First of all: with its 6.81-inch AMOLED dot display, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is anything but compact. Rather, it is one of the largest smartphones currently on the market. The manufacturer has rounded the sides of the screen so that they nestle easily around the edge of the case. This creates a frameless look that is only interrupted by a small, hole-shaped notch in the upper left corner of the display. The 20-megapixel front camera, which can also be used to unlock the smartphone, sits in the notch.
Even before the market launch, the DisplayMate the screen of the Xiaomi Mi 11 was awarded an A + rating. The good rating was given for the high resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels together with HDR +, a color depth of 10 bits, the adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 480 Hz. The high brightness of 1500 nits has the Mi 11 in common with the Galaxy S21 Ultra from Samsung.
The glass back of the Xiaomi Mi 11 is dominated by the camera. The main 108-megapixel sensor in particular catches the eye here. In addition to the wide-angle, the smartphone also has an ultra-wide-angle with 13 megapixels and a 123-degree field of view as well as a tele macro lens with 5 megapixels. The latter allows you to zoom very close to a lens and thus take close-up shots in the macro range.
Xiaomi has optimized the camera software in such a way that even laypeople without much prior knowledge can achieve good results. This not only applies to photography but also to video recordings. The Mi 11 comes with a night mode that can be used on all three sensors. It switches on automatically as soon as the lighting conditions become poor, thereby reducing image noise. Dark details are brought out in photos and videos while overexposure is reduced.
With the help of the integrated AI (artificial intelligence), users can edit their pictures directly on their smartphone. With the “AI Erase 2.0” mode, objects or people can be retouched from photos, for example. But you also have the option, thanks to the Pro-Time-Lapse mode, to play with settings such as shutter speed, aperture and exposure time as well as the ISO value. Xiaomi is also introducing six special modes and eight new filters especially for videos.
The video modes are:
The camera software is based on Android 11, over which Xiaomi has put its own user interface called MIUI in version 12.5. According to the manufacturer, the surface now consumes less CPU power and energy than even earlier versions. At the same time, the operation is smoother than before. Many of the apps installed ex works, including system apps, can be completely uninstalled by Xiaomi users. System-relevant applications, on the other hand, can be hidden for a better overview.
To protect the system, the Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with a fingerprint sensor, which is located under the display. You can even measure your heart rate with it if you wish.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a powerful processor so that users can work smoothly with all the new functions. The Snapdragon 888 is the current high-end chip from Qualcomm and is used for the first time in the Mi 11. Another premiere is the use of the ARM-Cortex-X1, currently the fastest processor core design on the market. The Prime-Core achieves a clock rate of up to 2.84 GHz and ensures a certain performance peak, for example when gaming. In addition to the X1, there are three other Cortex-A78 cores with up to 2.42 GHz and four energy-saving Cortex-A55 cores with up to 1.8 GHz.
An Adreno 660 GPU and a 5G modem are also integrated in the System on Chip (SoC). The latter is the successor to the X55 modem, the X60. It allows data rates of up to 7.5 Gbit / s in the downstream and up to 3 Gbit / s in the upstream via 5G. The smartphone also supports WLAN 6.
|Xiaomi Mi 11|
|Display||6,81 Zoll, Infinity-O, AMOLED Dot,
AdaptiveSync 30 Hz up to 120 Hz, max. 1500 nits
|resolution||WQHD+ (3200 x 1440 Pixel), 515 ppi|
5 nm, Octa-Core (1x 2,84 + 3x 2,42 + 4x 1,8 GHz)
|Storage||8 GB + 128 GB
8 GB + 256 GB
108 megapixels (wide angle), 1 / 1.33 “, f / 1.85, OIS
13 megapixels (ultra wide angle), f / 2.4
5 Megapixel (Telemakro), f/2.4
|Front camera||20 megapixels (wide angle), f / 2.2|
|battery pack||4600 mAh,
Fast charge with 55 watts, wireless charging (50 watts), reverse wireless charging with 10 watts
|security||Face recognition, fingerprint sensor with heart rate monitor under the display|
|links||Bluetooth 5.2, Dual-Bluetooth, NFC|
|Internet||WLAN a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wifi 6, LTE, 5G|
|miscellaneous||Stereo speakers: Sound by Harman Kardon, dual SIM|
|measurements and weight||164,3 x 74,6 x 8,6 mm,
ca. 196 g
|Colours||Horizon Blue, Midnight Gray|
|UVP||128 GB: 799.90 Euros
256 GB: 899.90 Euros
The battery of the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a capacity of 4600 mAh. Although the manufacturer has relied heavily on more energy-saving components, it remains to be seen how long the rather large smartphone will last in everyday life. The charging technology used is, after all, very modern. Wired, the Mi 11 supports charging with up to 55 watts, wirelessly it has a very good 50 watts. The device even supports reverse wireless charging, so it can charge other devices wirelessly. Here it creates up to 10 watts at the top.
Unlike Apple or Samsung, Xiaomi also provides a suitable 55 watt power supply and a charging cable.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is available in two memory versions, each with 8 GB of RAM. The 128 GB version costs 799.90 euros to start, the version with 256 GB is available for 899.90 euros. The colors Horizon Blue and Midnight Gray are available. Pre-orders are possible from February 25th, the market launch will take place in March.
Just reading the data sheet gives rise to anticipation, because the Xiaomi Mi 11 has some exciting features and functions. The Mi 10 series already impressed with its camera, so it can be assumed that the Mi 11 will follow. But the display is not without – and at least it is already excellent. If we compare the specs with those of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, we find some similarities. Fast data connections via 5G and Wifi 6, a modern and curved display with 120 Hz and up to 1500 nits of brightness, a fast fingerprint sensor and a 108 megapixel camera. However, the Samsung model is 450 euros more expensive. We are therefore curious to see how well the Mi 11 will do on the market in the end.