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Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G Battery review: Good charging experience

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67
battery
Charging Time
2 days 6h
Battery life
Charging Time
0h43
80% Charging time
Charging Time
1h14
Full charging time

Released in April 2021, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G lands in our Advanced ($200-$399) smartphone segment. It comes with a multi-camera setup and dual speakers, among other attractive features. Let’s see how it performed in our comprehensive array of battery tests.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 4250 mAh
  • 33W charger
  • 6.55-inch, 1080 x 2400, max 90 Hz AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G (5 nm) chipset
  • Tested RAM / storage combination: 8 GB + 128 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
67
battery
54
autonomy
80
charging
71
efficiency

Pros

  • More than 2 days of autonomy with moderate use
  • Reaches a 60% charge in 30 minutes

Cons

  • Last 10% of battery drops faster than expected
  • Poor autonomy when streaming videos or music via 4G

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G showed largely average results in our tests. However, although it is pitted against somewhat more expensive devices in this comparison, there is only a one-point difference among the three.

We compared the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G’s performance in several key categories with two devices in the High-end ($400-599) segment, the Oppo Find X3 Lite and the Samsung A52 5G. The battery capacity, charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for the  devices are shown in the table below.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

Oppo Find X3 Lite

Samsung A52 5G

Battery capacity

4250 mAh 4300 mAh 4500 mAh
Charger

33W

65W 15W in-box (supports 25W)
Display type

AMOLED

AMOLED

AMOLED

Display resolution

1080×2400 1080×2400

1080×2400

Chipset

Snapdragon 780G Snapdragon 765G

Snapdragon 750G 5G

Autonomy (54)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity, but also other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios.

Light Usage
76h
Light
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
54h
Moderate
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
34h
Intense
Active: 7h/day

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G, which has a smaller battery, offers almost the same autonomy as the Samsung A52 5G, at more than 2 days of moderate use. With below-average performance in our calibrated tests, the Xiaomi device trails the Samsung by 8 points for overall autonomy, but still comes in ahead of the Oppo Find X3 Lite’s autonomy score of 50.

Stationary

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

58

104

Vivo Y72 5G
Best: Vivo Y72 5G (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

The Mi 11 Lite 5G lasts more than 2 days in our TUS, posting the same time as the Samsung A52 5G, which is one night and 3 hours more than the Oppo. But the Xiaomi device lost more than 2% of battery during the night, which is more than its competitors. Further, the last 20% of the Mi 11 Lite 5G’s battery levels drop faster than expected.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

60

96

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

The Mi 11 Lite 5G is average in all use cases—enough to be better than the Find X3 Lite, but behind the Samsung A52 5G, which is the clear winner in this category. The Xiaomi is below average when calling and using GPS navigation.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

Calibrated

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

53

100

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

Again, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G puts in an average performance in all use cases. It shows poor autonomy when using 4G to stream video, but is slightly better than its competitors for video playback.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (80)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from 0% to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired
Wired
60%
in 30 min
0h43
0 - 80%
1h14
Full charge
Power consumption and battery level during full charge

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G comes with a 33W charger that allows it to achieve a 60% charge in 30 minutes, thereby outperforming the Samsung, but still lagging behind the Oppo and its 65W charger. (As a reminder, the Samsung supports charging speeds up to 25W, but was tested with its 15W in-box charger.)

Full charge

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

78

117

Nubia RedMagic 6 Pro
Best: Nubia RedMagic 6 Pro (117)

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G needs 1 hour 14 minutes to go from an empty to a completely full battery, which is way better than the Samsung A52 5G (1 hour 59 minutes). but not as good as the Oppo Findx3 Lite (42 minutes).

Time to full charge

Quick boost

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

79

109

Xiaomi 11T Pro
Best: Xiaomi 11T Pro (109)

Plugging in the Xiaomi smartphone for 5 minutes with less than an 80% charge remaining, users will gain around 4 hours of autonomy. The Oppo does better than the Xiaomi except at 60%, and the Xiaomi does better than the Samsung at all tested levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%).

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G Oppo Find X3 Lite Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
Autonomy boost (hh:mm) 20%4:18 5:56 1:49
40%4:05 5:27 1:51
60%3:56 3:33 1:54
80%2:20 3:05 1:58
Percentage boost 20%11.8 %18.9 %5.1 %
40%11.3 %17.4 %5.2 %
60%10.8 %11.3 %5.4 %
80%6.4 %9.8 %5.6 %
Energy consumed 20%2523 mWh3983 mWh1235 mWh
40%2403 mWh3668 mWh1260 mWh
60%2315 mWh2384 mWh1293 mWh
80%1370 mWh2069 mWh1346 mWh

Efficiency (71)

Our Efficiency score comprises two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge. Charge up is the efficiency of a full charge (how much energy is drained from the wall outlet vs the energy capacity of the battery, as well as the efficiency of the charger and its residual consumption). Discharge is how much current the smartphone drains from the battery when in use (the ratio of battery capacity to autonomy). Better autonomy with a smaller battery means better efficiency.

The Mi 11 Lite 5G has decent efficiency, but its competitors are more efficient.

Charge up

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

72

84

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G
Best: Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (84)

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G has a quite efficient charging system (77%) and is better in this regard than the A52 5G (72%). However, the Oppo is more efficient than the other two (79%). The Mi 11 Lite 5G’s charger is more efficient during a full charge and less demanding than the Oppo’s when the smartphone is not plugged to the charger, but it is not as good as the Samsung’s.

Discharge

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

72

121

Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro (121)

With a score of 72, the Xiaomi shows slightly higher discharge currents than the Oppo (74), but the Samsung (89) is much better optimized. The Mi 11 Lite 5G is particularly demanding when video streaming using 4G.

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G provides an average battery experience overall, and the last 10% of its charge drops faster than expected. However, even with a slightly smaller battery than its competitors, it offers more than two days of autonomy with moderate use, as well as a good charging experience.

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