’ snapper and a 16Mp hole-punch front-facer.

XIaomi Mi 11 Lite camera close-up

A skinny telephone with a skinny digital camera module additionally manner an entire loss of OIS, alternatively, EIS (digital symbol stabilisation) proves pleasingly assured when taking pictures video – which tops out at 4K solution/30fps.

Whilst, usually, stills throughout all of the Mi 11 Lite’s cameras seem competent and satisfying to the attention, there are a couple of habitual characteristics that may not attraction to everybody. Even though the choice of AI symbol enhancement is only a faucet away, the default color science (when it is disabled) seems a hair too desaturated, whilst bits and bobs are processed to the purpose of oversharpening.

Dynamic differ at the secondary sensors is the most important discrepancy between the telephone’s cameras, whilst the Lite once in a while struggled to search out focal point, in particular when macro taking pictures.

By means of default, the lead digital camera captures 16Mp pixel-binned snaps, whilst the ‘telemacro’ may also be set to shoot 2x zoomed photographs or – by means of a toggle – macro pictures.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite camera viewfinder

Xiaomi’s digital camera device is, you guessed it, feature-packed; with a heap of modes, together with distinctive inventive choices like Clone, Vlog and Twin Video, in addition to a variety of icons that you can wish to familiarise your self with by means of experimentation with a view to be informed what all of them do.

Value and availability

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is now to be had from the corporate’s personal Mi Retailer, throughout a lot of Ecu markets, together with France and Spain. Pricing begins at €299.90 for the 6GB RAM/64GB garage variant.

This additionally puts it in the similar ballpark as the brand new OnePlus Nord CE 5G and the corporate’s personal Redmi Be aware 10 Professional, which undercuts the Lite in lots of regards, save in all probability for its design.

Verdict

On first impressions, in spite of its status because the lowliest member of the Mi 11 circle of relatives, the Mi 11 Lite ‘wows’ with its wafer-thin shape. Dig just a little deeper and also you realise it is also imbued with a surprising show, succesful internals and a feature-packed consumer enjoy.

If design is not on the peak of your record of priorities in a brand new telephone, your cash will most likely cross additional somewhere else (even supposing you are nonetheless more likely to in finding one thing appropriate inside the Xiaomi catalogue), alternatively, the Mi 11 Lite delivers a pleasingly well-rounded enjoy for the cost, whole with a couple of distinctive touches.

Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite: Specifications

  • 6.55in 90Hz Complete HD+ 20:9 AMOLED show
  • 10-bit color
  • HDR10 beef up
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • 6GB or 8GB (LPDDR4X) RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB UFS 2.2 garage
  • 64Mp major digital camera
  • 8Mp ultrawide digital camera
  • 5Mp ‘telemacro’ digital camera
  • 16Mp entrance digital camera (gap punch)
  • Twin audio system
  • Android 11 w/ MIUI 12
  • Fingerprint sensor/persistent key
  • Face unencumber
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • 4250mAh battery
  • 33W speedy charging
  • 160.53mm x 75.73mm x 6.81mm
  • 157 grams
  • Colors: Peach Purple, Bubblegum Blue, Boba Black