Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely assessment: Good, however not a mattress of roses

Xiaomi couldn’t have give you a greater jab on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely. Beginning off with the premium ceramic design, distinctive show, quicker charging, and shifting to the imposing digital camera able to as much as 120X complete zoom, the Mi 11 Extremely is a spec-for-spec reply to Samsung’s prime flagship for 2021 that feels notably aimed toward every part that made the Galaxy S21 Extremely so spectacular.

Must you think about the Mi 11 Extremely in the event you’re in the marketplace for a brand new flagship telephone and do not need to purchase into the Apple-Samsung duopoly? It is a step in the suitable course for Xiaomi, although it is clear as day that there is extra work to be accomplished because the flagship nonetheless suffers from the identical ‘diseases’ which have plagued Xiaomi’s flagships seemingly perpetually. With a superb show, excellent efficiency, versatile digital camera, however not-so-impressive picture high quality, middling battery life, and ponderous design, the Mi 11 Extremely is a formidable feat of {hardware} that’s a viable various to the Galaxy S21 Extremely however not essentially a greater machine, particularly in the event you think about the $1,099 price ticket.


Ceramic is in for the Mi 11 Extremely’s exterior design, bringing a sturdy and premium really feel to the machine. The mannequin I reviewed is the white one, and it was at all times pristine and clear, holding no fingerprints in any way. Nonetheless, you’d need to use a case because the Mi 11 Extremely is a bit on the slippery facet. The extreme weight of almost 230 grams shouldn’t be serving to both.

On the entrance, we’re greeted by an unlimited 6.8-inch show that’s quad-curved. Because of this, utilizing gesture navigation feels additional neat: swiping from the perimeters, prime, or backside of the phonе isn’t interrupted by a pointy edge or something.

The oh-so-imposing digital camera island which takes up a superb quarter of the again of the telephone. It’s not solely massive, however tall as properly – it extends just a few millimeters outward and makes dealing with the telephone a clumsy expertise for positive.

At the least the uniform dimension of the digital camera bulge means it gained’t wobble when positioned on a flat floor like most different telephones do. The additional rear show is the rationale for that additional dimension added to the facet, however sadly, it’s not as helpful as I thought it could be. We’ll get to that later.

The Mi 11 Extremely additionally comes with twin top- and bottom-firing loudspeakers which might be seemingly tuned by Harman/Kardon. Surprisingly, these sound fairly loud and wealthy. There’s no headphone jack, however we now have the Xiaomi mainstay – an infrared sensor that may management most of your home equipment.

General, the Mi 11 Extremely is simply too heavy and slippery for me, and that digital camera island on the rear is simply too huge for its personal good. The gimmicky second display is in charge, as with out it, the digital camera package deal would have been far more compact.


The Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely comes with a big, 6.81-inch show that’s a pleasure to have a look at and use. It’s an OLED panel that makes use of some software program trickery to realize a 10-bit shade depth, however what’s extra spectacular is simply how good the show is. Viewing angles, shade replica, and particularly the utmost brightness are all commendable though it is value noting the default display mode comes throughout as considerably chilly with a shade temperature of almost 7500K. Xiaomi claims a most of 1,700 nits achievable on the Mi 11 Extremely within the devoted “Daylight mode” nonetheless, however we managed to hit a bit over 800 nits in common on a regular basis situations.

The show helps a easy 120Hz refresh charge alongside the legacy 60Hz mode, however what’s extra spectacular right here is that the Mi 11 Extremely helps its excessive refresh charge on the prime QHD+ decision, much like the Galaxy S21 Extremely. Working QHD+ at 120Hz is a positively a visible feast for the eyes, although it does take a detrimental toll on the battery life. But, why get such a succesful machine and never use all of its options to the fullest?

Second show

The Mi 11 Extremely is reportedly utilizing a show from a Xiaomi Mi Band 5 wearable to enrich its rear digital camera meeting, and whereas it tipped my curiosity at first, in the end it proved to be a whole gimmick. You may set a customizable watch-face and use it to show the time and a purple dot indicating incoming notifications, however provided that you place your telephone face down and solely as much as 30 seconds. You too can use the show as a preview pane for the digital camera, which helps take distinctive selfies, and… that’s about it so far as the use instances for the secondary show are involved. Undoubtedly a gimmick that’s not completely as helpful because it might have been.

{Hardware} and efficiency

By now, it shouldn’t be shocking that the Mi 11 Extremely is a flagship machine in any method possible and comes with top-notch specs. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset buzzing contained in the telephone, with 8 or 12GB of RAM and 256 or 512GB of native storage. There’s no microSD card slot, however with a lot storage included, you positively do not want one. So far as total efficiency goes, the telephone is as quick as some other modern flagship will get nowadays. All the pieces runs tremendous quick on the Mi 11 Extremely, and I discover it laborious to imagine that anybody will expertise lag or slowness all through apps, video games or the interface itself.

Options and performance

Working Android 11, the Mi 11 Extremely comes with the corporate’s in-house MIUI interface working on prime. For probably the most half, it’s a fairly large far-cry from inventory Android which may shock newcomers, however in its protection, MIUI is jam-packed with tons and tons of additional options and functionalities, most of which being fairly helpful for sure.

Biometrics are, as standard on Xiaomi gadgets, extraordinarily quick and handy. The in-display fingerprint scanner is sort of speedy and dependable, although I’m not such a giant fan of the vibration sample that assaults my finger whereas the sensor is unlocking the telephone because it’s distracting. The facial unlock characteristic is super-speedy however definitely not as dependable for positive.

Digital camera

Probably the most important promoting level of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely is its imposing digital camera system, which guarantees grandeur with its excellent {hardware}. For starters, the Mi 11 Extremely comes with a big 1/1.12″ Samsung-made quad-Bayer sensor sitting beneath the 50MP optics of the primary digital camera; that’s one of many greatest sensors fitted on a smartphone just lately. The supplementary ultra-wide and 5X telephoto each clock in at 48MP and have smaller 1/2” sensors.

General, picture high quality is nice. Particulars are aplenty in nearly all scenes we’ve shot, although photos are generally a bit mushy. But, the general digital camera package deal is not as versatile because the one on the Galaxy S21 Extremely and left me wanting extra. The promise of a superb telephone digital camera got here true, however solely partly, and ultimately, comes throughout a tad disappointing. Be at liberty to take a look at our comparability between the Mi 11 Extremely and the Galaxy S21 Extremely, which we did in a separate put up obtainable proper right here.

The issue with the Mi 11 Extremely cameras shouldn’t be the {hardware}, however the software program. Even regardless of the excellent digital camera sensor and optics, the Mi 11 Extremely reveals the identical common digital camera picture high quality as most earlier Xiaomi flagship telephones, with questionable shade replica that’s typically too totally different from actuality for its personal good. Because of this, greens are generally the unsuitable shade of inexperienced, magentas seem orange, blues are sometimes too blue, and so forth. That’s particularly evident in the event you examine photos taken with the Mi 11 Extremely taken in opposition to a Galaxy S21 Extremely, which we maintain because the benchmark customary nowadays.

I can also’t assist however huff concerning the shade disparity between the ultra-wide, predominant, and periscope cameras in the identical scenes. Certainly, it’s pure to count on variations as a result of variations in framing and publicity, however arising with completely totally different colours is a giant no-no for me. The three photos beneath clearly show that: the ultra-wide and wide-angle pictures depict the colour of the shirt pretty appropriately, however the periscope lens has determined that the colour ought to be bubblegum pink as a substitute, which is completely not true.

What’s extra, regardless of the excellent HDR capabilities of the telephone, HDR photos are nonetheless inferior to what different telephones present. If you shoot a scene with the solar current, shadowy areas are by no means as detailed and infrequently too darkish, whereas highlights simply get clipped, particularly in the event you use the periscope digital camera, as seen within the picture with the white pigeon.

Lastly, there’s a noticeable and fairly irritating shutter lag when utilizing the 5X periscope digital camera, which takes a second or so to snap an image, making it exceptionally straightforward to both miss your topic or seize a blurry mess that’s not possible to make out.

Evening-time pictures are good, although the Xiaomi tends to be a bit too trigger-happy with its long-exposure Evening mode, which is seemingly at all times used because the default capturing mode when the lights go down. I’d have cherished for a bit extra particulars and a greater total dynamics, because the Mi 11 Extremely doesn’t appear eager on lifting up the darkish areas of a low-light picture, however merely boosts the highlights, which frequently makes for not-so-satisfying outcomes.

Portraits prove okay, albeit considerably mushy and missing definition. Topic separation is superb, most definitely as a result of ToF sensor on the again, however in contrast to the highest digital camera telephones on the market, the Mi 11 Extremely solely makes use of its predominant digital camera to seize portraits, which does not isolate your topic and does not obtain a delightful focal size. That is one thing that each the newest Galaxy and iPhone are doing, and the portraits popping out of these two are in one other league.

Ditto about selfies: they’re okay, however you are destined to get significantly better outcomes by merely flipping the digital camera. That is what Xiaomi is hinting with the inclusion of the secondary show, which is in any other case ineffective, however the issue right here is that the primary digital camera has a really shallow depth of subject from the  lose distance that you simply’re often taking selfies from, in the end leading to footage out of focus. That is not the case with the selfie digital camera, which can hardly miss out the point of interest. What’s even weirder is that the secondary show cannot be utilized in portrait mode with the primary digital camera, which additional defeats its function and in the end forces you to make use of the selfie digital camera to shoot portrait selfies. So, why did we’d like a secondary show within the first place?

Battery life

Battery life on the Mi 11 Extremely shouldn’t be that nice. It’s positively a one-day telephone, particularly in the event you use QHD+ decision at 120Hz in addition to the attractive always-on show, and in all honesty, try to be utilizing these options in the event you’ve gotten this telephone. That mentioned, the 5,000mAh can most likely final you a day and a half and even two in the event you disable a few of the neat bells and whistles and use the machine as sparingly as attainable. In our assessments, the Mi 11 Extremely scored 9 hours of shopping in 120Hz mode and almost 10 and a half hours of shopping in 60Hz mode. Video streaming clocked in round 8 hours, whereas 3D gaming netted between 8:30 and 9 hours in each 60 and 120Hz modes. The telephone does include a 67W quick charger, which juices up the telephone in round 50 minutes.

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