As expected, it was during his Chinese conference on Monday, December 28th that Xiaomi lifted the veil on the Xiaomi Mi 11. The Chinese firm is cutting the grass under the feet of its competitors by marketing the first smartphone powered by the SoC Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm’s new 5nm chipset.
Xiaomi also unveiled MIUI 12.5, a new version of its Android overlay. This new iteration based on Android 11 is pre-installed on the Mi 11.
The Mi 11 benefits from a totally new design at the rear of the aircraft
When you discover the Mi 11, the first thing you notice is undoubtedly the back of the back and its island designed to hold the triple photosensor. This is a small block with rounded edges. We have never seen such a design on a smartphone, and the result seems rather successful.
The front and rear of the unit have curved edges. Xiaomi also seems to be returning to a more compact design than the Mi 10 or Mi 10T. The Mi 11 is only XXmm thick. The whole package looks rather classy and durable as Xiaomi insisted that her smartphone benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass Victus technology during the presentation.
Which data sheet for the Xiaomi Mi 11 ?
The Mi 11 is covered with a 6.81-inch touchscreen. The smartphone is built around a 120 Hz OLED screen with 2K definition. But one of the main assets of the Mi 11 is undoubted to be powered by the SoC Snapdragon 888. This is the first smartphone to be equipped with Qualcomm’s new SoC.
The device is also supported by 8 or 12 GB of RAM. Xiaomi also offers 128 or 256 GB of internal storage. Finally, and as expected, this model is 5G compatible. And for even more speed, the device is also Wi-Fi 6E compatible.
In terms of battery life, the Mi 11 benefits from a 4600 mAh battery. The device benefits from a 55W fast charging technology. Wireless charging is also very fast, reaching 50W. Xiaomi announces a full charge in only 53 minutes and has an integrated 10W reverse wireless charge.
The sound is powered by Harman Kardon stereo speakers. On the photo side, we benefit from a 108 MP photosensor (aperture f /1.85), a module dedicated to the 5 MP macro, and a 13 MP sensor for the ultra-wide-angle. On the front side, the camera is equipped with a 20-megapixel front camera (f/2.4).
What is the price and release date?
Xiaomi sells the Mi 11 at a starting price of 3999 yuan for the 8GB / 128GB version. That’s about $500. In USA, a significantly higher price is expected, although it should not reach the price of the Mi 10 released in early 2020.
Here is the complete price list of the different versions of the device:
- 8 GB / 128 GB at 3999 yuan (about 500 $)
- 8 GB 256 GB at 4299 yuan (about 540 $)
- 12 GB + 256 GB at 4699 yuan (about 590 $)
As announced earlier, the box of the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be free of charger. A step was already taken by Apple with its iPhone 12 range, recently joined by Samsung and its Galaxy S21. But, because there is a big but: in China, Xiaomi markets two packs. One has no charger, while the other has a GAN 55 W charger. And the good news is that both packs are sold at the same price. In other words, the Chinese manufacturer is giving consumers the choice of whether or not to buy the charger with their smartphone, without paying a penny more.
Xiaomi offers the Mi 11 in the colors gray, blue, frosted white with anti-reflective glass, purple, and covered with beige vegan leather. Finally, note that Xiaomi has also planned a Special Edition with a striated back. The manufacturer has not yet revealed the launch date or price of its smartphone outside China. Xiaomi is expected to announce a European launch conference very soon. What do you think of this new generation of Xiaomi smartphones? We are waiting for your opinion in the comments.