30 March 2021
UPDATE (February 9th, 2021):
Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi 11 globally. It will be sold in two configuration variants of 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB for a price of EUR 749 and EUR 799 respectively. The available color options include Midnight Grey, Horizon Blue, and Cloud White. In an attempt to lure global customers, Xiaomi has also announced two years of warranty and a one-time free screen replacement.
Original (December 28th, 2020)
Xiaomi's much-awaited 5G Android flagship Mi 11 has just gone official in China. It is the world's first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor While this is the USP of the smartphone, there are many other things that make it one of the best and feature-rich Android flagships for 2021.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 sports a 6.81-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1440 pixels) AMOLED punch-hole display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It supports HDR 10+, 10-bit color, 480Hz touch sample rate, and a peak brightness of 1500 nits. It is A+ rated display panel as per DisplayMate testing where it managed to break a whopping 13 different records.
It is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 processor which is 5G compatible. It has Adreno 660 GPU for handling all graphics-intensive tasks. The smartphone is available in three configuration models featuring up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of onboard UFS 3.1 storage.
The phone has a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 108-megapixel sensor with f/1.85 aperture and optical image stabilization. The other two cameras are a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/2.4 aperture and a 5-megapixel macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The module is capable of shooting videos in up to 8K resolution and with HDR 10+. The front camera on the phone is a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture.
There is a 4,600mAh battery to keep the lights on that should deliver a respectable battery life. It is supported by 55W wired fast charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. It will run the latest MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 out of the box. Other noteworthy features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, NFC, and WiFi 6. It should be noted that Xiaomi will be shipping the Mi 11 without a charger in the box, a decision that was originally taken by Apple with the iPhone 12 launch.
Xiaomi Mi 11 pricing:
- 8GB/128GB for CNY 3,999
- 8GB/256GB for CNY 4,299
- 12GB/256GB for CNY 4,699
The smartphone will be available in Midnight Gray, Horizon Blue, and Frost White color options. There is also a variant with vegan leather that can be purchased in Honey Beige and Lilac Purple colors. The flagship will go on sale in China starting January 1st via different online and offline partners. There are currently no words on global availability.