Xiaomi Mi 11 5G Overview

“Two steps ahead, one step again”, that is precisely how the brand new Xiaomi Mi 11 feels when consider all of its deserves and demerits. It does a variety of issues very effectively and improves the components that makes Xiaomiflagships merely work, however I additionally assume it additionally modifications some issues for the dangerous.
Whereas the telephone has developed in a significant method over its predecessor, the Mi 10 5G that I’ve used and beloved, the Mi 11 arrives with a power-hungry show, barely smaller battery, and fewer versatile digicam setup that principally reuses the {hardware} from the Mi 10. Seen in a vacuum and contemplating its $749 in China and different relevant markets, the Mi 11 is a superb telephone, however inferior to I might have appreciated it to be. Is that an issue? On condition that Samsung’s Galaxy S21-series did not introduce that a lot enhancements over the earlier technology, I might say Xiaomi will get a cross this time. 
However make no mistake, I am positively ready for the true Xiaomi flagship of 2021, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultr, which may very well be a fairly promising machine. However all we’ve got now’s the appetizer – the Mi 11.


The way in which I see it, Xiaomi has been killing it by way of design prior to now few years. Ranging from the Mi 9 up till the Mi 11, every machine has been distinctive by way of total feel and appear, and though the shiny exterior of the Mi 9 was thought of a misstep by many, I appreciated it. The brand new Mi 11 makes use of frosted Gorilla Glass in its construct, guaranteeing for a silky clean really feel that gives sufficient grip whereas retaining just about no fingerprints. The show has a slight curve on the edges, which isn’t as abrupt because the one on the Mi 10-series however nonetheless makes for gesture-based navigation a bit extra pleasing, particularly when a case is concerned. And let’s be sincere, you’d most likely need to use a case with this massive telephone for that additional safety.

I really like the colours on the Mi 11. We had the blue Mi 11, however what shocked me the primary time I held the telephone in opposition to the sunshine is the shimmery play of hues that ensued: blue and yellow and even some darkish violet on the edges intertwined in a charming show of colours. I completely love that. I additionally love the exaggerated rim round the principle 108MP digicam, in addition to the shiny two-tone digicam island that makes for an fascinating design aspect that stands out. I additionally love the curved again of the telephone, which inserts oh-so-nicely within the hand and leaves the impression of a way more compact machine.

In a typical Xiaomi vogue, the Mi 11 comes with an infrared blaster to command different devices, however in case you’re searching for a headphone jack or microSD card slot, robust luck. Thankfully, there are twin stereo audio system tuned by Harman Kardon, which sound nice. The haptics are fast and exact, which is unquestionably a noteworthy quality-of-life enchancment.


The Mi 11 is outfitted with a big, 6.8-inch OLED show with as much as 120Hz refresh price. The display has a QHD+ decision, which is a flowery method of claiming it boasts 1440 by 3200 pixels. That’s lots sharp, however completely pointless as something previous FHD+ is completely an overkill in common day-to-day use. What would have been extra impactful is a FHD+ show which might have launched additional vitality financial savings.

Nonetheless, the show is actually beautiful to take a look at, and whereas the default display mode is a bit colder than the perfect 6500K shade temperature, Xiaomi has thrown in tons of configuration settings that allow you to change to a extra muted sRGB, a vivid P3 or an excessively saturated shade scheme, and even tweak the colours your personal method. Regardless of which shade possibility you go for, I don’t assume the show will disappoint you.


The Xiaomi Mi 11 was the primary telephone to be introduced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, which is without doubt one of the quickest accessible for Android gadgets proper now. I’m not happening with the standard babble that you simply wouldn’t discover any lag or slowdowns, since you gained’t. Truly, the previous few generations of smartphone chips have been so quick that the distinction in perceived pace has been incomprehensible at finest. The Mi 11 performs admirably in all situations one may anticipate to come across, although it doesn’t essentially really feel sooner than every other up to date flagship telephone. It is a testomony to how briskly chipsets have change into.

With 8GB of RAM, the consumer has ample headroom for utilizing a number of apps on the identical time. I didn’t discover any aggressive RAM administration behaviour and apps that had been supposed to remain open did simply that. Fortunately, there’s additionally a 12GB model of the telephone current, which needs to be an excellent higher match for demanding customers. The latter comes with 256GB of native storage, which is greater than sufficient, however take into consideration there’s no microSD card slot enlargement potential on the Mi 11.

In terms of efficiency, discover that the Xiaomi Mi 11 truly beats the Galaxy S21 collection (the outcomes above are for the Exynos model of the S21 telephones). So sure, the Snapdragon 888 is certainly essentially the most highly effective chip within the Android panorama on the launch of the Mi 11, and the machine feels blazing quick.

Sustained Gaming Efficiency

We’re additionally operating the 20-minute 3D Mark Wildlife take a look at which exhibits how completely different chips carry out below extra extended utilization, and that information is especially fascinating for the players on the market to see if the chip on their telephone throttles and to what extent.

And these outcomes are actually stunning: discover how after about quarter-hour of operating the take a look at, the Exynos throttles considerably and its efficiency drops by about 30%, whereas the Snapdragon degrades in efficiency ever so barely, and 20 minutes into the take a look at the Mi 11 powered by the Snapdragon 888 truly outscores the S21 Extremely powered by the Exynos 2100 with a rating of 5,023 to three,714, a 26% benefit for the Mi 11!

Software program and performance

MIUI stays one of the vital practical Android skins on the market, with tons of neat options hidden all over the place all through the interface. It additionally appears good, regardless of borrowing sure visuals from iOS. It’s additionally one of many few customized interfaces on the market which has a number of consumer assist. The Second Area function is a mighty helpful one: it lets you create two separate working areas and entry every one instantaneously by unlocking the telephone with a special finger. There are tons of intriguing options within the digicam app as effectively, however we’ll get to that later.

The optical fingerprint scanner embedded within the show is fairly quick and correct, however essentially the most fascinating bit about it’s that it doubles as a heartrate monitor. Holding a finger on the scanner for a short 15-second scan permits the Mi Well being app to measure your present coronary heart price. The accuracy of the software most likely shouldn’t be trusted totally, however is a neat function nonetheless.

There’s a reasonably quick face unlock function as effectively, and whereas it’s fully photo-based and never as safe as 3D face unlock options, it’s fairly handy because it unlocks the telephone right away.


The digicam app on the Xiaomi Mi 11 is wealthy in capturing modes and numerous options, a few of that are fairly gimmicky however there are some helpful ones as effectively. What’s extra helpful right here is the improved AI function of the digicam, which now mechanically switches to Evening Mode when it detects that the sunshine is just not sufficient.

Talking of the digicam on the Xiaomi Mi 11 makes use of the identical 108MP that was discovered on final 12 months’s Mi 10, although it’s been downgraded in some regards. For one, the brand new telephone has a fundamental aperture of F1.9 whereas final 12 months’s flagship utilized an F1.7 aperture. There’s additionally a ultra-wide digicam and a macro shooter on the rear, however no telephoto. A disgrace, as a telephoto would have been occasions extra helpful than a macro lens, however what are you able to do. But, the dearth of a devoted digicam doesn’t stop you from zooming in in your topic: you will get at as much as 30X with the Mi 11, although something previous 10X is barely usable. Xiaomi might be saving its finest new digicam tech for the Mi 11 Extremely, which has leaked profusely.

How’s the picture high quality? Fairly good! Pictures prove true-to-life, with glorious particulars and dynamic vary. Colours are a bit on the conservative facet, specializing in realism as an alternative of being too vivid. The automated HDR does its job effectively, although it doesn’t deliver up particulars within the shadows as a lot as I’d prefer it to, however that’s simply me. Portraits prove with nice topic separation although I’d have beloved for a zoomed in 2X view in portrait mode, which might have made for a extra flattering area of view. Selfies are well-detailed due to the 20MP hole-punch digicam, and with some slight post-processing they will change into nice additions to 1’s social feed.

This is a comparability between the three fundamental zoom ranges which are provided to the consumer proper off the bat: 0.6X, 1X, and 2X.

By default, the Mi 11 takes large 27MP photos, which often vary between 10 and 20MB of storage. A short images journey one afternoon used practically a gigabyte of inside reminiscence, although I might have saved some area if I had used the HEIF format. It is not as extensively supported in most third-party apps, although, so I went for the higher compatibility. If you happen to’re a images bug, positively go for the bigger storage model. That mentioned, here is a full 108MP picture.

Portraits do not exhibit that a lot artifacts regardless of the elimination of the devoted depth sensor.

In any other case, as seen within the pattern shot beneath, good lighting circumstances will reward you with glorious photos.

Selfies are nice, however provided that you disable the sturdy beautification impact that is enabled by default.

As I discussed earlier than, Evening Mode now mechanically activates when the telephone detects the lights are too low. Be sure the respective possibility is enabled within the digicam settings menu, but it surely needs to be enabled by default. So far as low-light digicam high quality goes, it is alright, nothing to write down dwelling about. Colours are barely muted and never as vivid as I might like, whereas particulars within the darker areas of the scene do not get introduced up as a lot as I often love.

Video might be shot at as much as 8K@30fps, which appears the higher customary in early 2021. Movies prove nice and completely usable for additional enhancing. There’s a number of helpful and enjoyable options right here: VLOG will allow you to shoot artistic intros in your vlogs, whereas Film Results helps you to snap fascinating kinds of footage.


The 4,600mAh battery on the Mi 11 often lasts me a full day of moderate-to-heavy utilization. For the report, I’ve it set at FHD+ decision and a 120Hz refresh price with all of the bells and whistles enabled. I anticipated the telephone to final a bit extra, however I suppose the high-res show is drawing an excessive amount of energy.

What’s spectacular is the super-fast 55W charging that tops up the telephone. It does that very quickly — 0% to 100% might be achieved in round 50 minutes, however in my expertise, a fast 30-min cost will web you round 75-80% of cost, which is greater than sufficient for a full day of use. Moreover, ought to we handle the elephant within the room? Xiaomi is not going full Apple or Samsung simply but, and has included a charging brick within the field of the Mi 11. If that is not adequate, the included charger is definitely a GaN one, which is usually extra energy-efficient and produces much less warmth all of the whereas being a bit extra compact.

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