Mi 11 evaluation: Xiaomi’s newest tour de drive rivals Samsung’s Galaxy S21

The Mi 11 is Xiaomi’s inaugural world flagship for this yr. Launched in February, it is marketed as a cellphone for a “new technology of film lovers,” no matter meaning. The Mi 11 has a 6.5-inch OLED show, and homes Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 888 chipset, and with a 120 Hz show that encompasses a peak brightness of 1,500 nits. It would simply be the brightest cellphone accessible. 

I spent every week or so testing the Mi 11 and may say it delivers a strong Android expertise packed in a smooth gadget with premium construct high quality. From the brilliant show, long-lasting battery life, reliable cameras and zippy processor to its distinctive speaker system, the Mi 11 is Xiaomi’s newest tour de drive. 


  • Crisp and brilliant show
  • Loud audio system
  • Quick processor
  • Reliable cameras

Do not Like

  • Not simply accessible within the US
  • No telephoto lens

However the Mi 11 would not have every little thing, Xiaomi made some considerate trade-offs to maintain a lid on value. As an example, an IP score for water- and dust-resistance is lacking as soon as once more, though the gadget is splash-proof, in response to Xiaomi. There’s additionally no telephoto lens within the Mi 11’s rear digicam module, which means it lacks optical zoom and depends on digital zoom.

Even with these compromises, the Mi 11’s potent mixture of options, efficiency, and value make it a simple cellphone to suggest, in addition to a severe contender to Samsung’s in style and prestigious Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus units. The Mi 11 begins at 749 euros for the 8GB/128GB mannequin (converts to roughly $900, £650, AU$1,170) and 799 euros (roughly $965, £700, AU$1,250) for the 8GB/256GB mannequin. That is the worldwide model of a cellphone launched in China a few months in the past, the place it fetched 3,999 yuan. Xiaomi hasn’t revealed a launch date but for abroad markets, however I will replace this evaluation as soon as that data is accessible, so remember to examine again right here. 

Xiaomi says it has no present plans to convey the Mi 11 stateside, (and that is unlikely to vary any time quickly contemplating its ongoing authorized tussle with the US authorities). You can purchase this cellphone in america ultimately, nonetheless, by way of on-line retailers similar to Amazon and eBay. 

As of this writing, Xiaomi revealed solely a single gadget as a part of the Mi 11 sequence, however I count on no less than yet another mannequin within the type of the Mi 11 Extremely primarily based on latest leaks and the corporate’s previous launches. Final yr, Xiaomi debuted the Mi 10, Mi 10 Professional and Mi 10 Extremely. 


Xiaomi’s Mi 11

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Loads of bundled equipment

When Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 in China, it adopted Apple and Samsung’s instance and did not embrace a wall adapter. It is placing its greatest foot ahead for worldwide markets, although, and this world model comes with a 55-watt wired charger, a USB-C adapter and one case, although the media package I obtained contained two.

Take that, Apple (and Samsung).


Xiaomi’s Mi 11 comes with a 55W charger. 

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Xiaomi additionally took a chance to make what I believe is a thinly veiled jab towards Huawei, which was famously banned from utilizing Google apps together with Gmail and Google following US sanctions levelled by the Trump administration. On the aspect panel of the field, you will see, “with quick access to the Google apps you utilize most” inscribed.


The Mi 11 encompasses a 120Hz show.

What Xiaomi modified within the Mi 11 

The Mi is Xiaomi’s major flagship line, versus its price range Redmi and Poco sub-brands. Final yr’s cellphone, the Mi 10, additionally served up many top-shelf specs like a easy show and quick charging, however here is what the Mi 11 modifications.

  • Three cameras on the rear — versus 4 within the Mi 10 —  and a reshuffled rear digicam module.
  • Bumped up wi-fi charging assist to 50W in comparison with 30W within the Mi 10 line.
  • Improved show: Greater decision and speedier refresh price.
  • Co-developed speaker system with Harmon and Kardon.
  • Quicker processor.
  • Lighter than the Mi 10.

For extra particulars on what Xiaomi modified, scroll right down to CNET’s specs chart beneath.

The Mi 11’s design

I used to be given a smooth icy blue gadget for evaluation, and I am keen on the shimmery end, particularly within the daylight. The gadget feels snug to carry with its 4 curved edges, and Gorilla Glass Victus (seen on the Galaxy S21 Plus and Extremely) on the back and front shield it from drops. Though the Mi 11 is nearly indistinguishable from the Mi 10 on the entrance, on the again a redesigned “squircle digicam” bump homes the three rear cameras and a flashlight. The Mi 11 can be lighter than its predecessor, however nonetheless it is a cellphone that is simpler to make use of with two arms.

The Mi 11’s 3 rear cameras

The Mi 11 boasts a revamped digicam bump, taking the type of a “squircle” and a reshuffled digicam array consisting of three rear lenses: a 108-megapixel wide-angle digicam, a 13-megapixel ultrawide-angle digicam and a 5-megapixel telemacro lens, which is the equal of a 55mm lens. Xiaomi ditched the macro and depth lenses seen within the Mi 10 in favor of what Xiaomi calls a “telemacro” lens within the Mi 11. Understand that that absence of a telephoto lens within the Mi 11 means all zoom is digital. 

Flip the cellphone round, and you may see a barely there notch on the higher left of the show that homes a 20-megapixel selfie digicam. Check out the images beneath to see the cameras in motion.


The Mi 11’s ultrawide-angle digicam with a 123-degree area of view is beneficial for taking panorama photographs.

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Taken in brilliant lighting circumstances utilizing the principle digicam.

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This was taken indoors, with daylight pouring in by way of the home windows. 

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Taken with the ultrawide digicam. Scroll right down to see the extent of element the macro lens captures.

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Taken on default settings.

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Taken utilizing the telemacro lens on Tremendous Macro mode.

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Instance of 30x zoom.

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Taken with the Mi 11’s 20-megapixel front-facing digicam.

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The Mi 11 runs on Snapdragon 888

The Mi 11 carries Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 888 chipset backed by 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256 GB of storage, making it a bona fide powerhouse. You most likely will not discover an instantaneous distinction from a Snapdragon 865 processor, which is already blazing quick, however Qualcomm guarantees 25% to 35% higher processing and graphics card efficiency with the 888.


The Mi 11’s 108-megapixel major digicam comes with an ultrawide and “telemacro” lens.

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The Mi 11’s flagship-level show and strong batteries

The Mi 11 boasts a surprising waterfall display screen full with an 6.81-inch OLED panel that is brilliant and clear regardless of the lighting circumstances. As well as, the Mi 11 has extensive quad HD plus decision (3,200×1,440 pixels) and 120Hz refresh charges, which can be utilized collectively or dialed again a notch in the event you’re attempting to protect battery life. Most telephones have refresh charges of 60Hz, which implies the display screen refreshes 60 occasions in a second. 120Hz shows can look loads smoother when scrolling by way of webpages by comparability. There’s additionally an in-screen fingerprint reader, which Xiaomi says doubles up as a heart-rate sensor. 

The battery lasted me a couple of day and half with delicate use. Meaning I made a couple of calls, despatched some emails, watched a few YouTube movies and browsed the web. Even while you ultimately run out of juice, refilling the Mi 11’s 4,600-mAh battery is comparatively fast work, thanks partially to that 55-watt wired charger I discussed earlier. Based mostly on my exams, 15 to twenty minutes of time was enough to recharge the battery by 50% to 60%. Inside 50 minutes, the battery had been utterly revitalized. Protected to say that battery anxiousness will likely be a factor of the previous while you’re utilizing the Mi 11. Take into account, the Mi 11 additionally helps 50 watts of wi-fi and reverse-wireless charging. 

Mi 11’s loud and crisp audio system

One of many options that stood out in final yr’s Mi 10 Professional was a pleasantly loud and crisp speaker system full with one speaker on every finish of the telephones. This yr Xiaomi says it has levelled up its speaker sport by refining its audio expertise along with Harman Kardon, a decades-old audio tools manufacturing firm. I am no audiophile, however I used to be impressed by the audio high quality on the Mi 11 even when it is not the loudest set of cellular audio system on the market. Nonetheless, the audio system had been loud sufficient, and audio remained crisp even once I cranked the quantity all the best way up. Plus it has a decent bass besides. 

Mi 10 vs. Mi 10 Professional vs. Mi 11

Mi 10 Mi 10 Professional Xiaomi Mi 11
Show dimension, decision 6.67-inch AMOLED, 2,340×1,080 pixels (Full HD) 6.67-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels (Full HD) 6.81-inch AMOLED 3,200×1,440 pixels (WQHD plus)
Pixel density 386ppi 386ppi 515ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.4x3x0.35 in 6.4x3x0.35 in 6.4×2.9×0.32 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 162.58×74.80×8.96mm 162.58×74.80×8.96mm 164.3×74.6×8.06mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 208 grams 208 grams 196 grams
Cellular software program Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Digital camera 108-megapixel (main), 13-megapixel (ultrawide), 2-megapixel (macro) , 2-megapixel (depth) 108-megapixel (main), 20MP (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 8-megapixel (telephoto) 108-megapixel (extensive), 13-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (telemacro)
Entrance-facing digicam 20-megapixel 20-megapixel 20-megapixel
Video seize 8K 8K 8K
Processor Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 888
Storage 256GB 256GB 128GB/256GB
Expandable storage None None None
Battery 4,780 mAh (30W wired and wi-fi charging)  4,500 mAh (50W wired, 30W wi-fi charging) 4,600 mAh (55 wired, 50W wi-fi charging )
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack None None None
Particular options 30W wired and wi-fi charging, twin stereo audio system,5G enabled, reverse wi-fi charging 50W wired, 30W wi-fi charging, twin stereo audio system ,5G enabled, reverse wi-fi charging, 90 Hz 5G enabled, 120Hz show, twin stereo audio system, 55W wired charging, 50W wi-fi charging, 10W reverse wi-fi twin SIM
Value off-contract (USD) beginning at 799 euros, converts to $960 beginning at 999 euros, converts to about $1,200 (8GB RAM/256 GB) beginning at 749 euros, converts to $905, 
Value (GBP) £700 transformed £880 transformed £655 transformed
Value (AUD) AU$1,250 transformed AU$1,570 transformed AU$1,170 transformed

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