Mi 11 Ultra Review: A Leap of Faith

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Round this time final 12 months, Xiaomi started testing the waters of the ultra-premium smartphone section with the Mi 10 5G. It was a strong providing that bought most issues proper, nevertheless it was rapidly overshadowed by the OnePlus 8 Pro. Xiaomi went on to launch extra reasonably priced fashions in the identical sequence, the newest one being the Mi 10i, which has reportedly done wonders for the corporate. Xiaomi continues to have nice success within the funds and mainstream segments, however this 12 months, it is aiming to disrupt the flagship section too.

The lately launched Mi 11 sequence boasts of spectacular options at costs which are usually properly under these of the competitors. We have already seen the nice worth provided by the Mi 11X, and now it is time to take a more in-depth take a look at the Mi 11 Ultra. 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 could have flagships such because the OnePlus 9 Pro, iPhone 12 mini, and Samsung Galaxy S21 all promoting on the similar value because the Mi 11 Extremely, does it make sense to go along with the newcomer?

Mi 11 Extremely value 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 most costly smartphone in India but, and the worth is perhaps so much to digest for a lot of given the ‘worth’ notion that the model has created for itself over time.

The Mi 11 Extremely is predicated on the Mi 10 Ultra, a equally outfitted flagship from final 12 months which did not launch in India. Xiaomi is taking an excellent greater 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 huge digital camera hump in a bit, however leaving that apart, it is as premium as telephones get today. 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 are smoother as your finger would not hit any sharp edges. Actually, the metallic 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 cellphone.

All these premium supplies contribute to the 234g weight of the Mi 11 Extremely. It is very heavy, however fortunately it is not very thick at 8.38mm. Many of the weight is concentrated on the prime making one-handed use a bit difficult. The oblong digital camera module appears so much just like the Poco M3’s digital camera bump, simply thicker. The principle motive for this awkward bulge is the huge most important digital camera sensor within the cellphone, which we’ll get to later.

The Mi 11 Extremely’s digital camera bump is huge, which might be a turn-off for some

 

A aspect good thing about 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 digital camera module as help in your finger when utilizing this cellphone one-handed. Fingerprints are a giant drawback on the Ceramic Black variant, however you can too get the Mi 11 Extremely in white, which ought to disguise them higher.

On the precise aspect of the digital camera module is a 1.1-inch (126×294 pixel decision) OLED show. This mini touchscreen mechanically 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 house 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 straightforward 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 charge, a 480Hz contact sampling charge, and help for standard HDR codecs equivalent to HDR10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. Xiaomi says it has used Samsung’s newest E4 AMOLED panel sort, which on the Mi 11 Extremely, can obtain a formidable peak brightness of 1,700 nits. You get an in-display fingerprint sensor however 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 cellphone is the wrong way up.

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

 

The ability and quantity buttons on the Mi 11 Extremely have good tactile suggestions and are positioned properly. 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 cellphone ought to include a Kind-C to three.5mm headphone adapter, USB cable, case, and quick charger. The Mi 11 Extremely sometimes comes with a 67W charger, however resulting from certification constraints on the time of launch, the Indian items 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 value 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 for those who occur to journey to a different nation. The cellphone additionally helps NFC, Wi-Fi 6e, and Bluetooth 5.2.

The Mi 11 Extremely boasts of many different creature comforts that you just’d sometimes discover in a premium flagship. The stereo audio system are tuned by Harman Kardon, there’s an IP68 ranking for mud and water resistance, Hello-Res Audio help for each wired and wi-fi headphones, and a linear haptic motor for extra exact vibration suggestions. It has a 5,000mAh battery with help for 67W wired and wi-fi charging. You have to to buy a particular wi-fi charger from Xiaomi to attain this velocity. This cellphone also can 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 primarily based on Android 11. Throughout my assessment interval of a couple of week, I had a largely ad-free expertise. I did not encounter a variety of unsolicited notifications from Xiaomi’s inventory apps both. The Music app did break protocol a couple of times, however flipping just a few 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 unintended 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 some other massive smartphone. I really discovered it a tad extra comfy than the iPhone 12 Pro Max, due to the whole lack of sharp edges on the physique. The shiny floor would not provide a lot when it comes to grip however utilization is manageable with two arms. Common cellphone duties equivalent to calling and texting had been dealt with very properly.

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

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

 

The principle show on the Mi 11 Extremely is well top-of-the-line on the market. Colors regarded vibrant however not oversaturated, and the excessive brightness meant content material was simply legible even below 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 gentle studying. You possibly can set the display to imitate the look of paper, which is cool, however I want this might be triggered mechanically when utilizing sure apps equivalent to Kindle, the best way OxygenOS permits.

The Mi 11 Extremely permits you to run its show at 120Hz and QHD+ decision on the similar time. AI video enhancements equivalent to Tremendous Decision (upscales low decision movies), MEMC (movement smoothing), and so forth, will 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 verify an e mail or your Twitter feed, for instance.

HDR movies look good when performed regionally and even on YouTube. The Mi 11 Extremely also can 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 cellphone itself. Fairly than rising the distinction and brightness, it might decrease it. Movies streamed from Amazon Prime Video had an analogous darkened look, however Netflix appeared advantageous. I am hoping Xiaomi rectifies this within the subsequent software program replace.

The Mi 11 Extremely will be a wonderful gaming cellphone. All of the heavy titles I attempted equivalent to Name of Responsibility: Cellular and Asphalt 9: Legends ran easily with out skipping a beat. The again of the cellphone did get a bit sizzling after some time however not severely sufficient to hamper efficiency. Video games regarded implausible and you may entry MIUI’s Recreation Turbo toolbar in-game for issues equivalent to display recording. The stereo audio system deserve a particular point out right here too. They get actually loud and sound nice. Benchmark numbers had been strong 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 for those who 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 so much messaging over Slack and Telegram. The Mi 11 Extremely would sometimes run for greater than a full day with about 4-5 hours of screen-on time. Oddly, the cellphone carried out slightly poorly in our HD video battery loop take a look at, working for simply over 13 hours.

Charging the Mi 11 Extremely is tremendous fast, even with the 55W adapter. I used to be in a position to cost the battery as much as 99 p.c 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 motive to complain. Nevertheless, now comes the true take a look at: the cameras.

Mi 11 Extremely cameras

The Mi 11 Extremely has three rear cameras however every one has an necessary function to play. The first 50-megapixel sensor is the most important utilized in any smartphone but with a dimension of 1/1.12 inches. Together with a big pixel dimension and extensive aperture of f/1.95, it ought to do very properly in low gentle. 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 digital camera is claimed to have the widest subject of view of any cellphone, at 128 levels. It has PDAF and likewise doubles up because the cellphone’s macro digital camera. Lastly, the 48-megapixel telephoto digital camera 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 cellphone digital camera but. Within the entrance, the Mi 11 Extremely has a 20-megapixel selfie digital camera.

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

 

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

Daylight panorama pictures typically turned out nice with superb element. Colors regarded 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 digital camera managed to cram a variety of any scene in a single body, which will be nice for some events. Nevertheless, objects alongside the perimeters did seem a bit distorted and particulars had been a lot softer.

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Mi 11 Extremely ultra-wide digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Mi 11 Extremely close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Shut-ups could be a problem since because of the massive sensor and extensive aperture, the airplane of focus is far narrower than typical. 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 wonderful pure depth of subject that you just actually by no means must trouble with Portrait mode, however alternatively, for those who miss your focus level even by a bit, there is a good probability of blurring the realm that you just wished 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 Ultra and even the OnePlus 9 Pro to be significantly better. Coming to zoom, the Mi 11 Extremely will often swap to its telephoto digital camera at 5X magnification if there’s sufficient gentle on the topic, in any other case it continues to make use of the first digital camera until about 10X.

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Mi 11 Extremely telephoto digital camera take a look at

 

Nevertheless, this isn’t assured, and at instances I seen the cellphone utilizing digital zoom at 5X even in daylight. Pictures are often the sharpest at 5X and 10X magnification, after which high quality begins trailing off. Photographs 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 similar to the Galaxy S21 Extremely’s 100X, it is not significantly helpful usually.

In low gentle, the massive main sensor within the Mi 11 Extremely does job with particulars and colors. It engages a sluggish shutter mechanically so you do not have to modify to Night time mode. The digital camera app does are inclined to artificially brighten photos at instances, which does not all the time look true to the scene, however noise is saved at bay in darker areas, which is nice. The ultra-wide digital camera additionally produces usable pictures at night time, supplied you employ Night time mode.

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Mi 11 Extremely telephoto digital camera (5X) pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Utilizing the telephoto digital camera at night time is a bit difficult since autofocus is a bit sluggish and the digital camera struggles to meter the publicity and even lock give attention to shiny objects. As a result of this, I discovered it practically 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 document 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 wonderful 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 digital camera settings. When utilizing the viewfinder choice, the decision is restricted to 1080p, however the different one permits you to seize HDR10+ movies at 4K or HDR10 at 8K. Neither of those settings yields good outcomes although, so it is best to go away them disabled.

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

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Mi 11 Extremely low gentle selfie pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The 20-megapixel selfie digital camera captured first rate high quality photos through the day. Pores and skin tones regarded pretty pure and HDR labored properly to stability the publicity on my face even when there was a shiny background. Low-light selfies typically had weaker particulars and noise, even these taken in a comparatively well-lit space. Night time mode did not do something to repair the publicity or particulars. Fortunately, you’ll be able to merely use the rear cameras to take higher high quality selfies if wanted due to the secondary show on the again. Video recording with the selfie digital camera is proscribed to 1080p 60fps.

Verdict

The Mi 11 Ultra gives all the pieces one may probably ask for in a premium flagship smartphone and it does practically all the pieces very properly. A few areas the place we may use some enchancment could be the velocity of the fingerprint sensor, and maybe the digital camera app might be extra versatile. There are different minor software program bugs that want fixing too. The areas through which this cellphone does excel embrace its wonderful 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 be refreshing.

For what the Mi 11 Extremely gives, 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, equivalent to help 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 price much more. In that regard, the Mi 11 Extremely is definitely higher worth for cash.

Xiaomi’s largest battle with the Mi 11 Extremely is not going to be making an attempt 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 could be place to begin. Xiaomi already makes use of Google’s dialler and messages apps for the Extremely, so the following step needs to be eliminating extra redundant apps such because the Music participant and GetApps in favour of Google’s options or a minimum of give customers the choice to uninstall them. Maybe the upcoming MIUI 12.5 update may deal with 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 will likely be a leap of religion, and actually, it is one which’s value taking.


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