Xiaomi Mi 11 Review: An All-Round Flagship That Packs The Latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform

    Xiaomi released the hotly-anticipated Mi 11 in Mainland China on Dec. 28, introducing a new smartphone in its already popular Mi smartphone lineup. The Mi 11 is currently up for pre-order on Giztop.

    The Chinese smartphone maker unexpectedly released its next generation of digital flagships in advance this year, retaining its naming scheme that includes increasing numbers for the Mi 11 series. This review revolves around the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi 11, which the company claim delivers ground-breaking innovations in various aspects including performance, entertainment, and display.

    Debuting Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Chipset

    Living up to its reputation for launching the Snapdragon 8 series flagship chip, Xiaomi launched the Snapdragon 888 for its Mi 11 series. The Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform is made using the most advanced 5nm process, which enables the Mi 11 to deliver superior power efficiency, coupled with a breakthrough performance.

    Moreover, the Snapdragon 888 chip uses Samsung’s 5nm EUV production process. While the CPU adopts the familiar “1+3+4” design, this generation of super-large cores is not just based on the large core, but also on ARM Cortex-X1, with the main frequency can reach 2.84GHz.

    According to ARM, Cortex-X1’s peak performance is nearly 30 percent higher than that of Cortex-A77. Moreover, the large core of the Snapdragon 888 has been upgraded to Kryo 685 based on Cortex-A78 with 2.42GHz main frequency. Also, the previous generation Adreno 650 has been upgraded to Adreno 660, and the overall computing can reach 26TOPS.

    On top of that, the memory specifications have been upgraded too. At the time of Mi 10, it was equipped with LPDDR5 memory clocked at 2750MHz for the first release. For the Mi 11, it was changed to LPDDR5 “full blood version.” The latter’s main frequency has been increased to 3200MHz, and the transmission rate is also increased from 5500Mbps to 6400Mbps.

    Using the AnTuTu, Master Lu, and GeekBench5 software, Geek Park tested the Xiaomi Mi 11, which scored 715852 points on AnTuTu, 919883 points on Master Lu, Geekbench 5 single-core 1132 points, and multi-core 3732 points.

    Featuring Xiaomi’s Best Screen To Date

    Sporting one of the industry’s top-quality displays, the Mi 11 sports a 6.81-inch AMOLED quad curved DotDisplay panel, and WQHD+ 3200×1440 resolution. Moreover, the screen is made using the new E4 light-emitting material, and delivers 1,500 nits of peak brightness, meaning, the screen remains readable even in the brightest sunlight.

    Aside from that, it supports a 120Hz refresh rate and an ultra-high touch sampling rate of 480Hz and offers an ultra-high quasi-primary color screen with a JNCD of 0.38. To deliver a superior visual experience, the Mi 11 uses the new currently toughest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, with improved scratch and drop resistance for protecting the screen from accidental scratches.

    The Mi 11 features one of the market’s best screens that has garnered an A+ rating from DisplayMate, the world’s leading professional display review institution. The Mi 11 also supports a primary color screen and 1.07 billion color display.

    Lighter Xiaomi Flagship

    The Mi 11 is available in five eye-catching color options including black, white, blue, smoke purple, and khaki. Each color option features a different back cover material. For instance, the black, white, and blue versions are AG glass back covers, while the smoke purple and khaki versions are plain leather back covers.

    While the camera module adopts a stepped shape design, the surface glass cover is actually processed by one-piece glass CNC, which is more durable. Since the material used for the back cover is different for each color option, the thickness and weight performance will naturally vary.

    For the glass back cover model, the thickness is 8.06 mm, and the weight of 196 grams. The plain leather version is a bit thicker at 8.56 mm, but it weighs in at plain leather version is a bit thicker at 8.56 mm. Regardless of the material used for the back cover, the Mi 11 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Mi 10.

    An Unparalleled Photography Experience

    The Mi 11 features a 20MP front camera for selfies and video calling. As far as functional applications are concerned, the phone supports video and picture beautification effects and offers a myriad of filters to choose from. The rear-mounted camera uses a three-shot design.

    There’s a 108MP main camera, just like the Mi 10. The ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor offers a considerable photosensitive area of ​​1/1.33 inches and supports OIS optical image stabilization. The ultra-wide-angle lens is 13MP with a maximum viewing angle of 123-degree. For the macro, a 5MP telephoto macro lens, seen on the Redmi K30 Pro, has been used.

    Powerful Battery

    The Mi 11 is backed by a 4,600 mAh battery that offers longer battery life. The phone supports Mi TurboCharge 55W wired flash charging that can fully charge it in just 45 minutes. It also supports 50W wireless, which can fully charge the phone in 53 minutes.

    As if that weren’t enough, the phone also supports 10W wireless reverse charging. Citing the environmental protection efforts, Xiaomi has not included an in-box charger for the Mi 11 Mainland China standard version, but the bundle version will come with a separate 55W GaN charger. The phone runs the latest MIUI 12.5.

    You can visit this link to purchase the Xiaomi Mi 11 for just $799 from Giztop. The online store will accept online pre-order from Dec. 29 and will start shipping from the beginning of Jan. 2021.

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