Photo: XDA Developers
Xiaomi launches the Mi 11 flagship 5G phone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. Photo: XDA Developers

After weeks of teasers, Xiaomi has finally lifted the veil over its next generation of flagships, the Mi 11 series. The company, today at an event in China, launched the Mi 11 as a direct successor to the Mi 10 that was launched back in February.

Xiaomi Mi 11: Specifications

Specification Xiaomi Mi 11
Build
  • Metallic mid-frame
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on front
  • Glass back
Dimensions & Weight
  • Frosted Glass:
    • 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06 mm
    • 196g
  • Vegan Leather:
    • 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.56mm
    • 194g
Display
  • 6.81″ QHD+ AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 480Hz touch response rate
  • 515 ppi pixel density
  • 1500 nits peak brightness
  • 10-bit color
  • HDR10+
  • Hole punch display
  • Quad-curved
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
  • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
  • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
  • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz

Adreno 660

RAM & Storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.1
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 12GB + 256GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,600mAh
  • 55W wired fast charging
  • 50W wireless fast charging
  • 10W reverse wireless charging
Security In-Display Optical Fingerprint Sensor
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 108MP, 1/1.33″ sensor, f/1.85, 1.6µm, OIS
  • Secondary: 13MP, f/2.4, 123° FoV, wide-angle sensor
  • Tertiary: 5MP, f/2.4, AF, macro

Video:

  • 8K
  • HDR 10+
Front Camera(s) 20MP, f/2.4
Port(s) USB Type C
Audio Stereo Speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Connectivity
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • IR Blaster
Software MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11
Other Features
  • Simultaneous audio sharing with two Bluetooth devices

The Mi 11 sports a quad-curved 6.81-inch QHD+ SAMOLED display, with a variable refresh rate peaking at 120 Hz and going as low as 30 Hz. Interestingly, that's the first time Xiaomi has equipped a smartphone with a QHD+ display. Along with that is a 480 Hz touch sampling rate for class-leading responsiveness. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus which provides 50% better drop resistance and 100% improved scratch resistance, according to Notebook Check.

Under the hood is Qualcomm's new flagship mobile chipset, the Snapdragon 888. That makes the Mi 11 series the first phone offered with this SoC, in line with Qualcomm's close business partnership with Xiaomi.

The Mi 11 is offered with 8 GB of RAM as base equipment, with Xiaomi opting for improved RAM modules that deliver peak speeds of 6.4 Gb/s versus the 5.5 Gb/s RAM on the Mi 10 Pro. The device can be had with a minimum of 128 GB of UFS 3.1 storage and tops out at 256 GB.

Photo: Youtube
Photo: Youtube

Camera-wise, the Mi 11 sports a redesigned rear camera module, with a massive 108 MP camera being the star of the show. There is, of course, optical image stabilization. That camera is aided by a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5 MP telephoto/macro shooter. At the front of the device is a 20 MP selfie shooter housed within a notch.

The Mi 11 offers a stereo speaker setup tuned by Harman Kardon, 55W wired charging, 50 W wireless charging, and a big 4600 mAh battery. There is, of course, no headphone jack present. That has been the case for years on Mi flagships. While much has been said about Xiaomi not including a charger in the box, Xiaomi is offering the 55 W charging brick at no extra cost on request.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 battery size is 4,600mAh - that's okay, but it's not the biggest Xiaomi phone we've ever seen. Size isn't everything though, and until we've tested the phone, we can't truly say how long it lasts, Tech Radar noted.

There's 55W wired and 50W wireless charging for powering up the phone. Like the iPhone 12, the Xiaomi Mi 11 doesn't come with an in-box charger, so you might find yourself opting for that fast wireless charging more than if you'd been given a cable.

Finally, there's 10W Bilateral charging, so you can use the Mi 11 as a powering mat to charge up other devices. 10W isn't hugely fast, but it matches or beats many other phones with the same feature.

Xiaomi Mi 11: Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi Mi 11 will be available to pre-order in China for CNY 3,999 (~$612) for the 8GB + 128GB variant, CNY 4,299 (~$657) for the 8GB + 256GB variant, and CNY 4,699 (~$719) for the 12GB + 256GB variant. Pre-orders begin today in China, with open sales from January 1, 2021, as said by Xda-developers.

The phone is available in Midnight Gray, Horizon Blue, and Frost White in anti-glare frosted glass, as well as Lilac Purple and Honey Beige in vegan leather.

While the company has not explicitly confirmed any plans, we can confidently presume that the device will make its way to the international markets of Europe and India at least. After all, this is Xiaomi’s flagship, and it does make a splash.

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