Xiaomi Mi 11 overview: Filled with potential

(Pocket-lint) – Within the current previous there was a second when Huawei – the then champion Chinese language export – seemed poised to strike as the following massive model (positive, it is nonetheless enormous, simply much less international proper now). However the tables turned quick – largely right down to tumultuous political wars – locking out Google Providers, which left the door considerably open in Europe for different manufacturers to step in.

Pushing its foot by way of that hole with eager assertion is Xiaomi. No, this different Chinese language tech mega-company is not any stranger to phone-making – having revealed a few of the earliest close to bezel-free units to the market – but it surely’s now at a place, in design phrases a minimum of, the place it is on the very innovative.

For the Mi 11, full with its curved display design and recent tackle cameras, is a visible delight (to us it considerably echoes Huawei’s P40 Professional – therefore the comparability). Nevertheless it’s additionally the primary telephone to ever deploy Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 top-tier processor, exhibiting Xiaomi is a step forward within the {hardware} stakes too.

So are we wanting on the subsequent massive model that is about to explode? From our working week utilizing the Mi 11, we have little doubt that it is filled with potential.

Our fast take

So is Xiaomi about to explode as the following massive factor? Nicely, it might endure an analogous destiny as Huawei – what with the US Administration including it to its blacklist – which might be a disgrace because the Mi 11 is a doubtlessly storming flagship.

No solely does the Mi 11 hit quite a few firsts – akin to introducing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 to the world – it is also attractively priced, with €749 set because the opening sum. For all that is on provide right here that is tremendous worth.

The Mi 11’s recent tackle cameras – there aren’t lenses right here for the heck of it – and achieved design are amongst its highlights. Positive, the MIUI software program has its quirks, which we expect is essentially the most questionable a part of the package deal, but it surely’s steady and tinkerable sufficient to form into a robust total expertise.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is packed filled with potential. At this value, it is definitely value you taking a second of your time to mull it over as your subsequent Android flagship.

Xiaomi Mi 11 review: Packed with potential


  • Beautiful design with curved display edges
  • Succesful foremost digital camera setup – telemacro possibility is enjoyable too
  • Easy and quick efficiency
  • Nice value for a Snapdragon 888 system
In opposition to

  • No zoom lenses – and telemacro wants stabilisation
  • Some black crush from low-brightness display
  • Software program quirks (MIUI v12.0.1 as reviewed) akin to notification fails
  • No water-resistance score


Design & Show

  • Dimensions: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06mm / Weight: 196g
  • Frosted glass finishes: Midnight Grey, Horizon Blue
  • Show: 6.81-inch AMOLED quad-curved panel
    • Decision: 3200 x 1440 (WQHD+)
    • Refresh charge: adaptive 120Hz
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Sound by Harman Kardon

“It is only a telephone”, proper? Positive, there’s solely thus far you may push the mould on the subject of creating an oblong interactive display, however the Mi 11 is refined at each flip.

Whether or not it is the gently curved glass edges, the refined gradient and light-catching properties of the frosted glass rear, or the deftly lower punch-hole digital camera to the entrance (it is approach neater than most rivals), the Mi 11 is poised to perfection; a chiselled mannequin on a flagship telephone catwalk.

Wrapped into that design is a variety of top of the range specification too. The display, a 6.81-inch AMOLED panel, is giant however proportioned so it is not ridiculous for thumb-reach throughout it (because of the 20:9 facet ratio). The always-on panel can glow at these refined curved edges as a not-too-intrusive alert mechanism, too, which appears to be like great – a type of blue/purple aura alerting you to notifications.

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As is commonly the case with OLED panel balancing, nonetheless, when the display is dimmed it crushes the blacks considerably. Not almost as badly as, say, the Oppo Discover X2 Professional, but it surely’s positively there. And, to some extent, the software program appears a bit too eager to push the brightness down a notch – one of many variety of quirks to Xiaomi’s MIUI software program (right here reviewed as 12.0.1, however 12.5 is anticipated very quickly – and that would largely change issues up).

The display’s spec does not cease reaching for the celebs there both. It is received a 2K decision, with an adaptive 120Hz refresh charge to assist easy out animations and gameplay (oddly the refresh charge web page within the settings calls 120Hz ‘Medium’ in comparison with 60Hz’s ‘Commonplace’, with no ‘Excessive’ possibility – so it is not very effectively termed).

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As ever with refresh charge, it impacts battery life, as does the chosen decision. However the Mi 11 can run WQHD+ (that is 3200 x 1440 pixels) on the 120Hz charge – which is nearly as good as issues get at this second in time. There’s additionally FHD+ (2400 x 1080) and automated switching choices to assist save that battery life all of the extra. Whichever of the 2 you choose, your content material will look superb.

Efficiency & Battery

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 8GB RAM (LPDDR5 3200MHz)
  • Battery: 4,600mAh; 55W wired / 50W wi-fi charging
  • Storage: 128GB UFS 3.1 (no microSD slot)
  • Software program: MIUI 12.0.1 over Android 10
  • Twin SIM, 5G connectivity

The high-spec display is matched with high-spec innards too. As the primary system to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform – right here with 8GB RAM, there’s supposedly a 12GB possibility that we do not anticipate for international markets – it is put heaps of core energy at your fingertips.

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And a good bit of warmth to match – a strong processor, even a 5nm platform such because the SD888, cannot precisely run cool, so count on some hand-warming in consequence (which, given it is snowing on the time of writing right here within the UK, hasn’t been one thing of grievance).

So whereas the setup will run your favorite video games and apps at their greatest – enhanced by the accessible refresh charge and backbone of that display – it would in fact influence battery life. Contained in the Mi 11 there is a 4,600mAh cell, which is affordable sufficient – and likewise sports activities 55W fast-charging and 50W wi-fi charging – however will drain sooner than your common on account of the high-end specification.

However we’re not speaking to a problematic degree: we ran the telephone from a 9am begin to a 1am end, together with 4 hours of gaming on and off, and people 16 hours of use took the battery into its last 15 per cent. So even with fairly stable utilization – the above meant almost seven hours of display time – the Mi 11 will get you thru the day.

A part of the rationale for that is the pretty excessive influence of Xiaomi’s MIUI software program. There are many choices to select by way of, quite a few alerts to counsel limiting sure features to retain battery, and a variety of per-app permissions that you’re going to must tinker with to make sure all the pieces runs as you please.

That is kind-of good, however kind-of unhealthy all on the identical time, as a result of there’s a lot footwork to do to get all the pieces functioning as you count on – and generally you will not know there’s an issue with a selected app till, say, it does not ship you a notification (which you later then discover by manually opening the app itself).

Once we reviewed the Redmi Notice 9T, which was initially operating the identical MIUI 12.0.1 software program as this overview Mi 11, we hit partitions and partitions of issues. The Mi 11, nonetheless, hasn’t suffered fairly to the identical extent – being a much more steady expertise. That mentioned, we have discovered some off-and-on points with notifications not being instant always – seemingly a tucked-away battery-saving method – and different little quirks, from the Sport Booster app not being accessible to find, to the peculiar structure of haptic suggestions and vibration choices.

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Now, the Mi 11 is anticipated to launch globally with MIUI 12.5, which ought to hopefully carry an up to date and brisker method. How a lot distinction it will genuinely make and what tweaks it would carry is but to be seen although. However as we discover the tinker-with nature of MIUI to be the most important hurdle of this system – and of Xiaomi units as a complete, particularly seeing because it’s largely inconsistent from system to system – seeing the software program advance to a extra pure, usable state is what’s going to elevate this system to a different degree.


  • Triple rear digital camera system:
    • Major: 108-megapixel, 0.8um pixel dimension, f/1.85 aperture, optical stabilisation (OIS)
    • Telemacro (3-10cm focus): 5MP, f/2.4, autofocus succesful
    • Broad (123 levels): 13MP, f/2.4
  • Entrance punch-hole selfie digital camera:
    • 20-megapixel, 0.8um pixel dimension, f/2.2 aperture

On the cameras entrance the Mi 11 takes a distinct, relatively refreshing method: sure there’s fairly quite a few lenses right here – three, depend ’em all – however none are there for the heck of it.

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Every lens has its personal process: the primary digital camera is tremendous high-resolution, at 108-megapixels; there’s an ultra-wide to cram extra right into a scene (however far decrease decision, at 13-megapixels); whereas the 5-megapixel telemacro is the most effective we have seen but for close-up taking pictures (though it is nonetheless not fairly good).

That is refreshing in comparison with the assorted telephone digital camera setups that seem with 4 or 5 lenses, a lot of which do little or nothing in any respect. The Mi 11’s solely actual absence is there is not any optical zoom of any form – which looks like an oddity at this degree, however then the €749 beginning value greater than goes to clarify that.

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Anyway, again to the cameras themselves. The primary lens makes use of four-in-one pixel processing to provide 27-megapixel photos. These are, inevitably, nonetheless huge – 6016 x 4512 pixels in 4:3 facet ratio – however there’s heaps of element crammed in. It is a first rate optic with good outcomes, together with when taking pictures in low-light situations.

Certainly, the evening mode does a grand job of handheld lengthy publicity pictures too, aided by the optical picture stabilisation system to maintain issues regular.

The telemacro, nonetheless, does not function any stabilisation – which may make it a bit difficult to make use of. You may get some nice close-ups, however there’s not the identical diploma of accomplishment with sharpness or element – partly as a result of it is 5-megapixels solely, partly as a result of the autofocus suggestions right here is restricted and never totally useful (however, hey, a minimum of it is a macro lens with autofocus – one thing you will barely discover elsewhere).

All in all, regardless of the absence of correct optical zoom lenses, the Mi 11’s tackle cameras is robust. The primary lens is nice, the wide-angle achieved, and the telemacro truly helpful for creating uncommon close-up pictures. This is hoping the alleged Mi 11 Professional and Extremely fashions – if they arrive to fruition, because it’s all hearsay proper now – increase on this already nice digital camera setup.


To recap

At this value, it is definitely value you mulling over the Mi 11. It is packed filled with potential and – apart from software program and an absence of optical zoom within the digital camera setup – brings the struggle to Samsung, OnePlus, et al.

Writing by Mike Lowe. Enhancing by Stuart Miles.

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