The true flagship killer- Know-how Information, Firstpost

There are two surefire methods to woo shoppers. You possibly can both obtain this by providing one thing completely new and unparalleled, or by delivering unimaginable worth. The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional is the proper embodiment of the latter. It goes straight for the OnePlus 9’s jugular by providing the efficiency and virtually all of its options, at a reduction of almost Rs 10,000.

Caption: The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional’s Celestial Silver end stands out with its attractive optical impact. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

At an asking value of Rs 40,000 for the 128 GB variant and one other Rs 2000 for the 256 GB unit, Xiaomi’s smartphone is the most affordable solution to expertise the facility of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC. Is there a catch to this unbelievable premise, or has Xiaomi certainly managed to kill the erstwhile “flagship killer” with its uncanny potential to function at razor-thin margins?

Nicely, there’s just one solution to determine that out.

Caption: The frame uses plastic instead of metal construction. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

The body makes use of plastic as an alternative of metallic development. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Design and Construct High quality

The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional appears downright attractive within the “Celestial Silver” end, with the cyan-pink vignette traversing the again panel, relying on the way in which it flirts with mild. The glass sandwich design appears and feels premium, however the body itself is plastic as an alternative of metallic. We suspect which may make it prone to scratches and paint end degradation. The telephone ticks different premium design containers with its hole-punch digital camera, curved edges, slim profile, and minimal bezels.

The camera cluster protrudes quite a bit from the rear panel. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

The digital camera cluster protrudes fairly a bit from the rear panel. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Sadly, the shortage of an in-display fingerprint scanner is a missed alternative at this value level. Fortunately, the side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick and correct. Face unlock is equally fast. The only-sided button placement is intelligent and prevents unintentional actuation seen in designs the place the facility and quantity rocker buttons are positioned on reverse sides.

The digital camera cluster protrudes almost two millimetres from the again panel, which is sufficient to make the telephone see-saw on the desk. Like most premium telephones, the Mi 11X Professional does away with microSD growth, whereas solely supporting two nano-SIM playing cards. It’s, due to this fact, smarter to cough up the additional two grand for the extra 128 GB of onboard storage over the bottom 128 GB variant. However the stereo audio system and IP53 mud and water safety might function consolations for these shortcomings.

The stunning Samsung-made AMOLED panel leaves no room for complaint. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

The gorgeous Samsung-made AMOLED panel leaves no room for grievance. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre


The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional’s 6.67-inch ultrawide AMOLED show sports activities a decision of 1080×2400 pixels, which quantities to a pixel density of almost 400 ppi. The panel additionally comes with HDR10+ certification, with a claimed peak brightness of 1300 nits. We measured full-screen sustained brightness at 450 nits, which interprets into respectable outside legibility even below sturdy daylight. Like all trendy telephones at this value vary, you possibly can count on assist for a 120 Hz refresh fee, with a contact sampling fee of 360 Hz that has a palpable influence on video games.

How the Mi 11X Pro display compares to OnePlus 9 out of the box (left) and post calibration (right). Lower values are better. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

How the Mi 11X Professional show compares to OnePlus 9 out of the field (left) and publish calibration (proper). Decrease values are higher. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Sadly, evaluating smartphone shows based mostly on their specs is as efficient as judging the calibre of troopers by the color of their uniforms. The analogy is sensible when you realise that, as of Q1 2020, Samsung manufactures a staggering 90.2 % of all smartphone OLED shows. In case your telephone has an OLED panel, most likely, it was made by Samsung. That makes evaluating OLED shows between telephones in the identical value vary an train in futility.

What’s extra, smartphones with equivalent SoCs share the identical picture processing logic, so you possibly can’t count on any distinction in that division both. In different phrases, the Mi 11X Professional’s AMOLED show will look each bit as gorgeous because the one within the OnePlus 9. Except, after all, you slap on some subtle optical measurement instruments to determine which one has higher manufacturing unit calibration.

That’s exactly what we did.

Out of the box, the OnePlus 9 is more colour accurate than the Mi 11X Pro, but the tables are turned post calibration. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Out of the field, the OnePlus 9 is extra color correct than the Mi 11X Professional, however the tables are turned publish calibration. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Proper out of the field, the OnePlus 9’s show has a DeltaE (common) of two.5 versus the worth of 6.8 registered by the Mi 11X Professional. DeltaE is the distinction between the color info relayed to a show and the precise color rendered by it. A worth of zero represents an ideal match, whereas something below 3 is taken into account good. In easy phrases, the OnePlus 9’s Samsung AMOLED panel is considerably extra color correct than the Samsung AMOLED panel discovered within the Mi 11X Professional, at the least for the 2 overview items equipped to us.

In case you’re questioning how the identical Samsung AMOLED expertise reveals such huge variation throughout two totally different smartphones, that’s a testomony to OnePlus’ manufacturing unit calibration and color science. Does that imply the Mi 11X Professional’s show received’t look nearly as good because the OnePlus 9? Undoubtedly not. You received’t discover any distinction until you evaluate the telephones side-by-side.

The DCI P3 display mode is the most colour accurate out of the box. Relatively speaking, of course. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

The DCI P3 show mode is probably the most color correct out of the field. Comparatively talking, after all. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Elements equivalent to color gamut, distinction ratio, black ranges, pixel response time, refresh fee, and determination make a perceptible influence on picture high quality. And people can be precisely equivalent throughout each these Samsung AMOLED panels. To be brutally trustworthy, color accuracy doesn’t matter until you’re color grading the following Hollywood blockbuster in your smartphone, which you undoubtedly aren’t.

However don’t disregard the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional on that depend both. Not like the OnePlus 9, the Xiaomi’s show settings menu supplies granular management over particular person RGB (Crimson, Inexperienced, and Blue) color values, along with distinction and gamma. Utilizing these settings, a colorimeter, and our show calibration know-how, we managed to get the typical DeltaE of the Mi 11X Professional right down to 1.8, which is considerably higher than that of the OnePlus 9’s show.

Once calibrated, the Mi 11X Pro bests the OnePlus 9 at colour accuracy. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

As soon as calibrated, the Mi 11X Professional bests the OnePlus 9 at color accuracy. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Whereas the OnePlus 9 is extra color correct out of the field, it doesn’t permit adjustment of discrete RGB color values. This issues as a result of the person purple, inexperienced, and blue natural light-emitting diodes in OLED panels degrade at totally different charges. In different phrases, their color stability/accuracy diminishes barely through the years. Three years down the road, you possibly can recalibrate the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional to revive its color accuracy. The identical can’t be mentioned for the OnePlus 9, although.

Xiaomi did a terrific job of providing comprehensive control over display setting, which allows it to be tweaked to perfection. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Xiaomi did a terrific job of offering complete management over show setting, which permits it to be tweaked to perfection. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

None of that issues as a result of most smartphone customers don’t have subtle show calibration instruments and know-how at their disposal. Nevertheless, it’s commendable that Xiaomi has taken the pains to incorporate complete show calibration settings, even when majority of its customers received’t leverage that characteristic.

On the finish of the day, the picture alongside underscores the futility of evaluating smartphone OLED shows. The {photograph} is manually metered to look precisely prefer it does to the bare eye, and it reveals how the iPhone 7’s LCD panel appears downright ghastly in comparison with its AMOLED counterparts discovered within the OnePlus 9 and Mi 11X Professional. You don’t actually have to fret about show high quality so long as you may have chosen an OLED over LCD.

Caption: Yes, these phones are physically placed side-by-side in a single shot. You can’t beat OLEDs at rendering pure blacks. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Caption: Sure, these telephones are bodily positioned side-by-side in a single shot. You possibly can’t beat OLEDs at rendering pure blacks. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre


The bottom variant of the Mi 11X Professional sporting 128 GB of UFS 3.1 flash storage is the most affordable solution to get your palms on Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC at Rs 40,000. Nevertheless, the PCMark Work 3.0 benchmark amply demonstrates that you simply don’t actually need a flagship smartphone for typical utilization situations. The Realme X7 Max (MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC) and Narzo 30 Professional (Dimensity 800) are priced at Rs 13,000 and Rs 24,000 decrease than the 2 prime scoring telephones outfitted with a flagship-tier SoC, however are simply as proficient at these duties.

Caption: The gap between flagship and lower end SoCs is diminishing with each generation. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Caption: The hole between flagship and decrease finish SoCs is diminishing with every technology. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Be aware: The OnePlus 9’s uncharacteristically low rating is the results of a current firmware replace nerfing internet browsers and plenty of fashionable functions from working on the efficiency cores.

The foremost differentiator between cheaper telephones and their dearer counterparts comes right down to efficiency in graphics intensive functions equivalent to video games. The hole widens between the Realme X7 Max and the 2 telephones sporting the Snapdragon 888 SoC within the GPU-intensive 3DMark Wild Life benchmark, with the most affordable telephone struggling probably the most.

Caption: Flagship SoC’s still rule the roost when it comes to GPU-intensive applications. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Flagship SoC’s nonetheless rule the roost relating to GPU-intensive functions. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Nevertheless, the actual elephant within the room is the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional failing to run the 3DMark Wild Life stress check as a result of thermal shutdown. That’s an indicator of the telephone’s cooling system proving insufficient at dissipating warmth generated by the processors. The precise benchmarks are too quick to trigger thermal shutdown, however the telephone completely fails to finish longer stress checks.

Caption: The Mi 11X Pro failed our stress tests on account of overheating. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Caption: The Mi 11X Professional failed our stress checks on account of overheating. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Having mentioned that, we performed demanding video games equivalent to Name of Responsibility Cell, Actual Racing 3, and Genshin Affect for hours on finish with out experiencing any thermal throttling, efficiency degradation, or firmware stage thermal intervention for that matter. This makes us marvel if Xiaomi has engineered the telephone to keep up processor clock speeds at the price of thermal stability whereas working benchmarks.

The Mi 11X posts a stronger single core performance, while lagging behind OnePlus 9 in multi-core tests. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

The Mi 11X posts a stronger single core efficiency, whereas lagging behind OnePlus 9 in multi-core checks. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Though the most popular a part of the telephone’s again panel touched 40°C at full load, the underside line is that we didn’t expertise any thermal shutdowns throughout actual world utilization. On the brilliant facet, the sheer oomph of the Snapdragon 888 SoC mixed with the smoothness of 120 Hz show and movement interpolation makes the UI and functions delightfully fluid.

15 Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro Storage Performance (Random)

The reminiscence and storage sub-systems maintain their finish of the discount properly with 8 GB of quick LPDDR5 RAM and fairly fast UFS 3.1 flash storage. The latter reveals pretty fast random and sequential write speeds in comparison with the OnePlus 9, however the learn speeds are mysteriously slower than its competitor. Nevertheless, we confronted no points throughout random learn intensive situations equivalent to shopping by a picture gallery loaded with 1000’s of photographs.

16 Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro Storage Performance (Sequential)

The onboard speaker is pretty loud, which makes it simpler to comply with dialogues even in noisier environments. The inclusion of stereo mode is a few comfort for the shortage of the headphone jack. The voice name high quality is fairly good, with Wi-Fi reception proving to be distinctive. Like most telephones in India, the 5G compatibility is restricted to the mid-band spectrum. Then once more, not even the flagship iPhones get the total millimetre wave 5G remedy within the nation.

Digital camera

The Mi 11X Professional’s triple-camera setup features a 108 MP major snapper, 8 MP ultra-wide implementation, and 5 MP “tremendous macro” lens. That is complemented by a 20 MP entrance digital camera peeking by the punch-hole throughout the show. The first digital camera may lose just a few factors in dynamic vary and color accuracy, but it surely manages to snap detailed photos in each daylight in addition to in low-light situations. The “Professional Colour” mode could make your photographs pop, however the saturation ranges had been bumped up too excessive for our tastes.

The AI-enhanced evening mode kicks in by default and does an incredible job of lowering noise whereas bettering particulars in darker areas of the body. The Snapdragon 888 SoC shines with its quick storage write efficiency and nice autofocus velocity. The additional processing energy shines by whereas taking pictures in low-light situations, the place lesser smartphones often are likely to stutter.

We advocate sticking to the default mode that employs pixel binning to cram 108 MP price of element into normal 12 MP snaps. Whilst you can have the telephone save photographs in full 108 MP decision, it’s not optimum until you propose on printing your photographs for billboard commercials. What you achieve in pure picture dimension is offset by loss in brightness and total picture constancy.

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In case you’re into snapping selfies, the 20 MP retains the primary sensor’s functionality to shoot detailed selfies even in low-light situations. Whereas the compelled beautification is a bit distracting, the selfies nonetheless come out pretty detailed with the pores and skin tones preserved to a big extent.

The digital camera app appears unchanged from the earlier variations, which suggests the macro lens continues to be hidden behind a separate menu and the AI engine intelligently identifies scenes to use the appropriate presets. The embedded picture processor does a effective job with the portrait mode, with tasteful background blur and glorious edge detection that does properly even in difficult situations equivalent to backgrounds with dense foliage.

The 2 auxiliary digital camera sensors are blended bag. Whereas the first snapper reveals glorious picture stabilization and night-time efficiency, the ultra-wide digital camera falters in these areas. We don’t advocate utilizing it in low mild situations until you may have actually regular palms. The macro lens caught us without warning with its efficacy. It makes close-ups a breeze, particularly when capturing tiny particulars.

You probably have used a current Xiaomi telephone, the digital camera app is just about unchanged. In different phrases, the macro lens continues to be obscured inside an inconvenient menu. Nevertheless, the Snapdragon 888 SoC permits the AI scene enhancements to shine. Whereas video efficiency is capped at 30 fps in  8K decision, the extra widespread 4K and 1080p movies may be recorded as much as 60 fps. Video high quality and stabilisation is fairly good, however count on slight graininess when taking pictures movies in low mild situations.


Whereas a flagship-tier SoC like Snapdragon 888 delivers unparalleled efficiency, the additional oomph comes at the price of battery life. Whereas the 4,520 mAh battery ought to final a complete day, in depth gaming and working the show at 120 Hz makes {that a} troublesome proposition. In case you plan on working video games usually, you can see your self topping up the battery sooner. The 33 W charger leaves rather a lot to be desired. It takes an hour to recharge the battery, which is slower in comparison with just about each telephone on this value vary.

Battery life is nearly identical on both Snapdragon 888-equipped phones. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Battery life is sort of equivalent on each Snapdragon 888-equipped telephones. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

Everybody has totally different smartphone utilization behaviour, so the immutable consistency of the PCMark Work 3.0 Battery Life check is an effective way to match endurance between telephones. Not surprisingly, the Mi 11X Professional delivered 9 hours of battery life that’s proper on par with the equally specced OnePlus 9. Realme’s MediaTek-equipped counterpart X7 Max managed to final 13 % longer, whereas providing 22 % decrease efficiency in the identical benchmark. It’s virtually as if efficiency is a perform of energy and warmth dissipation—which it’s.

Software program

The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional ships with Android 11 out of the field. The MIUI 12 fork has come a good distance from Xiaomi’s preliminary efforts, with higher optimisation and tasteful icons and animations. The general UI expertise is akin to any Xiaomi telephone working MIUI 12—that entails a wholesome mix of UI options which can be marred by a little bit of bloatware and Xiaomi apps that can not be uninstalled.

There’s no running from bloatware and spam notifications with Xiaomi. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

There’s no working from bloatware and spam notifications with Xiaomi. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

You possibly can disable a few of these throughout setup, however some nonetheless do slip by it doesn’t matter what. I additionally noticed some annoying spam notifications, which serve to remind you precisely how Xiaomi delivers such terrific worth. Nevertheless, the uncooked energy of the Snapdragon 888 SoC mixed with the fluidity of 120 Hz show makes the consumer expertise an absolute delight.


With regards to pure efficiency, the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional is each bit as competent as any telephone sporting the Snapdragon 888 SoC. And that features the OnePlus 9, which has further goodies equivalent to in-display fingerprint scanner and wi-fi charging. There aren’t any free lunches in life, so whereas the Mi 11X Professional is sort of ten grand cheaper than the OnePlus 9, additionally it is slowed down with bloatware and spammy notifications.

The real flagship killer. Image: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

The actual flagship killer. Picture: Tech2/Nachiket Mhatre

In case you can reside with these shortcomings, then the financial savings on Xiaomi may make sense for you. But when that isn’t your cup of tea, the decrease specced OnePlus 9R (Evaluate) is priced on par with the Mi 11X Professional. Nevertheless, that entails a compromise on the SoC and shedding out on flagship-tier efficiency. Both manner, nothing beats the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional relating to delivering terrific worth even on this section. And that, mockingly, makes it the actual flagship killer.

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