Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra may be the ultimate smartphone. When we look at it from all angles, we can not really see a flaw or a defect. Even better, it’s hard to see a phone that matches the Mi 11 Ultra spec to spec, yes, except maybe to other Ultra.
But the first thing is first – let’s do an unboxing. Xiaomi delivers the Mi 11 Ultra with a potent 67W charger that can charge your phone in less than 40 minutes, a USB cable, 3.5mm USB-C dongle and a case.
The back of the phone is where things get really interesting. As far as the camera islands go, this is the danger! It’s huge and is capable of overturning the device you leave it vertically unattended (we do that sometimes).
The camera island has good reason for its size. It houses three large camera sensors and a small screen, reportedly straight from a Mi Band 5 smartband.
In terms of camera, you get a 50MP main camera with a wide field of view of 24 mm and the current largest camera sensor in a smartphone – Samsung’s 1 / 1.12-inch GN2, complete with PDAF with dual pixels, laser-assisted AF and optical stabilization. Moves to 48MP ultra-wide – it’s a really wide 12mm field of view and sits in front of a large 1 / 2.0-inch sensor with PDAF. Then there is the periscope camera with the same resolution and sensor size as the ultra-wide one. It provides 5x optical zoom (120mm equivalent).
The small secondary screen may look like a gimmick, but it allows for selfies with all three of Mi 11 Ultra’s potent main cameras. It’s a little difficult to get a proper grip so you can take a picture with the volume button, but the end result is worth it.
When we move away from the cameras for a minute, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is also a complete smartphone. It has a 6.81-inch AMOLED screen with all the bells and whistles – 1440p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and a searing 900 nit brightness.
There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with 8 GB or 12 GB RAM, a 5,000 mAh battery with 67 W charging both with or without cord. You get two speakers on each side of the Mi 11 Ultra and an infrared sensor at the top. And you can rely on IP68 protection against water and dust.
Keep an eye out for more content with the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra coming soon.