At the end of 2019, Xiaomi launched the Mi Note 10; it surprised us with a low price, yet great design and cameras, and ended up being one of the best phones of the year. But despite our hopes, there was no Xiaomi Mi Note 11 in 2021 – so what happened?
Well, we’ll assume the phone has been disconnected, or at least pushed back significantly from the expected release date at the end of the year that was rumored.
We tried to contact Xiaomi about the case, but we have not yet received any comments from the company. There was no guarantee that the Mi Note 11 would come out, since it was not a Mi Note 9 in 201
Why did the Xiaomi Mi Note 11 not come together when we expected it to? Well, it is possible that the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 sold poorly, or Covid-19 made production a challenge, but we think it was something else – it seems likely that another phone replaced the Mi Note 11.
Xiaomi had a busy 2020 and launched new phones on the left, right and center. So did one of these brand new devices replace the Xiaomi Mi Note line? We think these three phones played a role in stopping the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 from seeing a successor.
Xiaomi Mi 11
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 came over four months before the launch of the Mi 10, Xiaomi’s flagship series for 2020. This meant that the Note device had sufficient time to stand alone and attract potential buyers before the next series of phones launched.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 was launched on December 28, far earlier than the launch in February, as many originally expected. Xiaomi might have thought that the early release was too close to the November release, which the Mi Note 11 was expected to have, thus spreading the latter line.
After all, the rumors about the Xiaomi Mi 11 release date started a while ago – few would have bought the Mi Note 11 and knew that the Mi 11 would be coming soon, as they would probably wait for the flagship line if the launch was so close.
Maybe we’ll see the Xiaomi Mi Note 11 come later then? Maybe it lands in February when Mi 11 was expected to start, but we are not holding our breath.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro
The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro, launched in mid-2020, is a completely different phone than the Mi Note 10, but it went for the exact same type of selling point – the “flagship killer” mid-level.
Like the Mi Note 10, the Poco F2 Pro had a low price, but specifications similar to a more premium device. Sure, these elevated specs were different – the Mi Note 10 had a fantastic design and cameras, while the Poco F2 Pro was heavier on the performance side, but they were still in competition.
Maybe Xiaomi saw the Poco F2 Pro as too much of a rival for the Mi Note 11 to make the latter worth putting out at all. If true, it would be a shame – as we said, they were sufficiently different – and we imagine that most phone fans prefer each other.
Xiaomi Mi 10T
As with the Poco F2 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 10T series aims for the same mid-range market as the Xiaomi Mi Note series – it’s Xiaomi’s main domain after all. Unlike the Poco, this handset, which was launched in September 2020, has a name that some buyers may confuse for the Mi Note 10.
For both of these reasons, it is possible Xiaomi thought that the Mi 10T line would compete with a new Mi Note phone, and decided to take the Mi Note 11. Sure, it’s a different number from the Mi 10T, but given how not- Phone fans can get very confused with any Android phone name, there is still that risk for certain buyers.
It is very possible that the presence of three Mi 10T phones just meant that Xiaomi simply could not make more devices as well – they came out just two months before we expected the Mi Note 11, and given the Covid-19, some technology companies have had manufacturing issues.
The Xiaomi Mi 10T series were fine stand-ins for the Mi Note 11, but they were not quite as convincing. In any case, we cross our fingers and hope the Mi Note 11 was delayed, not canceled.