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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  • Spunjji - Friday, February 12, 2021 - link

    Display surface area doesn't really cover the actual size of the device, though - the Nexus 7 has a lot of bezels around that display, and the Mi 11 doesn't, so the physical size comparison is very different from just the display (the Mi 11 is around half the size). Your Pixel XL also has rather large bezels - the Mi 11 is 105% of its physical size, and that difference is entirely represented by the height of the device; the width is nearly identical. Reply
  • RBFL - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    The straight Pixels are a nice size and typically quite light. The 3 is a pretty good phone. Battery life could be better but it seems to have gotten a little bit better of late. It lasts me a day. Reply
  • Maxpower27 - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - link

    This is vastly smaller than a Nexus 7. The much taller aspect ratio and much smaller bezels make more of a difference than you realize. Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, February 12, 2021 - link

    1) The Nexus 7 had a body size of 22,800mm² - the Mi 11 is 12,257mm². Nearly half the area.
    2) The current increases are mostly from a shift in aspect ratio - the devices are taller now.
    3) The Mi 9 SE is about 16% smaller in area than the Dell Streak and the Galaxy Note 2 - some of the OG Phablets - but more crucially it's a whole centimetre less wide. So, no, the Mi 9 SE wasn't bigger than them.
    Reply
  • yeeeeman - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    Too bad this generation is made on samsung process. It is a pass for me. Reply
  • Calin - Monday, February 8, 2021 - link

    I passed four generations of mobile phones until I upgraded :) Reply
  • Teckk - Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - link

    Why does manufacturing process define your product purchase decision, as long as it is functional the way you want it to be? Reply
  • RSAUser - Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - link

    There is no real improvement compared to 865 in terms of battery life, if they'd gone with TSMC 7nm would have been better.

    That said, they probably didn't due to supply issues, and even Samsung is having issues if you look at Nvidia supply.
    Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, February 12, 2021 - link

    I'd agree with your point for the most part, but if someone's already on a fairly recent SoC - say, the Snapdragon 855 - it does dilute the incentive to upgrade when there was a bit of a retrograde step in terms of sustainable performance and battery life under load.

    But then again, at that point I'd say it would be silly to upgrade anyway. I'm on an SD835 device and it's doing just fine.
    Reply
  • Sharma_Ji - Monday, February 15, 2021 - link

    You clearly are not a technology enthusiast and it's totally fine. Reply

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