During the recent Xiaomi Malaysia launch event, we got a plethora of new products, namely the Xiaomi 11T series and the Xiaomi Pad 5. However, there was actually another smartphone announced at the event too that perhaps didn’t garner the same amount of attention—the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is kinda like a refresh of the earlier Mi 11 Lite, with the ‘NE’ moniker meaning New Edition. You’ll find the biggest difference under the hood, as while the Mi 11 Lite had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G system-on-chip, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G. This gets mated to either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. As usual, it comes with MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 out of the box.
As for the display, you still get a 6.55-inch, FHD+ AMOLED display that’s capable of a 90Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The screen comes with support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and covers 100% of the sRGB colour gamut. It’s able to produce up to 800nits of brightness and the whole front comes with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against scratches over it.
The top left on the screen has a small punch hole cutout for a 20MP selfie camera, compared to the 16MP front camera on the original Mi 11 Lite. Meanwhile, the rear of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has a triple camera setup, with a main 64MP shooter, an 8MP ultrawide angle camera and a 5MP telemacro lens too. You’ll be able to shoot at up to 4K at 30fps, and features Xiaomi’s AI SkyScaping for photography and a one-click AI cinema function for video recording.
Other features include a 4,250mAh battery that Xiaomi rates for up to 104 hours of video playback, or 16 hours of music and comes with 33W fast charging via USB-C. There’s also a side-mounted fingerprint sensor as well as expandable storage via microSD. There’s unfortunately no 3.5mm audio jack, but the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE does have stereo speakers. It has support for 5G, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC too; while the Mi 11 Lite had NFC, it was limited to 4G LTE, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1. You’ll get to choose between four colour options, namely Truffle Black, Bubblegum Blue, Peach Pink and Snowflake White.
Pricing and availability
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE comes in three different memory and storage configurations, which are:
- Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM1,199
- Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM1,399
- Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage—RM1,599
It’s now available on Xiaomi’s official store on Shopee and Lazada, as well as their authorised retail partners across the country. For more information on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, you can check out its product page on the Xiaomi Malaysia website.