Contemplating the world has been caught in a pandemic for the higher a part of 2020, one would possibly suppose the patron tech area would decelerate in 2021. Nope, not within the ever-competitive Android smartphone area. 2021 will not be even every week previous and the primary flagship smartphone of the yr has already arrived within the type of the Xiaomi Mi 11. Others, just like the Samsung Galaxy S21 sequence, will quickly comply with.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 started transport to consumers in mainland China simply two days in the past, and Hong Kong’s prime import store Trinity Electronics has already secured items on the market within the metropolis. The store was sort sufficient to mortgage us a retail unit for a couple of hours. Our time with the system is proscribed, so that is in no way a overview, however a primary have a look at the world’s first Snapdragon 888 cellphone.

Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11: Specs

Specification Xiaomi Mi 11
Construct
  • Metallic mid-frame
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on entrance
  • Glass again
Dimensions & Weight
  • Frosted Glass:
    • 164.Three x 74.6 x 8.06 mm
    • 196g
  • Vegan Leather-based:
    • 164.Three x 74.6 x 8.56mm
    • 194g
Show
  • 6.81″ QHD+ AMOLED show
  • 120Hz refresh charge
  • 480Hz contact response charge
  • 515 ppi pixel density
  • 1500 nits peak brightness
  • 10-bit colour
  • HDR10+
  • Gap punch show
  • Quad-curved
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:

  • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
  • 3x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 2.4GHz
  • 4x Kryo 680 Effectivity Cores @ 1.8GHz

Adreno 660

RAM & Storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.1
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 12GB + 256GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,600mAh
  • 55W wired quick charging
  • 50W wi-fi quick charging
  • 10W reverse wi-fi charging
Safety In-Show Optical Fingerprint Sensor
Rear Digicam(s)
  • Major: 108MP, 1/1.33″ sensor, f/1.85, 1.6µm, OIS
  • Secondary: 13MP, f/2.4, 123° FoV, wide-angle sensor
  • Tertiary: 5MP, f/2.4, AF, macro

Video:

Entrance Digicam(s) 20MP, f/2.4
Port(s) USB Kind C
Audio Stereo Audio system tuned by Harman Kardon
Connectivity
Software program MIUI 12.5 primarily based on Android 11
Different Options
  • Simultaneous audio sharing with two Bluetooth units

Design and {Hardware}

If I’ve to summarize the Xiaomi Mi 11 in a sentence, it’d be “like a Xiaomi Mi 10 Extremely however with a Snapdragon 888.” That’s as a result of Xiaomi has carried over lots of the Mi 10 Extremely’s options, from the beautiful 2K 120Hz OLED display to the delicate curvature on all 4 sides of the display to even that “squircle” formed digicam module, this system feels very comparable in appear and feel to the Xiaomi Mi 10 Extremely.

As talked about, the Xiaomi Mi 11’s display is a stunner — a 1440 x 3200 OLED show that refreshes at 120Hz and curves on all 4 sides. Whereas the curvature on the prime and backside of the display is comparatively delicate (in contrast to, say, the Huawei P40 Professional), it nonetheless provides an phantasm of an excellent slimmer bezel, in addition to make for a really nice in-hand really feel.

Beneath the display is an in-display fingerprint scanner, which apparently doubles as a coronary heart charge sensor. Sadly, in my restricted time, I didn’t get an opportunity to check this out. However nonetheless, the corporate behind the sensor, Goodix, has an excellent monitor file of creating breakthroughs in in-display fingerprint tech, so we’re optimistic in regards to the declare on the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Development is premium: aluminum railings wrapped with Gorilla Glass Victus on the entrance. I consider the again glass can also be Gorilla Glass, however I’ll should test with Xiaomi on the precise model. Just like the Huawei Mate 40 Professional, the Xiaomi Mi 11’s again has a frosted matte end that’s tender to the contact but stays grippy and is just about fingerprint smudge-proof. Gentle displays off of my unit in numerous tones relying on the angle and depth of the sunshine, so in some angles, the cellphone appears to be like blue, whereas in others, it appears to be like virtually silver.

The highest-notch speaker system within the Mi 10 Professional sequence returns, this time fine-tuned by audio gear model Harman Kardon. I’m no audiophile, however the loudspeakers of the Mi 11 get actually loud with out distortion. The location of the audio system on the prime and backside of the cellphone means it’s very exhausting to muffle the sound simply by holding the cellphone too, although the underside speaker sounds louder than the highest speaker.

In fact, one of many greatest promoting factors of the Xiaomi Mi 11 is contained in the system — that Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. Since I solely examined the Mi 11 for a short while and didn’t do any intensive video modifying or gaming, I wasn’t capable of “expertise” the superior energy of the Snapdragon 888. However I did run Geekbench 5, and the Xiaomi Mi 11’s scores bested the Snapdragon 865+ powered Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 fairly simply.

Snapdragon 888 benchmark on Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Snapdragon 865+ in Galaxy Z Fold 2

MIUI 12 primarily based on Android 11

The unit of Xiaomi Mi 11 I’m testing is the China retail unit, so it runs MIUI 12.0.12 secure over Android 11. Regardless of the very fact this isn’t Xiaomi’s international ROM, the software program was satisfying to make use of even for a westernized consumer corresponding to myself. Gone are the times of garish Chinese language ROMs that break notifications — the model of MIUI right here could be made to resemble a worldwide ROM in underneath ten minutes by merely deleting the bloatware Chinese language apps and putting in Google providers and apps. The latter course of is surprisingly straightforward — Xiaomi’s personal app retailer has the Google Play Retailer for obtain, and as soon as put in, Google Play Companies runs high-quality, and even my Google contacts sync completely.

Animations seem perfectly-fluid due to that 120Hz refresh charge, and MIUI 12 is filled with whimsical animations such because the cellphone’s storage being represented by what seems to be a glass of water (that may refill as storage fills up).

Xiaomi Mi 11: Cameras

The Xiaomi Mi 11 options three cameras across the again, consisting of a 108MP important digicam, a 13MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro. The dearth of any zoom lens is jarring in 2021, however it is a clear signal that the Mi 11 is simply Xiaomi’s mid-tier system on this sequence. Xiaomi has not introduced something as of the time of writing this text, however it’s virtually a foregone conclusion there will likely be a Xiaomi Mi 11 Professional (or Extremely?) mannequin with a zoom lens.

Xiaomi Mi 11 back reflection

Nonetheless, even relying completely on digital zoom, the Mi 11 can attain as much as 30x digital zoom, though outcomes aren’t the sharpest. However decrease that zoom degree to 10x, and the picture turns into respectable due to that 108MP sensor pulling in a lot element.

That is Xiaomi’s fourth time utilizing the Samsung ISOCELL Brilliant HMX 108MP sensor (following the Mi Observe 10, Mi 10, and Mi 10T), and Xiaomi has found out all of the tips to optimize the sensor. Once more — I solely had a quick time with the system so I can’t do in-depth digicam testing — however to this point, photographs with the principle digicam seem sharp and vibrant, with glorious dynamic vary. It’s a assured capturing system, not afraid to dial up distinction if want be and even activate evening mode mechanically in dim settings. Focusing is razor-sharp and quick too. From early picture samples, I’m impressed — particularly the evening photographs.

Video efficiency is great, doubtless due to that triple ISP that’s a part of the Snapdragon 888. The very first thing I discover is that zooming out and in — which means toggling between the ultra-wide and important digicam — not leads to a slight lag, which has been the case for nearly all Android telephones up till now. This can be a degree of zoom fluidity that solely the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 had provided.

Video stabilization is great with each important and ultra-wide angle digicam, however the latter suffers in dynamic vary a bit. See the video samples for your self.

Once more, because of the quick time with the cellphone I used to be unable to check the evening video mode powered by BlinkAI — we are going to be sure you check this in our in-depth overview later.

Xiaomi Mi 11: Early Ideas

The Xiaomi Mi 11 in China begins at CNY 3,999, which is roughly $615. For this worth, you’re getting a flagship-level display, one of the best Android processor of the yr, premium construct high quality, and a extremely nice important digicam that may maintain its personal towards another cellphone launched to this point. It will seem that Xiaomi has knocked it out of the park once more when it comes to providing nice worth.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Boards

There may be prone to be a worldwide model of this cellphone launching quickly. And whereas costs will virtually definitely be a bit increased, it’s nonetheless doubtless going to be priced decrease than Samsung’s Galaxy S21 sequence. 2021 is off to an thrilling begin for smartphones, and we are able to’t wait to see what else is in retailer for us!

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