Yesterday, we compared the brand new OnePlus Nord CE 5G with the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G as they are two midrange 5G phones sold in the same price range with amazing features. We chose the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G as the winner of that comparison, but it is a more expensive device than the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. Now, we decided to give the OnePlus Nord CE 5G another chance by comparing it to the lower-end version of the Mi 11 Lite: the 4G variant. By renouncing to 5G, you can get a still amazing device at a way more affordable price. But is it a better deal than the latest OnePlus budget phone? This comparison will let you find out.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
|OnePlus Nord CE 5G||Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9 mm, 170 grams||160.5 x 75.7 x 6.8 mm, 157 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.43 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Fluid AMOLED||6.55 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, octa-core 2.3 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, OxygenOS||Android 11, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 64 + 8 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.3 + f/2.4
16 MP f/2.5 front camera
|Triple 64 + 8 + 5 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
16 MP f/2.5 front camera
|BATTERY||4500 mAh, fast charging 30W||4250 mAh, fast charging 33W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G|
In my honest opinion, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite has a more interesting design than OnePlus Nord CE 5G. The OnePlus mid-ranger has an older look with that vertically-placed camera module, as it is a revisitation of the original OnePlus Nord. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite has a more elegant camera module, a thinner design, and a lighter body. It is just 6.8 mm thick and weighs just 157 grams. Further, it has the IP53 certification for dust resistance and splash resistance. Unfortunately, both the handsets come with a plastic body, so you do not get premium materials.
With the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G you can actually get a better display. It is a panel with one billion colors, the HDR10 certification, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The diagonal is also wider than its rival with 6.55 inches. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G has an AMOLED panel just like the Mi 11 Lite, but it lacks one billion colors and it has a smaller diagonal of 6.43 inches. The phones are equipped with in-display fingerprint readers and flat edges. Note that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite has dual speakers guaranteeing more powerful sound, while Nord CE 5G has a mono speaker.
Specs & Software
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the clear winner of the hardware comparison. It has a stronger processor: the Snapdragon 750G by Qualcomm. It has up to 12 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage, while Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite has just 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of native storage in its most advanced configuration. Last but not least, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G supports 5G, while Mi 11 Lite does not. The phones run Android 11 out of the box: the former has OxygenOS to customize it, while the latter has MIUI 12.
The camera performance of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite are very similar. They both feature a 64 MP main sensor and an 8 MP ultrawide lens: the only important difference in the rear department is the macro camera. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite has a better 5 MP macro camera, while the Nord CE 5G has an inferior 2 MP sensor. Given that there are very marginal differences between the cameras, we recommend focusing on the other specifications. They are midrange cameras with more than sufficient performance, but they are not camera phones.
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is able to provide a longer battery life because it packs a bigger battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh. With Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, you get a smaller battery but also a thinner and lighter body. Further, the Mi 11 Lite has faster charging with a power of 33W. However, having a bigger battery is more important.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is currently available in the global market with a street price of €250/$297, while the OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a starting listing price of €299/$355 for the base variant. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G wins the comparison because of 5G, a better chipset, and a bigger battery, but you should not underestimate the Mi 11 Lite with its sleeker design and great display.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G: PRO and CONS
OnePlus Nord CE 5G
- Great listing price
- More compact
- Bigger battery
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
- Better display
- Dual speaker
- Thinner and lighter
- Micro SD slot
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