Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review: A smartphone attached to a camera
The company starts by offering good phones at low prices, then very good phones with a few missing features at decent prices and phones with every feature imaginable, but prices on par with expensive flagship phones. Xiaomi has reached that last stage, originally known for smartphones. That cost next to nothing, despite having the latest processor and a lot, but not all, of the features of a samsung flagship xiaomi has now launched the mi 11 ultra a smartphone thats, almost ridiculously overpowered, with a price to match all the features and then some the Xiaomi mi 11 ultra has a massive 6.81 inch, immold display with a 120 hertz refresh rate qualcomms, most powerful processor, the snapdragon 888 or 12 gigabytes of ram and 256 or 512 gb of storage and a 5 000 milliamp hours battery for comparison. Those are basically the specs of samsungs galaxy s21 ultra, which has the same display size in processor and a battery of equal capacity. The xiaomi also has a very powerful camera system, both on the front and back. It even has a secondary display on the back nicked from xiaomis mi band wearable, which can display essential info such as time date and notifications. It can even be used to preview selfies taken with the rear camera. The phone is top heavy. You might have to readjust your standard holding position once upon a time xiaomi used to cut costs on the little things, such as water resistance or wireless charging.
Not this time, the mi 11 ultra has ip68 dust water resistance and it supports fast charging. Both wireless and wired, as well as reverse charging. It also has stereo speakers tuned by harman kardon and supports hi res 24, bit 192 kilohertz audio, which should make a difference if you connect the phone to high quality, headphones or speakers. In fact, the only features this phone doesnt have a memory card support in a 3.5 millimeters jack, but you wont find those on top apple or samsung smartphones. Either phone performance is incredibly speedy and smooth in everyday use, but its the same with most flagships. These days. In fact, the experience was nearly identical to the mi 11, which i reviewed two months ago, that isnt surprising, given the display processor most other specs, and the software were exactly the same check out my review of that phone for more details, two big differences, while the Camera bump on the regular mi 11 is big on the mi 11 ultra its absolutely massive place that phone on a flat surface even with a case and it wont, lie flat. The mi 11 ultra is also a lot heavier than the mi 11 234 grams versus 196 grams and its noticeable. This device is almost like earphones stuck onto a camera and its noticeable when you hold it its top heavy too, so you might have to hold it. A little differently than you would most other smartphones. Also, the mi 11 ultra has a slightly bigger battery than the mi 11 5000 milliamp hours versus 4600 milliamp hours.
I havent noticed a difference, but again, if you turn on all the fancy tech that this phone packs, such as the 120 hertz refresh rate in super high resolution, the battery will drain a lot faster. The rear display is a nice addition, as it tells you the time and date, even when the phone is face down its not that useful for selfies, though, image stand, schroeder mashable, oh and theres, also that cute little display on the back more on that later, the Most imposing camera system on a phone ever the main difference between the xiaomi mi, 11 ultra and the regular mi 11 is in the rear camera system. The ultra has a triple camera system, with a 50 megapixel wide angle, main camera, with a massive one. 1.12 sensor, f, 1.95 aperture optical image, stabilization and laser focus theres, also a 48 megapixel ultra wide camera with an f 2.2 aperture, which doubles as a macro camera and a 48 megapixel telephoto camera with f 4.1 aperture and 5x optical zoom. All three cameras support 8k video recording in xiaomis night mode. In practice, that means youll get very nice sharp and detailed daylight photos on both the main and wide camera daylight photos are sharp and detailed. The wide camera is pretty great, but make sure you tick. The setting that corrects distortion in ultra wide shots, otherwise the edges of your photo, will be way too in this wide shot. Xiaomi software fixed the curviness on the edges.
The downside of that is that the edges are now blurry image stand schroeder, mashable, the zoom camera goes to 120x, which is nuts and frankly, its just a gimmick, because everything will be too jittery at magnifications anywhere close to that ive had the fortune to be able To test the hot ui mate x2 and the mi 11 ultra side by side and the mate x2 handles extreme zoom, better. The hahu ui phone manages to stabilize the image even at very high magnification and the resulting photos have a ton of details. You wont be able to see with the naked eye the mi 11 ultra is nt bad in this regard, but it pales in comparison. I wouldnt recommend zooming in past 20, x or so taking this photo was a pain due to poor stabilization xiaomi mi 11 ultra allows for 120 xma, but you probably wont use anything over 20x. Although the mi 11 ultra has a completely new camera system compared to the mi 11, it exhibits some of the same problems, namely low light photography. The mi 11 would often produce photos that are unnaturally green. The mi 11 elder didnt do that, but the low light photos i took were uneven. Sometimes the photos turn it down great, but often the photo would be too bright. Turning night until day, with tons of noise and glare xiaomi, mi 11 ultra can take a good low light photo, but it doesnt always do it.
This one is pretty good image. Stand schroeder, mashable, dedicated night mode exists, but it was even worse often producing. Oddly blurry results, as is somewhat typical of xiaomi smartphones. I was able to get good photos, but not always on the first try selfies both front and back make no mistake. The rear display is a gimmick i bet. Most users will never use it for selfies because using the standard, selfie camera, with the massive primary display, as the viewfinder is just so much easier, its nice to have basic information such as time and date. Even when you lay the phone on its face, but other than that, the secondary display isnt a game changing feature, you must have turn off the beautifying features if you want true to life selfies. As for the selfie camera, its the same as on the mi 11 meaning the selfies are generally good if a little soft youll want to disable all of the beautifying options, if you want to get true to life, results, oh and forget about nighttime selfies, the mi 11 ultras front camera fared poorly here even at night conclusion. The most powerful xiaomi phone ever may not be the best xiaomi phone ever image stan schroeder, mashable xiaomis mi11. Ultra is a big, bold, powerful phone, but at 1 299 united states dollars for the 8 gigabytes variant, its also extremely expensive for comparison. Samsungs, galaxy s21 ultra starts at 1 1999 united states dollars, while apples iphone 12 pro max starts at 1099 united states dollars.
The mi 11 ultra camera system is great, but not the best you can get so whether youll want to get one or not will boil down to your affection for the brand and the phones design.