Xiaomi Mi 11 Review

0n December 28 2020, Xiaomi launched the world's first smartphone with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip — the Xiaomi Mi 11. The phone was announced at an event in China — sorry folks, global launch is yet to come — and just become available in China on Jan. 1,2021.

 

It is worth mentioning that the two-generation flagships of the Mi 10 series and Mi 11 series were released at the beginning of the year and the other was unveiled at the end of the year. The interval between them was only ten months. This can be regarded as a history of two generations of Xiaomi mobile phones in the same year. The spectacle, there is a clear meaning of some high-end first wins while the iron is hot.

 

 

As the beginning of the new decade, it is also Xiaomi’s brand-new high-end work. Xiaomi Mi 11 will still have a fever performance in the genes of the bones-the world’s first Snapdragon 888, with X1 super core + Qualcomm’s strongest GPU in history + history Qualcomm has the strongest AI since. The Snapdragon 8 Series is Qualcomm’s flagship platform, and the Snapdragon 888 is the flagship of the flagship, impeccable.

 

The screen performance of the Mi 10 series has few rivals in the industry, and the original color screen technology has been iterated several times, bringing an excellent look and feel. And Xiaomi Mi 11 takes a long-awaited 2K resolution screen further, with the 120Hz ultra-high refresh rate, recreating the peak visual experience of Xiaomi.

 

Remember that Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro relies on a 100 Megapixel camera, four cameras, 1/1.33″ super outsole, OIS anti-shake, all equipped, once won the DXOMARK camera first, and long-term dominance. Now Xiaomi 11 also inherited its The powerful main camera and the long-focus macro lens, which is very characteristic of Xiaomi, will show the effect after switching to the Snapdragon 888 ISP in our next evaluation.

 

Design & Appearance

 

The Xiaomi Mi 11 with the four-curved surface design is exquisite. It uses a 6.81-inch hole-drilling four-curved full screen with a resolution of 3200*1400 WQHD+, which is what we often call 2K resolution, and the refresh rate has increased to 120Hz. The screen panel uses E4 luminescent material, 1500nit peak brightness, and supports 1 billion colour display HDR10+. The curved surface area at the border is very narrow and the curvature is small, which minimizes the distortion of the edge picture.

It is worth mentioning that during the use process, we found that Xiaomi Mi 11 has built-in grip sensors on the top and bottom, which can cooperate with the gyroscope to determine the anti-mistouch area, and you can determine the grip area without pixel shielding. The anti-mistouch function is turned off in the holding area, and the touch interaction is performed normally. The hole diameter of the hole is maintained within the height of the notification bar.

 

At the same time, the front of the Xiaomi Mi 11 uses a hidden earpiece, and the shielding edge uses a micro-slit sound hole to ensure a full-screen look and feel. Close-up of “chin”, border control of top flagship level, needless to say.

 

There are 5 colour versions of Mi 11. In addition to the three colours of black, white and blue with AG frosted glass, there are also plain-skinned smoked purple and khakis.

 

Among them, the AG frosted glass version is 196 grams, with a thickness of 8.06mm, and the plain leather version is 194 grams, with a thickness of 8.56mm, which brings back the light and thin feel that is rare since Xiaomi Mi9.

At the beginning of the year, the “exclamation mark” style rear camera of the Mi 10 series is highly recognizable, but from top to bottom, the rear modules that account for almost half of the mobile phone are easily touched by fingers that are naturally held.

 

Mi 11 ended this arrangement and changed to a matrix-like design. At the same time, the glass cover of the camera module adopts integrated glass CNC processing, which is more beautiful and avoids dust.

 

Mi 11 uses stereo dual speakers, the bottom uses 1216 super linear speaker unit, the top earpiece two-in-one speaker, tuned by Harman Kardon.

 

Camera

Opening the camera, Xiaomi Today learns the smartphone’s primary camera is 108 MP, which is Samsung’s ISOCELL HMX. The camera supports the OIS function. With this 108 MP camera, the primary camera is pair with the 5 MP Samsung S5K5E9. Along with this the 13 MP ultra-wide-angle module is OmniVision’s CMOSOV13B10. The glass of the primary camera covers CNC processing. The macro lens adopts the cover glass. This glass cover puts forward the higher requirements on the optical performance and flatness of the glass cover. This makes the processing difficulty higher.

 

Battery

Mi 11 comes with a BM4X lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 4600 mAh, produce by Xinwangda Electronics Co., Ltd.Xiaomi Mi 11 is equipped with a 4600mAh battery, with a 5nm process Snapdragon 888 5G SoC, and a 2K resolution screen. How battery life becomes worthy of attention.

 

The actual measurement found that the 55W wired fast charge can make the 4600 mAh battery of the Mi 11 return from 2% to 100%, which only consumes 40 minutes. It is worth mentioning that we are charging when turned on. If the charging is turned off, the speed will be faster.

 

In order to respond to the call for environmental protection of science and technology, Xiaomi Mi 11 has two versions, a standard version and a package version. The standard version does not include a charger and data cable. The package version comes with a 55W GaN charger (worth 99 yuan) and a data cable.

 

 

Of course, Xiaomi gives the user the right to choose. The standard version and the package version are priced at the same price, and users can choose according to their needs.

 

Performance

In the Snapdragon 888, the X1 core frequency is the traditional 2.84GHz, with 1MB secondary cache. At the same time, there are three performance-level cores of the A78 architecture, all clocked at 2.40GHz, each with 512KB secondary cache, and four A55 architecture energy-efficient cores, all clocked at 1.80GHz, each with 128KB secondary cache. These cores share 4MB L3 cache, 3MB system cache, and the total cache capacity of the entire chip reaches 8MB.

 

In addition, there are 144Hz high refresh rate/high frame rate, true 10-bit HDR, super-realistic enhanced image quality (Game Color Plus), fast blending (Fast Blending), GPU driver update, Xbox Cloud/Google Stadia/Amazon Luna cloud gaming and many more.

At present, the best score of Snapdragon 865 is 671,000 points, which comes from the Xiaomi Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition. Based on this, Snapdragon 888 has increased by about 6.5%, which does not seem big. It should be noted that the latest score of the Snapdragon 865 we have seen so far is the best result after one year of optimization.

 

Mi 11 uses a brand new “full blood version” LPDDR5 memory, the main frequency is increased to 3200MHz, and the data transmission rate is increased from 5500Mbps to 6400Mbps, which is 116% of the previous generation. Every time the memory is faster, the whole machine fluency will be much faster. This is the current highest-speed mobile phone memory specification. The higher frequency LPDDR5 flash memory combined with UFS 3.1 high-speed flash memory is indeed a perfect match for the Snapdragon 888 platform.

 

Moreover, Snapdragon 888 (integrated Snapdragon X60) is a truly global 5G mobile platform that can support the mobile network solutions of various countries and regions and operators in the world. Even the first to support third-generation millimetre wave, frequency bands below 6GHz and carrier aggregation, the first to support FDD, TDD 5G carrier aggregation, and VoNR.

 

Verdict

Today, we can see from Xiaomi Mi 11 that after reaching the high-end, Xiaomi still has a turbulent fighting passion, even before most of the Snapdragon 888 models have started to move, there are strategic considerations, but also Cannot do without Qualcomm’s support.

 

Since Xiaomi Mi 11 is only an upgraded “Middle Cup” flagship relative to Xiaomi Mi 10 (the “big cup” flagship Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro that should still be on the road may have a bigger big move), so the machine is in the imaging system specifications and imaging The effect has not changed much. Using the classic 100-megapixel HMX main camera with a combination of ultra-wide-angle and macro sub-cameras, the addition of the Snapdragon 888 platform with a more powerful ISP improves the imaging speed.

 

What is more surprising is that Xiaomi’s pursuit of top-level screens has reached the extreme. This is the first time that Xiaomi’s digital series is equipped with a 2K resolution screen. It complements the last regret of Xiaomi’s flagship on the high-end road in these years, and the E4 luminous material, refresh rate, Screen elements such as color accuracy are at the top level, and even got the “A+” evaluation of DisplayMate.

 

In general, Xiaomi Mi 11 is a flagship masterpiece after the initial success of Xiaomi’s high-end strategy. As the Snapdragon 888 model that should have appeared in the spring of 2020, it has arrived months ahead of schedule. The 865 models formed a wave of dimensionality reduction offensive, which was caught off guard. Relying on the mature video system, the pinnacle of the screen, the battery life without shortcomings, and other “extreme bucket” specifications, Xiaomi Mi 11 will inevitably not fail in the flagship hegemony throughout the year 2021, very sincere.

 

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