Xiaomi and realme continue to bring more and more smartphones to the Philippine market. Both have recently unveiled their latest smartphones powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset— the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE and realme GT Master Edition. Both also sport an FHD+ display, triple rear cameras with a 64MP main shooter, 5G connectivity, and similar price tags. But, if you are torn about which of the two is better, let’s see in a specs comparison.
|Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE specs:||realme GT Master Edition specs:|
|6.55-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED DotDisplay||6.43-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) Samsung Super AMOLED display|
|90Hz refresh rate||120Hz refresh rate|
|240Hz touch sampling rate||360Hz touch sampling rate|
|Dolby Vision, HDR 10+|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front)|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor|
|Adreno 642L||Adreno 642L|
|6GB, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM||8GB RAM|
|128GB, 256GB UFS 2.2||128GB, 256GB storage|
|Expandable up to 1TB via microSD|
|Triple rear cameras:||Triple rear cameras:|
|• 64MP F1.79 (main)||• 64MP F1.8 (main)|
|• 8MP F2.2 (ultrawide)||• 8MP F2.2 (ultrawide)|
|• 5MP F2.4 (telemacro)||• 2MP F2.4 (macro)|
|20MP F2.45 front camera||32MP F2.5 front camera|
|5G, 4G LTE||Dual 5G|
|Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)|
|WiFi 6||WiFi 6|
|Bluetooth 5.2||Bluetooth 5.2|
|GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou, NavIC||GPS, Beidou, Glonass, QZSS, Galileo|
|Dual Speakers||Ultra-linear speakers|
|Fingerprint scanner (side)||Fingerprint scanner (in-display)|
|3.5mm audio jack|
|Hi-Res Audio certification|
|MIUI 12.5 (Android 11)||realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)|
|USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|4,250mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging||4,300mAh battery w/ 65W fast charging|
|160.53 x 75.73 x 6.81mm||159.2 x 73.5 x 8mm|
|Truffle Black, Bubblegum Blue, Peach Pink, Snowflake White||Voyager Grey, Daybreak Blue|
Summary of advantages
Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE:
– Dolby Vision, HDR 10+
– Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– Expandable storage via microSD
– 5MP telemacro lens
realme GT Master Edition:
– Super AMOLED display
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 360Hz touch sampling rate
– Higher resolution front camera (32MP vs. 20MP)
– Hi-Res Audio certification
– 3.5mm audio jack
– Slightly larger battery (4,300mAh vs 4,250mAh)
– Faster charging rate (65W vs. 33W)
Table of Contents
Both smartphones have their advantages in terms of display. Both smartphones come with an FHD+ display with 2400 x 1080 resolution. In addition, both can also deliver rich colors and deep blacks, thanks to the Super AMOLED screen on the realme GT Master Edition and AMOLED on the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. Nonetheless, the Super AMOLED is more advanced, and it integrates touch-sensors and the actual screen in a single layer.
Further, the realme GT Master Edition also has a smoother 120Hz refresh rate than the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE’s 90Hz. With a higher refresh rate, scrolling through social media, long documents, or news feeds is less strenuous on the eyes because of the extra perceived fluidity. It also has a higher 360Hz touch sampling rate, giving users a snappier experience when gaming or using applications.
On the flip side, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE features Dolby Vision and HDR 10+. In addition, it is also equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against damage from drops. According to Corning, the Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 1.2-meter waist-high drops onto hard, rough surfaces.
CPU and GPU
Powering both smartphones is the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset paired with Adreno 642L GPU, so we can expect the same level of performance on both. However, do note that we can only determine the extent of their performance and thermals once we have both units for a review.
RAM and Storage
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has either 6GB or 8GB, while the realme GT Master Edition has 8GB of RAM. Both smartphones have either 128GB or 256GB storage, but the Xiaomi device benefits from expandable storage up to 1TB via microSD.
For the cameras, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE comprises triple rear cameras with 64MP (main), 5MP (ultrawide), and 5MP (telemacro) sensors. On the other hand, the realme GT Master Edition has triple rear cameras with 64MP (main), 8MP (ultrawide), and 2MP (macro) sensors.
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE’s third camera is a telemacro lens with a higher resolution than the realme GT Master Edition’s 2MP macro. The telemacro lens could also be an advantage for those who love taking photographs of small objects at a distance relatively farther than a normal macro lens.
Meanwhile, the realme GT Master Edition advances with its 32MP front camera compared to the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE’s 20MP.
Take note, though, that these numbers don’t always equate to quality. We will provide proof of which camera is better once we test both units for comparison.
Connectivity & Other Features
The two devices have 5G connectivity, Dual-SIM, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, SatNavs, and USB-C. Both also have fingerprint scanners but of different types and placements. The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE has it on the side, while the realme GT Master Edition uses an in-display scanner.
For the software, both are running on Android 11 using their own custom skins.
Moreover, for audio, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is equipped with dual speakers, while the realme GT Master Edition has ultra-linear speakers with Hi-Res Audio certification. Unfortunately, what’s also missing on the Xiaomi device is a 3.5mm audio jack. This wouldn’t be a problem, though, if the Xiaomi device’s package would come with a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter.
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE comes with a 4,250mAh battery, while the realme GT Master Edition has 4,300mAh. The difference in capacity isn’t much, but the realme device supports an almost twice faster 65W charging rate, so it also replenishes its juice way quicker.
Which one to get?
Let’s review their respective prices below:
|Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE||realme GT Master Edition|
|6GB + 128GB – PHP 16,990|
|8GB + 128GB – PHP 18,990||8GB + 128GB – PHP 18,990|
|8GB + 256GB – PHP 20,990||8GB + 256GB – PHP 21,990|
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is available for as low as PHP 16,990 (6GB + 128GB). However, both devices are priced at PHP 18,990 for 8GB + 128GB. Further, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE’s 8GB + 256GB is priced at PHP 20,990— PHP 1K cheaper than realme GT Master Edition priced at PHP 21,990.
If you plan to get a new smartphone for PHP 19K budget, you can have more advantages from the realme GT Master Edition. It has an advanced Super AMOLED display with a higher refresh rate and touch sampling rate, a higher resolution front camera for selfies, a 3.5mm audio jack for your wired audio devices, and a faster charging rate for speedy recharging.
For the same price, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE will only give you the benefit of a display with Dolby Vision and HDR 10+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and expandable storage. However, note that this smartphone is PHP 1K cheaper if you want to get the 8GB + 256GB variant.
What do you guys think? Which smartphone is better for you? Let us know in the comments!