I loved it so much that if it wasn’t a china only exclusive, i probably would have called it phone of the year. But this is the me 11 and this one’s going global. I will say the unboxing experiences is a bittersweet affair. The phone arrived to me in this huge orange package, but then i opened it up and realized. Oh, the actual retail box is kind of tiny there’s, an insert on top, which has a couple of manuals and a clear tpu case in it, and the phone that’s pretty much it now. There are two sides to this whole minimalist packaging fiasco because on one hand, yes, you probably do have a charger at home, and so this is saving space because they can now make a smaller box, and this is saving future landfill sites from extra unnecessary waste. But see the charger you get in a phone’s box is almost always the best charger for that phone, and so especially on something like this, which supports blazing fast 55 watt charging speeds you’re, probably not getting the full phone experience by just using the charger. You already have that said with the china launch of this phone xiaomi did give people the option to ask for the charger they wanted it for free, which is kind of weird, but i guess it means that no one’s really losing out. I just hope that they bring this to the global launch, which should be next month, anyways whoa.
You know the whole reason that last year’s me 10 ultra holds such a place in my heart. Is that i remember this moment i had with it this moment where i took one: look at the phone spec sheet mouth partly open, and then i took one look at the phone’s price and i couldn’t for the life of me understand how they’d done it. The specs were up here. The price is like here and so i’m happy to say that i’ve had a pretty similar experience with the me 11., just keeping the back in mind when i tell you this that this phone is 600 or at least that’s. The converted chinese price and listen to this, you get a 6.81 inch, quad hd plus amoled 120 hertz, refresh rate screen, which, just so happens to have pretty much the fastest touch response and highest brightness of any phone. Ever you get the snapdragon 888 chipset, which makes this effectively the fastest android on the planet right now, not to mention eight to 12 gigs of the fastest ram 128 to 256 gigs of the fastest storage and i’m. Not nearly done it’s got a 108 megapixel main camera, a set of harman kardon tuned, dual stereo speakers. It supports 50 watt wireless charging, as well as the ability to reverse wireless charge. Other devices. This truly feels like xiaomi’s acerbit, sleeve 600, so what’s, the couch well. It’S definitely not this screen xiaomi to me is there’s, always been a company who makes good displays, but at the same time they’ve never really been in the highest tier till now i really can’t emphasize just how premium a video watching experience this is you pull open Youtube – and you feel this – this instant sense of smugness as you realize that you can play videos in not just 1440p but with hdr and to be honest, the level of brightness that seems to outclass even the galaxy note, 20 ultra, which is a phone that’s.
Only five months old and fundamentally twice the price you get memc technology, which can automatically add frames into videos to make them even smoother than when they were shot, not to mention the screen itself is made from, like the best glass available gorilla glass victus for twice The scratch resistance versus last gen – and i think the front camera here is like the smallest hole punch cut out on a phone. Yet oh yeah and the speakers are amazing, and i don’t know if this was intentional or not, but through the back of the phone you can kind of feel the sound it’s like the whole phone is humming the tune of whatever you’re watching you might find it Annoying i personally liked it, especially if you’re gaming and let’s say you’re driving a car. You can feel the engine and let’s talk about gaming, because this phone is fast, which is probably not really a surprise to you. I mean the mi 10 was fast, and yet this comes with a quicker chip, a quicker display, quicker storage and more efficient software. But this thing is really fast and i thought the best way of showing you just how fast was to find something that the last generation of phones struggled with. So i pulled up a nintendo wii emulator. I opened call of duty modern warfare – 3, set it to run at two times the native resolution, with extra effects added on top and sure enough.
My galaxy note, 20 ultra was feeling the burn. 15 frames per second on average, sometimes falling to five. This phone wasn’t almost consistently going at around 30. It felt like playing a native android game. Obviously, though, just the fact that i had to pull up such a niche scenario just to show you, the difference does also go to show that it’s not a night and day difference in most situations. But the final thing that i need to add to this list of things that’s impressed me is the software, because the miui 12.0.12, this phone genuinely feels like an interactive piece of art. There are things that i don’t like about it like the excessive bloatware and the shapes of the icons, but you can change them and beneath that surface level, annoyance you will find extreme levels of polish. You really get the feeling that they’ve looked through every animation and every menu and really thought how do we give this flair and that’s resulted in a software that is far from the cleanest but it’s so rich. For example, when you go to change your wallpaper, you’ve got all the ones you own, but also an endless feed of other wallpapers automatically retrieved online don’t like them just refresh it and you’ve got more, and if you find a wallpaper, you like you can just set It to find similar images and automatically create a slideshow on your lock screen, or let me just show you the settings on this phone.
You want to see your storage well it’s, actually visualized as a tank of water, which even obeys the laws of gravity, and if you want even more information tap and you get everything their new me mover application to transfer data from your old phone that’s, not exactly Something you’d consider a call experience, but they’ve put so much work into just making it look. Good they’ve even got a setting here, which fires a certain frequency of sound to get rid of dust from your speakers. There’S, crazy customization, a gaming mode that rivals that of actual gaming phones. You get the idea – and i think the most interesting part of this is that this is the phone pre update, see xiaomi is actually promising. Just one massive update to miui 12.5, which has just a ton of optimization specifically for this phone but we’ll hold off on that one we’ll believe it when we see it and if you are enjoying this video, then a sub to the channel would be Music ace. The only very strange exception to this thoughtfulness is that somehow in the display settings they’ve got the resolutions the wrong way around don’t. Think i’ve ever seen that happen before and on that note there are some things that i don’t like nothing that ruins the phone, but just a couple of really strange decisions like if you look around this phone it’s got some really. Nice flourishes like an ir blaster, a dual sim tray and the waveform like speaker grille, but it just doesn’t feel great i’m.
Usually a big fan of vegan leather, like the oppo find x2 pro. Has this really plush quality to it? But they’ve made the back of this phone just a little scratchy and plasticky. It feels a lot like samsung’s galaxy note, 4 from 2014, and that finish was not particularly liked. I think the cameras could be a lot neater looking, especially given that there’s only three lenses here, and i really think that if a phone is going to have text printed on it, it’s got to be something special, not literally the word xiaomi three times, but they Do have a glass version of this phone, which i think does have a cleaner overall aesthetic, but then we’ve got the front of the phone and i’ve already said. I think the screen itself is awesome, but it’s just that i don’t really like what’s happening around it. Like i think, the concept of the screen, the fact that it’s curved from all four sides is a good concept. I think it has the potential to be great, the idea being that smartphones are increasingly gesture based and that gestures should be smoother. If the phone’s glass is curved, but the way that they’ve done it here means that one screen protectors do not play nicely. Then, if you can’t find one that goes right up until the very edges, it will end up creating a ridge, but your thumb just keeps hitting and two it exaggerates the phone’s asymmetry.
You realize that the bottom bezel looks like it’s a different thickness to the top bezel, which in itself looks like it’s, a different thickness to the side bezels, and what really makes this pop in not a good way is the corners. The corners are the only points where this display doesn’t slope off, and so they kind of look like they’re jutting out it’s, almost like the screen’s not been stretched quite right across the canvas of the phone. But you can somewhat address this by using wallpapers that mask the edges. These are all pretty minor gripes in the scheme of things, but there is one slightly more fundamental issue with this phone, but i do just need to quickly talk about the camera, because this is not just the most organized camera experience. I’Ve ever had it’s, probably the most fun too it’s got filters that are much more than just slight single color adjustments. You’Ve got cinematic effects like phantom and nostalgia, which changed the theme of your shots and kind of hidden away from such a big feature. A whole set of movie modes, they use ai, to create everything from a dolly zoom effect to the ability to freeze frame, just parts of a video to simulating having a slow, shutter speed. And this third little lens here is actually a macro camera and i can’t believe i’m saying this, but it’s a macro, camera that’s, actually quite good. I think i’ve only ever said that about one other phone in the past before it’s, only five megapixels it’s, nothing crazy, but because it zooms in at the same time as having an incredibly short, focusing distance.
At times it genuinely feels like using a microscope there’s. So much more, this dual video there’s long exposure, there’s super moon modes. The point is: this is a lot of fun. Now, if you wanted a more technical response than that, then i would say this is an a grade set of cameras, it’s not quite a plus, where i would rank the galaxy note: 20 ultra and the iphone 12 pro max, but it’s a head of a minus. Like the oneplus 8t, you see the main 108 megapixel sensor that we have here is on one hand, it’s aging, it’s, technically the same camera that we saw on the me note, 10 from 2019, but on the other hand, it’s still in almost every scenario, keeping up It’S got stellar detail, almost top tier dynamic range and some of the most delicious background blur you can get on a phone in a lot of shots. You can very clearly see more detail here than on the samsung, which kind of makes sense, because, while samsung converts its 108 megapixels down to 12 xiaomi converts to 27. But i would say that its low light performance is nowhere near as consistent and pretty easy to blur, but this is actually also the first phone which has night mode. Video it’s very interesting, like this is a sample of normal video from the xiaomi and the samsung, and if we turn the feature on it kind of seems to sacrifice detail for extra brightness and a bit less noise, it’s not groundbreaking, but it’s more than a gimmick.
There is also an ultrawide camera here and there’s a little more to say about it. Apart from the fact that it’s fine, but two things are lacking zoom, this thing kind of sucks at it and video consistency, it seems to shift color and exposure way more drastically than it should be doing. As your subject makes slight movements, oh yeah and the battery capacity is 4 600 million powers. It’S plenty i’ve been running it in what i would call a worst case scenario and i’m still getting six hours of screen on time. So that’s at quad, hd resolution 120. Hertz refresh rate and every ai mode turned on which it does one will increase battery drain further and then for charging, because there isn’t a charger in the box. I’Ve just been using a oneplus 8t brick and it’s filling it up in just under an hour right. So at this point the xiaomi 11 almost looks like so much phone for the money that it’s embarrassing for the others, but there is one big asterisk that we’ve just got to put next to that pricing, because, yes, this phone is the equivalent of 600 that’s. Not some sort of marketing trick or early bird sale, that is, the base price of the phone in china and that’s, not always an issue there’s a lot of products that release globally, where the price all around the world is fairly constant. But in the case of xiaomi phones, i feel like i’ve seen enough of these launchers now to suspect that when this does release in other regions, they’re going to make it significantly more expensive.
What i’m? Assuming are three main reasons? One xiaomi phones are generally made in china and so naturally it’s going to be more expensive to export them. Two, a lot of other countries. They whack a load of extra tax. On top of that uk and three in china, xiaomi makes a lot of money from its services like xiaomi cloud, and so i think, because of that, they’re perfectly happy making a bit less on products themselves, whereas this isn’t the case in the west, where we’re very Used to google services, and so because of this with last year’s, me 10, even though that released at the exact same price that this mi 11 is releasing at. In the uk, it dropped at 799 pounds which, if you convert it back to dollars, it’s over a thousand that’s 1.8 times as much money just for the convenience of being local. And so what i would say about this me 11 is: if it comes to the global launch and it ends up being the equivalent of a thousand dollars, then wait. I think you might well find something better releasing fairly shortly after. If it comes out to 800, then i would say it’s absolutely worth it and if by some miracle, you’re able to get it for 600 and shake that person’s hand right off. The one thing to just keep in the back of your mind, though, is that this is the me 11. and if history is anything to go by, there will be a me 11 pro and quite possibly a me 11 ultra and so as crazy powerful.
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