After several weeks of teasing us on social media, Xiaomi’s new flagship for the year 2021 has been launched today to great fanfare. For this device, Xiaomi has continued with the regular naming scheme and this device is known as the MI 11.
Earlier, some news outlets and blogs had reported that Xiaomi may not include a wall charger with this device. This comes hot on the heels of Apple refusing to include a charger on the iPhone 12 line up of phones. Today, however, Xiaomi have included a 55W charger with the MI 11. It comes in two editions however: the standard edition ships without a charger, while the packaged edition ships with a charger. Both of them sell for the same price.
The MI line is the flagship line of the company and it has always aimed to provide premium experience at affordable prices. Xiaomi has some of the less pricey flagships out there and the MI 11 is no different.
With that out of the way, what specs does the MI 11 come with and would it be worth it’s asking
The MI 11 ships with the latest flagship offering from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 888. The 5nm Snapdragon 888 chipset which scores 745,942 points on AnTuTu is paired with 8GB or 12GB of
LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 high-speed storage. The SD888 is a top of the line mobile processor and it definitely guarantees a premium experience.
Read: Qualcomm’s new SD888
Design & Display
The MI 11 is curved on all four edges with an aluminum frame. It also has Corning Gorilla Victus protection on both the front and back to protect against falls and scratches. The Mi 11 has a 6.81 inch curved display with a punch-hole selfie camera at the top left corner of the screen.
The display is an AMOLED panel with 2K (3200 x 1440p) resolution. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 480Hz touch sampling rate. The brightness on this display goes as high as 1500 nits. It also supports Widevine and HDR10. This is the most expensive display on any phone right now and DisplayMate has awarded it an A+ rating.
The MI 11 has a rear triple camera set-up. There is a 108MP main camera, 13MP ultrawide for wide angle shots and a 5MP macro telephoto camera for close ups. The selfie camera is a 20MP camera. The sensor on the main camera is larger than that of the iPhone 12 Pro Max and Xiaomi have proudly showed it off.
The camera has a Super Night Scene video mode that allows you to record videos in lowlight using Night Mode. It also supports 8K video capture along with a pro mode, Video LOG mode, support for HEIF format, Cinematic Lens, and a lot of filter including the sky-filter. The camera also supports OIS and EIS (both gyro) to stabilize images and video.
The MI 11 ships with stereo speakers made by Harman/Kardon. The device also supports high resolution audio, both wired and wireless (courtesy of Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Stero+)
There has a been a slight reduction in the battery capacity this year to 4600mAh from the 4780mAh on the MI 10. The battery inside the Mi 11 supports 55W fast wired charging, 50W fast wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. It also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge4+, Quick Charge 3+, and Power Delivery 3.0.
MI 11 is a 5G capable device like most high end phones. It has support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. There is also dual nano-SIM support and both can be set to 5G, NFC and an IR blaster. The device also supports a USB type C reversible connection.
The Mi 11 has an in-display fingerprint scanner. It can unlock your phone, authorizing payments and Xiaomi says it can also measure your heart rate. There is GPS, a compass, a gyroscope and
The Mi 11 goes on pre-order today and will go on sale on the 1st of January 2021. There are three available colours to choose from: Blue, Black, and White.
The flagship starts at ¥3999 (~$611 or N231,800) for the 8+128GB version; goes up to ¥4299(~$657 or N249, 200) for the 8+256GB version, and stops at ¥4699 (~$719 or N277,200) for the 12+256GB versión.
There is also special Lei Jun Signature Edition that has a different finish (scodix crystal), a special retail box, and is only available in 12+256GB for ¥4699 (~$719 or N277,200).
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Mad specs for the price
Everyone is wowed by the price to performance ratio. Myself included.