Mi 11 is the new flagship smartphone from Xiaomi that is now official in the Chinese market. The company first tipped the phone during Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, wherein it was told that the Mi 11 would be the first Snapdragon 888, the flagship chipset, featuring in their phones. As suggested, it is now official in China, making it the most immediate phone to get launched with a flagship processor, which was announced early this month.
Mi 11 — Design and Display
The flagship Mi 11 features a 6.81-inches WQHD or 2K (3200 x 1440) display. The 2K display also supports 120Hz refresh rates coupled with 480Hz touch sampling rates. The display is curved along all the phone sides, making it the first four-curved flexible screen phone.
The display also comes with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is 1.5x more durable, on top. Xiaomi also claims that the display has achieved DisplayMate A+ rating, which is considered as the highest. The other highlights of the 10-bit primary colour screen include 1500 nits peak brightness, HDR 10+ support, 515ppi, and 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio. There’s a fingerprint sensor under the display for authentication as well.
This premium 2K encloses in a glass body on the back, which features in traditional Blue, Black and White colour variants. On the other hand, another edition of the device features in premium leather back finish. It comprises Khaki (aka Vegetarian leather) and Smoke Purple (aka Plain Skin) colour variants.
There’s Xiaomi Mi 11 Special Edition, which also comes with leather finish signed by Mr Lei Jun, himself, the co-founder of Xiaomi. All in all, the four curved display with such colourful rear design undoubtedly appear premium.
Mi 11 — Tech Specs
As suggested, Mi 11 is the first commercially released smartphone featuring the flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset, underneath. The latest 5G capable SoC is the predecessor to the Snapdragon 865 chipset featured in the Mi 10. The Qualcomm chipset is built on a 5nm process, first from the chipset maker featuring Kryo 680 architecture and eight cores offering clock speeds of up to 2.84GHz. For graphics, it comprises Adreno 660 GPU and additionally comes with sixth-gen AI engine.
In terms of memory, the flagship from Xiaomi comes with faster storage variants that comprise 8GB/12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
For optics, the Mi 11 features triple rear camera setup in a new module. The module includes a bigger 108MP f/1.85 lens acting as the primary camera. And, there’s a 13MP super wide-angle lens (with 123-degree filled with view) underneath, coupled with a 5MP telephoto macro lens and an LED flash on the side. On the front, the punch-hole display equips a 20MP selfie shooter.
The rear cameras support 8K video recording, at 24/30fps and 4K at 30/60fps. They additionally feature modes comprising — PRO mode, Super Night Scene 2.0, 960fps slow-motion recording, HDR, movie lens, to name a few. The front cameras also come with many modes, which include 3D beauty, Front HDR, and video beautification and more.
Mi 11 — Battery
The premium flagship features a decent 4600mAh battery capacity. It chargers through USB Type-C, and it supports Xiaomi’s 55W wired flash charging, 50W wireless fast charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.
The other highlights of the Mi 11 include Wi-Fi 6, 5G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus and GPS. The flagship also equips Harmon Kardon powered dual audio speakers. And, lastly, it shops with the new Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 out of the box. The MIUI 12.5 claims to focus on privacy and promises to be lighter, faster and more energy-efficient.
Mi 11 — Pricing
The Mi 11 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage starts at CNY 3999 (Rs 45,000 approx). The 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage variant costs CNY 4299 (Rs 50,000 approx). And, the larger 12GB + 256GB retails at CNY 4699 (Rs 53,000 approx.). The flagship is currently available for pre-booking in China.