Mi 11 Long- term Review – Future Looks Good for Xiaomi Flagships!
. Just a year ago, the company was nowhere to be seen when looking at the list of best flagship phone makers sure they made some good premium phones, but xiaomi ultimately lagged behind the competition in one way or the other. But 2021 has changed that in todays date, xiaomis top of the line phones like the me11 ultra have received good reviews from top reviewers, like mkbhd and mr whos, the boss, which has officially marked xiaomi as a prominent name in the flagship territory. As for the me 11 well, one of our team members has been using it as his primary device and comparing it side by side with other high end phones for the better part of three months and weve had some interesting findings about this phone. Sadly, xiaomi did not choose to launch the mi 11 in a lot of markets, including india. If you ask me, i think its a killer, competition to the likes of the galaxy s21 and the oneplus 9. anyway. Today, i will be sharing our long term experience with the xiaomi 11, with you guys so lets get straight into it, okay, starting with the design itself. After all this, while one of the things that weve really come to appreciate about this device is its form factor. Contrary to other xiaomi phones like the mi 11x pro, it has an even weight distribution and throughout my colleagues, usage hes only had good things to say about its ergonomics, plus the slight curves add to the comfortable grip, while the aluminium frames give it a lightweight yet Premium touch so holding this phone for long hours will not be a muscle exercise here.
But yes, if i had to compare samsungs galaxy s21 ultra feels more premium than the me 11, although its also heavier and a little less comfortable. So this phone scores good marks on this front. Despite this, there are some flaws in its design. For instance, the me 11 is quite slippery because of which it has fallen off my hands a couple of times when shooting photos and videos – thankfully it has survived them all. While we did get this visible scratch at the back, so it would certainly have been a lot better if xiaomi had included gorilla glass victors or at least gorilla glass 6. Instead of the older gorilla glass 5 at the back, the company has installed gorilla glass victors on the front, though, which i would say has been incredibly useful throughout my usage. Yet the biggest design compromise here remains that xiaomi has only included the most basic ingress protection and the mi 11 does not have an official ip rating, making it vulnerable to water and dust damage. So this past month, weve had to be extra careful not to expose it in the rain since its been raining like cats and dogs here in kathmandu, while xiaomi has got some corners in the design aspect, the display is where this phone truly shines, its 6.81 inches Wqhd screen is a delight to look at and because it supports hdr10 in netflix, too the content consumption experience is further elevated. Also, i like the fact that xiaomi has not left out on important features like hds eye care, certification and dc dimming in order to prevent ice chain due to blue light emissions and display flickering as well on top of that with the 1500 nits peak and 800 Nits of normal brightness, the company has made sure not to leave any room for complaints regarding visibility either.
Even the touch response on this display is great. Likewise, apart from the visual tweet of me, elevens display, the speakers on this thing are great too. Now, when you compare it side by side with the s21 ultra, it does sound a little less immersive, but these harman kardon tuned stereo speakers are loud. They sound, really balanced and are definitely better than what xiaomi offers in its mid range devices. Um do note that the secondary speaker sounds a little weird, but together the stereo output is respectable. Okay back to the display, it is also home to an in display fingerprint sensor in our use. We found it to be a little slow uh, but over time with the updates, the sensor has gotten a bit swift, but it is still slower than the likes of the oneplus 9 or the galaxy s21 ultra. For that matter, we were hoping to be able to scale down or remove the fingerprint animation altogether, but xiaomi, sadly, has not included that option in the settings. Moreover, the haptic feedback, while unlocking via fingerprint and typing, feels incredibly premium and satisfactory. All right lets now get into how the performance of this phone is been, and it will not come as a surprise when i say that the me 11 is one of the best performing phones of 2021 being one of the first smartphones to feature the snapdragon 888 Chipset alongside ufs 3.1 storage and lpddr5 ram, it has handled multitasking and switching between the heaviest of apps with a breeze.
Also, thanks to the optimized 120hz refresh rate, ui transitions are smooth and with zero lags or micro stutters, just a smooth sailing through and through. Likewise, gaming is another facet that this phone nails almost extremely demanding games like ganshin impact, are well playable in their default settings. However, once you dial up the settings to higher fps modes, the snapdragon 888 does not remain cool and thats a common issue. We have been facing with almost all the phones with this chip. Hence after prolonged gaming sessions, it will result in quite a few stutters, a drop in fps drop in stability and excessive heating near the camera module. As for other demanding games like pubg mobile and call of duty mobile, they run quite well with impressively stable average fps count. But here as well, the snapdragon 888 tends to heat up the device and you might want to cool it down after one gaming session and then resume again. Less gpu hungry titles, with 120 fps optimizations, like vane, glory and odmar, are well playable in 120. Fps too. Luckily, these games are not privy to the heating standards of the ones i discussed earlier, but for some weird reason, critical ops is not optimized for 120 fps gameplay, even though the game supports it. Overall, we have been quite satisfied with the performance of the may 11.. Xiaomi has optimized the 120hz refresh rate well too. So, as i mentioned earlier, ui transitions and animations are really smooth here.
That being said, during all of our usage, the major complaint about this phone has to be the unrefined software experience. Unlike apple oneplus and samsung xiaomis dark mode implementation is still broken. Take the invisible play and pause button on spotify, for example, or the fact that, with dark mode turned on messages on messenger appear like this. Previously i thought that this issue was only prevalent in xiaomis, mid range and budget offerings, but evidently the company has not bothered to fix these teeny tiny bugs even for its top of the line products. Likewise, for a long time there was this annoying problem when trying to reach for notifications, while watching netflix, where the screen would act like this. Thankfully, the recent miui 12.5.5 update has fixed this issue all in all um, even though the performance of the mi 11 is commendable. Such petty software bugs truly make the experience better. This added with the fact that xiaomi has literally not made any commitment as to how many years of android and security updates this phone or any other xiaomi phones for that matter will receive, is really really frustrating, in contrast, apple, samsung, oneplus and even brands like oppo And vivo have committed to certain years of software updates. Okay lets now shift our gear towards the cameras and honestly, for the most part, theres not much to complain. Of course, when you look at the specs its nothing extravagant uh compared to the likes of the me11 ultra or the galaxy s21 ultra, but these cameras hold their ground steady during our use.
It has proven to be an impressive point to shoot camera. The color, optimization part, is still better on the s21 ultra, but have a look at these samples. V11 images are not bad. We are actually fond of the naturalish color reproduction from its cameras. The same thing applies for the ultra wide angle: images as well, where the s201 ultra has marginally better color, optimization and a wider field of view, but for what its worth the me11 competes handsomely. The subtle and natural color reproduction continues with the portrait images too. The s21 ultra zooms in for better subject focus while the me11 doesnt in any case, both of them are good. Camera phones for portraits edge detection, however, is not perfect in either of them. These phones pack, an impressive selfie camera as well its just that the portrait selfies from the s21 ultra have a better looking background. Otherwise both phones do a similar job. Now, since the me 11 does not have a telephoto lens, as expected, it falls behind the s21 ultra when zooming to 10x, 5x or even 3x. But what weve come to realize is that we dont really use the telephoto lens in our everyday life that much all this time. The only instances when we had to switch to the telephoto camera were for taking photo samples for review. Xiaomi has also been a little cheeky with the nighttime photography on the mi 11, as it makes you wait for a few seconds to shoot even normal nighttime pictures, and because of that, its low light photos appear to be brighter and more detailed.
This is actually both a good thing and a bad thing. Despite the well detailed shots, the delay ultimately makes the m11 a not so ideal point to shoot camera during the night, while the s21 ultra only takes like a second to take the shot about the night mode images. Well, the s21 ultra takes the cake right away with better exposure, maintenance, details and colors under both normal and ultra wide angle modes. Moving on for video stabilization, both of them feature gyro eis. Even so, we found the 8k videos to be more stable from the me 11.. If you ask me, i dont think 8k. Video recording in smartphones is all that useful, at least right now, so i am going to let that one slide on to the more realistic recording options. The 4k 60fps footages looks good from both the phones, but the s21 ultra definitely has better dynamic range and color processing. Okay, when it comes to ultra wide angle, videos, you will get consistent, recording options across all the resolutions on the s21 ultra, which is something i really really appreciate. Meanwhile, the e11 only lets you shoot up to 1080p 60fps from its ultra wide and selfie camera hi. Everyone so right now im shooting a selfie video from the me 11 and the s21 ultra. Apparently, you can only go up to 1080p 60fps from the me 11, whereas the s21 ultra lets you go up to 4k 60fps. Apart from that, the background looks good on both the devices, whereas the subject has this fuller color tone from the s21 ultra.
The mi 11 has slightly pale uh looking subject, but the s49 ultra also has a lot of contrast in the subject, whereas the me 11 has a balanced contrast. The videos are stable from both the devices. The um audio quality is good from both the devices as well. Overall, during our usage, we found the primary and ultra wide angle, cameras on the mi 11 to be good, if not better than the s21 ultra and thats a very big compliment for the may 11.. Likewise, i also compared its photos with the oneplus 9 and found them the 11 to be doing a better job in most of the scenarios. Additionally, battery endurance has never been a problem with the me 11, either even under wqhd resolution. It will give you 5.5 hours of screen on time, scaling it down to full hd. You will be able to achieve up to 6.5 hours of screen on time on medium kind of usage, plus xiaomi provides a 55 watt gan charger inside the box, which, if you have noticed, is comparatively smaller than other 65 watt chargers, as it is made of gallium Nitrate instead of silicon, additionally, it is power, delivery compliant too. As a result, we could charge our power delivery, compatible laptops and accessories with this charger as well. Okay, in conclusion, our time with the me 11 has been, terrific xiaomi has effectively nailed the basics for a true flagship experience. The only thing that somewhat bugged us is the unpolished software experience plus.
I am a little let down by the fact that the b11 did not launch in as many markets as it should have, maybe its because of the ongoing global chipset shortage or xiaomis strategy of pushing the sales of the me11 ultra. I am not quite sure uh, regardless looking at the bigger picture, the future of xiaomi flagships looks promising and i cant wait to see what the meat 12 has in store for us. So there you have it guys our full review of xiaomis b11. If you like, this, video, do not forget to give it a thumbs up and while youre there do subscribe to our channel and uh hit that bell icon as well.