Battle of the two Xiaomi smartphones between 17 and 23K! Experience vs Value.

Is the Mi 11 Lite a true mid range killer when compared to Xiaomi's own Redmi Note 10 Pro/Max? Best value vs Best Display and Experience is a good way to describe it. Read to find out more.........

The Mi 11 Lite is not a smartphone geared towards great hardware and specifications and crazy value for money. It is more focused on users who want a good experience. Experience is a word they used a lot in the introduction event of this phone. It has a good in hand feel, well optimized UI, and well-rounded cameras with good post color processing. It is powered by the Snapdragon 732G Processor, which is not a new one, or an extremely powerful one, but it is a decent processor. It has a 10 Bit Color 90Hz AMOLED HDR Full HD+ Display, making it the best display in the 15 to 30 thousand price range.

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It also has 800 Nits of peak brightness. It is a very slim and light smartphone with a lot of engineering enhancements and it also has a 4250 MAH All Day Battery with 33W fast charging.

Moving to the Redmi Note 10 Pro/Max, we can use the terms Pro and Pro Max here interchangeably because the only difference is a 108MP Main Camera versus 64.

It has an AMOLED 120Hz 1080P Screen with the Snapdragon 732G, Glass on the back and front, a 5020 MAH Battery, with 33W Fast Charging, Vlog Mode, Dual Stereo Speakers, Great Haptics. In some aspects it is ahead of the Mi 11 Lite. So, practically comparing them, which one wins?

Of course, from a value point of view, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is in another league. An AMOLED 120Hz and a 732G priced for 17,500 Rupees is a steal deal. Comparing the CPU and GPU, they both have the SD732G, and they score nearly the same in Antutu and Geekbench, so it is a tie in this category

Moving to the cameras, the Redmi Note 10 Pro/Max, it is really really good for the price. But compared to the Mi 11 Lite, the 11 Lite wins, because it gets the dynamic range and saturation right. The Note 10 Pro tends to oversaturate some colors. The Mi 11 Lite seems to be better at night mode photos as well. We have the 64/108MP Main Camera on the Note 10 Pro/Max with an 8 Megapixel Ultrawide, a 5MP Macro camera and then that rubbish pointless 2MP Depth camera. The Mi 11 Lite has a 64MP Sensor with a 1.8 Aperture (Compared to 1.9 on the Note). It has an 8MP Ultrawide and also a 5MP Macro.

Background blur looks comparable and overall, the cameras do kind of trade blows in video. But the Mi 11 Lite is more consistent and more reliable. It gets the colors and saturation right. So, the Mi 11 Lite takes the win in this segment. Just because the Redmi Note 10 Pro/Max has the extra 2MP Camera does not mean it is better.

Both of them run on Android 11. From a software point of view, the Mi 11 Lite still wins because it is better tuned and optimized and it has less bugs and glitches in MIUI. Both of them are ad free.

The 5G Version of the Mi 11 Lite with SD870 was not launched in India, but the CEO of Xiaomi said that if the Mi 11 Lite sees enough demand, the Mi 11 Lite 5G Variant will also be launched.

Though the display on the Note is brighter and has a higher refresh rate, it is in not a complete win for the Note here. The 10 Bit Colours make the display on the Mi 11 Lite look better.

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The price of the Redmi Note 10 Pro starts at 17,500 Rupees and the Mi 11 Lite starts at 18,999 (including the early bird offers). The Pro Max is 19,500 Rupees. The Mi 11 Lite makes more sense than the Pro Max here.

To summarize:

  1. Display: User preference (Theoretically Mi 11 Lite)
  2. Cameras: Mi 11 Lite
  3. Software: Mi 11 Lite
  4. Battery Life: Both will last a typical day
  5. Performance: Tied
  6. 5G Compatibility: Not Applicable
  7. Charging speeds: 33W on both
  8. Price: Redmi Note 10 Pro.
  9. Design: Major points to the Mi 11 Lite

We know it has been a long post, but since it was a detailed comparison, that was necessary. The Mi 11 Lite makes cuts in the right places.

Finally, the conclusion. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is a great device if you want to save a little bit of money and still get a phone that is pretty decent. If you want a great in hand feel, amazing design, the thinnest and lightest smartphone of 2021 so far, great overall experience and better software optimization, go for the Mi 11 Lite. It is geared towards users who want better experience. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max makes no sense. Let us know your opinions in the comments.

Thanks a lot for reading

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Chandan is the founder of Xiaomi Central. He’s also a tech journalist at dealntech. He writes on Mobile and Android-related news. Keeping the contents as simple as possible with proper information is his goal. He enjoys researching all kinds of tech products, especially fascinating latest mobile phones and gadgets. In his free time, he loves playing mobile games.

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