Today Xiaomi is launching their new Mi 11 flagship for the global market, following their domestic launch of the phone in China almost 6 weeks ago.

The Mi 11 is an interesting device as it really balances out its features as a affordable flagship device. The European prices for the new phone start at 749€, featuring the new Snapdragon 888 SoC, and what seems to be a top-of-the line 1440p 120Hz OLED display, all while featuring a high-end 108MP camera module, though the phone compromises on its other cameras.

Xiaomi Mi Series
  Mi 10 Mi 11
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 
1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 650 @ 587MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 
1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 660 @ 840MHz
DRAM 8GB LPDDR5-5500 8/12GB LPDDR5-6400
Display 6.67" AMOLED
2340 x 1080 (19.5:9)

90Hz Refresh


 
6.81" AMOLED
3200 x 1440

120Hz Refresh

480Hz Touch
HDR10+ / 10-bit panel
Size Height 162.58mm 164.3mm
Width 74.80mm 74.6mm
Depth 8.96mm 8.06mm
Weight 208g 196g
Battery Capacity 4780mAh (Typical)

30W Charging
4600mAh (Typical)

55W Charging
Wireless Charging 30W 50W
Rear Cameras
Main 108MP 1/1.3" 0.8µm
4:1 Binning to 27MP / 1.6µm


f/1.69 w/ OIS
108MP Module

f/1.85 w/OIS
Telephoto - 5MP

50mm eq.
f/2.2
Extra
Telephoto
- -
Ultra-Wide 13MP 1.12µm

f/2.4
117° FoV
13MP

f/2.4
123° FoV
Extra 2MP Depth Camera

2MP Macro Camera
-
Front Camera 20MP 0.8µm
f/2.3
f/2.2
Storage 128 / 256GB
UFS 3.0
128 / 256GB
I/O USB-C
Wireless (local) 802.11ax (Wifi 6),
Bluetooth 5.1
Cellular 4G + 5G NR NSA+SA Sub-6GHz
Special Features Under-screen fingerprint sensor
Full-range stereo speakers
Splash, Water, Dust Resistance No rating
Dual-SIM 2x nano-SIM
Launch OS Android 10 w/ MIUI Android 11 w/ MIUI
Launch Price 8+128GB: 799€
8+256GB: 899€
8+128GB: 749€
8+256GB: 799€

The new Mi 11 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 which we had a deeper dive into earlier today. The new chip’s CPU setup is definitely more powerful, as well as its GPU, however it can also be quite power hungry. I’m expecting Xiaomi’s implementation to be more aggressive than Samsung’s, allowing for higher power dissipation levels under sustained workloads – we’ll confirm this soon enough as we prepare for a review of the phone.

 

The design of the Mi 11 looks to be quite attractive, and it’s definitely a sleeker phone than the Mi 10, as Xiaomi was able to thin the phone by 0.9mm and also make it 12g lighter – doesn’t sound like much, but such differences can make for a substantial change in feel.

The phone features a 6.8” 3200 x 1440 OLED display that’s able to reach 120Hz refresh rates, as well as a staggering 480Hz touch input sample rate. Xiaomi advertises extremely high brightness levels; however, the company hadn’t commented on the OLED generation of the panel so as of right now we’re not sure if this is using one of Samsung Display’s newer emitter panels or if it even has VRR/LFD capabilities – but as of right now I’m assuming that it doesn’t.

On the camera side, the Mi 11 features their signature 108MP sensor, binning down to 27MP in regular photos. This generation Xiaomi has opted for different optics, going from f/1.69 to a new f/1.85 system – which in my view is absolutely the right choice as the previous generation did suffer from optical underperformance on the part of the main camera. The module here also has OIS.

Alongside the main sensor, we see a 13MP ultra-wide with 123°V FoV and f/2.4 optics, as well as a 5MP “telemacro” module with 2x magnification. I’m curious to see what this last module does, but I think most people should treat the phone as a dual-camera phone, which is absolutely just fine as well.

749€ - A great price

The big news today was the reveal of the global/European price of the new Mi 11: 749€ for the 8+128GB variant. This is actually a pretty great price, considering it’s competing against the likes of 999€ Galaxy S21+. The Xiaomi has some drawbacks in the camera department, though we’ll have to see how they compete against each other, but also has notable advantages such as a higher quality display, and the superior Snapdragon 888 in most global markets, which outperforms the new Exynos 2100.

In that regard, Xiaomi’s pricing seems to be spot-on, and of great value. We’ll be review the Mi 11 in the coming future.

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  • iphonebestgamephone - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - link

    A pentile 1080 can show some jagged edges on some thin lines and font at that size. This might make everything super sharp. Reply
  • shabby - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    Global market... does this include America? Reply
  • Wereweeb - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    Is the U.S. located on the planet commonly known as Earth? Reply
  • shabby - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    Normally no when it comes to these Chinese phones. Reply
  • RSAUser - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - link

    US has the issue of different bands, so some carriers won't get it /not be compatible. Reply
  • BedfordTim - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - link

    It is somewhere on the far side of Jupiter from a mobile perspective. Reply
  • realbabilu - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    "Sorry we are not including the 18W charger this time"

    Because we are including 55w charger for 45min charging from flat zero. Hahaha
    https://youtu.be/6hBZ46fI1Ag
    Reply
  • valinor89 - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    This abomination has a screen only 5% smaller than a OG Nexus 7, how are you suposed to be able to use this as a phone?

    And why do they see the NEED to increase screen size year after year.
    This was ok when the phones increased in screen size while getting rid of bezzels, but now any increase in screen size is a direct increase on overall phone size.

    I wish they kept the MI9 SE in production. Finding a sub 6 inch phone that doesn't suck is getting harder and harder. And yes, even that phone size would have been bigger than the OG phablets.
    Reply
  • valinor89 - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    edit: 5% asumes equal aspect ratio, that was a wrong assumption Reply
  • tk.icepick - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - link

    It's still pretty damn big - the Mi 11 has display surface area of ~ 17.354 in^2, while the 2013 nexus 7 has ~ 22.148 in^2. My Pixel XL (2016) has just 12.723 in^2. Reply

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