Mi 11 Ultra Review: A Leap of Faith

    Round this time final yr, Xiaomi started testing the waters of the ultra-premium smartphone section with the Mi 10 5G. It was a stable providing that bought most issues proper, nevertheless it was rapidly overshadowed by the OnePlus 8 Professional. Xiaomi went on to launch extra reasonably priced fashions in the identical sequence, the most recent one being the Mi 10i, which has reportedly performed wonders for the corporate. Xiaomi continues to have nice success within the price range and mainstream segments, however this yr, it is aiming to disrupt the flagship section too.

    The not too long ago launched Mi 11 sequence boasts of spectacular options at costs which can be typically effectively beneath these of the competitors. We have already seen the good worth supplied by the Mi 11X, and now it is time to take a more in-depth take a look at the Mi 11 Extremely. On paper, this smartphone exceeds expectations for a flagship priced at Rs. 69,999, however there’s nonetheless a model notion hurdle that Xiaomi wants to beat. When you’ve flagships such because the OnePlus 9 Professional, iPhone 12 mini, and Samsung Galaxy S21 all promoting on the identical worth because the Mi 11 Extremely, does it make sense to go along with the newcomer?

    Mi 11 Extremely worth and variants

    Xiaomi has launched the Mi 11 Extremely in only one configuration in India, with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and it’s priced at Rs. 69,999. That is Xiaomi’s costliest smartphone in India but, and the worth could be lots to digest for a lot of given the ‘worth’ notion that the model has created for itself through the years.

    The Mi 11 Extremely relies on the Mi 10 Extremely, a equally outfitted flagship from final yr which did not launch in India. Xiaomi is taking a fair larger gamble with the Mi 11 Extremely than it did with the Mi 10 5G, however will it repay?

    Mi 11 Extremely design

    The design of the Mi 11 Extremely is gorgeous. We’ll get to the large digicam hump in a bit, however leaving that apart, it is as premium as telephones get as of late. It has an aluminium body, a curved show with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and a ceramic again. The glass on the entrance is definitely curved on all 4 sides, which is a novel design selection. The good thing about that is that gestures carried out from the underside of the display screen are smoother as your finger does not hit any sharp edges. In reality, the steel body, entrance, and again mix into each other completely so you do not actually really feel any edges in any respect when dealing with the telephone.

    All these premium supplies contribute to the 234g weight of the Mi 11 Extremely. It’s totally heavy, however fortunately it isn’t very thick at 8.38mm. Many of the weight is concentrated on the prime making one-handed use a bit difficult. The oblong digicam module seems to be lots just like the Poco M3’s digicam bump, simply thicker. The principle purpose for this awkward bulge is the large principal digicam sensor within the telephone, which we’ll get to later.

    The Mi 11 Extremely’s digicam bump is very large, which may very well be a turn-off for some


    A facet advantage of that is that the Mi 11 Extremely is secure when utilizing it on its again on a flat floor. You possibly can even use the underside of the digicam module as assist to your finger when utilizing this telephone one-handed. Fingerprints are an enormous drawback on the Ceramic Black variant, however you may as well get the Mi 11 Extremely in white, which ought to cover them higher.

    On the correct facet of the digicam module is a 1.1-inch (126×294 pixel decision) OLED show. This mini touchscreen robotically lights up whenever you place the Mi 11 Extremely face down on any floor. It may be customised to point out the battery degree, notifications, date and time, a customized message, or a picture. You can too use it to reply or reject an incoming name. Most significantly, you should use it as a viewfinder for taking a selfie with both of the three rear cameras. It is largely a gimmicky addition, and appears prefer it was added primarily to fill the empty area on the again. I additionally did not like the truth that the menu system for customising this show is buried within the Settings app and never simple to get to.

    Coming to the primary show on the entrance, the Mi 11 Extremely makes use of a 6.81-inch QHD+ (3200×1440) AMOLED panel with a 120Hz variable refresh fee, a 480Hz contact sampling fee, and assist for in style HDR codecs corresponding to HDR10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. Xiaomi says it has used Samsung’s newest E4 AMOLED panel kind, which on the Mi 11 Extremely, can obtain a formidable peak brightness of 1,700 nits. You get an in-display fingerprint sensor nevertheless it is not the quickest or essentially the most constant one I’ve used. What’s extra intuitive is face recognition on the Mi 11 Extremely, which is lightning fast and works even when the telephone is the wrong way up.

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    The show on the Mi 11 Extremely is huge and imposing with glorious brightness and colors


    The facility and quantity buttons on the Mi 11 Extremely have good tactile suggestions and are positioned effectively. On the backside, there’s a dual-SIM tray, a USB Kind-C port, and one of many audio system. The earpiece doubles up as a second speaker for stereo sound. Xiaomi has additionally thrown in an infrared emitter on the highest for controlling IR devices and home equipment.

    I did not obtain my assessment unit in a retail field, however this telephone ought to include a Kind-C to three.5mm headphone adapter, USB cable, case, and quick charger. The Mi 11 Extremely usually comes with a 67W charger, however as a consequence of certification constraints on the time of launch, the Indian models can have a 55W charger within the field.

    Mi 11 Extremely specs and software program

    The Mi 11 Extremely makes use of Qualcomm’s present top-end Snapdragon 888 5G SoC. One factor price mentioning is that the Mi 11 Extremely helps a complete of 13 5G bands, not like different telephones which have launched with the identical SoC such because the OnePlus 9 Professional, which solely helps two. This could guarantee most compatibility when 5G ultimately does launch in India, or should you occur to journey to a different nation. The telephone additionally helps NFC, Wi-Fi 6e, and Bluetooth 5.2.

    The Mi 11 Extremely boasts of many different creature comforts that you just’d usually discover in a premium flagship. The stereo audio system are tuned by Harman Kardon, there’s an IP68 score for mud and water resistance, Hello-Res Audio assist for each wired and wi-fi headphones, and a linear haptic motor for extra exact vibration suggestions. It has a 5,000mAh battery with assist for 67W wired and wi-fi charging. You will want to buy a particular wi-fi charger from Xiaomi to attain this velocity. This telephone can even reverse wi-fi cost different units at as much as 10W.

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    The Mi 11 Extremely has stereo audio system tuned by Harman Kardon


    My assessment unit of the Mi 11 Extremely was working MIUI 12.0.2 based mostly on Android 11. Throughout my assessment interval of a couple of week, I had a largely ad-free expertise. I did not encounter quite a lot of unsolicited notifications from Xiaomi’s inventory apps both. The Music app did break protocol a couple of times, however flipping a number of toggle buttons within the settings appeared to do the trick.

    There are many methods to customize your MIUI expertise. From themes, to the always-on show, to transition results, to setting the extent of the areas close to the perimeters that may reject unintentional touches. You possibly can even change the format of the toggle switches within the notification shade to imitate iOS.

    Mi 11 Extremely efficiency and battery life

    It took a few days to get used to the Mi 11 Extremely’s off-centre weight, however after that, it was simply as comfy to make use of as another massive smartphone. I really discovered it a tad extra comfy than the iPhone 12 Professional Max, because of the entire lack of sharp edges on the physique. The shiny floor does not supply a lot by way of grip however utilization is manageable with two palms. Common telephone duties corresponding to calling and texting had been dealt with very effectively.

    The haptic motor presents nice suggestions when typing and when performing gestures. Unintended presses on the perimeters of the show are a little bit of a problem at first however that is fixable by deciding on wider margins for contact rejection. The secondary show is useful in case you are within the behavior of putting your telephone face down. I seen a software program bug on my unit, due to which the mini show would default to displaying the time even after I had set a picture or message.

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    Video games run very effectively on the Mi 11 Extremely, even at QHD+ decision


    The principle show on the Mi 11 Extremely is definitely top-of-the-line on the market. Colors appeared vibrant however not oversaturated, and the excessive brightness meant content material was simply legible even beneath harsh lighting. Studying mode tones down the distinction and color tone, which Xiaomi claims can scale back eye pressure, and that is useful for late mild studying. You possibly can set the display screen to imitate the look of paper, which is cool, however I want this may very well be triggered robotically when utilizing sure apps corresponding to Kindle, the way in which OxygenOS permits.

    The Mi 11 Extremely helps you to run its show at 120Hz and QHD+ decision on the identical time. AI video enhancements corresponding to Tremendous Decision (upscales low decision movies), MEMC (movement smoothing), and many others, may be toggled through a Video Toolbox menu in any video participant app. You possibly can even launch mini variations of different apps on prime of your movies to rapidly examine an e-mail or your Twitter feed, for instance.

    HDR movies look good when performed regionally and even on YouTube. The Mi 11 Extremely can even shoot 4K HDR10+ or 8K HDR10 movies, however these do not look nice. Colors look closely oversaturated even on the Extremely’s show and extra so when considered on a non-HDR show. My unit additionally appeared to have a software program bug which tousled the playback of HDR10+ footage recorded on the telephone itself. Slightly than growing the distinction and brightness, it might decrease it. Movies streamed from Amazon Prime Video had an identical darkened look, however Netflix appeared high quality. I am hoping Xiaomi rectifies this within the subsequent software program replace.

    The Mi 11 Extremely may be a superb gaming telephone. All of the heavy titles I attempted corresponding to Name of Obligation: Cell and Asphalt 9: Legends ran easily with out skipping a beat. The again of the telephone did get a bit scorching after some time however not severely sufficient to hamper efficiency. Video games appeared incredible and you’ll entry MIUI’s Recreation Turbo toolbar in-game for issues corresponding to display screen recording. The stereo audio system deserve a particular point out right here too. They get actually loud and sound nice. Benchmark numbers had been stable all through, with the Mi 11 Extremely scoring 7,90,971 factors in AnTuTu.

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    The Mi 11 Extremely can cost rapidly as much as 67W wirelessly should you use Xiaomi’s proprietary charger


    Precise battery life was greater than passable through the assessment interval. My typical utilization concerned a little bit of gaming, watching movies, social apps, and lots messaging over Slack and Telegram. The Mi 11 Extremely would usually run for greater than a full day with about 4-5 hours of screen-on time. Oddly, the telephone carried out reasonably poorly in our HD video battery loop check, working for simply over 13 hours.

    Charging the Mi 11 Extremely is tremendous fast, even with the 55W adapter. I used to be capable of cost the battery as much as 99 % in an hour. I did not have Xiaomi’s 67W wi-fi charger with me, however the Mi 11 Extremely nonetheless charged fairly quickly utilizing the corporate’s older 30W wi-fi charger.

    The Mi 11 Extremely carried out splendidly and gave me little purpose to complain. Nonetheless, now comes the actual check: the cameras.

    Mi 11 Extremely cameras

    The Mi 11 Extremely has three rear cameras however every one has an necessary position to play. The first 50-megapixel sensor is the biggest utilized in any smartphone but with a measurement of 1/1.12 inches. Together with a big pixel measurement and huge aperture of f/1.95, it ought to do very effectively in low mild. It is optically stabilised (OIS), helps HDR10+ video recording, and has Twin Pixel Professional autofocus, which is claimed to be very efficient. The 48-megapixel ultra-wide digicam is claimed to have the widest subject of view of any telephone, at 128 levels. It has PDAF and likewise doubles up because the telephone’s macro digicam. Lastly, the 48-megapixel telephoto digicam has OIS, 5X optical zoom, PDAF, and as much as 120X digital zoom, which additionally occurs to be the very best magnification degree for a telephone digicam but. Within the entrance, the Mi 11 Extremely has a 20-megapixel selfie digicam.

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    The rear show on the Mi 11 Extremely can be utilized as a viewfinder within the digicam app


    The Mi 11 Extremely boasts of spectacular video capabilities too. It may shoot as much as 8K video with all three rear cameras, however solely at 24fps, and you’ll’t swap between cameras whereas recording. Gradual-motion movies may be captured at a formidable 1,920fps at 1080p. There’s additionally a loopy Multicam mode which helps you to report simultaneous feeds from any two of the telephone’s cameras as a mixed video or as two separate movies. What’s even wilder is that you may really mix a feed from a second Xiaomi telephone that helps ‘Twin telephone recording’ for a synchronised multi-cam, multi-angle shoot. There is a lengthy checklist of different capturing modes to select from too.

    Daylight panorama photographs typically turned out nice with superb element. Colors appeared pure with the AI scene detection off, dynamic vary was good, and there was no seen noise or texture distortion alongside the perimeters of the body. The ultra-wide digicam managed to cram quite a lot of any scene in a single body, which may be nice for some events. Nonetheless, objects alongside the perimeters did seem a bit distorted and particulars had been a lot softer.

    Mi 11 Extremely digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

    Mi 11 Extremely ultra-wide digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

    Mi 11 Extremely close-up digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)


    Shut-ups could be a problem since as a result of massive sensor and huge aperture, the airplane of focus is way narrower than traditional. This implies something that is even barely out of the focal airplane finally ends up getting blurred. There two sides to this — on one hand, the Mi 11 Extremely produces such superb pure depth of subject that you just actually by no means need to trouble with Portrait mode, however alternatively, should you miss your focus level even by a bit, there is a good likelihood of blurring the realm that you just needed in focus.

    Macro mode was a little bit of a hit and miss for me. The Mi 11 Extremely is unable to get shut sufficient to a topic for a satisfyingly composed shot. I discovered the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely and even the OnePlus 9 Professional to be significantly better. Coming to zoom, the Mi 11 Extremely will normally swap to its telephoto digicam at 5X magnification if there’s sufficient mild on the topic, in any other case it continues to make use of the first digicam until about 10X.

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    Mi 11 Extremely telephoto digicam check


    Nonetheless, this isn’t assured, and at instances I seen the telephone utilizing digital zoom at 5X even in daylight. Photographs are normally the sharpest at 5X and 10X magnification, after which high quality begins trailing off. Photos are nonetheless usable even at 40X magnification however there is a seen loss in sharpness and element. At 100X and even 120X, textures look mushy, and textual content, if any, is not recognisable. 120X zoom is nice for bragging rights, however identical to the Galaxy S21 Extremely’s 100X, it isn’t notably helpful most often.

    In low mild, the massive major sensor within the Mi 11 Extremely does a superb job with particulars and colors. It engages a gradual shutter robotically so you do not have to modify to Evening mode. The digicam app does are inclined to artificially brighten photos at instances, which does not all the time look true to the scene, however noise is stored at bay in darker areas, which is nice. The ultra-wide digicam additionally produces usable photographs at night time, supplied you employ Evening mode.

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    Mi 11 Extremely ultra-wide digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

    Mi 11 Extremely telephoto digicam (5X) pattern (faucet to see full measurement)


    Utilizing the telephoto digicam at night time is a bit difficult since autofocus is a bit gradual and the digicam struggles to meter the publicity and even lock deal with brilliant objects. Attributable to this, I discovered it almost inconceivable to get any usable footage of, say, the moon. There is a devoted Supermoon mode which solves this, however magnification is proscribed to 60X.

    The Mi 11 Extremely can report 8K movies, which look good, however I did not find yourself utilizing this selection a lot because the framerate is proscribed to 24fps. 4K movies taken within the daytime look superb, with glorious stabilisation. The utmost framerate is 60fps, however oddly, you can not swap between cameras even at 4K 30fps or 1080p for that matter. Recording HDR movies could be a little complicated as there’s an HDR toggle within the viewfinder in addition to one within the digicam settings. When utilizing the viewfinder choice, the decision is restricted to 1080p, however the different one helps you to seize HDR10+ movies at 4K or HDR10 at 8K. Neither of those settings yields good outcomes although, so it is best to depart them disabled.

    Not like the OnePlus 9 Professional, the Mi 11 Extremely does not overheat when capturing movies at 8K. The telephone does get fairly scorching however the digicam app continues to be usable and does not shut you out. 8K movies are restricted to 6 minutes per clip, however there does not appear to be a restrict to 4K 60fps recording.

    Mi 11 Extremely selfie digicam pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

    Mi 11 Extremely low mild selfie pattern (faucet to see full measurement)


    The 20-megapixel selfie digicam captured first rate high quality photos through the day. Pores and skin tones appeared pretty pure and HDR labored effectively to steadiness the publicity on my face even when there was a brilliant background. Low-light selfies typically had weaker particulars and noise, even these taken in a comparatively well-lit space. Evening mode did not do something to repair the publicity or particulars. Fortunately, you may merely use the rear cameras to take higher high quality selfies if wanted because of the secondary show on the again. Video recording with the selfie digicam is proscribed to 1080p 60fps.


    The Mi 11 Extremely presents every thing one may presumably ask for in a premium flagship smartphone and it does almost every thing very effectively. A few areas the place we may use some enchancment can be the velocity of the fingerprint sensor, and maybe the digicam app may very well be extra versatile. There are different minor software program bugs that want fixing too. The areas during which this telephone does excel embrace its glorious construct high quality, the vivid high-refresh-rate show, all-day battery life, and the superb set of cameras. The comparatively spam-free MIUI expertise can also be refreshing.

    For what the Mi 11 Extremely presents, Xiaomi appears to have priced it very aggressively too. At Rs. 69,999, it prices the identical because the top-end OnePlus 9 Professional and likewise the bottom variants of the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G and iPhone 12 mini. The Mi 11 Extremely simply trades blows with the OnePlus 9 Professional and manages to outdo it in some areas, corresponding to assist for extra 5G bands, higher telephoto efficiency, and a bigger battery. In comparison with the Samsung and Apple choices, the Mi 11 Extremely is extra of a competitor to their respective Extremely and Professional fashions, which value much more. In that regard, the Mi 11 Extremely is definitely higher worth for cash.

    Xiaomi’s greatest battle with the Mi 11 Extremely is not going to be attempting to out-spec the competitors, which it simply does, however to persuade potential patrons to decide on it over a OnePlus, Samsung, or Apple smartphone. A dedication to delivering the following few variations of Android for the Mi 11 Extremely can be a superb place to begin. Xiaomi already makes use of Google’s dialler and messages apps for the Extremely, so the following step ought to be eliminating extra redundant apps such because the Music participant and GetApps in favour of Google’s options or not less than give customers the choice to uninstall them. Maybe the upcoming MIUI 12.5 replace may tackle this, which guarantees to be leaner and extra centered on privateness.

    For most individuals, selecting the Mi 11 Extremely over the veterans of this section shall be a leap of religion, and actually, it is one which’s price taking.

    Is Mi 11X the most effective telephone beneath Rs. 35,000? We mentioned this on Orbital, the podcast. Later (beginning at 23:50), we soar over to the Marvel sequence The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Orbital is on the market on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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