We were warned. But as is so often the case, our weak minds could not fully comprehend it until they stared us in the face. We saw the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s camera bump in a pre-announcement unboxing video, so we knew what was probably in store: a completely massive bump with three rear-facing cameras next to a 1-inch screen. But now that the phone has been officially launched, and we have seen it from several angles, we can confirm that it is actually the death star of camera skin.
What is most striking is the unapologetic thickness of the bump. This is not a design that tries to minimize the look or blend it into other elements of the phone, a la Galaxy S21
The prominent feature of the bump – the small 1-inch OLED – undoubtedly requires a thicker design than the average screenless matrix. And let’s not forget the cameras themselves, starting with a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera with a very large 1 / 1.2-inch sensor that is only a hue smaller than the 1-inch sensor you find in dedicated cameras like the Sony RX100 VII. The large sensor offers potentially better light collection functions than a more conventional size, especially considering that it is combined with a relatively fast f / 1.95 lens.
There is also a 48-megapixel f / 2.2 ultra-wide and a 48-megapixel f / 4.1 5x optical zoom in periscope style. It’s not at the same level as the S21 Ultra’s four rear-facing cameras (plus an autofocus sensor), but there’s still a lot of hardware to house.
The camera bump is without a doubt huge. But it’s not just big to be big. The screen and unusually large main camera are potentially very useful. Will we ever see a more common device with a camera encountering this, for lack of a better term, chonky? Probably not. This 6.8-inch device is probably the best place to debut these features since users already know they are getting a great device. The rest of us can only marvel at what an astonishing technological feat it is. Truly more machine than man.