Xiaomi announced its Mi 11 flagship on December 28 in its homeland, China. The phone’s global launch followed on February 8. This time around, only one Mi 11 smartphone got announced. Xiaomi introduced two Mi 10 units at the same time last year, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. That was not the case this time around, though the ‘Pro’ model may arrive at a later date.
This is the company’s very first smartphone with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Back in December, it was actually the first smartphone, in general, to be announced with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The Xiaomi Mi 11 does offer a new design, compared to the Mi 10, though it still resembles its predecessor quite a bit. Xiaomi wanted to differentiate a bit, so it made a considerable change on the back, as it included a different camera housing design.
Its camera housing does not extend from its frame, like on the Galaxy S21 series, but it sure looks different than on any other phone out there. The Xiaomi Mi 11 sure is easily recognizable. The phone is still made out of metal and glass, like its predecessors, in case you were wondering.
How much does the Xiaomi Mi 11 cost?
Xiaomi announced two different variants of the Mi 11 for the global market. Both of those variants come with the same RAM setup, 8 GB. The difference is in storage, the more affordable model comes with 128 GB of storage, while the more expensive unit includes 256 GB of storage. Just to be clear, Xiaomi included LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage in the Mi 11, it did not skimp out on those. That being said, if you live in China, you can also get a 12 GB RAM variant of the device with 256 GB of storage.
The two global variants of the phone, with 128 GB and 256 GB of storage, are priced at €749 and €799, respectively. If you, by any chance, live in China, or need a variant of the phone without Google services, you can get it for an even cheaper price. The price tags in China for the two 8 GB RAM models are CNY3,999 ($612) and CNY4,299 ($657). The 12 GB RAM model in China will set you back CNY4,699 ($719). This is completely normal, as China is Xiaomi’s homeland, and its flagships are usually considerably more affordable there.
Still, considering this phone’s position in the market, and its specifications, its global price tag is more than justified. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is still considerably more affordable than its direct competition from Samsung, Apple, and various other OEMs.
Should I wait for a price drop?
Many of you are probably wondering whether it’s a good idea to wait for a price drop. Well, no, probably not. Xiaomi usually prices its smartphones, including its flagships, quite low, for what they offer. €749 is quite a bit of money, it’s not something everyone can afford, but it’s still well below what the competition is asking for its flagship offerings.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 may become slightly more affordable at some point in the future, in some markets, but don’t expect a huge difference. Also, don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. Chances are that these price tags will remain what they are for the foreseeable future, at least based on the Mi 11 predecessors. Regardless, the Mi 11 is still one of the best deals out there, when it comes to flagship smartphones.
Where can I buy the Xiaomi Mi 11?
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is available from the company’s official website. If you visit that website, you’ll see the orange ‘Buy Now’ link in the top-right corner of the display. Tap that link, and you’ll be redirected to the AliExpress website. That is Xiaomi’s very own official shop on AliExpress, so don’t fret. Get it if you want, and it will be shipped to your home address.
The device will also be available all across Europe, and various other regions, locally. You’ll be able to buy it from various different shops, both online and offline. Xiaomi’s very own stores will, of course, sell the device as well. At the time of writing this article, your best bet is to get it from Xiaomi directly, online, but it will soon be available in a lot of additional places.
What colors are available?
Originally, the Xiaomi Mi 11 got announced in five different color variants. In fact, not all those color variants offer the same materials. Three of them combine metal and glass, while the remaining two offer a combination of Vegan Leather and metal. The thing is, only two color options got announced during the global launch, and both are glass + metal combos. Xiaomi did say that new color options are coming soon, so we may get the Vegan Leather models outside of China after all.
Xiaomi announced the Mi 11 in Black and Blue color options on a global scale, at launch. When it comes to the Chinese model, Black, Blue, and White options got launched originally. In addition to that, the company also offers Purple and Brown Vegan Leather variants of the device in its homeland. Depending on when you’re reading this, there may be more options available on a global scale.
What are the specs of the Xiaomi Mi 11?
|Xiaomi Mi 11|
|Screen size||6.81-inch WQHD+ AMOLED quad-curve DotDisplay (120Hz)|
|Screen resolution||3200 x 1440|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|Storage||128GB/256GB (UFS 3.1); Non-Expandable|
|Rear cameras||108MP (f/1.85 aperture, 7P lens, OIS, 1/33-inch sensor size, 0.8um pixel size, 1.6um 4-in-1 Super Pixel)|
13MP (f/2.4 aperture, 123-degree FoV)
5MP (telemacro, f/2.4 aperture, AF 3cm-10cm)
|Front cameras||20MP (0.8um pixel size, 1.6um 4-in-1 Super Pixel, f/2.2 aperture)|
|Battery||4,600mAh, Non-Removable, 55W fast wired charging, 50W fast wireless charging, 10W reverse wireless charging|
|Dimensions||164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06mm|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C|
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)|
|Buy||Xiaomi / AliExpress|
What is the difference between the Chinese and global variants?
So, some of you are probably wondering what is the difference between the Chinese and global variants. Well, the main difference lies in the software. The hardware is almost the same. The global variant of the phone comes with Google services, and it lacks some China-exclusive software features. The Chinese model does not include Google apps at all, nor Google services in general.
There is a Chinese variant of the phone with 12 GB of RAM, while that is not something you’ll find in the global market, at least not at the time of writing this article. The Chinese variant of the phone also supports different bands for internet connectivity, that is something that you should also keep in mind.
What new features did Xiaomi unveil?
The Xiaomi MI 11 ships with Android 11 out of the box, on top of which you’ll find the company’s MIUI 12.5 skin. This skin is considerably different to what you’d get on Google’s Pixel smartphones. It does bring tons of different features to the table, and various improvements compared to the previous interaction. We cannot really talk about every single feature the Mi 11 brings to the table, but we’ll mention some major / new ones here.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with something Xiaomi calls ‘Super Wallpapers’. Those are essentially live wallpapers, but they’ve been created especially for the company’s smartphones. They’re super detailed, and bring “improved 3D real-time rendering’. Those wallpapers look great on the Mi 11’s display, and together with a high refresh rate, it’s a truly interesting experience of using the phone.
More power, less battery drain
The Xiaomi Mi 11 will require 22-percent less SoC power than its predecessor thanks to software alone. On top of that, it will be 15-percent more power efficient thanks to its software. That, in combination with the SoC that demands less power than the Snapdragon 865, is a great combination.
Extremely responsive gestures
This handset does support full screen gestures, though not your default ones. Xiaomi did everything it could to improve the experience with full screen gestures, and take full advantage of that display at the same time. MIUI 12.5 comes with a dedicated thread to render gestures, which should make them more responsive than ever.
Harman Kardon speakers
The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with stereo speakers, and this time around, they’re tuned by Harman Kardon. Xiaomi’s stereo speakers in their previous flagships were quite impressive, but now the company stepped up the game a bit. These speakers should provide a really crisp and loud sound, while the distortion should be almost not noticeable.
Packed with video recording features
Xiaomi’s latest flagship comes with a bevy of filming features. It is equipped with a triple camera setup, led by a 108-megapixel camera. You’ll find various videography features on the device. Those features include Time Freeze, Magic Zoom, Slow Shutter, Night Time-lapse, Freeze Frame Video, Parallel World, and more. On top of that, the phone enables HDR10+ video recording.
Its display is a feature on its own
The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with a huge 6.81-inch WQHD+ display. This is an AMOLED display, which offers 1 billion colors (it’s a 10-bit display), and its brightness goes up to 1,500 nits. This display offers a 120Hz refresh rate, and 480Hz touch sampling rate. It can project HDR10+ content, and it has been given an A+ rating by DisplayMate.
Which Xiaomi Mi 11 should I buy?
If you’ve decided that you’ll get the Xiaomi Mi 11, you’re probably wondering what variant to get. Well, if you’re getting a global model, there’s not much to think about. All you have to decide is whether you need 128 GB or 256 GB of internal storage. Both variants come with 8 GB of RAM. At the time of writing this article, you can choose between the Black and Blue variants of the device. That should also be an easy choice, as those two colors are completely different, so chances are you like one way more than the other.