Mi 11X Review: Who Says You Have to be an All-Rounder?

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The Mi 11X from Xiaomi is essentially the most reasonably priced of three new fashions within the Mi 11 household. It is priced a bit decrease than the Mi 10T however gives loads of up to date options, most notably its Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC which is just one step beneath the present flagship stage. Priced beginning at Rs. 29,999, this telephone may provide plenty of bang for the buck – so long as you are not searching for each doable premium function. Whereas some telephones lately go heavy on digital camera or battery efficiency at the price of every thing else, and others attempt to be well-balanced all-rounders, the Mi 11X is all about its processor.

That stated, the Mi 11X does additionally produce other noteworthy options, notably its show and design. So who will this attraction to? Players make up a big section, and contemplating that devoted gaming telephones are sometimes a lot bulkier and dearer, there needs to be loads of individuals who like this strategy. When you’re unsure whether or not the Mi 11X is best for you, learn on.

Mi 11X value in India and shopping for choices

Xiaomi has launched the Mi 11X in two variants. The bottom model has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 29,999, however it’s also possible to get it with 8GB of RAM and the identical quantity of storage for Rs. 31,999. Relying on what financial institution you employ, you possibly can stand up to Rs. 3,500 off. With solely a Rs. 2,000 distinction between variants, the upper priced one appears to make much more sense. The decrease beginning value may work nice psychologically, however given the high-end processor, it is smart to spend slightly extra for the potential added future-proofing. The telephone will likely be obtainable formally on Mi.com and Amazon in addition to at Xiaomi’s personal retail areas and different offline shops.

Together with the Mi 11X, Xiaomi has additionally launched the Mi 11X Pro, which shares the identical physique and is priced beginning at Rs. 39,999. This upgraded mannequin options the flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 108-megapixel important rear digital camera, however each have the identical display, battery, and different options. Each telephones can be found in the identical three colors: Cosmic Black, Frosty White, and Celestial Silver.

Xiaomi makes use of totally different branding and positioning methods in several nations, so that you may see the Mi 11X bought because the Redmi K40 or additionally because the Poco F3. There is likely to be minor variations to swimsuit every market however it seems that all of them come from the identical mould, so do not be confused by mentions of those different names on-line.

The Mi 11X has an especially reflective rear panel made from Gorilla Glass 5

 

Mi 11X design

The Mi 11X seems refreshingly plain, with no elaborate prospers and no over-the-top branding parts like we have seen from among the competitors of late. The digital camera module on the rear is noticeable however not attention-grabbing, and does not protrude a lot even with its two-step design. Identical to the Redmi Note 10 series, the body is barely flattened on the highest and backside, and bulges on the suitable the place it envelopes the facility and quantity buttons.

The Cosmic Black and Frosty White choices are fairly plain, whereas Celestial Silver seems to be a refined gradient end. My black unit picked up plenty of smudges and fingerprints as quickly as I began utilizing it. The rear panel is extraordinarily reflective however fortunately not too easy or slippery.

Having a 6.67-inch display makes this telephone fairly tall and large, however it’s pretty common when it comes to thickness and weight at 7.8mm and 196g respectively. Like we noticed on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review), the entrance digital camera gap may be very small however is sadly surrounded by a silver ring which could be very distracting. My assessment unit got here with a pre-applied display protector nevertheless it was barely misaligned, which made the digital camera gap much more noticeable – although it is a minor, subjective problem.

There is a speaker grille for stereo sound and Xiaomi’s trademark infrared emitter on the highest. The ability button on the suitable has an built-in fingerprint sensor, and my proper thumb rested on it naturally. The amount buttons are above it. On the underside, you may discover a twin Nano-SIM tray, a USB Kind-C port, and the first speaker. A Kind-C to three.5mm audio adapter is included within the field, together with a transparent plastic case, the 33W charger, and a USB cable.

We’re all the time completely satisfied to see an IP score, and the Mi 11X is mud and water-proof as much as the IP53 normal. The entrance and rear are made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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The Mi 11X has a 6.67-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display

 

Mi 11X specs and software program

The Snapdragon 870 has to this point solely been seen in a small variety of telephones such because the OnePlus 9R (Review) and Vivo X60 Pro (Review), each of which value extra but in addition boast of different high-end options. iQoo’s not too long ago introduced iQoo 7 is a more in-depth match when it comes to pricing. The Snapdragon 870 is a really minor refresh of the Snapdragon 865, however as we have already seen, it is nonetheless a powerhouse. Xiaomi has additionally used UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM.

For gaming and leisure, the selection of a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel ought to work properly. It has a full-HD+ (1080×2400) decision, 120Hz most refresh price and 360Hz contact sampling price, and HDR10+ with a 1300nit peak brightness score. Color copy is alleged to be 100 p.c of the DCI-P3 gamut. There’s additionally assist for MEMC movement smoothing which is alleged to doubtlessly make low-framerate content material look extra fluid, in addition to AI-based HDR enhancement. There is not an in-dispay fingerprint sensor – you may discover it built-in into the facility button on the facet.

Xiaomi has gone with a 4,520mAh battery and guarantees as much as 11 hours of gaming per cost. You get a 33W quick charger within the field, which ought to assist the USB-PD and Qualcomm Fast Cost requirements and ship a full cost in beneath an hour. The Mi 11X additionally has stereo audio system with Dolby Atmos stated to be added in a future software program replace, and high-res certification for wired and wi-fi headsets.

There are two Nano-SIM slots however no provision for microSD storage enlargement. You get Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and a number of navigation techniques together with NavIC, however no NFC (the corporate’s web site did checklist NFC assist till Devices 360 contacted a consultant for affirmation). A haptic motor offers bodily suggestions for gestures and faucets. One potential minor inconvenience is that the USB port works solely at USB 2.Zero pace for information transfers.

Xiaomi ships the Mi 11X with MIUI 12.0.3, and I obtained an replace to 12.0.Four in the course of the assessment interval. That is primarily based on Android 11, and my unit had the April 2021 safety patch. The expertise is just about the identical as on different latest Xiaomi telephones together with the Redmi Notice 10 collection. One persevering with problem is the prevalence of promoting and promotional notifications. You’ve the selection to disable ‘Look’ content material on the lockscreen throughout setup, which I might extremely suggest. Xiaomi has stated that MIUI 12.5 will take away this and likewise permit customers to uninstall almost the entire preloaded apps, which I stay up for.

MIUI 12 has a great deal of customisation choices together with themes, an elective app drawer, navigation gestures, a Lite mode, a safe Second House for personal information, and an always-on show mode.

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There is a twin Nano-SIM tray on the underside however no microSD card slot or 3.5mm audio socket

 

Mi 11X efficiency

This telephone is designed to ship class-leading efficiency for its value, and so after all it does properly on the subject of atypical utilization. It feels responsive when performing actions, particularly when utilizing MIUI’s navigation gestures. The 120Hz display refresh price does appear to assist the expertise really feel snappy. The fingerprint sensor labored properly, however its location signifies that it’s straightforward to activate inadvertently whereas simply holding the telephone.

The display is brilliant and vibrant, making the Mi 11X nice for watching movies on. Along with the processor, it signifies that video games are additionally extremely pleasant. The principle grievance I’ve is the silver ring across the entrance digital camera – though Xiaomi boasts of how small the outlet is, the ring nonetheless calls consideration to it which is distracting when making an attempt to concentrate on content material on display. There are alternatives throughout the Android Settings app to tweak the color profile and toggle the studying mode. AI HDR and video smoothing do make slight variations, however you may want particular sorts of content material to essentially discover them.

One nice shock is that the audio system are fairly properly balanced and produce a really large, partaking sound. Bass is certainly missing however the sound does not distort even at excessive quantity, and most music in addition to spoken content material sounds good. Dolby Atmos could be tweaked utilizing the Video Toolbox overlay, and the advance in readability is instantly audible.

Xiaomi blocks many benchmarks on its pre-release telephones, however AnTuTu 9 was capable of run and reported a rating of 673,855 which is marginally increased than what the OnePlus 9R managed. Video games have been fairly easy – each Asphalt 9: Legends and Name of Responsibility Cell ran properly at their highest settings, however the display refresh price appears restricted to 60Hz and 90Hz respectively. The higher again of the telephone did get a bit heat after about 10 minutes of taking part in.

I used to be in a position to make use of the Mi 11X for a full day with out worrying in regards to the battery operating out. With a number of hours of video streaming, gaming, digital camera use, and basic Web utilization, you should have no bother lasting at the very least from morning to nighttime. Our HD video loop take a look at ran for 17 hours, 16 minutes, which is nice however not spectacular.

The Mi 11X did cost in a short time – I logged the battery stage at 67 p.c after being plugged in to the bundled charger for 30 minutes and hit 100 p.c after simply 56 minutes, which is simply barely over what Xiaomi claims however nonetheless very handy. The telephone was off, however its whole physique bought extraordinarily sizzling whereas charging.

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The silver ring across the entrance digital camera could be distracting. An IR emitter is positioned within the speaker grille on the high.

 

Mi 11X cameras

Xiaomi has resisted the temptation of selling and gone with solely three rear cameras on the Mi 11X: a 48-megapixel main rear digital camera with a Sony IMX582 sensor and f/1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide digital camera, and a 5-megapixel “telemacro” digital camera with 2X zoom. The entrance digital camera has a 20 megapixel decision and f/2.45 aperture.

The MIUI digital camera app isn’t fully easy – some controls akin to switching to the Macro digital camera are buried in menus, though different issues like switching video resolutions are extra accessible than regular. The principle carousel of modes is customisable so you possibly can select which of them you need at your fingertips and which might dwell in a spillover menu. There are many digital camera modes and choices to play with.

Mi 11X daytime digital camera samples (high: normal; backside: ultra-wide) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Whereas the 48-megapixel main digital camera is kind of good basically, picture high quality is not the primary precedence that went into creating this telephone – that is a key differentiator for the dearer Mi 11X Professional. Nonetheless, the trade normal is excessive sufficient that you just will not be left upset. Photographs taken within the daytime have been slightly missing when it comes to dynamism and vibrance, whereas different telephones are inclined to saturate colors to make every thing pop. Element is nice when topics are properly lit, however you may discover textures slightly missing in case you amplify photographs all the best way on an enormous display. Portrait mode additionally does a superb job.

Mi 11X daytime macro digital camera pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

Mi 11X daytime portrait mode digital camera pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

The ultra-wide digital camera does not do a nasty job however you possibly can count on some distortion on the edges of the body. The “telemacro” digital camera is rather more attention-grabbing – this appears to be much like the implementation on the Redmi Notice 10 Professional Max, and it is simply as spectacular. You may seize detailed macros with no need to be too near your topic, which suggests you do not hinder mild and framing is less complicated. Nevertheless, there is not any focus information on display which suggests plenty of trial and error is required. When you take your time, you will get some dramatic outcomes.

Mi 11X low-light digital camera samples (high: normal; center: evening mode; backside: ultra-wide) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

 

Particulars get a bit murky in photographs taken at evening, and there is loads of noise. Night time mode undoubtedly makes issues brighter and helps with publicity steadiness, however there is not essentially any enchancment in definition and there is potential for pictures to be affected by movement blur. As anticipated, the ultra-wide digital camera does a really poor job at evening, with poor exposures and weak element. Nevertheless, evening mode really makes it usable. You may seize some cheap pictures in the dead of night. The macro digital camera additionally struggles to select small topics.

 

Mi 11X selfie digital camera samples (high: daytime; backside: low-light) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Beautification is on by default with the entrance digital camera. Pores and skin textures did not look too good when magnified however portrait mode creates handsome depth behind the topic.

Video recording goes as much as 4K 30fps (the Mi 11X Professional can do 4K 60fps plus HDR). High quality is nice at 1080p in addition to 4K. Footage shot within the daytime is not too shaky regardless of the shortage of OIS, however there’s extreme juddering in case you file video whereas strolling at evening.

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Xiaomi has gone with three rear cameras on the Mi 11X

 

Verdict

Smartphone makers have restricted methods during which to make their choices stand out, and with premium options consistently changing into obtainable at decrease and decrease costs, there is not that a lot room for differentiation at every value stage. Xiaomi already has a portfolio full of feature-rich telephones throughout its Mi and Redmi collection, plus the not too long ago spun off Poco model. With the Mi 11X, Xiaomi has chosen to tilt the scales in favour of processor energy and general polish, considerably sacrificing digital camera high quality within the cut price.

When you aren’t too involved about digital camera high quality, it is a nice telephone for round Rs. 30,000. Video games run properly, and due to the slick display plus highly effective SoC, there’s plenty of potential for leisure in addition to general-purpose use, and a point of headroom for future wants is in-built. I additionally just like the small touches, like good stereo audio system, an IP score, and quick charging. With the promised MIUI 12.5 replace, the software program ought to change into rather more user-friendly, however that is not an element we are able to take into consideration but whereas including up the scores.

Finally, the Mi 11X is a powerful contender however not as an all-rounder. In case your wants align with what it gives, you may be pleased with it – particularly contemplating the worth.

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