Xiaomi is probably best known for its value driven devices, but its flagship game has gotten pretty competitive lately too, including the mi 11, which is now being released globally. Let’S see what it has to offer in our full review: Music. The xiaomi mi 11 is a flagship phone with an elegant, curved glass build and an aluminum frame. Well, actually, ours is made from gorilla glass, 5, but there’s also a version available with a vegan leather back. We have the horizon blue finish here and it looks great the colors shift as the phone catches light at different angles. The way the glass tapers to the edges makes the m11 look and feel impressively thin and overall it’s quite comfortable to hold. There is no official waterproofing on the me11, but teardowns online reveal waterproof sealing around the speakers in the sim slot. So there’s, some sort of protection here on the front of the phone is a 6.81 inch amoled display protected by sturdy gorilla, glass victis. It has a qhd resolution, a 120hz refresh rate and a punch hole in the corner, housing, the selfie camera. The screen is curved, so content spills over the edges it’s actually a much sharper curve than what samsung is coming out with these days. This is one of the best smartphone screens you can get. You have that sharp resolution, coupled with the high refresh rate, as well as a super fast 480 hertz touch sampling rate. When you interact with this display, everything is super, fluid and responsive, and the refresh rate will dial down to 60 hertz when it can.
In order to save power, though, competitors can go down even lower than that content on the mi 11 looks crisp, contrasty and vibrant. The phone has support for hdr 10 plus as well as 10 bit color. You can adjust colors and settings to be super. Accurate and brightness is excellent too. We measured a maximum of 500 nits with the slider and a boost to over 920 nits in auto mode. When out in bright sun for audio, the mi 11 has a pair of stereo speakers tuned by harman kardon, the top one is a bit smaller and it’s actually located, not where the holes are, but under the display. The mi 11 earned a very good score in our loudness test. The top speaker produces mostly mid tones and is a bit quieter than the other one, but together the sound quality is good, there’s, noticeably less bass than last year’s model, though Music, there is no 3.5 millimeter jack on the mi 11. So for headphones. You need to connect wirelessly or use a usb c dongle. Thankfully, xiaomi provides one in the box. Speaking of what’s in the box, there’s been a trend lately of flagship phones, shipping without a charger, but that’s not the case with the mi 11. outside of asia. The phone will come with its 55 watt, gallium nitride or gan charger, and even if you’re in asia, you’ll get the charger. If you opt for that, when you buy this charger is blazing fast with it.
We were able to charge the mi 11 from a dead battery to 83 percent in half an hour. There’S also support for 50 watt wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Part of what makes this fast charging tech possible is that, unlike last year’s model, the mi 11’s battery is split into two cells which charge simultaneously together. The cells have a 4 600 milliamp hour capacity and battery life here is good, but it is a bit underwhelming compared to many phones. Coming out these days with the screen at 120 hertz, the mi 11 scored an endurance rating of 81 hours in our battery life tests. Of course, when considering the battery life, you have to take into account the high screen refresh rate and resolution, as well as the high powered snapdragon 888 chipset performance here is awesome, it’s on par with the best you can get on an android phone. The mi 11 does fall behind a bit in graphics benchmarks due to its higher res display, but this is understandable and doesn’t reflect in real world performance and, of course, the snapdragon 888 also provides support for 5g network connectivity as well. One thing we did notice, though, is that, despite its vapor chamber cooling system, the mi 11 tends to get pretty warm when performing heavy tasks such as gaming and in benchmarks. The phone got so hot that it failed one of the stress tests, but with that said, we didn’t notice any effects of thermal throttling while actually playing a game.
The interface of the mi 11 is xiaomi’s miu y12 over android 11.. However, even though the new android is on here, the ui is virtually the same as what we saw in miui 12. Last year you still get the super wallpapers, which zoom and move as you unlock and swipe the interface you can choose between three of them and there aren’t any more available for now. You do still get classic xiaomi features here, such as an ir blaster, which lets you use the phone as a remote control. There is support for an always on display and you can set it so that the size of the display will light up with color. When a new notification comes in the notification, shade can be split into a notification center accessible from the left corner of the screen and a control center on the right. You also have access to an app drawer which holds and organizes all of your apps, or you can opt to keep everything on the home screen. If you want you get 128 or 256 gigs of storage on the mi 11, but that’s it storage, isn’t, expandable here and waking up and unlocking the mi 11 is done with an under display optical fingerprint reader. It works pretty. Well, though, these days, it’s, not the fastest around the fingerprint scanner is also supposed to be able to read your heart rate, but the feature isn’t available right now, it’s supposed to come with the future update it’s worth mentioning that xiaomi has unveiled their next version of Miui 12.
5, which will be coming in a few months instead of introducing new features. Miui 12.5 will optimize what’s already there bringing improvements in cpu and memory usage and power consumption. Now, let’s move on to the cameras on paper they’re pretty much the same as what we’ve seen last year from xiaomi there’s, a 108 megapixel main camera, a 13 megapixel ultra wide cam and a 5 megapixel macro camera xiaomi has been promoting the mi 11’s capability for Video recording so let’s dive into the video quality first 4k. Footage from the main camera is outstanding: it’s, sharp and detailed, with accurate colors, nice contrast and good dynamic range. This is also true not just for 30 fps video but 60fps as well. Two time zoom, video from the main cam is actually quite nice. It is an optical zoom, but thanks to the high res sensor, the results are more than usable in daytime. The main cam also supports 8k video recording at up to 30 fps. This is among the best 8k footage we’ve seen from a phone. You get great colors and contrast wide dynamic range, excellent detail and smooth playback on the ultra wide. You can shoot in 4k at 30fps it’s good, but not as great as the main cams. The colors are a bit more dull and the dynamic range more limited in low light. 4K. Video from the main camera is very impressive. It has low noise rich detail, nicely balanced exposure and well preserved.
Colors new on the mi 11 is night mode for videos. These come out in 1080p and are digitally zoomed for some reason, if the light isn’t that low there isn’t much of a visible improvement, however, in really dark situations, the net mode does put in the work sure there’s a lower resolution, some cropping and heavy noise reduction, But, instead of pitch black footage, you get something usable with visible detail and color. Electronic stabilization is available for both the main cam and the ultra wide in all resolutions, except for 8k. It does a great job in smoothing out your footage, something that helps the me 11 stand out from the competition is its suite of movie events, which gives you an interesting bag of tricks for your home filmmaking. Unfortunately, all of these, except for the time lapse, are limited to 1080p. Only night time lapse mode is probably the most impressive of the bunch it snaps night mode photos and stitches them together into a video. This takes time, of course, but the result is in 4k and it’s stunning magic zoom keeps your subject in the center. While you zoom the background in or out it does a decent job. If you’re able to stabilize the phone on something otherwise a shaky hand, sort of ruins the effect slow shutter allows you to create blur type effects for motion blur or transitions. It works decently. Well, if the light is low enough time, freeze allows you to keep your subject in motion, while freezing the rest of the frame it’s pretty cool.
In certain scenarios, though, it is a bit finicky, sometimes and parallel world splits, the frame in half and mirrors it to recreate an inception style, look there’s a limit of 10 seconds for each clip. Now, let’s move on to the mi 11 still photos, starting with the main cam. Its images come out at 27 megapixels by default, and they have rich detail great contrast and accurate colors there’s, low noise and natural looking dynamic range portraits are shot with the main cam, and these are great with nice detail and excellent. Subject: separation? If you have plenty of light, there’s, no dedicated telephoto camera on the me11, so it will use a crop and simple upscale to achieve a two time zoom, if you were to downsize this photo to 7 megapixels. The result is really good, actually rivaling, that of a real telephoto. It just requires an extra step. The 13 megapixel ultra wide camera shoots outstanding photos, there’s a lot of resolved detail above average dynamic range, lively, colors and low noise. The mi 11 features a 5 megapixel macro camera with a 48 millimeter telephoto lens and autofocus. Its photos are detailed enough. If you have plenty of light, however, the colors are a bit dull and the contrast isn’t great let’s, move to low light photos, starting with the main camera there’s a new feature called auto night mode and is enabled by default. These photos are well balanced. Exposure wise with well preserved, highlights clear detail and shadows and natural looking colors.
You can switch to a manual night mode as well. These take a couple of seconds longer to process and you may end up with a somewhat brighter result. If you disable night mode entirely, this is the result. There’S still plenty of detail and low noise, but highlights are blown out and the colors are a bit more dull. Low light. Shooting, with the ultra wide cam, is much the same story with the auto night mode. As the default, these aren’t too bad, but the exposure is a bit dark for our taste. The manual night mode comes out brighter with a more balanced exposure and better color saturation, and here is an ultra wide photo taken without night mode, pretty noisy and dark for selfies. The mi 11 has a 20 megapixel front facing cam it’s a quad bayer sensor, but for some reason the photos still come out in the native 20 megapixels. They are on the softer side, but still decent with good colors and contrast so that’s, the xiaomi mi 11. it’s got an attractive design, an awesome, high, refresh rate amoled display stereo speakers fast charging and an excellent camera experience plus it’s the first smartphone with the snapdragon 888 to be available globally, i do wish that the battery life was a bit better though, and some people might miss having a dedicated telephoto camera and those video effects they’re interesting, but despite the hype, they’re not going to get you into hollywood, but at the end Of the day, the biggest factor here is the price.
The mi 11 is surprisingly affordable for a flagship. Its price tag undercuts a lot of the competition and, if you’re looking for value in a premium phone, the mi 11 definitely deserves a recommendation.