Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Xiaomi Mi 11 revisited: is it worth buying after a year?

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Feather android authorization, we cover a lot of phones, and in 2021, we saw a variety of devices that were extremely competitive in the flagship arena, with Xiaomi Mi 11 among those devices. In our original review, we said that the Mi 11 had “the right price and the right specs to compete with the current crop of flagships in the market.” Of course, that was back in February 2021.

Now, just a year later, let’s take a look at what’s good and what’s not about Xiaomi’s affordable flagship as we reevaluate and reevaluate the Mi 11.

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Blue and Pink Color

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Mi 11 is still a very beautiful phone. If there’s one thing Xiaomi has understood while developing the Mi 11, it’s the combination of fit and feel. You get that typical metal and glass sandwich you’d expect from a flagship phone, but Xiaomi made this device feel incredibly chic. The Mi 11 has glass taper around the sides and sides of the aluminum frame, and it makes the transition between the frame, screen and back feel smooth and smooth; Paired with the slim aspect ratio, this phone is very easy to hold. Xiaomi has also equipped the Mi 11 with a 6.81-inch AMOLED display that curves on all sides, but more on that later.

One of the major aesthetic choices of this phone is its camera module. Compared to the Mi 11 Ultra’s camera setup (which might just honestly fit the entire population of Earth), the squirrel setup is far more streamlined and discrete, while still giving the device some personality.

Xiaomi’s Mi 11 features an exquisite design that balances sophistication and simplicity paired with excellent color options.

The highlight of the Mi 11’s design in the unit we have is the Horizon Blue colorway. Seriously, look at this, it’s amazing. Xiaomi’s entire Mi 11 lineup comes in a frosted glass finish, and while it still picks up fingerprints, the way it is able to refract light and transfer colors under certain conditions Makes it more fun.

Other than those highlights, there isn’t much to say about the design of the Mi 11, and that’s a good thing. Most of the complaints are nitpicking on an otherwise impressively designed device.

However, one definite drawback of the Mi 11 is the lack of an IP rating. The lack of an IP rating on this phone could have been justified a few years back at this price, however, with cheaper flagships – especially the Pixel 6 – making this certification standard, it is unfortunate to see its absence in the Mi 11. ,


xiaomi mi 11 screen

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It’s worth noting that the screen is curved, but not how you’d usually expect. Instead of just curving at the edges, the Mi 11’s screen also curves slightly at the top and bottom, with the side benefit of making the bezels around the screen the smallest. With its resolution, refresh rate and extremely thin bezels, the display of the Mi 11 is still one of the best affordable flagships for media consumption.

performance and charging

xiaomi mi 11 port

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Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, there’s no doubt that the Xiaomi Mi 11 can hang like a true flagship, even for a year. In day-to-day use, the Mi 11 experiences little or no hiccups in running apps and games. Throw in a 120Hz panel and 480Hz touch sampling and you’re not going to miss a beat with this device.

Xiaomi Mi 11 may hang like a true flagship even after a year.

While we are on the topic of fast things, the Mi 11 supports 55W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. Unlike many of today’s top phones, this phone actually comes with a power adapter in the box, so you’ll be able to get those ridiculously fast charging speeds from day one. In terms of actual battery life, it’s nothing impressive. At FHD+’s stock display settings and 60Hz, you’ll make it through a full day’s use, but as you bump it up to WQHD+ and 120Hz, you’ll definitely need to charge closer to dusk.

not that good


Xiaomi Mi 11 Camera

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The camera module of the Xiaomi Mi 11 sports a main wide, an ultrawide and a telemacro. On paper, it appears to be a flagship-level setup, especially with a 108MP main sensor and up to 8K video recording available at 30fps, but in execution, the camera on the Mi 11 is a mixed bag.

I want to be clear here, the camera on the Mi 11 is by no means bad, it is not on par with other flagships at this price point. The main sensor produces some very pleasing results, and the 12MP ultrawide can produce some decent shots in the right conditions. When it comes to telemacro lenses, though, it seems like a waste of space, especially because the quality of its 5MP sensor doesn’t offer anything extraordinary. Its lens has a narrow field of focus which results in large subjects being partially out of focus, while the image looks muddy overall.

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Here are some samples of the camera system of the Mi 11:

As you can see, none of these photos are inherently “bad” by any means, but when looking at similarly priced phones such as the Pixel 6, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and the iPhone 13 series, Xiaomi Mi 11 can’t go up continuously. With those phones in terms of image quality, color accuracy and sharpness.

long term software support

Xiaomi mi 11 in hand

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Xiaomi doesn’t have the biggest history of software support, and it is also not revealed whether the Mi 11 will support Android 13 or not. When we asked Xiaomi how many system updates would be made available to the Mi 11, they simply said: “The update cycles of our devices are in accordance with our contracts with Google and comply with relevant policies.” This is not at all reassuring.

Officially, the Mi 11 supports Android 12 and will receive security updates by 2024, but compared to the world’s iPhone 13s and Pixel 6s, the software state on the Mi 11 is still rocks. This is especially disappointing when Xiaomi has delivered on its promise with some recent phones, but is unwilling to share the love with its previous flagship-level devices.

Xiaomi Mi 11 review revisited: Verdict

Xiaomi mi 11 thumbnail 1

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 was an interesting device at launch priced at €749/£749 (and around $699) via import into the US, and has only increased due to price drops from time to time. We expect this trend to continue once the recently announced Xiaomi 12 series hits the global market. While still a solid phone, especially when found on sale, you may want to wait until the Xiaomi 12 is released globally to evaluate properly whether the Mi 11 is worth buying today. Apart from this, other devices like Google’s Pixel 6 and Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy S21 FE surely fix the weaknesses of Mi 11 with their IP rating and better camera system.

As we mentioned in our original review, Xiaomi delivered a sub-flagship experience at a competitive price, but not without cutting some corners in a few key areas. As such, the camera and long-term software support are still the weak points of this otherwise competitive device. If you are willing to check out these weak areas of the phone, then you will be pleased with the great design, display and performance of the Mi 11.

Xiaomi Mi 11 front to the floor

Xiaomi Mi 11

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Xiaomi has made a compelling phone in the Mi 11. It has the right price and the right specs to compete with the current crop of flagships in the market.

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