xiaomi mi 11 snapdragon 888 2021

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first Snapdragon 888 smartphone of 2021

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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.

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first Snapdragon 888 powered smartphone of 2021.

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.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 camera system. Credit: GSMArena

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.

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with pretty great charging speeds. Credit: GSMArena

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.

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The Mi 11 is available in vegan leather, as a Special Edition and with four colors of glass backs Source: GSMArena

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.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Full Specs

Size:6.8 inches
Resolution:3200 x 1440 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 515 PPI
Screen-to-body:91.24 %
Peak brightness:1500 cd/m2 (nit)
Features:120Hz refresh rate, HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
System chip:Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Processor:Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 680, 64-bit, 5 nm
GPU:Adreno 660
Internal storage:128GB (UFS 3.1), not expandable
Device type:Smartphone
OS:Android (11), MIUI 12.5 UI
Capacity:4600 mAh
Type:Not user replaceable
Charging:Qualcomm Quick Charge 5, Qi wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging
Max charge speed:Wired: 55.0W; Wireless: 50.0W
Rear:Triple camera Camera samples
Main camera:108 MP (OIS, Autofocus)
Specifications:Aperture size: F1.9; Sensor size: 1/1.33″; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Second camera:13 MP (Ultra-wide)
Specifications:Aperture size: F2.4
Third camera:5 MP (Telephoto, Macro)
Specifications:Aperture size: F2.4
Video recording:7680×4320 (8K UHD) (30 fps), 3840×2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920×1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280×720 (HD) (240 fps)
Features:OIS, HDR, Continuous autofocus
Front:20 MP (Autofocus)
Dimensions:6.47 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches (164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06 mm)
Weight:6.91 oz (196.0 g)
Materials:Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Biometrics:In-screen fingerprint
Keys:Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key
Colors:Midnight gray, Horizon blue
5G:n1, n3, n5, n8, n20, n28, n38, n41, n77, n78, n79
LTE (FDD):Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 17(700 b), 20(800 DD), 28(700 APT), 32(1500 L-band), 66(AWS-3)
LTE (TDD):Bands 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 42(3500)
UMTS:Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 8(900)
Dual SIM:Yes
SIM type:Nano SIM
Speakers:Earpiece, Loudspeaker, Multiple speakers
Screen mirroring:Wireless screen share
Additional microphone(s):for Noise cancellation
Wi-Fi:802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, ax (Wi-Fi 6); MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
USB:Type-C (reversible), USB 3.1
Features:Charging, Headphones port
Location:GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, SBAS, NavIC, GNSS, Dual-band positioning, Wi-Fi positioning
Sensors:Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Other:NFC, Infrared
FCC approval:
Date approved:Jan 12, 2021
Measured SAR:
Head:0.95 W/kg
Body:0.65 W/kg
Simultaneous Transmission:1.59 W/kg
Wireless Router:0.75 W/kg

Source: GSMArena

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