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Review of the new Xiaomi M11 phone 2022

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Review of the new Xiaomi M11 phone 2022
 

Xiaomi regains glory - Xiaomi M11 phone review

Xiaomi does not hide who should buy the Mi 11 . New, Xiaomi boldly says on its website: “The Mi 11 is for movie lovers. ” Whether you watch movies on the mesmerizing screen or shoot your own movies with a pixel-rich camera, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is all about the cinematic experience. But the phone is much more than that. Can a phone like the Xiaomi Mi 11 convince Samsung and Apple owners to jump in and own it? Find out in our review of the Xiaomi Mi 11 from Mr. Media. Media .

What you need to know about Xiaomi Mi 11

The Mi 11 is Xiaomi 's first flagship phone in 2021 and it competes with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S series , as well as the best from Apple , Google , Oppo, and others. The company is completely out. Not only does the phone have an amazing design, but it also has an impressive spec sheet. It's a high-end phone for everyday content creators, those who visualize their world in all its forms as they wander through it.

Xiaomi plans to sell the phone in Europe from February. The two storage variants cost €749 (about $900, £660) and €799 (about $960, £700), respectively, for the 128GB and 256GB models. For now, the Mi 11 stands on its own, although there is a Lite version in play, like the Ultra one. Several designs are available, including Cloud White , Midnight Gray, and Horizon Blue . A special edition of the finishes will also be available at a later date.

Design: Not different, but in a good way


Manufacturing materials: aluminum, gorilla victus glass

Size: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06 mm

Weight: 196 grams

Under-screen fingerprint reader

The Xiaomi examined all funds because they designed the Mi 11 . It features a slimmer and lighter design than last year's Mi 10 and comes in attractive frosted glass colors. If you want the elegant look, the Mi 11 has gone above and beyond in beauty.

The phone is a metal and glass sandwich. The enclosed glass panels are snugly attached to the aluminum frame. I especially like the way the glass tapers near the side edges, which makes the phone even more

Convenient to carry either in your hand or in your pocket. The metal frame is thin along the side rails and forms end caps on the top and bottom edges. Material, fit and finish are all top notch. I tested the Horizon Blue model and found its color-changing appearance to be very attractive.

The big screen makes it a big phone. You cannot have one without the other. The Mi 11 stands tall, but the screen's slim aspect ratio makes it a waist-tight phone. This helps with ease of use. The weight is really balanced. I found the phone comfortable to hold and use in all situations; Never felt embarrassed.

Controls and ports are standard for a modern flagship. The lock screen and volume toggle button are located on the right edge of the phone. They have good profiles and an excellent job. The SIM card tray is tucked into the bottom edge of the phone. Supports up to two SIM cards, but not memory cards. At the bottom, you'll also find a USB-C port, microphone, and speaker. There is another speaker on the top edge, as well as more microphones. I will take this opportunity to point out that the phone supports stereo sound tuned by Harmon. The brightness and clarity are excellent, as is the bass response of all things considered. Loudspeakers can easily fill a typical room with sound. The device does not support the new Android 12 system.

Aside from the frosted glass (which, unfortunately, still collects fingerprints), the most noticeable aspect of the design is the rear camera module. It is a circle, in an oval, in a circular shape. It reminds me of camera designs from the '80s, for some reason. All the curves give it an analog look that I find attractive. You might think it's annoying. Xiaomi used different tones to distinguish the three parts of the unit. It's something. Like most recent phones, the camera module on the Mi 11 is large and protrudes from the glass back quite a bit. This means that the phone will sway when placed on hard surfaces.

The phone is splash-resistant, according to Xiaomi , but it can't be submerged. This is a major missing feature for a Raid. Many competitions feature an IP68 rating for immersion protection.


Finally, the phone's fingerprint reader is built into the display. Setup and use is easy, and I've always found it fast and accurate.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is just as attractive as the other flagship phones in the market. Some might think it's more than that.

Screen: the most characteristic of Xiaomi devices currently

6.81-inch AMOLED

WQHD+ (3,200 x 1,440)

515ppi

20:9, 120Hz

I can talk about the screen all day. I'm going to say this to start the discussion: It's great. Really good.

Out of the box, the 6.81-inch AMOLED display is set to Full HD + resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. You can increase the resolution to WQHD + refresh rate up to 120 Hz if you wish. Unlike some devices (  Samsung ), Mi 11 allows you to set high resolution and high refresh rate at the same time. In this setting, the refresh rate will go from 30Hz to 120Hz depending on what you do. With these settings turned on, the screen looks great. The higher resolution means everything on the screen is crisp and clear, and the fast refresh rate means motion is silky smooth.



Let's start with brightness. It gets 900 nits, with a peak brightness of 1,500 nits. The contrast ratio is 5,000,000:1. Moreover, the screen supports 10-bit color, HDR10+, and DCI-P3 . All this means you get rich colors and deep contrast. This is especially evident when you find some high quality content, such as HDR movies/shows from the likes of Netflix .


Xiaomi Mi 11 includes Ultra HD technology to assist with your content. It enhances Standard Definition content to HD and High Definition content to WQHD+ . In other words, your old video files will still be fine on your HD screen. It's not a perfect implementation, but there is a clear improvement, especially when viewing SD content .


You get a full set of sensors and controls. There is a 360 degree ambient light sensor to read the color of the light in your place. This is combined with sunlight and reading patterns to give you the right white balance and color. There is also a technology to prevent screen error at the hardware level. This means that your palm will not accidentally launch apps when it touches the edge of the screen. Speaking of which, the screen curve is pretty narrow along the side edges. Curved glass does not affect the visibility, clarity or brightness of the screen at all.

All in all, Xiaomi has presented a great screen that is great for watching movies.


Xiaomi Mi 11 performance: world-class

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

Adreno 660 GPU

X60 modem

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2

8GB LPDDR5 3200MHz RAM

128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage

The Mi 11 is among the first wave of devices to ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor . It's the best chip you can have in a smartphone right now.


In benchmark tests, the Mi 11 scored higher than most competitors. I have achieved a good performance against a S21 Galaxy which is running Snapdragon 888 and even iPhone range 12 high performance of the Apple . The Mi 11 blew the doors off the Snapdragon 865 -powered phones last year. The device ran a standard Speed ​​Test G in 75 seconds. Most importantly, the phone performed very well in daily use. Everything about the experience was exceptionally smooth and fast.


I tested it with some Asphalt 9 and PUBG Mobile. And the phone did a short job of the game. The work was smooth and there were no delays at all. I'll take the opportunity here to point out that the Mi 11's display has a 480Hz response time , which means it reacts to touch input much faster than most other phones. This improves the gaming experience in a noticeable way.


In addition, Game Turbo software , similar to the game center of the Asus ROG Phone series , is a great tool for managing performance and cataloging installed games. You can adjust a number of settings to achieve optimal gaming results. This shows that Xiaomi is serious about the comprehensive capabilities of the Mi 11 , and not just its cinematic prowess. It's a good gaming phone and a good everyday phone.


On the wireless side, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and 5G are on board the Mi 11 . In other words, the latest specifications. The phone supports 5G mid-band, which means the sub-6GHz band. There is no mmWave on this phone, but that's not a huge loss. If you live in areas with 5G service, it is possible that the phone supports the band in which your provider operates. We were unable to test this feature.


Battery: This is the required performance

4600 mAh battery

55W wired charging

50W wireless charging

55W GaN charger

Xiaomi has presented  a very competitive device when it comes to battery performance ... in certain conditions. The battery itself is big enough to drive the phone for an entire day with enough space. During testing, it was rare for the battery to drop below 50% after a full day of use, despite making demanding benchmarks, using the camera, and playing games. The best I've had was a day and a half with the battery under heavy stress. That's a good number for most of any major.


Keep in mind that these results were with the screen set to Full HD+ and refresh rate at 60Hz (which is how it's set out of the box.) You'll notice a drop in battery life if you increase the resolution and refresh rate to their higher settings. With these two specifications maxed out, the phone barely managed to hit it within a day. This does not surprise me even a little.


The device is charging a lickety-split . Supports 55W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. Furthermore, Xiaomi includes a 55W GaN charger in the box. In our wired tests, the phone charged from 0% to 100% in just 47 minutes. Very few phones can match these speeds.


Finally, the phone supports 10W reverse wireless charging for your accessories. It works, but it's slow going.

Camera: the real fun of photography

Primary: 108 MP, f/1.85, OIS, AF

White Lens: 12 MP, f/2.4

Telemacro: 5 MP, f/2.4, AF

LED flash

Selfie: 20 MP, f / 2.2

Video: 8K, 30fps


The camera is clearly where Xiaomi has spent a lot of its engineering budget. As I mentioned earlier, marketing around the phone focuses on its ability to allow users to make movies like a pro. This means that there is a lot of hardware and a lot of software on this phone.


To start, it has a three-lens setup, with standard, wide-angle, and macro tele lenses adorning the rear. Personally, I prefer to see a true telephoto lens, rather than a macro. The 108MP main camera and 20MP selfie camera are each lowered four times, making 27MP and 5MP " Super Pixel " photos , respectively. Video speeds range from 240fps for slow motion to 24fps for cinematic-style shots at up to 8K resolution.



Your base photos look good. I took out the phone to shoot some shots one afternoon and walked away pleased with the results, if not completely devastated. It's hard to shoot on ice, but the phone manages to keep detail in the drifts without overexposing it too much. I struggled with shadows in the snow. You can see in the bridge photos that any details in the bridge itself are gone. The same is true for the launched train tracks; The tracks don't provide any detail at all, it's just dark streaks in the snow. Focus was good overall too, and I can't complain about the sharpness of my shots.


The color was hard to pick up. There is not much color during the winter months here, but you can see the balloon, flower and flag showing some beautiful colours. What impressed me about these shots was the accuracy of the color grading. The flag's deep red color really stands out against the winter background and was dead on accuracy.


Let's talk zoom. The phone relies on its lenses and the huge number of megapixels to zoom from 0.6x to 30x. I thought the wide angle shots were a bit soft, and there is some obvious optical distortion when shooting buildings and the like. You can control this a bit with software if you want. Zooming out to 5x was great with relatively sharp results. The 10x and 30x zoom area is pretty much useless, as you can tell by taking a look at the ducks below. Remote macro uses zoom to help you get closer to your subject without pressing the phone directly against what you're shooting. You need a steady hand for sharper shots, and the 5MP resolution is an obvious limitation.


Decent selfie camera. In the selfie and selfie below, you can see that I'm in good focus. There's enough detail in the background (trees and wall) of each to keep me happy, although that came at the cost of flying snow. Love the bokeh effect in the photo shot and the colors came out really well.


Camera modes are powerful. You get a basic in-viewfinder library that slides between professional photos, video, portrait, selfies, and more. Extended shooting modes include night, 108MP, short video, panorama, document scanner, vlog, slow motion, time lapse, dual video, movie effects, long exposure, and super moon. Oddly enough, these modes are not fully installed. Clicking on vlog, for example, caused the phone to download the required software.


Additionally, the video recorder has dedicated movie modes, including magic zoom, slow shutter, time freeze, night time lapse, and parallel world. Each uses some tricky software to capture shots that usually require expensive equipment or mod kits to capture.


As you can tell, you have a lot of options on the video interface. Although it is possible to capture 8K footage, I highly suggest you make it set to 4K at 60fps. This provides clear, clean, smooth results that are pleasing to the eye, even though the colors were muted.


For special cinema modes, you need a good subject and some action to really take advantage of it. If you shoot weird photos of your friends' skateboards, you'll enjoy the nice zoom effect, although I admit that the Night Time Lapse feature is the best tool of the bunch. Reduces grain when shooting in the dark.


Overall, the camera of the Xiaomi Mi 11 is very good, although it does not live up to the results available from Apple , Google and Samsung .


Xiaomi's usual innovation in the software

Android 11 is at the heart of the Xiaomi Mi 11 , and that's fine. Android 11 is a good platform for a phone. The device is already running Xiaomi's MIUI 12 on top of Android 11 and that's what you'll see when interacting with the phone. MIUI 12 as a skin is much better than older versions of MIUI. It still has a certain look that I don't care about, but the basic UI elements of Android 11 are more noticeable out of the box. There is some bloatware on board, mostly games. You can get rid of most bloatware, but not all.


Xiaomi says that the device will be updated to MIUI just 12.5 weeks after launch. I wasn't able to test MIUI 12.5, but Xiaomi says it's focused on simplifying gestures and other UI navigation pain points. We asked Xiaomi how many system updates will be made available for the Mi 11, and how long to push security updates. The company did not give us an answer: "Our device update cycles are in accordance with our agreements with Google and are in compliance with relevant policies." Xiaomi's phone update record is mixed, so you should keep in mind if you're keen on owning future versions of Android .


Xiaomi Mi 11 phone price and is it worth buying or not 


At less than €800 , even for the 256GB storage variant , the affordability of the Xiaomi Mi 11 means that Samsung and others need to do more to attract buyers. It's hard to say no to this affordable Snapdragon 888 phone right now. If this is your main selling point, there is no need to look elsewhere.


In Europe, the price of the Galaxy S21 family from Samsung ranges from 849 euros to 1,349 euros. That's a lot of scratching for a phone cough. Although I think the S21 range is great, it could be worth saving €100 or more to go with the Mi 11 if you prefer the design or other aspects of the device.


With regard to raw performance, the other phones in the same league is a family iPhone 12 of the Apple - This is a completely different ball of wax when compared to phone your Android . Devices located iPhone latest from Apple in the same price range, but the cameras faster and better performance, but you have to bear iOS system.


OnePlus 9 powered by Snapdragon 888 is expected to come in the near future. The price of such a phone from OnePlus is certainly comparable to that of the Xiaomi Mi 11. For now, though, the Mi 11 is the tough Android hub to beat.

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