Xiaomi 13 Lite - Xiaomi's trump card in early 2023

June 02, 2023 | 14:42
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Following the great success of the flagship duo Xiaomi 13 series, the company has recently launched the Xiaomi 13 Lite 5G phone model with many notable highlights.

The Lite series is shaped by Xiaomi as mid-range and near-high-end phones aimed at young people, featuring flashy, compact designs and quality cameras. For this year's generation of Xiaomi 13 Lite, the company is introducing a range of significant changes, from the curved screen to a punch-hole camera and a brand-new processor.

Xiaomi 13 Lite - Xiaomi's trump card in early 2023
Xiaomi 13 Lite - Xiaomi's trump card in early 2023

Eye-catching, elegant design with a unique curved screen

The classy look of the Xiaomi 13 Lite is what impresses the most. The model is finished with high-quality materials such as glossy glass back and metal frames. This is worth noting that many other products in the same segment only have a plastic back, which is less chic and not as durable as glass.

Despite the glossy back, the Xiaomi 13 Lite is sweat-proof and fingerprint-proof. The phone has become more elegant, tasteful, and refined. The version provided for review features a light pink colour, which gives an extremely comfy feeling when being held or used.

Xiaomi hardly ever equips a mid-range, near-high-end smartphone with a curved screen. But it does with the Xiaomi 13 Lite. This is a rational move as the Lite series is meant for young people, especially young women, who love a slim and lightweight device that is ergonomic and user-friendly.

The Xiaomi 13 Lite boasts all the screen specifications of a near-high-end device, ranging from a large 6.55-inch AMOLED display with 68 billion colours to a 120Hz refresh rate. The display quality is good with crystal-clear details, wide viewing angles, and deep blacks. The phone gives a balanced colour reproduction, with hot colours such as red or orange displayed with a pleasing tone.

While Xiaomi has not revealed Xiaomi 13 Lite’s brightness specifications, GSMArena has leaked that it is 940 nits. While this level is a bit lower compared to the 1,200 or 1,300 nits of other products of the same segment, 940 nits can satisfactorily meet users’ needs for outdoor use.

Xiaomi 13 Lite - Xiaomi's trump card in early 2023

Great camera quality and outstanding performance

The Xiaomi 13 Lite sports dual front cameras, which have a similar hole-punch design to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, this does not have the ability to display notifications or interact with users’ gestures. It is merely a cluster of two selfie cameras. To make up for this, the smartphone has two LED flashes on the front to help users easily take selfies in low-light conditions.

The quality of selfies is outstanding with clear details and a nice contrast, while distant backgrounds are reproduced and displayed vibrantly. The skin colour is finely retouched and quite balanced.

As a mid-ranger, Xiaomi 13 Lite’s rear camera is not co-engineered with Leica like its predecessor. However, the image quality is exceptional. The shutter speed is fast, the details are rich, and the ability to process high dynamic range is decent even when the sky is cloudy. The colour reproduction is brilliant.

In low light conditions, whether the night mode is on or off does not make a big difference with the Xiaomi 13 Lite. The image brightness is satisfying, however,details in the distance are not well reproduced, while those taken at different exposure levels can get overexposed and cannot be processed.

Xiaomi 13 Lite supports video recording with a maximum resolution of up to 4K. However, thefront camera’s video resolution is limited to FullHD @ 30fps – a common weakness of Chinese smartphones.

The output quality is good enough with a stable frame balance.However, jerky frames do occur when users are walking or changing the filming angle.

Overall, at the price of VND10 million, Xiaomi 13 Lite offers high camera capabilities. The smartphone fully meets one's shooting needs, and images can be confidently shared on social platforms without too much editing.

Xiaomi 13 Lite is powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. Basically, this is a slightly upgraded version of Snapdragon 778G with two key modifications, a higher clock speed and a newer processor. Overall, the device can fully handle tasks ranging from basic to medium levels and play games that are not too intensive. The 4nm processor enables low-heat generation, making users feel comfortable even when using the device for a long time.

The 4,500mAh battery is basically ideal for daily use. Normally, the phone can operate for about 6 hours on-screen for mixed tasks and around seven hours with lighter applications. The charger has a high capacity of 67W and takes only about 40 minutes to fully charge the device.

In short, the Xiaomi 13 Lite is an interesting option in the near-high-end smartphone segment in early 2023. Given a price of around VND11 million, this will be a great choice if you are looking for a smartphone with a dashing design, a curved screen, and a quality camera cluster.

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