As promised a week ago, Xiaomi on Monday launched the world’s first smartphone with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip – the Xiaomi Mi 11.
The phone was announced at an event in China – sorry folks, the global launch has not yet arrived – and will be available in China on January 1.
In addition to the sporty Qualcomm’s latest and best mobile processor, the Mi 11 is a typical Xiaomi flagship, with some very powerful features that make you question why you ever considered buying a more expensive flagship phone, but also with some compromises to keep the price down.
The Mi 11 features a 6.81-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate. It has an impressive triple rear camera on the back, with a 108-megapixel main sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 5-megapixel telephoto sensor. The camera is capable of 8K video recording at 30 frames / sec. On the front there is a 20 megapixel shooter, located in a small hole in the upper middle part of the screen.
The phone comes with 8/12 GB RAM and 128/256 GB storage memory. It has a 4600 mAh battery with 55 W wired fast charging, 50 W wireless charging and 10 W wireless charging vice versa. Other interesting features include Harman Kardon-branded dual stereo speakers, AI-enhanced video recording mode for very dark environments, and a fairly wide range of colors, which include black, white and blue, as well as an optional khaki or smoky leather back.
One thing that is missing – in addition to an official water resistance – is the Pro version of the phone. This year, instead of launching several variants of the flagship, Xiaomi is launching just one, the Mi 11. Fortunately, this one works very powerfully and will be a great test of how good the new Snapdragon chip is.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 starts at 3,999 yuan ($ 612) in China; there is no word on international prices or availability yet.