Today, at 7:30 p.m. (GMT+8), Xiaomi hosted a global launch event for the Mi 11 series of smartphones. They announced their flagship device as a rival to the OnePlus 9 series devices, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and other big competitors.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest Mi 11 series.
Mi 11 Ultra
The Mi 11 Ultra is the top-of-the-line model, trailing in the footsteps of the Mi 10 Ultra from last year. The phone has three cameras on the rear, as well as a secondary display that shows updates, battery life, temperature, health alerts, and other notifications. The secondary screen is a 1.1 inch rear OLED panel which can help you to film with normal and ultra-wide cameras. Moreover, there’s a special super power saving mode to conserve up to 55 hours of extra standby time which can only be seen on the back display.
The display specs are identical to the Mi 11 Pro, so you’ll get a 6.7-inch E4 AMOLED screen with QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Similarly, for the display protection it has a Gorilla Glass Victus layer on top and the panel also supports Dolby Vision. A Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, Snapdragon 888 processor, and a 5,000mAh battery are also included.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra supports 67W wired and 67W wireless charging, accounting for a 36-minute charge time. It can also recharge other devices thanks to the 10W reverse wireless charging. Xiaomi has finally included an IP68 ranking with the new unit, after a long wait.
The Mi 11 Ultra, in true sense, packs a powerful array of cameras. The phone features Samsung GN2 50MP main shooter under a triple camera setup but with two other 48MP Sony IMX586 Ultra Wide and TeleMacro cameras. The primary lens can shoot under Dual Pixel Pro autofocus, OIS, and a new Night Mode algorithm. It has a 20MP sensor in a left-aligned punch-hole cutout for selfies.
Xiaomi mentioned at the event that the company has put a lot of effort into the Ultra Night Photo algorithms, which, when paired with the 1/1.5′′ wide 50MP sensor, ensures that images are visible and vibrant even when the lighting dims. Xiaomi also claims that you can film with several cameras at the same time using the “Multi Cam” feature, which allows you to choose which cameras you want to use. All three camera sensors, including the tele-macro sensor, on the Mi 11 Ultra are capable of capturing 8K videos.
The 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM variant of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra costs 5999 yuan (~$914). The 12GB + 256GB edition costs 6499 yuan (~$990), while the top-of-the-line 12GB + 512GB variant costs 6999 yuan (~$1065).
Mi 11 Pro
Between the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra, the Mi 11 Pro is a mid-tier unit. On the Mi 11, it’s a bit more serving, and on the Mi 11 Ultra, it’s a little less.
The core specs are much like the Mi 11 Ultra, namely Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 6.67-inch QHD+ OLED screen, but a smaller camera design. As the explicit camera design is smaller, the implicit specs are a little minuscule.
The Mi 11 Pro delivers a Samsung GN2 50MP primary lens, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor (123 degree field of view), and a 5X 8MP periscope camera. It’s a downgrade over the 48MP Ultrawide and Tele-Macro lens, but it includes a 1,920fps slow-motion video recording on both the Pro and Ultra phones.
The Mi 11 Pro is currently only available in China, with prices beginning at 4,999 yuan (~$762) for the 8GB/128GB model, 5,299 yuan (~$807) for the 8GB/256GB model, and 5699 yuan (~$868) for the 12GB/256GB model.
We recently covered the launch of a new Poco series of smartphones, and the POCO F3 is effectively a rebranded Redmi K40, but it seems that Xiaomi has rebranded Redmi K40 Pro Plus once more as Mi 11i.
On the front, the Mi 11i features a 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display with an up to 120Hz refresh rate. The display has a peak brightness of 1300 nits, is HDR10+ certified, and has a touch sampling rate of 360Hz.
The Mi 11i features Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset, 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and a massive 4,520mAh battery that can be charged using a 33W wired charger provided in the box. The phone comes with 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage out of the box.
Talking about the camera, it houses a 108MP main lens, 8MP ultra-wide snapper and a 5MP tele-macro lens. Similar to the Poco F3, it houses a 20MP camera accessible in the phone’s center-lined cut-out punch hole. Instead of an optical or ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the Xiaomi Mi 11i has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It has Dolby Atmos-tuned dual stereo speakers but no 3.5mm headphone port.
Meanwhile, the Mi 11i will cost €649 (~$764) for the 8GB/128GB variant and €699 (~$823) for the 8GB/256GB edition. The phone will be available in three colors: Interstellar Black, Heavenly Silver, and Frosty White.
Mi 11 Lite 4G and 5G
Along with its most expensive phone to date, Xiaomi has launched a pair of interesting mid-range smartphones today. The Mi 11 Lite has been on people’s minds for a long time. The device will be available in both 4G and 5G versions, according to the company.
It’s worth noting that the Mi 11 Lite 5G is the first smartphone to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G chipset, while the Mi 11 Lite 4G will use the Snapdragon 732G processor.
Aside from the chipset, the two Mi 11 Lite are almost similar. Both have a 6.55” AMOLED screen with FullHD+ resolution and a single punch hole in the top left corner. The display has a refresh rate of 90Hz, a touch sampling rate of 240Hz, and a 10-bit color depth. The display also supports HDR+ and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.
The Mi 11 Lite will be the lightest and thinnest Mi phone ever, measuring just 160.53 mm x 75.72 mm x 6.81 mm and weighing just 159 grams, according to the company. The Mi 11 Lite 5G also supports Bluetooth 5.2 and WiFi 6E standards.
The front has a 20-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera, while the back has a triple camera module with a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro sensor. A massive 4,250mAh battery powers the Mi 11 Lite 5G, which supports up to 33W fast charging.
In China, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G costs 2,299 yuan (~$350) for the 8GB/128GB variant and 2,599 yuan (~$396) for the 8GB/256GB model. The 6GB/128GB alternative will cost €369 (approximately $435) in Europe. Truffle Black, Mint Green, and Citrus Yellow are the colors available for the 5G model. The 6GB/64GB 4G version costs €299 (approximately $352). The color configuration available are Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue, and Peach Pink.