Xiaomi has announced the Mi 11 Ultra, a smartphone that takes the original Mi 11 which already boasts pretty good camera performance and takes it to another level with a giant camera bump that has a 50MP wide, a 48MP ultra wide, a 48MP telephoto and a small OLED screen.
The first noticeable thing about the Mi 11 Ultra is the absolutely huge camera bump; Compared to the thinness of the entire device, it is noticeably large, and what it houses is a clear upgrade over the Mi 11 standard.
That bump houses the three cameras. First, the main wide-angle camera that houses a 1 / 1.12-inch 50 megapixel GN2 sensor is equipped with an f / 1.95 aperture. GN2 was announced by Samsung earlier this year and has what the company calls Dual Pixel Pro autofocus, which it promises provides a dramatic improvement in autofocus performance.
The size of the sensor itself is dramatic: it is not far from a 1-inch sensor:
Xiaomi uses the GN2 sensor to claim that the Mi 11 Ultra is capable of fast, “laser-sharp” autofocus. The main sensor also boasts dual native ISO and offset HDR. In addition to the main camera, which is designated as a “wide” camera (85 degree field of view), Xiaomi also equipped the Mi 11 Ultra with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide and a 48-megapixel 5x periscope telephoto. Periscope technology allows for a much more powerful optical zoom and is a technology that Apple is rumored to be at least a couple of years away from implementing on its own devices. You can read more about periscope cameras here.
The 48 megapixel 1 / 2.0-inch ultra-wide size has a 128-degree field of view and an f / 2.2 lens. The 48 megapixel Periscope camera has the same sensor size of 1 / 2.0-inch, but at f / 4.1. It supports optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus, 5x optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom and 120x digital zoom. All three cameras support 8K video recording and night mode.
The giant camera bump houses not only the three mentioned cameras, but also a dedicated OLED that can be used as an always-on screen (for example, to show time and date), notification bar or as a self-camera viewfinder.
The phone’s other specifications are otherwise quite similar to the Xiaomi Mi 11, including the 6.8-inch 120Hz 1440p OLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. However, the Mi 11 Ultra gets a larger 5,000 mAh battery and can be quickly charged (what Xiaomi refers to as “turbocharging”) at 67W both wirelessly and with a cable.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra was not given a final price or release date at the time or announcement.