In a world where companies race to launch Pro, Pro Max, and Pro Plus devices, Xiaomi decided to go old school and introduced only one flagship phone today – the Xiaomi Mi 11. It is officially the first phone with Snapdragon 888 chipset and comes with Xiaomi’s best display – a 6.81” AMOLED with QHD+ resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate.
Xiaomi coupled the Snapdragon 888 with three memory combinations – 8/128 GB, 8/256 GB, and 12/256 GB, but there’s no microSD slot onboard. The main camera setup consists of the same 108 MP cam, known from the Mi 10 series (the one that is 1/1.33” in size), with a 7P lens and f/1.85 aperture in front.
The second shooter is a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle cam with 123-degree FoV, while the third snapper, sitting on the side, is a basic 5 MP macro lens. On the front, Xiaomi placed a 20 MP selfie cam, tucked behind a punch hole in the upper left corner.
Getting back to the front panel, we have a curved screen on both sides, and underneath, the Mi 11 implements Goodix’s latest optical fingerprint scanner. According to a separate press release we received from the sensor company, the scanner supports heart-rate monitoring, but Xiaomi said nothing about such a feature on stage.
The front panel also has a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, advertised peak brightness of 1,500 nits, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
Photos from the in-person launch of the Xiaomi Mi 11, courtesy of Sina
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 4,600 mAh power cell that supports 55W wired fast-charging, 50W wireless, and 10W rates for reverse charging. It will work with every Quick Charge 4+, Quick Charge 3+, and Power Delivery 3.0 adapter, and we say that because users might decide to use their own. Xiaomi has decided to skip the charger in the retail box but will give a 65W GaN adapter for free if users really want it.
Other specs of the Xiaomi Mi 11 include Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers, improved Night Mode capabilities, dual 5G connectivity (at Sub-6 GHz networks), Wi-Fi 6E support, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and all the finest navigation services.
Pre-order has already started, with the first sale scheduled for January 1, 2021. The Xiaomi Mi 11 will be offered in six different colors – Black, White, Blue, Khaki Vegan Leather, Purple Leather, and Special Edition with Lei Jun’s autograph for some reason.
Pricing begins at CNY3,999 ($610/€500), goes through CNY4,299 ($655/€535), and gets as expensive as CNY4,699 ($720/€585) for the mightiest memory option. The first flash sale is scheduled for January 1, 2021.
While the announcement saw only one phone, later in 2021 we hope to see a Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro with a periscope lens, as some early renders suggested, as well as an improved main camera.
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