The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is a flat screen phone done right

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is a flat screen phone done right

I seem to be in the minority among my peers and colleagues in the tech media scene, but I actually like curved screen phones. Curved screens not only look visually appealing to me — especially with the way visuals seem to spill off the edges like an infinity pool — but also make for a more comfortable in-hand feel. Flat panels by and large don’t feel as premium to me. But Xiaomi’s new Mi 11 Lite is the exception — it’s a flat panel that feels good.

Here’s why I usually dislike flat screens: the corners where the display ends and the chassis begins can result in a sharp edge, which is the case with the Galaxy S20 FE, Realme 8 Pro, and more than a few Redmi devices. If that chassis is too thick like on an iPhone 12, then the whole phone feels angular and blocky.

But the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is a flat panel done right. The screen itself doesn’t curve, but the edges are chamfered just enough, and the chassis rounded, to make for a device that doesn’t have sharp sides. It feels like the Google Pixel 5 — another flat screen phone that I actually think feels great in the hand.

It’s also very light and thin at just 159g (0.3lbs) and 6.8mm, providing a welcome reprieve from the big, heavy phones I’ve been testing like the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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SpecificationXiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4GXiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Build
  • Colors: Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue, Peach Pink
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Colors: Truffle Black, Mint Green, Citrus Yellow
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Dimensions & Weight160.53mm x 75.72mm x 6.81mm, 157g160.53mm x 75.72mm x 6.81mm, 159g
Display
  • 6.55” AMOLED DotDisplay (2400 x 1080 FHD+)
  • 10-bit TrueColor and DCI-P3
  • 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate
  • HDR10 support
  • TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification
  • 6.55” AMOLED DotDisplay (2400 x 1080 FHD+)
  • 10-bit TrueColor and DCI-P3
  • 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate
  • HDR10+ support
  • TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
    • CPU
      • 1x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz
      • 1x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.2GHz
      • 6x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
    • GPU: Adreno 618
    • Samsung’s 8nm LPP manufacturing process
  • Xiaomi’s LiquidCool Technology
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G
    • CPU
      • 1x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.4GHz
      • 3x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.2GHz
      • 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.9GHz
    • GPU: Adreno 642
    • Samsung’s 5nm manufacturing process
  • Xiaomi’s LiquidCool Technology
RAM & Storage
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB UFS 2.2 storage
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB UFS 2.2 storage
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB UFS 2.2 storage
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB UFS 2.2 storage
Battery & Charging
  • 4,250mAh battery
  • 33W fast-charging via included charger
  • 4,250mAh battery
  • 33W fast-charging via included charger
SecurityArc side-mounted fingerprint, PIN/Password, PatternArc side-mounted fingerprint, PIN/Password, Pattern
Rear Camera(s)
  • Main: 64MP (F/1.79, 0.7μm 4-in-1 to 1.4μm, 1/1.97″ sensor size, 6P lens, contrast autofocus)
  • Ultra wide-angle camera: 8MP (F/2.2, 1.12μm, 1/4″ sensor size, 5P lens)
  • Macro: 5MP telemacro camera (F/2.4, 1.12μm, 4P lens, contrast autofocus, 3-7cm)
  • Single-tone flash
  • Main: 64MP (F/1.79, 0.7μm 4-in-1 to 1.4μm, 1/1.97″ sensor size, 6P lens, contrast autofocus)
  • Ultra wide-angle camera: 8MP (F/2.2, 1.12μm, 1/4″ sensor size, 5P lens)
  • Macro: 5MP telemacro camera (F/2.4, 1.12μm, 1.5″ sensor size, 4P lens, contrast autofocus, 3-7cm)
  • Single-tone flash
Front Camera(s)16MP in-display selfie camera20MP in-display selfie camera
Port(s)USB Type-CUSB Type-C
Audio & Vibration
  • Dual audio speakers
  • 2x recording microphones
  • Hi-res Audio certification, Hi-res Audio Wireless certification
  • Z-axis linear motor
  • Dual audio speakers
  • Hi-res Audio certification, Hi-res Audio Wireless certification
  • Z-axis linear motor
Connectivity
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X15 4G LTE integrated modem
    • 4G LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28/32/66
    • 4G LTE TDD: 38/40/41 (120M)
    • 3G WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8
    • 4×4 MIMO (Only 4G, B3, B7)
  • Dual SIM
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Wi-Fi 5
  • NFC and IR blaster
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X53 4G LTE and 5G integrated modem
    • 5G NR: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66
    • 4G LTE FDD:1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/12/13/17/20/28/32/66
    • 4G LTE TDD: 38/40/41
    • 3G WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8
    • 2G GSM: 2/3/5/8
  • Dual 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • NFC and IR blaster
SoftwareMIUI 12 based on Android 11MIUI 12 based on Android 11

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite comes in two versions: a 4G model that is powered by a Snapdragon 732G and a 5G model running on the brand-new Snapdragon 780G. The latter SoC features Kryo 670 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.4GHz frequency and a triple ISP.

I have the Mi 11 Lite 5G model. Unfortunately, because the device is an early review unit, all the popular benchmark apps from Geekbench 5 to PCMark have been blocked, so I can’t test the phone yet in terms of benchmark performance. I also haven’t had the phone long enough to give definitive impressions about performance and battery life.

But as I said at the beginning of the article, the Mi 11 Lite feels very good in the hand. It’s a typical glass sandwich design, with a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel that refreshes at 90Hz. The back panel has a matte-frosted coating that is grippy yet doesn’t attract fingerprints — but it’s just standard glass, not Gorilla Glass.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G's 6.5-inch screen.

Despite the device’s 6.8mm thinness, Xiaomi managed to cram a 4,250 mAh battery inside the Mi 11 Lite, as well as very loud stereo speakers. There’s a triple camera array headlined by a 64MP camera and flanked by an 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro lens, as well as a 16MP selfie camera.

I haven’t had much time to test the cameras much, but it seems to be on par with Xiaomi’s more entry-level offerings. What the Mi 11 Lite lacks in hardware prowess, though, the software makes up for.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G camera

The cinematic shooting modes that Xiaomi introduced with the Mi 11 are available here too, as is the clone photo/video feature, which has been very fun to play with.

Xiaomi is selling the Mi 11 Lite 5G for ¥2599 in China and €369 in Europe. At these aggressively low prices, Xiaomi obviously had to compromise somewhere, which is why the Mi 11 Lite lacks wireless charging, an IP water resistance rating, or an in-display fingerprint sensor. Instead, the phone comes with a 33W wired charger and uses a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The latter may not actually be a bad thing, as it’s easier to find by touch and very fast to respond.

This is just my first impression of the device. We’ll be back with more in-depth testing, so keep an eye out for future content on not just the Mi 11 Lite but also the Mi 11 Ultra as well!

    Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
    Xiaomi's Mi 11 Lite 5G is the first phone with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 780G. It's a great mid-range phone on paper and is priced very aggressively in Europe.

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Ben Sin
Ben Sin

I'm a senior editor at XDA Developers. I have been a journalist for a decade, the last five years covering the mobile tech scene closely, reviewing just about every phone and attending trade shows and launches. I also run a gadget review channel on YouTube.