Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE review

GSMArena Team, 18 Sept 2021.

Battery life

Having the same 4,250 mAh battery on board and running a similar chipset, we were expecting little to no difference in the battery tests between the "Old Edition" and the "New Edition". However, we were met with rather big discrepancies, mostly in the screen-on tests and the 3G call runtimes.

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

The new variant seems to be doing a lot better than its older sibling in this regard and we are inclined to attribute this to the SoC change. Although very similar at first, the newer SoC could have been optimized a bit better and the difference in the manufacturing process (5nm Samsung vs 6nm TSMC) could play a part in all of this as well.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test done at the display's highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage patterns check out our all-time battery test results chart where you can also find all phones we've tested.

In any case, we are quite impressed by the runtimes achieved with a smaller than average 4,250 mAh battery and the overall decrease in performance might be worth it after all. The Snapdragon 778G clearly overtakes the Snapdragon 780G in terms of power efficiency.

Speakers

The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has a stereo speaker setup of the hybrid kind - there is one dedicated speaker at the bottom, while the front-facing earpiece acts as the second speaker. That doesn't mean they are not well-balanced, though. Loudness from the two speakers didn't vary much. Loudness is identical to the original 11 Lite 5G and so is sound quality. Mid-tones sound nice and so do the vocals but higher-pitched sounds are not ideal. The handset also leaves more to be desired in terms of bass and overall fullness, although that's usually the weak spot for most smartphones.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Performance

The Snapdragon 778G (Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE) is supposedly almost identical to the Snapdragon 780G (Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G) on paper, but in reality, they are quite different SoCs. And we are not talking about the difference in the manufacturing process. While their model designations sound quite similar, there are differences in the CPU configuration and GPU performance between the two.

Even though the GPU models - Adreno 642 and 642L - suggest little to no difference in the GPU performance, it's evident from the benchmarks that the Snapdragon 778G's GPU is sensibly less powerful.

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE review

What makes things a bit more complicated, however, is the CPU configuration. Now, according to Qualcomm's official website as well as Wikipedia's list of Qualcomm SoCs, they should employ the same octa-core CPUs in 1+3+4 configuration running the same clock speeds. But that's not really the case.

A quick check using CPU-Z reveals that the SD778G is actually running largely different clock speeds. Qualcomm says we have 1x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 (Kryo 670 Prime) + 3x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A78 (Kryo 670 Gold) + 4x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A55 (Kryo 670 Silver) on both chipsets. CPU-Z reads the following on the Snapdragon 778G - 4x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 + 4x 1.8 GHz - pretty straightforward, although some additional testing confirmed they are indeed clustered in 1+3+4 core configuration. It's just that the CPU core 1 (the Kryo 670 Prime core) and CPU cores 2, 3, and 4 (the three Kryo 670 Gold cores) are all clocked the same in contrast to the Snapdragon 780 config.

The Snapdragon 780G is as advertised - only the main Cortex-A78 (Kryo 670 Prime) boosts up to 2.4 GHz while the other three Cortex-A78 cores (Kryo 670 Gold) tick at 2.2 GHz. The Cortex-A55 (Kryo 670 Silver) are as listed on the Wikipedia page running at 1.9 GHz.

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE review

So one would expect the Snapdragon 778G to perform a bit better in CPU-heavy workloads. However, our tests revealed that the two chipsets trade blows in compound system loads and pure CPU-bound tasks. The actual real-world difference is in fact rather negligible.

The real difference between the Snapdragon 778G and 780G lies in the graphics department and the Snapdragon 780G takes a clear lead in graphically intensive tasks.

GeekBench 5 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme GT 5G
    3555
  • Realme GT Master
    2917
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    2909
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    2832
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    2792
  • Poco X3 Pro
    2574
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    1820
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    1337

GeekBench 5 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Realme GT 5G
    1139
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    814
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    803
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    787
  • Realme GT Master
    785
  • Poco X3 Pro
    735
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    636
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    574

AnTuTu 9

Higher is better

  • Realme GT 5G
    810433
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    598022
  • Realme GT Master
    529263
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    527663
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    522490
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    386474
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    373168

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Realme GT 5G
    112
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    75
  • Poco X3 Pro
    75
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    65
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    56
  • Realme GT Master
    56
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    37
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    32

GFX Manhattan ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Poco X3 Pro
    67
  • Realme GT 5G
    60
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    57
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    57
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    49
  • Realme GT Master
    46
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    33
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    28

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (offscreen 1080p)

Higher is better

  • Realme GT 5G
    65
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    46
  • Poco X3 Pro
    45
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    40
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    33
  • Realme GT Master
    33
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    19

GFX Car Chase ES 3.1 (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme GT 5G
    55
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    38
  • Poco X3 Pro
    38
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    35
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    28
  • Realme GT Master
    27
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    19
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    16

3DMark Wild Life Vulkan 1.1 (offscreen 1440p)

Higher is better

  • Realme GT 5G
    5872
  • OnePlus Nord 2
    4224
  • Poco X3 Pro
    3401
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    3136
  • Realme GT Master
    2481
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
    2477
  • Google Pixel 5a 5G
    1674
  • Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    1107

In the charts above, we've also included a couple of similarly-priced phones running the higher-tier Snapdragon 888 and 870 along with MediaTek's Dimensity 1200 SoC powering up the OnePlus Nord 2. Of course, the Snapdragon 778G can't keep up against those three. On the other hand, other phones in the same price range employing the Snapdragon 765G and 750G are providing lower overall performance than the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE's SD778G so it still remains competitive.

As for the memory configurations, they remain untouched from the old model for the most part - 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. The difference, this time around, is that the 8GB/128GB variant is considered to be the main one and launches at the same price as the original 6GB/128GB MI 11 Lite 5G. The 6GB/128GB version will still be available but only in select markets and at a lower €369 price tag.

Reader comments

  • Oogway

Yes Samsung is also good but for better cameras it has greatly sacrificed its chipset which is outdated and only supports 4G, it has slower charging speed and no HDR10+

  • Oogway

Wait what ? So the same phone can come with a different display or pixel arrangement ? How's it possible ? How do I know which display I get in advance ? Thank You :)

  • Alan

You might have received the Pentagon panel model , its display is shit , not sharp at all.