Xiaomi has announced its new flagship for 2021: Mi 11. The Chinese variant of the phone has a modified design and upgraded specifications that provide a good insight into what kind of high-end features top Android phones will bring in the coming year, according to AnandTech. There are certainly some changes in the European and global versions of the Mi 11, but for now, this is an early look at what will probably be 2021’s first major Android flagship.
The changes in the design of the Mi 11 compared to the Mi 10 seem smaller. From the front, the screen is slightly larger at 6.81 inches compared to the Mi 1
What’s more exciting is the 3200×1440 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate on the new OLED screen, two features that have quickly become must – haves on modern flagships, although of course they are very much missed on the latest iPhones. In another notable difference, the Mi 11 will also have a fingerprint sensor under the screen.
The back of the Mi 11 contains the more visible changes. The iPhone X-esque vertical camera “pill” for the Mi 10 is gone, and in its place there is a thin glass “layer cake”. The Mi 11 has three rear cameras: a 108-megapixel main sensor, a five-megapixel telephoto and an ultra-wide 13-megapixel. The Mi 11 also has faster 50W wireless charging (previously on the Mi 10 Pro) to pair with the 4600mAh battery.
Moving from the battery to the rest of the interior, the Mi 11 is powered by the Snapdragon 888 and offers either 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM. Storage starts at 128 GB or 256 GB, which unfortunately is still generous in the smartphone world. Like most new smartphones, the Mi 11 also has Wi-Fi 6 and 5G support. Especially missing from Mi 11 is a charging stone. Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, confirmed that the Mi 11 will follow in Apple’s and (allegedly) Samsung’s footsteps when it comes to removing the charging chip from the box for environmental and cost-saving reasons.
The Chinese version of the Xiaomi Mi 11 is available for pre-order today, and will start delivery on January 1. The price for entry level 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage model is listed at ¥ 3999.00 (around $ 611). Details about prices and features in the other versions of the Mi 11 will come at a later date.