Today Xiaomi unveiled its flagship device for the coming year. Contrary to the market trend of introducing similar devices at different price ranges, Xiaomi is offering a single device called Xiaomi Mi 11. It will be the first device that will be powered by the new Snapdragon 888 processor. The device met with a bit of controversy even before its launch when the company posted that it would not come with a charger inside the box. Xiaomi quickly responded to the Android Authority with an email specifying that it would offer the charger as a free add-on to its deserving customers. It is a more customer-centric approach compared to what Apple did with the launch of the iPhone 12.
Coming back to the launch, Xiaomi unveiled the device in an online-only event in China. It will only be available to the Chinese customers at the start of next year while the global availability will follow soon.
Xiaomi Mi 11 falls in the category of the traditional flagship device offered by most companies. A Pro/Ultraversion could be in the making, as previous rumors have suggested. As mentioned earlier, it is the first Snapdragon 888 powered device. It will come in two variants depending upon the memory. The 8GB variant will come with either 128GB or 256 storage, while only the 256GB storage option is available for the 12GB option. There’s no microSD option as well.
The device’s front is covered by the 6.81″ AMOLED display protected by the new Gorilla Glass Victus. It is a QHD+ display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Xiaomi has upgraded the touch sampling rate in the display to 480Hz. Lastly, the device supports HDR10+ format, and the advertised brightness is now 1500nits. The fingerprint sensor is also baked on display. It now supports heart rate monitoring as well.
In terms of Optics, Xiaomi is going for three on the back and one on the front configuration. The 20MP selfie camera sits inside the punch-hole on the top left corner of the display. The main camera in the back camera setup is the 108MP sensor from its predecessor with improved image quality. Other than this, there is a 13MP ultrawide lens with a 123-degree FoV and a 5MP macro camera for macro photography.
Other highlights of the device are its Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and dual 5G connectivity (only in the case of a sub-6GHz network).
Battery and Charging
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a single-cell 4600mAh battery with support for 55W fast charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse charging. As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi will provide its 65W GaN adaptor to only those customers who need it specifically at no additional cost. It supports Quick Charge 4+, Quick Charge 3+, and Power Delivery 3.0. The phone will generally ship without a charger in the box.
Price and Availability
The device will only be available in China at the start of the year with a starting price of CNY 3999 ($610). It can go up to CNY 4699 ($720), depending upon the memory and storage configuration. Lastly, the company did not announce international availability yet. We shall update you once we hear about the international availability of the device.