Today, Xiaomi launches its 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 the functions of an affordable flagship device. European prices for the new phone start at 749 €, with the new Snapdragon 888 SoC, and what appears to be a state-of-the-art 1440p 120Hz OLED screen, all with an advanced 108MP camera module, although the phone compromises on the others the cameras.
|Xiaomi Mi Series|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84 GHz
Adreno 650 @ 587MHz
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.84 GHz
Adreno 660 @ 840MHz
|DRAM||8 GB LPDDR5-5500||8 / 12GB LPDDR5-6400|
2340 x 1080 (19.5: 9)
3200 x 1440
|Size||Height||162.58 mm||164.3 mm|
|Depth||8.96 mm||8.06 mm|
|Battery capacity||4780mAh (typical)
|Main||108MP 1 / 1.3 “0.8 um
4: 1 Binding to 27MP / 1.6 µm
f / 1.69 m / OIS
f / 1.85 m / OIS
|Ultra-wide||13MP 1.12 um
f / 2.4
f / 2.4
|Extra||2MP depth camera
2MP macro camera
|Front camera||20MP 0.8 micrometer
f / 2.3
|f / 2.2|
|Storage||128 / 256GB
|128 / 256GB|
|I / O||USB-C|
|Wireless (local)||802.11Axe (Wifi 6),
|Mobile||4G + 5G NR NSA + SA Sub-6GHz|
|Special features||Fingerprint sensor under the screen
Full-range stereo speakers
|Splashes, water, dust resistance||No rating|
|Two SIM cards||2x nano-SIM|
|Start the OS||Android 10 m / MIUI||Android 11 m / MIUI|
|Starting price||8 + 128 GB: € 799
8 + 256 GB: € 899
|8 + 128 GB: € 749
8 + 256 GB: € 799
The new Mi 11 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 as we had a deeper dive into earlier today. The new chip’s CPU setup is definitely more powerful, as is the GPU, but it can also be quite power hungry. I expect that Xiaomi’s implementation will be more aggressive than Samsung’s, resulting in higher power dissipation levels under sustained workload – we will confirm this soon enough as we prepare for a review of the phone.
The design of the Mi 11 seems to be quite attractive, and it is definitely a slimmer phone than the Mi 10, as Xiaomi managed to thin the phone by 0.9 mm and also make it 12 g lighter – does not sound like much, but so differences can cause a significant change in feeling.
The phone has a 6.8 ”3200 x 1440 OLED screen that can reach 120Hz refresh rates, as well as a staggering 480Hz touch input speed. Xiaomi announces extremely high brightness levels; However, the company had not commented on the OLED generation of the panel, so from now on we are not sure if this uses one of Samsung Display’s newer emitter panels or if it even has VRR / LFD features – but as of right now I guess it Do not do it.
On the camera side, the Mi 11 has its signature 108MP sensor, tied down to 27MP in regular photos. This generation Xiaomi has chosen different optics, going from f / 1.69 to a new f / 1.85 system – which in my opinion is definitely the right choice since the previous generation suffered from optical underperformance on the part of the main camera. The module here also has OIS.
Next to 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 latest module does, but I think most people should treat their phone as a dual camera phone, which is also fine.
749 € – A great price
The big news today was the unveiling of the global / European price of the new Mi 11: 749 € for the 8 + 128 GB variant. This is actually a pretty good price, considering that it competes against the likes of the € 999 Galaxy S21 +. Xiaomi has some drawbacks in the camera department, although we have to see how they compete against each other, but also has notable advantages such as a higher quality screen, and the superior Snapdragon 888 in most global markets, which surpasses the new Exynos 2100.
In this connection, Xiaomi’s prices appear to be spot-on and of great value. We will review Mi 11 in the near future.