Always known for smartphones with stronger performance than competitors in the same price range, Xiaomi Mi 11 marks Xiaomi’s first attempt to break Samsung’s “unique” position in the high-end segment. After a period of experience using it, it can be confirmed that Xiaomi has seriously prepared.
In the genuine Android smartphone playground, except Samsung “alone in a realm”, the high-end segment over $ 800 is still a “doorstep” that many manufacturers have to be afraid of, including Xiaomi. There are constantly new products in the lower segments, the Chinese brand has never had a product that really competes with that monopoly of Samsung, when the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Ultra generations last year did not. sold in Vietnam. However, that has changed, with the arrival of Xiaomi Mi 11.
It is the first smartphone to be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 high-end processor. Xi Pa Chao also frankly said that Xiaomi Mi 11 is not only a challenge for Samsung but also for the fan community of Xiaomi. But after a period of experience and use, I see Xiaomi has a basis to boldly offer that price.
High-end design, asymptotic
If we do not include industry tests such as folding screens or hidden cameras under the screen, Xiaomi Mi 11 can say that it has approached the limit of smartphone design at the present time. What is that? An aluminum “sandwich glass” smartphone, two-sided curved screen, small hole-punch camera and thin bezels for a clear viewing experience. But why say asymptotic? Since even a flagship, the Mi 11 still does not meet IP Rating water / dust resistance, it is clear that a cut should not be in this price range.
Compared to Mi 10, Mi 11 has made certain improvements in appearance, namely height and weight. Possessing a larger screen, but the Mi 11 is thinner (8.1mm vs 9mm) and lighter (194g vs 208g). Along with the Xiaomi Mi 11 curved everywhere on the entire design, the latest flagship of Xiaomi feels more comfortable to hold, more comfortable than its seniors. However, it also comes with a small trade-off when Mi 11 is cut off to 280 mAh battery capacity, only 4,600 mAh.
The front, screen of Mi 11 is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, curved two sides. The 20MP punch-hole selfie camera size has been further scaled down to maximize the display area, thin bezel edges for a clear view. It is quite interesting that the two upper and lower edges of the screen of the Mi 11 are curved stronger, thicker than the rest, similar to the way Huawei P40 Pro, possibly to increase the ability to “survive” for screen when dropped.
Xiaomi Mi 11 is equipped with an optical in-screen fingerprint sensor. Practical experience, this sensor has a fast unlocking speed, but sometimes it does not recognize the first time, but must press it a second time, especially when the hands are wet.
The back of the Mi 11 is also protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, the gray version has almost no gradation effect when reflecting light and also more fingerprints than blue.
The rear camera cluster of Mi 11 has a different design from Mi 10, which is arranged vertically, and recent Xiaomi devices but still has a certain “learning”, such as the main camera lens with ring The striking metal bezel treats the actual size the same way Xiaomi did with the Mi 10T Pro. The lenses and flash are arranged for quite interesting black-and-white contrasts.
The camera cluster configuration consists of a main 108MP F1.9 camera, a 13MP wide-angle camera and a 5MP macro camera, no telephoto camera. It should also be noted, the main camera sensor of Mi 11 is Samsung ISOCELL HMX similar to Mi 10, so this is one of the most noticeable “stomping in place” on this flagship model.
Xiaomi Mi 11 continues to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack, the bottom edge includes a USB-C port, sim slot and speaker strip, which will combine with the above speakerphone to create stereo effects and are tuned by Harman Kardon. The USB-C port of Mi 11 for unknown reasons is deviated from the SIM tray and speakerphone, causing the bottom edge to lose the balance. Xiaomi’s “specialty” infrared port is still retained and located on the top edge. The Mi 11 also doesn’t have a microSD card slot.
The screen gives a “superb” display quality
Not excluding the possibility, Mi 11 owns an identical panel to Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. Let’s look at the specs: Both are 6.8-inch LTPO OLED curved panels with 120Hz refresh rate, 3200 x 1440 pixels and a maximum brightness of 1,500 nits. As a person who has experienced both models, the display quality between Mi 11 and Galaxy S21 Ultra is also very similar, both in terms of detail sharpness and contrast and color reproduction.
Xiaomi Mi 11 allows users to choose between two resolutions, WQHD + and Full HD +, as well as 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates, but it can adjust itself based on the type of content being displayed to save energy. Of course, the WQHD + 120Hz resolution will provide an optimal experience, sharp details and smooth scrolling, but at the same time will also consume a large amount of battery.
In addition to customizations such as color palettes, dark background modes, … Xiaomi Mi 11 also has a number of AI imaging tools including Super Resolution, AI Image Enhancement, HDR AI Enhancement and MEMC Motion Compensation. . These features will improve display quality in certain situations and rely on AI to make the right adjustments. Even so, I recommend that you always turn off the MEMC feature, as it will create ghosting when at an annoying high frequency. On Mi 10T Pro users cannot turn off MEMC, so the fact that Mi 11 has an on-off switch can be considered a plus.
The Mi 11’s dual-speaker strips give a fairly loud volume, not being shy, they are “tuned by Harman Kardon” but perhaps more PR, when the sound quality is not too prominent in any range.
The camera is good enough, but not yet worthy
In the world of technology and smartphones in particular, you just need to stand still, and that is true of the main camera cluster on Xiaomi Mi 11, when Xiaomi equips the Samsung ISOCELL HMX sensor used on Mi 10. last year for the main lens. ISOCELL HMX may not be bad, but it is no longer suitable for the “position” of the Mi 11 now in the high-end segment, not to mention Samsung has also launched upgrades for this sensor. In addition, Mi 11 also does not have a telephoto camera, the zoom will entirely depend on the 108MP resolution of the main camera.
With a resolution of 108MP, by default the main camera of Mi 11 will combine four pixels into one, resulting in 27MP resolution photos. Although the weather in Hanoi has not been favorable in recent days, the sky is often gray and cloudy, the images from the main camera of Xiaomi Mi 11 are generally still rich in details, reasonable light balance, less noise, and photo water. real if not abusing the AI feature. Fast shutter speed and focus.
In low light, it seems that Xiaomi has made certain improvements to the algorithm, as even though the main lens has a smaller F / 1.9 aperture than the Mi 10, the Mi 11’s photo is still bright and rich in detail. And while controlling noise doesn’t affect the overall image. Night mode helps to regain a large amount of detail lost near bright areas, but of course, it requires users to hold their hands steady when shooting.
The Mi 11’s wide-angle camera has a resolution of 13MP, giving a 123-degree viewing angle. In the camera settings there are customizations that allow the camera to automatically correct distortion when shooting wide-angle cameras, and they work effectively. However, this camera only has a fixed focus point, so the user’s creativity when shooting will sometimes be affected.
The Macro lens on Xiaomi Mi 11 is in fact the bright spot of the camera cluster. The 5MP resolution brings more details than the 2MP macro lenses that other brands often put in for PR, and it’s no coincidence that Xiaomi calls this a ‘telemacro’ lens – this lens can take The focus is in the range of 3 to 9 cm, which avoids the common situation in macro photography that the camera itself conceals the amount of natural light when the user tries to get close to the subject to shoot.
Portrait and selfie images of Mi 11, unfortunately, still only stop at “enough use”. Although sometimes the beauty mode makes the skin look unnatural, but in return Mi 11 gives photos with a smooth background, separates the subject, less blur, even though both the front and rear cameras have no measuring lens. Depth of field support. If not too strict, the need to only upload photos to Facebook, Xiaomi Mi 11 can meet, but as a flagship model, I expect more than what the device brings.
Performance was strong but easily squeezed, battery life was below average
Mi 11 is the first smartphone in the world to be equipped with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 processor. Version sold genuine in Vietnam has 8GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory (although the model VnReview on hand only has 128GB of internal memory). Xiaomi Mi 11 comes pre-installed with Android 11, MIUI 12 interface right from the factory, and will be one of the first to be upgraded to MIUI 12.5.
Snapdragon 888 processor and 8GB of RAM can “balance” all the tasks that the user gives smoothly, almost no latency, even at WQHD + resolution. The benchmarks all scored high, such as GeekBench 5, Mi 11 with 1128 single-core and 3618 multi-core. However, the amount of heat that the Snapdragon 888 radiates is very large, especially when gaming, can cause the clock to drop and the number of frames per second (fps) also decrease.
Dead Trigger 2 game has supported 120Hz refresh rate. At the highest graphics settings, Xiaomi Mi 11 can still achieve an average fps of up to 117, very smooth, without any significant frame drops.
PUBG Mobile setting HDR graphics does not make it difficult for Xiaomi Mi 11. The writer chose this setting because UltraHD only unlocked up to 40 fps, but shooters like PUBG Mobile matter more frames per second than quality. market. And in this setting, the Mi 11 easily hit an average of 59.5 fps
One of the most difficult games today, Genshin Impact is a worthy competitor of Mi 11. At the highest graphics settings, Mi 11 only achieves an average of 55.8 fps, and mostly playing time. write on duty in the city. After about 20 minutes of playing, overheating occurred and Xiaomi Mi 11 reduced the pulse to protect the components, causing the average fps to drop to just above 30. These parameters were not recorded during this measurement. .
In terms of battery life: the screen with WQHD + resolution and 120Hz refresh rate makes the 4,600 mAh battery capacity of the Mi 11 very small. Indeed, although the writer does not often play games, mainly reads newspapers and surfs Facebook and Tiktok, the battery of Xiaomi Mi 11 still decreases quite quickly, the average on-screen time is only about 5 hours. Want to last enough a working day, the writer must reduce the resolution to Full HD +.
One consolation is that the Mi 11 fully charges the battery fast, with support for a maximum charging capacity of 50W with the included charger. From 0%, Xiaomi Mi 11 only takes about 45 minutes to fully charge the battery.
It is hard to say that the Xiaomi Mi 11 is a perfect smartphone, but this is an important premise if Xiaomi wants to find and assert its foothold in the high-end segment. Performance and price are still Xiaomi’s main advantages, but the brand also needs to understand that once above, the needs and requirements of users will be different from the low-end or mid-range segment.
There are rumors about the Mi 11 Pro possessing a newer, “better” camera sensor, and a secondary screen on the back of the device. Not excluded the possibility, this is the “secret weapon” of Xiaomi in the war with Samsung and Apple in the highest segment of the smartphone market.