POCO F3 vs Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE : Toughest Challenge Yet! 😲

So, yet again, I gave you a bunch of options on the next comparison video to do on my YouTube Community Tab and the one that came on top was this – the POCO F3 versus the new Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE!

So in typical Adam Lobo fashion, here is my in-depth comparison, to help you make a purchase decision.

 

Hardware

Starting from the phone’s hardware, in terms of the chipset the POCO F3 comes with the Snapdragon 870 chipset, a 7nm process and the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE comes with the Snapdragon 778G chipset, which has a one-step better 6nm process, and yes, both phones are 5G phones.

Then when it comes to the phone’s build quality, and using both phones daily, this was a real tough decision to choose, simply because I love them both. Both feel really nice to hold, it has a perfect thin design and the right form factor. 

So this does come down to what time of a smartphone finish that you would appreciate more whether it is the plain white finish on the POCO F3 or the glittering style of finish on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

Now instead of copping out and saying that I would give this a “draw”, if you put a gun to my head and say “CHOOSE THE DESIGN NOW ADAM LOBO” I’d go with the POCO F3 since it is more of a plain type of finish, but once again that doesn’t mean that it is better than the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE as this does come down to a personal preference.

In terms of durability, both phones have Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a little outdated but it is fine by me considering the prices of each of the phones. The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE does feel lighter when holding the phone side by side as there is a difference of 38 grams, which is not really huge of a difference and both phones did feel equally as good on the hands.

You will find the camera arrays to look very similar, where the 11 Lite 5G NE was a bit shorter although both phones have 3 camera lenses.

As for the ports and buttons, the arrangements are below the phones, but where the 11 Lite 5G NE wins is the fact that the SIM card slot can accommodate an SD Card expansion, which the POCO F3 does not allow you to.

And while the right side placements for the volume rocker and the fingerprint power button are the same, you will find the top to be different as the POCO F3 has a stereo speaker output over here, compared to the 11 Lite 5G NE where the secondary speakers are at the earpiece area.

And when it comes to the unlocking speed for both phones, both seem to unlock at the same speed, it is just that the 11 Lite 5G NE has this sort of animation when you unlock the device, which does make it look slower.

 

Display

Now let’s look at the displays.

The POCO F3 has a tad bit of a larger screen which is a 6.67-inch display compared to a 6.55-inch AMOLED display on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

And while the screen’s resolution is the same at 1080 x 2400 pixels, where the POCO F3 totally beats the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is through the higher refresh rate of 120Hz compared to the 90Hz screen on the 11 Lite 5G NE.

And the peak brightness of the POCO F3 is also better at a massive 1300 nits compared to 800 nits on the 11 Lite 5G NE.

However, that being said, I still feel that screen quality on both phones was equally as good when it comes to watching videos on YouTube and Netflix.

And speaking of Netflix, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has Dolby Vision support, which is totally mind-blowing to know as even the non-Pro version of the Xiaomi 11T doesn’t have that on its screen. 

So I would give an upper hand in terms of the overall screen quality on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE when watching videos on Netflix specifically, where the playback specifications for both phones are at Widevine L1 and Full HD Playback Resolution, which was really sweet.

But for me, as a person who prefers to watch Netflix on a bigger TV screen and not on my smartphone daily, it didn’t really impact my viewing experience much using both phones daily.

So if you watch lots of Netflix or even Disney Plus content on your phone then the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE should be your choice.

If that doesn’t matter much for you, like how it is not as important for me, because of the higher refresh rate and a higher peak brightness, I would personally go with the POCO F3 over here.

But that goes without saying, that you will surely be still very happy with the overall screen performance on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE using it every day.

 

Camera

Next, on to the phone’s cameras, the POCO F3’s rear cameras comes with a 48-megapixel f 1.8 aperture lens, an 8-megapixel f 2.2 ultrawide lens, and a 5-megapixel f 2.4 macro lens.

Then as for 11 Lite 5G NE it has a bigger 64-megapixel f.18 aperture lens for the main, where the rest was the same camera arrays of the ultrawide and the macro lens.

But as for the front cameras, both were the same at 20-megapixel lens but the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has a better aperture value of f 2.2 compared to f 2.5 on the POCO F3.

So if you’re choosing between the performance of the phone’s cameras, here is where you are in for a surprise!

 

High Megapixel Mode

Starting from the High Megapixel Mode, although on paper the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has a bigger megapixel count, as seen on these images, the image quality was pretty much the same, even if you zoom in really close.

The image on the 11 Lite 5G NE is a bit more vibrant as the saturation has been boosted in the post image processing.

 

Main Lens

And it was the same on the main lenses, where although the dynamic range and shadows are great on both images, the 11 Lite 5G NE has better saturation on the images, yes you can always adjust the saturation by editing the photos later on, but straight out of the camera the NE seems like a more compelling image to post up on social media.

 

Zoom

As for the zoom capabilities, both phones can zoom digitally up to 10 times, where the sensors and image processing on the NE is yet again doing a better job. The images were a bit clearer but over-sharpened to my liking, but as usual I wouldn’t even bother using these 10 times zoom images.

 

Portrait Mode

As for the portrait mode, edge detection on human subjects was excellent on both phones where the quality was really nice.

But if you were to take portrait mode shots against the light, you will find the POCO F3 to have a better dynamic range in the background but at the expense of making the subject a little darker.

Then when it comes to objects the overall images were clean and nice but just slightly saturated on the 11 Lite 5G NE.

Ultrawide Lens

As for the ultrawide lens, both images produced on the phone were identical to each other, with the same amount of great quality, focal length and the same colors too. You simply can’t tell both images apart, which was nice to know.

Macro Mode

Looking at the Macro Mode shots then, both had easier focusing during this mode.

On the 11 Lite 5G NE, instead of Macro mode, it is called the Super Macro Mode where it was just Macro Mode on the POCO F3. Now, names aside, once again the images also pretty much look identical.

 

Night Mode (Ultrawide)

As for the night mode on the ultrawide lens, the images seem to be a tad bit sharper on the POCO F3, where everything else were the same in terms of the highlights and shadows.

But when it comes to Ultra low light situations although the images were darker on the 11 Lite 5G NE it overall looks way better compared to the POCO F3 where there were a bunch of artifacts on the images.

 

Night Mode (Main Lens)

Then as for the main lenses, the results were identical yet again, with the same colors for the skies and the highlights coming from the night lights.

Night Selfie

Now for some reason, if you would like to take selfies at night you will find that the images on the 11 Lite 5G NE are a little less noisy as seen in the skies. But there were times where it performed the same once again.

Regular Selfie

Moving from a night selfie to during the day, here is where the POCO F3 totally floors the 11 Lite 5G NE where not only the dynamic range was extremely flagship-level quality on the POCO F3, but the skin tones and the highlight roll-off was WAY better even during a backlit situation.

Portrait Selfie

Then as for the portrait selfie, while both edge detection for the subject to background blur was really great but once again true skin tones on the POCO F3 still win over the 11 Lite 5G NE.

Video Recording

(Check out my YouTube video for the video recording samples)

Then as for video recording, both phones maximize at 4k 30 frames per second for the rear.

The quality of the video was great and the results were the same as the pictures where the video footage on the NE was a bit more vibrant, especially on the shadows but both equally as high in quality and dynamic range. Also, the image Stabilization was both really good.

 

Ultra-wide lens for video

Then the footage for the ultrawide lens for both phones maxes out at 1080p, where the video quality was still good and the Image Stabilization was really great over here.

Front Video Specs

As for the front video recording, both records up to 1080p 60fps.

While image stabilization was equally as good but the exposure on the video footage for the 11 Lite 5G NE was not consistent at all as seen over here.

So guys, do you think the POCO F3 or the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G performed better in every aspect of the cameras?

 

Audio

In terms of both of the phone’s speakers, both have dual speakers, on paper the speakers on the POCO F3 are apparently stereo compared to just dual speakers on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

In terms of the audio quality, the POCO F3 was a little louder, but in terms of the sound quality, it was very close to each other.

In terms of the maximum volume output, the POCO F3 goes up to 94.7 dB and the Xiaomi 11 goes to a value of 92.4 dB.

 

Battery

As for the battery specs, here is where things were a bit interesting, as both the POCO F3 and the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE comes with the same 4520 milliamps of battery.

Now, one would think because of the higher refresh rate and of course the very bright screen on the POCO F3, you would think that the battery life would not be as good on the POCO F3, but once again, you’re in for a very interesting surprise.

And based on my usage daily, the POCO F3 gave me an average close to a massive 7 hours of screen on time when I was at 10% battery

where the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE gave me about 6 hours and 40 minutes at the same battery percentage with dark mode turned on, on both of the phones.

Both phones have the same fast-charging up to 33 watts so all in all it does come down to the POCO F3 winning based on a better screen on time and using the phone daily.

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Software

So the current software version that I was at during this review for the POCO F3 is at MIUI 12.5.6 whereas the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is at version 12.5.8, which makes sense since the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is newer.

Now I do prefer the rounded icons on the POCO Skin by default, compared to the square ones on the 11 Lite 5G NE but this could go down based on a personal preference.

And while MIUI is not my favorite Android skin, using both phones daily didn’t give any issues, being a person who has used a lot of MIUI devices in this channel, gone are the days where there are lots of issues, so that’s a good thing to know.

Now compared to the POCO F3, Xiaomi promises updates to Android 12, 13 and 14, which is really nice to know. So you are kind of guaranteed that no matter what you will get up to 3 years of Android Updates and even 4 years of security patches.

So if you think you want a smartphone that will last as long as iPhones are, then you should consider the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

 

Gaming

Then as for gaming, as usual, I started with Genshin Impact on the POCO F3 and ever since the phone had the latest update, there were lots of improvements on the overall thermals, and of course, when playing games for a really long time.

The game went very smoothly without lags or any issues at Medium settings at 60 frames per second and motion blur turned off and you did get a bit warm but not hot to the touch about 20 minutes into the game.

And what’s nice is that during the Normal or the Ultimate animation commands, the performance was very stable and there was rarely any lag when performing those commands.

As for PUBG Mobile, the settings were at UHD on the graphics and frame rates were at Ultra, and the graphics and the game seems to have a better texture compared to the 11 Lite NE. There were no battery drain or heating issues close to half an hour or even more during a longer gameplay.

Next, looking at the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE on Genshin Impact. While the settings were the same at Medium settings at 60 fps. However, other than turning off the motion blur, I also found that I needed to turn off the anti-aliasing too because there was a significant amount of lag in between the game especially during the Ultimate animation.

Now, battery drain was not major but still noticeable and like the POCO F3, there was a bit of warmth when playing the games for more than 20 minutes or so. But other than that, it was very good.

Then as for PUBG Mobile, the playing experience were identical to the POCO F3 and although the settings were at HDR compared to UHD on the POCO F3, I found that the graphics do look very similar.

However, overall when it comes to playing games for a really long time, I feel that the 11 Lite 5G NE is surely a more comfortable phone to play games with, because of how light the phone felt and how it feels just nicer during hours of gameplay.

 

Conclusion

So in conclusion, having compared many smartphones side by side, I personally feel that the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is a very high competitor against POCO F3. If you are looking for a better rear camera I prefer what the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has done, however if you are very into taking lots of front camera images, I would point you towards the POCO F3’s direction.

There is an SD Card slot expansion on the 11 Lite 5G NE, so if you need that more, that is your obvious choice, as for other factors like the build quality, and gaming are pretty much the same.

However, the screen and the battery life is surely better on the POCO F3 so yes, once again, if I had to choose I would choose the POCO F3 BUT compared to my previous comparisons, it was such a close call for the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

But if you have other thoughts about this, do let me know which you would prefer in the comments below, because there is no right or wrong in choosing any of these two very good smartphones for the price.

And speaking of the price, as of the recording of this video, the POCO F3 is going for RM1,659 for the 8 gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of storage and the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is priced at a slightly lower price of RM1,599 for the same RAM and storage variant and I will leave a link below for you to get yourself one.

Get the devices at the link below:-

POCO F3 – https://invol.co/cl6gqd6

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE – https://invol.co/cl6qxfm

 

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