Xiaomi started their 108MP range back in 2019 when they released the Mi Note 10 which was followed by 2020 models, the Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10, Mi 10T Pro, and now for 2021, the Mi 11. Xiaomi starts the year with their flagship that runs on the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and the cinematic 108MP camera paired sound by Harman Kardon. Let’s find out how this performs.
Design and build
The Mi11 comes with an anti-glare frosted glass that comes in two colors — Horizon Blue or Midnight Gray, the latter of which we have on hand. It has a very sleek and premium feel and weighs 196g. This device is truly a showstopper with its 6.81-inch WQHD + AMOLED quad-curve DotDisplay that features a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for extra protection. This display supports an impressive 120Hz AdaptiveSync that automatically adjusts the content’s frame rate for optimal viewing, not to mention the extra-fast 480Hz touch sampling rate for extreme gaming experience. It also has up to 1500 nits peak brightness. On the bottom part of the screen is the in-display fingerprint scanner which also works as a heart rate monitor.
On its right, the Mi11 has the volume rocker and power button. On its top are the IR blaster and the Hartman Kardon dual speakers on both the top and the bottom. Also on the bottom is the USB type-C port.
108MP Camera #MovieMagic
The Mi 11 boasts an impressive 108MP camera, 13MP 123° ultra-wide angle camera and, 5MP telemacro camera. The
device is redefining photography after dark, with Night Mode capabilities on three cameras and Ultra Night Video. It features numerous stunning video effects to help you produce epic visuals with ease. With all these features, premium-grade hardware, as
well as 4K HDR10+ video recording and upgraded voice recording enabling studio-level shooting, anyone can be a more-than-decent content creator.
The Mi 11 houses a 4,600mAh battery paired with a 55W wired charging that took a little more than 45 mins to reach 100%. It also supports 50W wireless charging that should take about an hour to fully charge.
Xiaomi’s flagship phone is powered by the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with a 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB storage. It’s paired with an Adreno 660 GPU and a 6th-generation Qualcomm CPU. The Mi 11 supports dual-nano SIM, 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.1, and Wi-Fi 6. Playing mobile games with the Mi 11 has never been smoother without the frame drops or lags during a game, thanks to its powerful processor. Too powerful in fact–the device tends to be literally too hot to handle!
We ran the device through some benchmarks and these were the results:
- GeekBench 5 – 1,125 (Single-Core Score), 3,486 (Multi-Core Score)
- 3D Mark – MAXED OUT (SSE OpenGL ES 3.1), 5,700 (Wild Life) – temperature reached 39°-40°c
- PC Mark – 10,325
While using the 3D Mark, we ran the Wild Life stress test and never got the results due to the device heating up to a point that it’d be too hot to hold for a long time.
In the box:
Usually all these flagship specs come at a price but surprisingly, this flagship Mi 11 is only priced at PHP36,990. Not bad. It’s only a thousand more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE but the Mi11’s features are top notch. The only issue would be its occasional heating (depending on the activity the user is doing). Other than that, the Mi 11 definitely stands out with its features and affordability.