Xiaomi is clearly committed to conquering the smartphone market and year after year has launched smartphones of great quality and incredible news. This year, its Mi 11 range comes to conquer the market and if the “normal” models are good, the tops presented now demonstrate that the manufacturer is not for fun.
The new Xiaomi 11 Ultra wants to be the best smartphone on the market, with a clear emphasis on the camera area and started off on the right foot, since one of the main camera rating ranking, the DxOMark, placed it in the first place surpassing the previous “owner”, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
The huge Samsung GN2 sensor makes its debut with the Mi 11 Ultra. At 1 / 1.12 ”, it is the largest sensor ever used on a phone on the market and has some of the largest pixels we’ve seen in recent years – 1.4 µm before anyone even mentioned the word“ binning ”. GN2 does support 4-in-1 binning which makes the effective pixel size of 2.8 µm.
The sensor takes advantage of the benefits of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and features Dual Pixel Pro, which improves the speed and accuracy of autofocus. There is also Smart ISO Pro, which can capture HDR photos in an instant.
The two other cameras at the rear of the Mi 11 Ultra are no less impressive. The periscope lens offers 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid. Better yet, it is paired with a 48 MP sensor (IMX586), which is quite large in itself – 1 / 2.0 ”, 0.8 µm pixels (1.4 µm after binning).
For comparison, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 10 MP 1 / 3.24 ”(1.22 µm) sensor behind its periscope. In addition, the Xiaomi phone can record 8K via its periscope, which appears to be another innovation. Anyway, this camera also has OIS, although the lens is a little dark, with an aperture of f / 4.1.
Next comes the ultra-wide camera, which has a 128 ° lens and its own 48MP 1 / 2.0 ”sensor (IMX586 again). The lens has autofocus and can take macro photos. Like the other two cameras at the rear, this one can record 8K video. In addition, all three support Night mode.
The battery is the other main feature of the Mi 11 Ultra. It is slightly larger than the average for a super fast charging phone, 5,000 mAh, and defines a new ranking with 67W wireless charging support. This corresponds to the 67 W corded charging, both can charge the battery up to 100% in just 36 minutes.
To achieve this, Xiaomi has designed a “6x supercharge” technology internally, including a custom chip that allows wireless charging at 30 V and a multilevel current control technology that speeds up charging by 10%. The phone also supports 10W reverse charging.
But the “common” specifications are also interesting. And by common we mean things like the 6.81 ”AMOLED screen with 1440p + resolution and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. It has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, but it is not adaptable, and a touch sampling rate of 480 Hz.
It is an excellent display with an A + from DisplayMate, obtained thanks to support HDR10 + and Dolby Vision. In addition, it is well calibrated for the DCI-P3 color space and has a high brightness mode for 900 nits of brightness (maximum brightness is 1,700 nits).
Another outstanding feature is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor – we would not expect less for this top of the range. Xiaomi has attached a new three-phase cooling system and added 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM in conjunction with 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The chipset’s triple ISP is used for full effect, allowing the Mi 11 Ultra to shoot with all three cameras simultaneously.
The phone has stereo speakers with support from Harman Kardon. In addition, it has a high resolution audio certification. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. There is Bluetooth 5.2 on board for wireless headsets, however. Additional connectivity includes dual SIM 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, NFC and an infrared sensor.
In terms of design, the smartphone is made of ceramic, available in Black and White. It is a material that Xiaomi occasionally uses for special phones. The phone is rated IP68, which means it is dustproof and can be submerged in less than 1.5 m (5 feet) of water for half an hour (by the way, the Mi 11 Ultra and the Pro are the first IP68-rated phones from Xiaomi).
Another thing to note on the back is a secondary screen. It is a 1.1 ”AMOLED panel (126 x 294 px resolution) with a maximum brightness of 450 nits. It has an always-on mode and can show notifications, in addition to being used as a viewfinder when taking selfies with the principal.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra will be available globally, and in Europe, the 12/256 GB model will be available soon for € 1,199. it is true that it is a high price, but when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (for example), we realize that the smartphone is at the price of the UltraPremium smartphone.
In addition to the Black and White color options, Xiaomi will also launch a special edition Marble Ceramic, which is not expected to reach Europe.
Xiaomi 11 Pro
The front is dominated by a 6.81-inch QHD resolution of the AMOLED screen, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and Dolby Vision. The panel is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus and comes with a pre-applied screen protector. The Mi 11 Pro also features dual stereo speakers adjusted by Harman Kardon and a small perforated cutout for the 20MP selfie camera.
Speaking of cameras, the Mi 11 Pro is the first device to include Samsung’s 50 MP GN2 camera sensor. The huge 1 / 1.2 ”module is the largest sensor placed on a smartphone and has 1.4 μm pixels, Dual Pixel Pro AF, Stagger HDR and ISO fusion. You can also capture 8K video straight from the main camera.
In addition, you get a periscope module with 5x optical zoom (50x digital) and OIS. There is also an ultra-wide 13 MP snapper.
As expected, the Mi 11 Pro uses the Snapdragon 888 processor. Xiaomi has improved thermal management with heat dissipation, thanks to its large 150 mm steam chamber and accompanying copper heat sinks.
To power the Mi 11 Pro, there is a 5,000 mAh battery, with an innovative technology that has higher density, better conductivity and faster charging in a thinner profile. The same battery technology is being used in electric cars. Count on 67 W cordless and 67 W cordless charging, both taking just 36 minutes for a full charge, just like the Ultra.
When it comes to software, count on MIUI 12.5, based on Android 11. The phone is IP68 certified and comes with an infrared sensor. Color options include green, black and purple.
The Mi 11 Pro in its 8/128 GB finish is sold for CNY 4,999 (€ 647). It is also available in the 8/256 GB version by CNY 5,299 (€ 687), as well as a 12/256 GB model by CNY 5,699 (738 €). Official sales in China start on April 2, with no date for Europe.
Xiaomi is offering two packaging options with a standard box that also includes the 67W charger and cable, as well as an eco-friendly version without charger and cable in the box. Both packaging options cost the same, so it is up to the buyer to decide which version is most suitable.
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