Xiaomi is set to launch the Mi 11 Lite in India next week on June 22. We already know that the smartphone maker is only introducing the 4G variant of this phone in India but, hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing a 5G variant later on, if the demand for 5G picks up. Mi 11 Lite will be the fourth smartphone in Xiaomi's flagship series alongside the Mi 11X, Mi 11X Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. The smartphone has already launched globally and a lot of its features are already known. Few others have been officially confirmed by Xiaomi.
One of the highlights of the Mi 11 Lite is that it is the slimmest and lightest smartphone of 2021. The Flipkart microsite highlights that the Mi 11 Lite is going to be 6.8mm thick and will weigh just 157 grams. Xiaomi has kept both these things quite low given what we see on other smartphones these days.
However, the decision to only bring a 4G variant is debatable, especially when Xiaomi has maintained that Mi series smartphones target a more premium set of buyers. It also puts the onus on Xiaomi to price the phone very aggressively and justify it with other specifications. But, before we talk about the possible pricing of Mi 11 Lite, let's have a look at everything else we know about this smartphone.
As we mentioned before, the Mi 11 Lite has already launched globally so most of its features are known. The 4G variant of the phone, which Xiaomi is launching in India, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor. It is the same chipset Poco used on the Poco X3. The Xiaomi smartphone is expected to come with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
Another aspect Xiaomi is talking a lot about is the display on the Mi 11 Lite. The smartphone is likely to have a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with 90 Hz refresh rate, 500 to 800 nits brightness and HDR 10+ support. Now, the smartphone maker has confirmed that this will be a 10-bit panel, usually found on more expensive smartphones. It is capable of offering higher level of contrast and deep colors when compared to other smartphones with an 8-bit panel.
We will be able to tell how much difference it actually makes, once we have the phone for review with us.
For photography, the Mi 11 Lite is likely to feature a triple rear camera module with a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. On the front, the smartphone is likely to feature a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It should also come with Xiaomi's 33W fast charger.
India Today Tech had already confirmed that the Mi 11 Lite price in India will be under Rs 25,000 and can also be as low as the Mi 10i which sells at Rs 21,999 right now. The latter is a 5G ready smartphone. This is the interesting bit and Xiaomi can only blame itself for making things a little confusing.
It made an ambitious move earlier this year with the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max which was equipped with most features you would expect on a mid-premium smartphone but, was still priced at Rs 22,000 for the top-end variant.
Xiaomi now faces this tough task of positioning the Mi 11 Lite in the sub-Rs 25,000 category while differentiating it from the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which by the way, comes with a better 120Hz AMOLED panel, 108-megapixel main camera and 1300 nits of peak brightness.
Then, you also have to look at the competition. Both iQOO and OnePlus have launched smartphones in the same price bracket. Both iQOO Z3 and OnePlus Nord CE are powered by processors that support 5G. The new Nord is very similar to its predecessor with few small upgrades but, it's the iQOO Z3 that truly impresses with the hardware used.
We understand that Xiaomi is trying to target an all new set of customers with the Mi 11 Lite, who probably don't run after numbers and are looking for a practical device. But, the same set is also very price conscious and would compare devices before spending on one. So, Xiaomi will have to compensate for other things with the eventual pricing of the Mi 11 Lite.
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