- Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite / Motorola Edge 20 Lite im Kameratest
If you choose inexpensive Lite products, you will inevitably have to make compromises. The only question is where and to what extent. The surprise: the Lite versions of Motorola’s Edge 20 series and Xiaomi’s 11 series do not show any weaknesses right from the start.
In both cases, precise fingerprint sensors placed on the side of the frame reveal brilliant OLED displays. These screens can serve as examples of the now remarkably high level of display quality in the smartphone middle class. Sharpness, color representation and dark contrast are convincing.
And not just when looking at the price: The contrasts determined in the laboratory in bright surroundings are higher in the Xiaomi model than in some significantly more expensive smartphones. Higher refresh rates are no longer a privilege of the upper class. In 90 Hertz mode, both Lite models display moving image content more clearly when gaming and scrolling.
As expected, plastic dominates the case materials. Successful exception: The back of the seven millimeter slim, pleasantly light Xiaomi consists of frosted glass that hides fingerprints well.
The larger, heavier Motorola follows a more conventional styling. With a screen-to-body ratio of 86 percent, it gives the display a lot of space and also feels good in the hand. Since its camera unit protrudes by around three millimeters, the device wobbles when it is placed on a table. The processing quality is top in both cases.
It is commonplace in the price-sensitive middle class that the manufacturers save themselves the effort for full dust and water resistance (IP68). After all, the Edge 20 Lite has a water-repellent coating and meets the lower requirements of IP protection class 52.
Rating: Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Clear winner in the performance comparison of the system chips
The Xiaomi is content with 6 instead of 8 GB of working memory. If you like, you can chop off 2 GB of the 128 GB flash memory and add it to the RAM.
The system chip integrated into the Xiaomi, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G manufactured using modern 6 nm technology, reached an upper mid-range level in the benchmark comparisons and clearly left the Mediatek Dimensity 720 in the Motorola behind.
With around 106 GB each, the freely usable memory is befitting. Both models also accept microSD memory instead of a second mobile phone card.
Thanks to its performance advantages, the Xiaomi is better suited for demanding gaming. The performance differences are hardly noticeable in everyday app use. In terms of software, Motorola relies on the proximity to an uninstalled stock Android 11.
Manufacturer-typical extras such as turning on the flashlight with two chopping movements are behind the Moto app. The “preview display” replaces the always-on display. It is sufficient to lift the device to briefly display newly received notifications on the locked screen.
Rating: Motorola Edge 20 LITE
Xiaomi combines Android 11 with its well-equipped MIUI 12.5 user interface. Example: You can use Facebook and Co. with two profiles via Dual App. Other devices can be controlled remotely via an integrated infrared transmitter. Both competitors do not output a video signal from their USB-C 2.0 port.
The “Ready For” desktop mode known from other Edge 20 models is only available indirectly. If you would like to work on a large monitor, the Edge 20 Lite docks to the computer via a USB connection and also has to install a PC application.
The Motorola keeps music fans entertained with a headphone jack and FM radio. Xiaomi at least includes a USB-C adapter for connecting wired headphones. In addition, the music comes from decent-sounding stereo speakers.
Long endurance, strong in the laboratory
5G support has long been considered a must-have in the middle class. In addition, Motorola and Xiaomi are up to date when it comes to connectivity. The NFC radio standard for contactless payment is also available. With the faster Wi-Fi 6 and the more modern Bluetooth standard 5.2, the Xiaomi can claim small advantages.
The better stamina speaks for the Motorola: its powerful 5000 mAh battery lasts an excellent 12:30 hours in practice, which is 1:15 hours longer than the Xiaomi. Power packs from the 30-watt league set the pace at the socket; however, wireless charging via the Qi standard is not required.
Both models showed themselves from their best side in the laboratory: Both the acoustics when making calls and the transmission/reception performance were at least “good”, mostly even “very good”. The Edge 20 Lite narrowly won the laboratory category with, among other things, even better GSM wireless properties.
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE scored a few more points with a stronger SoC, a more convincing wide-angle camera and a slimmer design in the final calculation.
Irrespective of this, both smartphones belong to the Lite representatives that do the elementary things (display, endurance, laboratory…) really well and thus offer an outstanding price-performance ratio. And that is exactly what distinguishes successful Lite models.
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