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Xiaomi Mi 11 review

Better than its Ultra version!

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is incredible, like the Standard Mi 11 – the Ultra has that greater camera knock, better cameras, quicker charging and a more exorbitant cost, yet the phones share much more for all intents and purposes than they don’t. The screens are indistinguishable, with 2K goal and 120Hz invigorate rates, and the chipsets, back material, front camera, unique finger impression scanner, invert remote charge speed and sound capacities are on the whole the equivalent as well – and given the cost and highlights, the ‘standard’ phone is a vastly improved purchase. 

The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes at a lower cost than the Ultra, with a moderate couple of contrasts – except if you totally need the Ultra, we’d suggest the vanilla phone over it.

Pros

Cons

Specifications

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
LAUNCHAnnounced2020, December 28
StatusAvailable. Released 2021, January 01
BODYDimensions164.3 x 74.6 x 8.1 mm (Glass) / 8.6 mm (Leather)
Weight196 g (Glass) / 194 g (Leather) (6.84 oz)
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5) or eco leather back, aluminum frame
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeAMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1500 nits (peak)
Size6.81 inches, 112.0 cm2 (~91.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~515 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus
PLATFORMOSAndroid 11, MIUI 12.5
ChipsetQualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680
GPUAdreno 660
MEMORYCard slotNo
Internal128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
 UFS 3.1
MAIN CAMERATriple108 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
13 MP, f/2.4, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.06″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1/5.0″, 1.12µm
FeaturesDual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
Video8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS, HDR10+
SELFIE CAMERASingle20 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
FeaturesHDR
Video1080p@30/60fps, 720p@120fps
SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
 24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS, NavIC
NFCYes
Infrared portYes
RadioNo
USBUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERYTypeLi-Po 4600 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 55W, 100% in 45 min (advertised)
Fast wireless charging 50W, 100% in 53 min (advertised)
Reverse wireless charging 10W
Power Delivery 3.0
Quick Charge 4+

Display

With a 6.81-inch show, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is the organization’s greatest leader as far as screen size, and it likewise overshadows practically the entirety of its rivals. The screen is bended at its edges, however not drastically in this way, and is separated by a little ‘poke hole’ cut-out for the selfie camera in the upper left corner. 

As far as goal, the Mi 11 screen is 1440 x 3200, which is more keen than those on most leaders of a comparative cost (counting the Mi 10 and Galaxy S21). It’s an AMOLED board, so colors are especially lively, and there’s additional HDR10+ support.

As far as goal, the Mi 11 screen is 1440 x 3200, which is more keen than those on most leaders of a comparative cost (counting the Mi 10 and Galaxy S21). It’s an AMOLED board, so colors are especially lively, and there’s additional HDR10+ support. 

The showcase has a 120Hz revival rate, which numerous leads presently use, however Xiaomi has a 144Hz phone available as well. This implies the picture refreshes 120 times each second, twofold the ‘standard’ of 60Hz, and essentially this causes moving pictures to seem smoother. Not every person really focuses on the component however, and you can turn the invigorating rate down to 60Hz on the off chance that you like, and this saves battery life. 

The phone additionally has a 480Hz touch input rate, which means the showcase checks for your finger 480 times each second, which is multiple times quicker than the normal smartphone. This is especially useful for gaming, as your touch is gotten actually rapidly, making for more responsive interactivity. 

 

One especially valuable spec is the 1,500 nits max splendor – that is well up on the around 500 nit normal we see in smartphones. Thus the Mi 11 can get truly splendid on the off chance that you need it to, great in case you’re out in brilliant daylight, or can’t see excessively well. This likewise works on the differentiation of on-screen pictures. 

Those specs should portray the Mi 11’s presentation, thus they ought to, as it’s a punchy and sharp screen. It’s the organization’s ‘artificial intelligence envision motor’ that is accomplishing the genuine work, however. This is a set-up of AI that carefully upscales content you see on your smartphone – outlines are added to recordings to build the framerate, HDR is added to photographs, video goal is expanded. 

We discovered this didn’t generally work – once in a while we’d watch a video on a web-based feature and see no recognizable quality increment – except for on the events when it kicked in, it was extraordinary to see a video in a higher goal than you’d in any case get.

Cameras

While the cameras address an unobtrusive redesign over the Mi 10, basically contrasted with the large overhauls in different offices, there are a couple of key changes that further develop the photography experience here. 

The principle snapper is 108MP f/1.9 – this is the fifth Xiaomi phone to utilize a high-res sensor, and they’ve all pre-owned this equivalent Samsung one. That doesn’t mean photographs look precisely equivalent to previously however, as the consequences of our testing appeared to be marginally better, with further developed differentiation and a general lighter tone. This is possibly the consequence of further developed AI improvement.

We took our best Mi 11 pictures in sufficiently bright conditions, and low-light photographs were somewhat loud, however unquestionably still usable. This is reasonable on account of ‘pixel binning’, in which four pixels are viably joined into one, to make a 27MP camera that ‘sees’ all the more light. We’ve delivered a top to bottom manual for pixel binning on the off chance that you need to become familiar with how this functions.

The auxiliary camera is a 13MP f/2.4 super wide snapper, which we’ve seen Xiaomi use in its smartphones since forever ago (all things considered, mid 2020). As in the past, it’s valuable for taking in even more subjects, and we discovered it took a more splendid picture as well. Photographs are lower-goal however, and frequently don’t have the difference of snaps from the principle camera.

The last camera is a 5MP f/2.4 ‘telemacro’ camera, and it’s unquestionably the superstar. Full scale focal points are utilized for close-up pictures of subjects, yet that ‘tele-‘ prefix indicates that the focal point is intended for snapping far away items – set up that, and it’s a camera intended to take pictures of little articles from (moderately) far away – it’s actuated when you turn on Super Macro mode. 

This takes care of a major issue with full scale focal points on smartphones, which is that when you have adequately close to see the complicated subtleties in an item, you’ve obstructed all the regular light with the actual phone. 

We had a great time taking gorgeous photographs of close-up subtleties on things like plants, groceries and textures – indeed, we composed an entire element on it. Pictures are brilliant and genuinely all around nitty gritty (in any event, contrasted with pictures from other large scale snappers on phones), and the mode is extremely simple to utilize. 

Xiaomi ordinarily saves fax, or zoom, cameras for its ‘Expert’ models, and that is the situation here, as there’s no focal point for optical zoom. You can carefully zoom up to 30x, however the further you zoom the lower the nature of the picture, and past 5x pictures are excessively grainy. 

The front of the phone sports a 20MP f/2.2 camera for selfies, and this is another snapper we’ve seen in past Xiaomi handsets. Pictures look great, yet you ought to likely Portrait mode with this camera, as this changes contrast, supports features and obscures shadows to make a really striking shot. ‘Bokeh’ foundation obscure in this mode by and large looked exact, despite the fact that pieces of our hair were now and again obscured as well. 

The motto for the Xiaomi Mi 11 is ‘Film Magic’, and we’ll get on to videography in a matter of seconds, yet there’s a fascinating way with regards to which this shows in stills photography: the default photograph viewpoint proportion is 20:9, a strikingly flimsy proportion that looks like that of film screens, and gives an emotional, true to life impact to photographs of scenes and certain different subjects. You can change this on the off chance that you like, yet a couple of phones let you shoot in this wide organization by any means, let alone naturally. 

Standard video shooting on the Xiaomi Mi 11 is quick and simple, as the processor (more on this in the blink of an eye) allows you to shoot 8K video effortlessly (or 60fps up to 4K goal). Our video survey at the highest point of this article incorporates film shot on both the front and back cameras of the phone, and we’d suggest you look at it as the best illustration of standard video. 

The masterfully disapproved of phone fan will perhaps appreciate the different Movie modes the phone accompanies. These let you shoot in a couple of novel ways – one, called ‘Enchantment zoom’, duplicates the exemplary ‘cart zoom’ film impact, while another, ‘Equal world’, reflects the base portion of the screen on the top. Once more, our video survey contains tests of a few of these modes. 

Just as the video-shooting modes, there are a couple ‘Film channels’ which you can apply when you shoot a video, or thereafter – these appear to imitate a shading grade film would get, which is when shading range, differentiations, splendor or comparative settings are changed to make a reliable craftsmanship style. The accessible alternatives all appeared to be quite unmistakable however, and we’d have gotten a kick out of the chance to see some more inconspicuous channels, or the office to make your own. 

While these film modes are enjoyable to mess with, some are difficult to utilize. ‘Sorcery zoom’ requires a human subject and a great deal of room, so you can’t do it with a Lego figure on your rack or a companion in a limited space. We never figured out how to get Time Freeze, where a moving item is frozen so a human subject can profess to associate with it, to work by any means, as the phone would never follow or recollect subjects in the shot.

Performance and specs

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is pressing the Snapdragon 888 chipset – this is the most remarkable chipset Android phones have accessible to them, basically at the hour of the phone’s dispatch, and it posted appropriately noteworthy preparing scores. 

The phone returned a multi-center score of 3569 in the Geekbench 5 benchmark test, which is really the most noteworthy of any phone we’ve positioned, beating the 3424 of the iPhone 11 Pro Max and 3401 of the OnePlus 8, in spite of the fact that we should bring up the iPhone 12 series hasn’t been put through this test at this point. 

That score backs up our involvement with ordinary use – the phone is quick in all divisions. While tinkering with the camera application’s film modes, the phone hopped through them easily; when altering photographs or recordings, various channels or modes could be chosen with split-second stacking. 

Gaming specifically was a treat, thanks both to the smart processor and the previously mentioned quicker touch inspecting rate. It felt like we had an edge in games on account of this speed, despite the fact that how much that was really the situation, or regardless of whether it was simply affirmation inclination, we can just estimate. 

In our Xiaomi Mi 10 audit we praised the “genuinely great sound” of the speakers, and they’ve just improved in the Mi 11, with tuning from sound experts Harman Kardon. In case you’re used to phone speakers causing calls, films or music to sound metallic, the Mi 11 speakers will be a treat, as the sound is bassier and can go stronger without contorting, basically contrasted with your normal smartphone. 

Software

The Xiaomi Mi 11 runs Google’s Android 11 programming with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 programming laid over the top. Commonly, MIUI can resemble a saguaro desert flora – beautiful to take a gander at, however with numerous prickles when you get very close. While that is as yet the situation for the Mi 11, the prickles are similarly rare. 

MIUI is famous for bloatware, or pre-introduced outsider applications (a standing maybe accumulated from our steady grumblings about it). Fortunately, there’s definitely less bloatware on the Xiaomi Mi 11 than we saw on the Redmi Note 9T, which dispatched only a month earlier, however there are still some applications we ended up quickly exorcizing. 

Past the bloatware, MIUI is really an extraordinary Android overlay, bringing a lot of customization choices, some of which different phones don’t have. There are a couple of Live Wallpapers (enlivened foundations), gadgets, menu progress impacts, diverse home screen application formats, different consistently in plain view plans, changes to the speedy settings menu and the sky is the limit from there. 

When setting up the Xiaomi Mi 11 we spent a decent while diving into these alternatives to completely tweak our phone insight, and in the event that you like your smartphone to look really ‘yours’, you’ll probably appreciate every one of the decisions you have here. 

Regardless of the progressions you can make, MIUI actually has an unmistakable look (as most phone producers’ Android forks do). We’ve incorporated some screen captures of the home menu beneath, to give you a vibe for how the interface looks. 

There is by all accounts an aggravating programming bug, however, which haphazardly returns customizations to their default structure. A few times the Live Wallpaper we picked quit showing up on the home screen, supplanted with the default static backdrop; comparably, we picked a galactic consistently in plain view, however it held returning to a cactus one all things being equal. 

It’s not satisfactory why this was occurring, yet it over and over occurred after we’d returned the settings to our inclinations, and an update didn’t fix the issue.

Battery life

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is stuffed brimming with features, and these features negatively affect battery life, bringing about the phone losing juice reasonably quickly. 

With a 4,600mAh force pack, we’d trusted the Xiaomi Mi 11 would most recent daily, yet this was just the situation with light use; in the event that we took heaps of pictures and messed around, we needed to control up the phone from time to time to keep it ticking as the day progressed. 

It’s probable the phone’s enormous showcase, high invigorate rate, consistently in plain view and other such highlights are at fault for this not exactly heavenly battery life, and keeping in mind that you can incapacitate at least one of these highlights in the event that you need, in the event that you do as such you’re not actually taking advantage of your component stuffed lead smartphone. 

Basically charging is quick. You’re getting 55W wired and 50W remote driving here, so regardless of whether you lean toward the attachment or the cushion, you’ll get from void to full in around thirty minutes or less. 

You can likewise exploit switch remote charging, which transforms the phone into an opposite remote charging cushion on which you can control up different gadgets. The charging here is 10W, so it’s not quick, and it warms the phone up a reasonable piece as well. All things considered, in case you’re just driving up a smartwatch or earbuds, you will not have to utilize this component for long.

Who should buy the Xiaomi Mi 11?

Who is it for

You’re a Smartphone gamer. 

On account of its amazing processor, high touch input rate and top-spec screen, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is outstanding amongst other gaming phones we’ve tried, barring handsets planned explicitly for that reason. 

You like full scale photography. 

We’ve effectively sung the gestures of recognition of the Mi 11’s tele macro camera, so in the event that you appreciate taking close-up photographs of regular daily existence’s little subtleties, you’re presumably previously scouring the web to purchase this phone. 

Video Streaming on your phone. 

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has an incredible Display for a smartphone, so in case you’re an ordinary client of real time features, or simply watching YouTube for diversion, this is probably the best handset you can pick.

Don’t buy if

You like taking zoomed-in photographs. 

While the Xiaomi Mi 11 has some extraordinary camera includes, a long range focal point isn’t among them. In the event that you like the adaptability of a phone camera that offers optical zoom, as opposed to simply advanced, you’d best look somewhere else. 

You need an enduring gadget. 

On the off chance that you turn on all the Xiaomi Mi 11’s top features, you’ll battle to endure an entire day. That is fine in the event that you have sufficient freedom to energize your phone, yet on the off chance that you need a phone that will dependably last you an entire day on a solitary charge of normal use, this isn’t the phone for you. 

You need a headphone jack. 

In the same way as other ongoing smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 11 doesn’t have a headphone jack, so wired sound fans should utilize a connector to interface.

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