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Xiaomi 11 Lite NE vs Samsung Galaxy M52 5G: Which SD 778G phone is better?

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE vs Samsung Galaxy M52 5G: They both use the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset.
Xiaomi 11 Lite NE vs Samsung Galaxy M52 5G: They both use the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset. (HT Tech)

The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G and Samsung Galaxy M52 5G are two of the newest Snapdragon 778G phones available for less than 30,000. So, which one of these is worth buying?

The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G sparked off a slew of launches in the midrange smartphone segment (between 25,000 – 30,000). This phone marked Xiaomi’s second outing where the company was less concerned about packing high-end specs and more about how the end user experience. This was despite packing a 5G Snapdragon 778G chip and a display with support for Dolby Vision. And, it starts at 26,999 only.

Samsung released its answer shortly in the form of the Galaxy M52 5G using the same chipset and a very similar price. Hence, if you are in the market to buy one of these phones, which camp should you go for – Xiaomi or Samsung?

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE vs Samsung Galaxy M52 5G

The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE starts at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>26,999 for the base version with 6GB RAM while the 8GB RAM version costs <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>28,999. Both variants come with 128GB of storage as standard.
The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE starts at 26,999 for the base version with 6GB RAM while the 8GB RAM version costs 28,999. Both variants come with 128GB of storage as standard. (HT Tech / Amritanshu Mukherjee)

Design

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE takes the cake here with a more modern design and superior materials of construction. It has a glass back and a very slim body that’s also lightweight at 157 grams. Samsung keeps the slim and lightweight profile too but the Galaxy M52 5G looks bland and its plastic unibody construction feels inferior.

Display

The Galaxy M52 5G 5G brings a 120Hz AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution
The Galaxy M52 5G 5G brings a 120Hz AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

This round goes to the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G for its superior 120Hz 6.6-inch AMOLED display, which looks lively. Not that the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE has a poor display; its 1080p AMOLED display look nice but the 90Hz refresh rate seems slower and Dolby Vision is only supported in Netflix.

Performance

Both of them are evenly matched here as they share the same Snapdragon 778G chip. Samsung uses the OneUI 3.1 interface with a neat layout and lots of features to play with, but it has ads and bloatware. Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5 also offers the same levels of customisation but you get an ad and bloat-free experience that also looks fancy.

Cameras

The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G retains the same 64MP triple camera system on the back. The 5MP macro camera is one of the best of its kind in the market.
The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G retains the same 64MP triple camera system on the back. The 5MP macro camera is one of the best of its kind in the market. (HT Tech / Amritanshu Mukherjee)

Samsung’s Galaxy M52 5G takes this round overall with its superior colour processing and tuning. However, photos from the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE look lively with saturated tones and its macro camera is second to none. The 20MP front camera on the Xiaomi is way better than the 32MP selfie camera on Samsung, with better noise suppression and good low light performance.

Battery

Despite the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G having a bigger 5000mAh battery, it lasts almost the same as the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE with its 4250mAh battery with moderate usage. Xiaomi offers a faster 33W charger in the box that takes almost an hour to fully recharge. The Galaxy M52 5G ships with a slower 15W charger that takes almost 1.5 hours.

Price

Galaxy M52 5G
Galaxy M52 5G (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Samsung sells the Galaxy M52 5G at a lower starting price of 25,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant, while the 8GB + 128GB variant costs 27,999. The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 6GB + 128GB variant costs 26,999 while the top end model in 8GB + 128GB combo will cost 28,999.

Our suggestion:

The Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is better value for money overall with more features but the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE is recommended for those who seek style and a lightweight phone.

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