Now that Pro moniker has gone mainstream, that’s it Ultra that has come to represent the crop cream, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra can wear that badge proudly. Limited to its home market last year, the ultimate Mi has gone global this time around, and we’ve excited to have it reviewed today.
We are torn, whether it is the physical appearance of the camera system that is more striking or the hardware inside. A simply massively raised area on the back looks the bolt on, almost as it’s hard to miss, and it’s a good conversation starter, even if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
But its size is justified – the main camera packs the largest sensor used on a modern smartphone, and next to it – two more modules that can not be matched in their own fields, somehow. Oh, and yes, there is also a display here – for why not, but also because it can be useful.
There is much more than 1.1 inch OLED on the front. The 6.81-inch Super AMOLED is all sorts of amazing – high resolution, high refresh rate, high brightness, HDR, a billion colors, you say. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 888 downstairs is unmatched as the chipset goes this year, and with 256GB of basic storage, should we even mention the lack of expansion options as a con?
Overview of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra:
- Body: 164.3×74.6×8.4mm, 234g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), ceramic back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust / water repellent (up to 1.5 m in 30 minutes).
- Screen: 6.81 “AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision, 900 nits, 1700 nits (peak), 1440x3200px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 515ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
- Memory: 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS / software: Android 11, MIUI 12.5.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 50 MP, f / 2.0, 24 mm, 1 / 1.12 “, 1.4 ,m, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 48 MP, f / 2.2, 12 mm, 128 °, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 μm, PDAF; Telephoto: 48 MP, f / 4.1, 120 mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 ,m, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom.
- Front camera: 20 MP, f / 2.2, 27 mm (wide), 1 / 3.4 “, 0.8 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 8K @ 24fps, 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10 + rec; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 / 60fps, 720p @ 120fps, gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 67W, 100% in 36 minutes (announced), fast wireless charging 67W, 100% in 39 min (announced), reverse wireless charging 10W, fast charging 4+, power supply 3.0.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); NFC; Infrared port.
Xiaomis usually does not have dust and water protection, but that has changed this year with the Mi 11s – both Pro and Ultra have an IP68 rating, and that is a very welcome development. Conversely, a staple from the brand’s handset, both affordable and expensive, remains the IR emitter. Stereo speakers have been on the way to Xiaomi midrange, so it’s only natural that the high-end models have them, and these have been tuned by Harman / Kardon, which could not hurt.
An increase in battery capacity compared to last year’s model is another upgrade we can appreciate. On the other hand, they downgraded the charge – instead of the Mi 10 Ultra’s 120W, you only get 67W here. Tsk-tsk.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra unboxing
The packaging has lost the flair of the Mi 10 Ultra’s presentation, and the Mi 11 Ultra appeared in a standard black box with copper letters (or is it rose gold?). What’s inside it?
Our EU-bound retail package includes the 67W charger – this is not the case in all markets with chargers supplied free of charge possibility some places (China, maybe other parts of Asia). It’s a proprietary adapter with a USB-A port, so it does not need USB PowerDelivery hards. A USB cable is also included.
A headset may be missing, but there is a USB-C-to-3.5mm dongle included so you can use your own. Also inside the box is a transparent soft silicone back cover. While the (free) protection is appreciated, the look and feel of the thing is no match for the phone itself.