Xiaomi’s first flagship in the new decade, Xiaomi Mi 11, finally met with you on December 28. It is worth mentioning that the Mi 10 series and Mi 11 series’s two-generation flagships were released at the beginning of the year, and the other was unveiled at the end of the year. The interval between them was only ten months. This can be regarded as a history of two generations of Xiaomi mobile phones in the same year. There is the exact meaning of some high-end first wins in the spectacle while the iron is hot. The event turned out to be quite a surprise because instead of releasing a Pro version, Xiaomi decided to add a bunch of premium features inside its standard 3999 RMB flagship. So we were eager to get our hands on this device as soon as possible. In this article, we will see the Xiaomi Mi 11 review.
- Xiaomi Mi 11 phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor.
- Xiaomi Mi 11 phone has three storage versions: 8GB+128GB 3999 yuan, 8GB+256GB 4299 yuan, 12GB+256GB 4699 yuan
- A 4600 mAh battery powers it.
- The Poco F2 Pro software is of the Android 10 Operating System.
- Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 108MP f/1.9 primary, 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide and 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera, with a 20MP f/2.2 selfie snapper.
- 3200*1400 WQHD+ Display
- The Xiaomi Mi 11 phone supports proprietary fast charging.
- Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.
- Also, Xiaomi Mi 11 phone supports face unlock.
- Available in black, white and blue with AG frosted glass, plain-skinned smoked purple and khakis colours.
Design and display
For a flagship phone, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is surprisingly light at 196g, and while it’s tall with dimensions of 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.1mm, it’s not too wide, making it reasonably easy to hold in one hand.
Like its predecessor, the Mi 11 has a volume rocker and power button on its right edge, and there’s a USB-C port for charging and an infrared blaster so that you can use it as a remote control. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack for audio, so you’ll have to use a converter or wireless devices for your music.
The stepped rear camera bump is undoubtedly distinct from the standard bars or squares most phones have, but unlike most Xiaomi phones, it doesn’t stick too far out from the phone’s body. The rear is made of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is meant to be a super-hardy form of glass that’s seeing its debut in the Mi 11, and merely writing that sentence has us concocting many cunning ways of testing its resilience for our full review.
Now on to the display – it’s a 6.81-inch AMOLED screen, which is the biggest from the company we’ve seen in a while. It has a 1440 x 3200 resolution, which is a step up from most handsets from Xiaomi, which stick with 1080p – it also has a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and a blinding 1500 nits max brightness.
Cameras and battery life
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 108MP f/1.9 primary, 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide and 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera, with a 20MP f/2.2 selfie snapper.
We’ve seen the primary camera and ultra-wide camera used in other Xiaomi phones, and their presence here is much the same – the former takes super-high-resolution photos that can be cropped in, in place of zoom; the latter takes wide snaps with lots of light, though not as much detail.
The stand-out here, though, is the telemacro camera, used to take close-up shots of details and objects, and it’s the stand-out because it’s the best macro snapper we’ve seen on a smartphone to date.
Photos taken are full of detail and colour, and, most importantly, the model is super easy to use so that anyone can take great macro snaps. The mode is so much better than rivals that it’s in a league of its own.
Perhaps the core reason for this is the ‘tele’ part of telemacro, a prefix which denotes distance. Unlike most macro cameras, you can hold the Xiaomi Mi 11 a short distance away from the subject and take a photo – this means you don’t need to have the phone right next to the object, as by doing such, you would block all the light.
The Xiaomi Mi 11’s main photographic selling point isn’t its macro photography, but its videography and a few fun video modes are debuting in the phone. This includes some automatic colour grade filters you can add after taking a photo, improved audio recording, and a few new ‘Movie effects’.
Now we dive straight from arguably the highlight of the Xiaomi Mi 11 to its weakest point – battery life. The phone has a 4,600mAh battery, which would seem fair.
Performance and software
The Xiaomi Mi 11 uses Android 11 with the company’s MIUI software laid over the top. When you set up a new Xiaomi phone, it’s plain to see why MIUI is such a popular user interface – it has enormous numbers of customization options from navigation changes to home page layout, app icon sizes, loads of widgets, a considerable number of always-on display designs, live wallpapers and much, much more.
Our common complaint with MIUI is that it comes with a vast number of pre-installed apps, but with the Mi 11, there were fewer than we’ve become accustomed to.
We did have a few slight problems with the user interface – the live wallpaper we chose disappeared for some reason, to be replaced with the default one, and now and then, an icon on our always-on display appeared in the wrong place. We’ll have to observe during our testing to see if these things happen frequently.
Overall, though, MIUI is fast and snappy to navigate and all-around easy to use.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM – that’s the top chipset you can find in top-end Android phones, as the phone’s performance shows.
Our initial few hours of testing the Xiaomi Mi 11 were exciting, finding all the new user interface features, display improvements, new camera tools, and perks of the top processor at play here. While the novelty will surely wear off, it just goes to show how much of an improvement this handset is over its predecessors.
We’re worried about the battery life, though, which could be a real pain point of the phone. Will we have to disable loads of the phone’s features to get it to last a day, or will the power drain stabilize? We’ll find out for our full review.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for that full review where we dive deeper into all the aspects of the Xiaomi Mi 11, from its display improvements to its troubled battery life, to see if it’s worth your money.
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Xiaomi Mi 11 review
Xiaomi's first flagship in the new decade, Xiaomi Mi 11, finally met with you on December 28. It is worth mentioning that the Mi 10 series and Mi 11 series's two-generation flagships were released at the beginning of the year, and the other was unveiled at the end of the year.