As widely announced in recent weeks, Xiaomi announced today, with a closed-door event held in China, its new Xiaomi Mi 11 flagship, the first ever to mount a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform, the most recent creation of the Californian chipmaker.
In addition to the new chipset, there is much more to discover about this Xiaomi Mi 11, which continues the path taken with Xiaomi Mi 10, the first real top of the range of the Chinese giant. The new smartphone offers technical equipment of absolute value and is accompanied by an updated software, that MIUI 12.5 of which the private beta has been started.
Technical characteristics of Xiaomi Mi 11
Let’s start with the display, the first strong point of Xiaomi Mi 11, with a diagonal of 6.81 inches and with numerous innovations compared to the unit used on the previous generation. In fact, we have a Samsung panel equipped with a Quad HD + resolution (1440 x 3200 pixels, 515 PPI) and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, therefore higher than the 90 Hz of the Mi 10 screen, thanks also to a sampling frequency of the touch of 480 Hz. Obviously, there is no lack of DCI-P3 and HDR10 + support, for very high image quality, as confirmed by the A + rating released by DisplayMate.
Once again Xiaomi has chosen punch hole technology to house the front camera directly into the screen, inside a small hole located in the upper left corner, the same solution adopted on the Mi 10 series. The screen reaches a brightness of 1,500 nits (Peak 1,771 nits) and contrast of 5,000,000: 1.
To make color reproduction even more accurate, which reaches a JNCD error index of just 0.38, Xiaomi has developed a proprietary color calibration algorithm, which allows you to achieve amazing results.
Obviously, below the screen, there is a fingerprint reader, but the real novelty is the presence of a sensor capable of measuring the heartbeat in real-time, a very interesting function. made by Goodix, the new reader takes up less space than the readers previously used and allows precision in reading the heartbeat very similar to that of a smart band or a smartwatch.
Thanks to PPG technology which, although not the best in terms of accuracy, still manages to provide a value very similar to the real one.
Under the body, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, able to offer resistance to scratches and falls superior to the previous generation glass, there is, therefore, the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform, making its absolute debut with this Xiaomi Mi 11, flanked by 8 or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM (at 3.2 GHz) and 128 or 256 GB of internal UFS 3.1 memory. As is always the case with the Miseries, the internal memory cannot be expanded.
The part dedicated to connectivity is decidedly rich, starting obviously from the support for 5G networks (SA / NSA) dual SIM dual standby, in addition to that for 4G networks. We find enhanced WiFi 6 (able to reach 3.5 Gbps thanks to 4096QAM technology), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC for mobile payments, dual-frequency GPS, an infrared emitter, and USB Type-C connector for charging the internal battery.
The latter has a capacity of 4.6000 mAh and supports wired charging at 55 watts and wireless charging at 50 watts even if, as we had anticipated, there will be no charger in the sales package. Users can use a charger they already own or get a new model, to be purchased separately. Also noteworthy is the presence of reverse wireless charging at 10 watts.
The photographic sector of Xiaomi Mi 11 is also of quality, which can count on a 108 megapixel (f / 1.85) 1 / 1.33 ″ main sensor, with optical image stabilization, seven-element lenses, and 1.6-micron pixels, flanked by a 13-megapixel sensor (f / 2.4) with ultra-wide-angle lens (FoV 123 degrees) and a 5-megapixel sensor (f / 2.4) for macro photography (3 to 10 centimeters). Too bad for the absence of optical zoom, a function reserved also this year for the Pro variant, taking up the choice made last year with Xiaomi Mi 10. On the front, there is instead a 20-megapixel sensor with an f / 2.4 aperture and 1.6-micron pixels.
Excellent video quality with low light, with Xiaomi Mi 11 able to capture a high amount of light, returning very bright and defined images, in any situation. The operating system is MIUI 12, based on Android 10, with the update to MIUI 12.5 coming soon.
Xiaomi has optimized the overall dimensions, reducing the pear by 12 grams compared to Mi 10 and the thickness of 0.9 mm, dropping, at the thinnest point, to 8.06 mm. For the audio part, Xiaomi collaborated with Harman / Kardon, in order to obtain high-quality audio, with stereo speakers placed in the upper and lower part of the frame, in a mirror position with respect to what was seen on Mi 10. They are also present Hi-Res Audio certification and Hi-Res Adio Wireless.
Finally, the dimensions are equal to 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06 mm and 186 grams of weight for the glass version, and 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.56 mm and 84 grams of weight for the vegan leather version.
Xiaomi Mi 11 pricing and availability
There are five colors in which you can buy Xiaomi Mi 11, Midnight Gray, Horizon Blue and Frost White with rear glass, Lilac Purple, and Honey Beige with vegan leather. Prices in China will be as follows, with sales starting January 1st:
- Xiaomi Mi 11 8 – 128 GB at 3,999 yuan (about 500 euros)
- Xiaomi Mi 11 8 – 256 GB at 4,299 yuan (about 538 euros)
- Xiaomi Mi 11 120 – 256 GB at 4,699 yuan (about 576 euros)
The 8-128GB version is also available with a 55-watt GaN charger at the same price. You can also buy the charger separately for 99 yuan (12 euros), with a wide choice of official covers at great prices.
There is still no information about the presentation of the global version, which is expected to take place in January 2021.
A special version dedicated to CEO Lei Jun was also announced, with a back cover in Scodix Cristal with a particular wavy finish.