The Ultra smartphone, Hey guys Adam Lobo here from Adam Lobo TV and in this video I will compare the hardware, the displays, the cameras, audio battery software gaming and giving you the conclusion on which phone is better or worth your money, Starting from the phone’s hardware. From a design and build saying, this is based on a personal preference may seem like I am copping out, but I can tell you that I am not, as there is a matte glass finish on the S21 Ultra with quite a solid, build and weight to the Phone and surely the current best, looking smartphone that Samsung has ever created thus far, And then there is also the Mi 11 Ultra, which is Xiaomi’s most extreme smartphone design, with a slightly heavier weight with a glossy ceramic finish at the back and who could not notice The HUGE camera bump, which you could see it from … out of space, Maybe not But jokes aside. I actually personally like the camera bump, where just like what Samsung has done. Xiaomi embraces the camera bump to make it a statement piece for the phone, And the good news is that when it comes to typing both phones on a surface, it was totally fine as it didn’t wobble at all In terms of dimensions. It is almost the same where the S21 Ultra is just a tad bit bigger, Then, as for the ports and buttons what’s interesting is that both phones had the same placements for the volume and the power button, which is on the right, and everything is the same Down below, But what separates? The phones is, of course, the Mi 11 Ultra’s IR Blaster and the other stereo speaker is placed on top instead of the S21 Ultra being placed at the earpiece area.
So yes, we shall see. How does this translate to the overall sound quality when we do a sound test later Now? As for the phone screen’s panel, both have the same toughest Corning, Gorilla, Glass, Victus and speaking of the front panel in terms of which phone unlocks faster the S21 Ultra? Surely unlocks faster, but I kind of suspect why the Mi 11 Ultra is a bit slower is because of the unnecessary animation on the phone. While I did mention that this is a personal preference. If I had to absolutely choose, I would go with the Mi 11 Ultra. Why? Because of its glossier ceramic finish at the back, as it will be less prone to scratches where I have accidentally scratched the S21 Ultra when I was mounting it on my phone comparison rig and of course, while you all might have known that, I am a fan Of the white color too, As for the phone’s display, both phones come with an AMOLED panel, where Samsung has named their display. The Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, with the same resolution of 1440 x, 3200 pixel and 120 hertz refresh rate Now. The first thing that I’ve noticed is that the S21 Ultra surely gets really bright when it is adjusted to the maximum what’s funny is that, according to paper, the Mi 11 Ultra is supposed to be having a higher peak brightness. But that was not the case when you compare both phones side by side, And many don’t actually see this as something worth mentioning that I always found that Samsung’s screen has always the right amount of brightness depending on the environment, thanks to their better adaptive, display, which I felt it adjusted well whether it’s, dark or even on a bright area where it does a better job overall compared to the Mi 11 Ultra And yes, I did experience a screen, dimming issue when I was taking photos and videos during the comparison, video on the Mi 11 Ultra, but again it’s not too extreme, where you couldn’t see the screen at all.
So if I really had to choose when it comes to the phone’s display, because of its brighter screen and the overall display performance from a software’s perspective, I would go with the S21 Ultra. And yes, I am aware of the tiny screen at the back of the Mi 11 Ultra, although it is cool to have that, but ask yourself … how many times are you actually going to put your phone face down? I don’t do you? Let me know in the comments section below Now before I compare the images and the video quality for both phones. Let’S first check out the specs. The Mi 11 Ultra comes with a 50 megapixel f 2.0 lens, a 48 megapixel f, 4.1 periscope lens with 5 times optical zoom and a 48 megapixel f, 2.2 12mm ultrawide angle lens. Then. As for the S21 Ultra, it has a massive 108 megapixel, f, 1.8 aperture lens a 10 megapixel periscope lens, but up to 10x optical zoom. Instead Then there’s a 10 megapixel, f, 2.4 telephoto lens and a 12 megapixel f, 2.2 13mm ultrawide angle lens Starting from the high megapixel mode. Although the S21 Ultra has a bigger megapixel mode. There is not much of a difference if you take a shot before zooming in, But when you zoom in close the S21 Ultra just had a bit more in detail compared to the Mi 11 Ultra, not too far off. To be honest. Next, looking at the main lens images again looked very close to each other, where the only difference is the sky area, where it was a bit bluer on the S21 Ultra, but the colors of the roof and building was very similar on this image.
But what’s interesting is that in this image, instead it was the total opposite where the sky area seems to be a bit more blueish on the Mi 11 Ultra instead and a tiny bit cooler tone on the Mi 11 Ultra as well. But the details on both were the same Now as for the phone’s zooming modes, although there is an advantage on the S21 Ultra to have a dedicated telephoto lens, the Mi 11 Ultra still does a pretty good job when it comes to its periscope lens keeping up. Although it has half the optical zoom capabilities of the S21 Ultra, But if you guys are looking to zoom very far, although I have no idea who, in the right frame of mind, would zoom all the way to 120 times. But if you compared it side by side, although the S21 Ultra can go up to 100 times zoom instead of 120, since there is the zoom lock feature to hold the viewfinder on to the subject. It is easy to take photos on the S21 Ultra, where you can even get better clarity at that. So personally, I don’t get why in the world that Xiaomi would be extremely proud with the whole 120 times zoom, when the images look super unusable, which Samsung has learned to move away from that branding since the S20 Ultra And speaking of Ultra let’s, look at the Ultrawide angle lens where the overall image quality looks pretty much the same, but the Mi 11 Ultra has a wider focal length, so you will get a bit more into your shots Now in this second picture, the difference is that the S21 Ultra has just a bit Warmer tone a bit more true to life as how the building actually was, and the AI processing on the Mi 11 Ultra this time made the photos, look a bit more saturated as seen at the blue sky area again.
So this comes down to a personal preference, where I prefer the image on the S21 Ultra, but I do appreciate the wider focal length that you can get on the Mi 11 Ultra. As for Portrait Mode for subjects, both phones had mixed results, where there were times where the Mi 11 Ultra was better on the edge detection, and there were times where the S21 Ultra was better. But when it comes to human subjects, the edge detection and the background blur was equally as good for both phones. But the shadows are a bit more apparent on the Mi 11 Ultra and a bit more crushed blacks, as opposed to the S21 Ultra, which had a more true to life. Color, as the t shirt I was wearing, was not as black as how the Mi 11 Ultra was, so this again has to come down to a personal preference As for the night mode, once again, due to the higher megapixel count, the Mi 11 Ultra has better Details on the edges, but in terms of the highlights and shadows, both were the same as how a flagship, smartphone quality would be, And they were very identical for the main lens at the same area of shots. But when it comes to taking photos in a very poorly lit area, the 100 megapixel main lens on the S21 Ultra starts to show not only because it is slightly brighter, but also more detail on the floor and the pillar on the right.
And lastly, when it comes to taking a shot with a scenario with night lights, the glare coming from the S21 Ultra from the light seems to be a bit better compared to the Mi 11 Ultra, Then, looking at the front camera, the Mi 11 Ultra has a 20 megapixel, f, 2.2 aperture lens and the S21 Ultra has a 40 megapixel f, 2.2 aperture lens Okay, so here is where there was not a little but a HUGE difference in quality for both of the phones Starting from the regular selfie. There was never a point where I could NOT get the background to overexpose, and this picture comparison was the BEST that I could get from the Mi 11 Ultra, which looks just bad compared to the S21 Ultra. Then the results were even worse for the Portrait Selfie mode, where I posted this image on my Instagram stories and there were 3 people who joked and said that Xiaomi has cut off my hair, which, as you guys can see, looks pretty much true Then, to combat This issue, I tried the Rear Screen selfie to use the rear camera with that tiny viewfinder at the back, and still the images look like this And also worth mentioning this weird rear display. Selfie is only used for the regular photo mode, but not the Portrait mode and also no video recording mode as well. But the good news is that the night selfie shots were better but still cannot get close to the image quality that the S21 Ultra offers.
As for the video, both can record up to a massive 8k resolution at 24 frames per second, where here I felt that Xiaomi has redeemed themselves by having a better 8K recording with a better image stabilization compared to the S21 Ultra, where it was just a tad Bit jittery looking through the phone’s viewfinder and also in the footage as well, but still very much usable footage if you guys are recording in that resolution, 4K. Video on both was equally as good for the ultrawide and also the main lens as well. Then Super steady mode on the S21 Ultra was as gimbal like as usual, but the 1080p rear video wasn’t a night and day difference when it comes to the overall image stabilization compared to the 1080p footage. When I was using on the Mi 11 Ultra, Then I tested some night time. Video – and here is where, although both phones had a great image stabilization, but the image tends to slightly fall apart with every step taken on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, as you guys can see over here, Then. As for the front, video recording, while the S21 Ultra can record up to 4K 60 frames per second, the Mi 11 Ultra, yet again ONLY gives us up to 1080p up to 60 frames per second.. I mean … …, which year is it As you guys can see that not only the video resolution on the Mi 11 Ultra doesn’t come close to what the S21 Ultra offers, but the camera doesn’t seem to understand what they are doing with the exposure where it Seems to be contemplating what to expose like .
.., Oh let’s expose the subject. Oh let’s expose the background as seen in this video footage. So, overall, when it comes to the phone’s camera performance, you can see that the rear cameras are great and quite similar for both of the phones. But when it comes to the front camera I’m sure you would agree with me that the S21 Ultra performs way much better Now in terms of audio when it comes to both phone’s speakers, they both have stereo speakers, so there wasn’t a huge, sound quality difference and Just so, you all know that the Mi 11 Ultra is tuned by Harman Kardon, a company that Samsung owns in case you guys did not know, but the S21 Ultra is tuned by AKG In terms of sound output. The Mi 11 Ultra beats the S21 Ultra with a higher dB value of 96 compared to 94.1 on the S21 Ultra, Then, in terms of sound quality, it is great to know that this whole quottuned by Harmon Kardonquot, surely gives a difference when it comes to the Overall, audio quality, because not only the phone was louder, but the overall clarity when it comes to the vocal and also the mids, were surely better on the Mi 11 Ultra music playing. As for the phone’s battery, both has the same battery capacity of 5000 milliamps of battery and using both phones separately daily. The S21 Ultra got me a whopping, 6 hours and ‘ minutes at WQHD resolution, with the adaptive refresh rate turned on at 10 battery and also with dark mode on, and the Mi 11 Ultra not only drained the battery very quickly after it reached the 50 mark.
But it got me an average of 3.5 hours of screen on time when I was at 9 or 10 percent battery with the very same settings Now. This, I believe, could be because of its better adaptive display and, of course, the software battery optimization that the One UI has compared to the MIUI. However, where the Mi 11 does better is, of course, through the massive 67 watts fast charging and another 67 watts fast. Wireless charging, which was quite mind, blowing compared to Samsung, only being able to charge up to 25 watts fast charging and 15 watts wireless charging And, of course worth mentioning, is the fact that the 65 watts charging brick does come inside of the box for the Mi 11 Ultra, where the Samsung S21 Ultra was the first smartphone from Samsung, which did not have a charging brick. So this does come down to what type of smartphone user that you are to know, which is better for you, where, if you are the kind of person who charges the phone overnight and prefers to only charge the phone once a day, then the S21 Ultra will Be the phone for you, But if you are the kind of person who prefers not to charge your phone overnight to save battery life by charging it only when you wake up to make use of the fast charging option, then the Mi 11 Ultra should be your Choice As for software, the overall experience as of the making this video, the Mi 11 Ultra, is currently using the version 12.
0.1.0 and the S21 Ultra is using the One UI version 3.1. Now for this I am not going to beat around the bush or cop out of this too, as I am going to tell you straight to the point that I prefer how the One UI version 3.1 was Because we have seen how much Samsung has evolved, starting From their old Samsung Experience compared to what it is today for their way, better ONE UI version 3.1, where they have improved drastically with better software optimization for apps and currently is the only smartphone which is NOT an iPhone that has no compression when it comes to Posting videos and photos on Instagram as well Navigating through the menu and settings, are also easier compared to the not so straightforward of the MIUI 12. For example, when I was trying to access the rear screen that I was talking about, instead of maybe putting it under the main display settings, you will need to go to Special Features and then Rear Display instead, Hmm …. Why I don’t know, Then the dark mode integration on the Mi 11 Ultra is still not great, where apps like YouTube Studio. You cannot see the icons or the comments likes or love, and it is the same when it comes to Canva and it looked very weird on Facebook as well. But the light at the end of the tunnel is that the way cheaper, Poco F3 has already gotten the MIUI 12.
0.5.0, which does solve all the Dark mode issues which I think is a time for a revamp of the UI. As I mentioned in my one month, review of the Poco F3, if you guys haven’t check it out So that’s my take on comparing both of the phone’s software And also worth mentioning, is that the Mi 11 Ultra’s Snapdragon 888 chipset seriously overheats like crazy. Even when I was watching videos or a bit of heavier apps and multitasking, where the S21 Ultra’s Exynos 2100 seems to run cool and just a tiny bit warm to the touch, no matter what you throw at it And speaking of apps and multitasking, although both phones Has UFS 3.1 storage, the USB port on the Mi 11 Ultra has a slower version 2.0 and the S21 Ultra has a faster speed of USB 3.2. So the S21 Ultra gives you a faster transfer speed when it comes to copying files via the USB C port. When it comes to playing games on both phones, we tested Genshin Impact. First, when it comes to the S21 Ultra, it was adjusted to the highest settings with Motion Blur turned off and it ran smoothly without any issues for the first 10 minutes. But right after that, we did experience some small frame rate drops, but it did not really affect the overall experience and the phone did get a bit warm to the touch. Then, when it comes to gaming on the Mi 11 Ultra on similar settings, the graphic quality and frame rate overall was better compared to the S21 Ultra, but the phone was again extremely hot.
After about 10 minutes or so – and there was a severe battery drain right after that, So if I had to choose between both phones when it comes to gaming, I obviously prefer the S21 Ultra, even though I am not much of a gamer, but yes, keep in Mind for those of you who game a lot on your smartphone, All right, that’s, my review and my overall comparison for both phones and as a conclusion. I would say this while I know that I might be upsetting some Mi 11 Ultra users in this video. I honestly feel like I need to give my feedback to help. You make a purchase decision because I felt that Xiaomi rushed too quickly to get this phone out and should have taken their time to release a potential beast of a phone or just stuck to their non Ultra Mi 11 as their best. Yes, there were some great things about the phone, especially with a very impressive Spec Sheet, and a very good set of cameras, especially for the rear, but it also comes with a not so good software experience and overheating issues ALMOST makes the phone a Jack of all Trades and a Master of … few, But who cares what I think? What matters the most is what YOU guys think.