The Snapdragon 888 was unveiled on December 1, and the first phone to use it arrived on December 28. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is now on sale since January 1st, 2021. This means that the Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first phone to let buyers experience the new Cortex-X1 CPU core's performance. The new chipset also supercharges AI performance, which enabled the new video night mode powered by BlinkAI’s deep learning algorithm.
The phone has a triple camera with a 108MP primary sensor, similar to that of the Mi 10. The sensor is a whopping 1/1.33” in size (meaning 0.8µm pixels before binning), and the lens features OIS. Strangely, the lens is a bit darker with an f/1.85 aperture (vs. f/1.7). The main module is joined by the same 13MP ultra wide-angle camera, seemingly the same that we saw on the 10-series. There’s no telephoto camera here, that will presumably arrive with the Mi 11 Pro, which will be announced in February. You do get a 5MP macro camera, for what that's worth.
For this release, Xiaomi adopted the new Gorilla Glass Victus to guard the larger screen (6.81” vs. 6.67”). This larger screen is sharper to boot as the company moved up to 1440p+ resolution. It also boosted the refresh rate to 120Hz with a touch sampling rate of 480Hz.
The chipset, the screen, and battery charging will be considerable improvements of the Mi 10. The camera could be on the list too, but that’s something we’ll have to test as looking at the specs, it doesn’t appear that Xiaomi did much. So, on to charging. The 4,600 mAh battery charges at a fairly reasonable 55W, nothing like the 120W insanity of the Mi 10 Ultra. A full charge takes only 45 minutes, though, so we’re not complaining. And wireless charging is nearly as fast, too; it’s rated at 50W.
Sadly, the Xiaomi Mi 11 without a charger in the box. Still, the company is offering to send you a free 65W GaN charger if you need one. But that’s for China; it’s not clear if the offer will be extended worldwide once the Mi 11 goes global.
The phone will cost CNY 4,000 in China, which’s the same price as the Mi 10 from 2020. This suggests that the European price will be the same, too (€800). Same as the launch price, anyway, the Mi 10 is significantly cheaper now.