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Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE review: Light and easy

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Make no mistake, despite the title of the article. This is indeed pretty much a review of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. But I wanted to make it easy for myself and everyone else by putting this in listicle form. Let’s go!

The new Control Center

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Okay, so I don’t exactly know how new this is. I don’t recall the Mi 11 (which was the last Xiaomi phone I reviewed) having this same type of Control Center, but it is just heaven sent for anyone who uses Google Home (or Samsung SmartThings).

I personally found this very useful since I have multiple lights and devices connected to Google Home. And as someone who’s generally lazy, being able to turn the devices on/off after swiping down to get to the control center is a layer of convenience I didn’t know I needed until the option was available to me.

Quick note though, the swiping down might need some getting used to. You’re required to swipe from the right side of the screen to get to the Control Center and on the left side of the screen for your Notifications. But that’s only when you’re on the home screen.

If you have the app open it has to be the upper right-hand corner and the upper left-hand corner of the screen for the Control Center and Notifications respectively. Getting to that upper left-hand corner can be a bit of a doozy though. If there’s something I didn’t particularly enjoy about this setup it would be that.

Incredibly light

First thing I noticed when I first held the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was how it’s so thin and light. Coming from my usual daily drivers that are quite hefty (iPhone 11 Pro and OPPO Find X3 Pro), the weight and overall feel of this phone needed some adjustment from my end.

The weight and general size is great for many things. For one, it’s great for one-handed use despite its relatively big 6.55-inch AMOLED display. It never felt too big nor too heavy to hold even during extended watch or play periods.

Binge-ready display and audio 

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While we’re on the topic of the display, I thought it had an overall pretty good display. On paper, it lists all of these as features: 1B colors, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 90Hz, 500 nits (typ), 800 nits (HBM).

There’s nothing here that suggests it is a bad display and my usage suggests the same thing. I thoroughly enjoyed jumping from one TikTok to another on this phone. I also spent a significant amount of time replaying TWICE Chaeyoung’s latest Melody Project — “Off My Face” by Justin Bieber. 

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What I was super pleasantly surprised by is its audio. Other than being the right level of loud but still staying clear, I encountered certain clips/videos that played with how audio comes off, and the phone was able to deliver the effect the videos were going for. It’s hard to explain in text, but it’s almost like it had some sort of spatial awareness. It’s not bass-y at all, but what phone is?

Overall, it’s fantastic for media consumption and is about as good as it gets for the price (PhP 16,990 for this 6GB+128GB variant unit we have) it commands.

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The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is equipped with the following cameras: 64MP f/1.8, 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 5MP f/2.4 telephoto macro, and 20MP f/2.2 selfies.

I have generally zero complaints about the images.They’re about exactly what you expect from a midranger — which is already touching near-flagship territory especially in well lit conditions. I didn’t have any opportunity to shoot at night during the review period. Closest I got is some of the food photos taken as dusk was about to hit. On that note, photo dump!

Steady midrange performer

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Powering the device is a Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G chip with Adreno 642L GPU along with the 6GB+128GB RAM and storage combo mentioned earlier. These make for what I would say is the baseline headache-less performance from smartphones.

Not once did I experience any hiccup jumping from app to app or even playing the Dragon Quest Dai mobile game. It’s the only game I spent a significant time playing with on this phone. I did have quick sessions of Call of Duty: Mobile and Marvel Future Revolution which you can say are more graphic intensive than DQ Dai. The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE handled these games fairly well. No lags. No stutters.

It has a 4250mAh battery which I found to drain faster than the flagships I own and use daily. That said, those are flagships. And I didn’t really optimize my use. I didn’t go dark mode to take full advantage of the AMOLED display, and I also didn’t turn on the do not disturb mode to relax the battery at night.

It’s not terrible though. If you’re a heavy user, you might find yourself grabbing the 33W fast charger sooner rather than later, but it’s still enough to get you through the day.

Cause for concern?

One thing that puzzled me though is how I never hit 5G connectivity ever on the phone. I used the same SIM card I typically use for testing 5G and the highest connection I got was 4G+. And these are in areas I know for sure can get 5G as tested in previous reviews.

I tried digging through the mobile connection settings to see if there’s anything that needed to be activated but there was none. It may just be an isolated issue with this particular review unit but still rather disappointing for a phone that has 5G on its name.

Is the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE your GadgetMatch?

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

I have zero complaints about this phone. It’s a nice and steady midranger that you can rely on for daily use for the next two or three years. The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is the type that you can just pick up and get used to right away.

It’s like a friend that you just immediately click with. Something about the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE just feels light and easy. No frills. No fuss. Just a phone that delivers on what it’s supposed to which is reliable performance and pretty good photos.

Xiaomi Lite 5G NE pricing are as follows:

  • 6GB+128GB — PhP 16,990
  • 8GB+128GB — PhP 18,990
  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 20,990

 

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vivo Y35 review: Y series upgraded

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We know that the Y series is vivo’s entry-level line of smartphones and is among their highest selling variants to date. So, it does feel confusing that the vivo Y35 still belongs in this category as a lot of its features already belong to a higher class. 

It has everything a Y series should be but also a lot to take it to the next level.

That’s exactly what we’re going to discuss as we talk more about the identity crisis this phone is having and why it actually is pretty good.

Specs

A quick recap of the specs before we proceed. The vivo Y35 is running on the Snapdragon 680 chipset with 8GB RAM plus 8GB of extended RAM, it also has a large internal storage of 256GB and is being powered by a 5,000mAh battery with a 44W Flash Charge.

Designed like a Y series and that means beautiful

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The way this phone is designed looks and feels almost exactly like vivo’s other entry-level offerings. It’s not necessarily a bad thing since their designs are recognizably attractive and are pretty well built.

With this one, the size feels slightly thicker and heavier on the hands. It can be both a blessing and a curse especially for people with bigger hands. I like that it feels a bit chunky. It makes it easier to grip though it also bulges a bit in my pants’ pocket.

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It’s commendable that for a relatively affordable phone, I feel proud to bring out even in sophisticated engagements. Contrasting the camera module’s dark gray mirror finish with the Dawn Gold colorway of the whole body is picture-perfect.

Plus, I greatly appreciate that they finally went with a matte textured back case which doesn’t attract smudges.

Responsive Display 

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If you place the Y35 side by side with other budget phones from vivo, you’ll probably think they’re all using the same screens. Most of them still have a chin and a dew drop front camera design. But on paper, most of them slightly differ. 

The one on the Y35 is a 6.58-inch, full HD+, IPS display but now boasts a 90Hz refresh rate. So it does feel a bit more responsive adding to its overall user experience.

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Given that this isn’t AMOLED, we can’t expect it to have the same vibrance of that kind. But at least the viewing angles are decent and colors are nicely saturated.

Outdoor usage may be a bit of a struggle but not to the point that it gets annoying.

Battery and Charging is its best feature

One of the highlights on the Y35 is its fast charging capabilities. vivo claims this phone can charge up to 70 percent in just 34 minutes. It’s quite unusual to experience in this category of smartphones.

Based on my personal test, the 44W Flash Charge on this was able to get a 20 percent increase in just ten minutes of charging. And from 15 percent, it took a whole hour and two minutes for it to get fully charged.

Not entirely the same as vivo’s claims but still remarkably fast. Especially if we consider that most entry-level phones do take more than two hours to get fully charged.

This means we can now change our overnight charging habit to just charging before we prepare ourselves for leaving the house.

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Battery performance was also fairly good. I managed to use this mostly on data connection, streaming a whole bunch of YouTube videos in a four-hour bus trip to Baguio and I ended the whole day still with 58 percent battery remaining.

That’s pretty decent for a 5,000 mAh battery if you ask me.

Built for Multi-Tasking 

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Aside from the large RAM and storage, there really isn’t much to go crazy about the Y35’s hardware and performance. Apps run more or less the same as other Snapdragon 680 powered phones. But the benefits of having more RAM is quite noticeable.

It can surely handle running apps side by side on multi-window mode but not absurdly responsive. It also manages to return to apps I have running in the background without having to wait for it to load all over again.

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I assume games may have also benefited from the large available RAM as Call of Duty: Mobile is able to run lag-free at very high settings with high FPS enabled. 

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But I feel that among the games I’ve tried, Genshin Impact had a more significant benefit from its specs. Despite being very demanding, the Y35 seemed pretty comfortable handling this game at its default setting with no noticeable slowdowns.

At medium setting, slowdowns did become evident but dropping a few settings to low made the game run at nearly its full speed. I even managed to configure some settings to a combination of high graphic options and this worked out pretty well, too.

Cameras that take Insta-worthy snaps 

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Like the display, I was also expecting the camera to be the exact same one that came with the Y35’s more affordable siblings. With 50MP for its main camera, 2MP bokeh shooter, 2MP macro camera and 16MP selfie camera, on paper, these do seem very similar.

But having the chance to use a lot of them, I can say that that isn’t the case. Image quality has improved but not so drastically.

 

 

 

 

It often gets the colors where I want them and looks Insta-worthy but so long as we manually adjust the exposure slider. Not doing so will mostly result in an overly exposed image which isn’t too appealing.

I noticed that it still has difficulty capturing details in background subjects like leaves of trees. However, I may belong in the minority who actually likes the look of its softness. It kind of reminds me of old digicams which make some shots feel nostalgic if that makes sense.

What I really liked was the ability to recover quickly after taking a shot. I think this could also be a product of its hardware specs and not the camera itself. Whatever it is, it helps ease shooting. The Y35 manages to snap at fast moving subjects allowing me to catch candid moments as it happens.

Is the vivo Y35 your GadgetMatch?

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Priced at PhP 14,999 as of writing, the vivo Y35 does seem to be pushing against the boundaries of the entry-level category. For just a little bit more, a lower mid-range phone isn’t too far off which would likely be better in most cases.

Having this consideration in mind, I think the Y35 would be an ideal fit for people eyeing a budget phone who are willing to stretch their pockets a bit for more features.

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It’s fast enough for daily tasks and games. and is capable of capturing the moment with its decent cameras. It’s also a fast and vibrant display, and best of all, it charges fast and won’t easily die down on you. Plus it also looks really nice, albeit with the notch design.

Basically, it’s a phone that gets the job done with a few extras here and there. Maybe vivo can consider calling this a Y series Plus or Pro? 

The vivo Y35 is available in Dawn Gold or Agate Black colors at their Shopee, Lazada, Tiktok Shop and vivo e-store and all vivo Concept stores nationwide.

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Apple AirPods Pro 2 Review

Is it worth the upgrade?

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After years of waiting, Apple has finally updated their AirPods Pro from 2019.

The AirPods Pro 2nd Generation may look like its old predecessor, but it offers more than what its “unchanged” look.

There’s an upgraded H2 chip, better ANC, longer battery life, a charging case with speakers and MagSafe, and more!

But are these features worth the upgrade?

Or is it better for a first-time AirPods user to invest on the AirPods 3 instead?

Head over to our in-depth Apple AirPods 2 review to feed your curiosities.

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Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

Is it really worth your hard-earned savings?

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After several years of waiting, an Apple Watch dedicated for explorers, adventure-seekers, and elite athletes is finally here!

Lo and behold, the new Apple Watch Ultra.

While just being a first product of its kind, it actually offers features that can rival its popular competitors.

But is it worth your hard-earned money considering its price tag starts at a whopping US$ 799 / S$ 1199 / ₱53,990?

Watch how Michael Josh unwraps the new watch in the latest Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and First Review.

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