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Xiaomi has launched their new mobile Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra on April 23rd 2021 in the Indian circuit. Xiaomi Mi11 Ultra is a game changer for Xiaomi and it is a master stroke to its competitors.
Build And Design
The Mi 11 Ultra isn’t like the others; it stands out from the crowd, looks like a beast, and has the specs to back it up. It has a large camera bump on the back, similar to the Samsung S21 Ultra, but larger, with an additional small monitor fused beside the camera, creating a distinctive rear appearance.
The handset is 8.4 millimetres thick, which makes it smaller than the S21 Ultra and the OnePlus 9 Pro. It weighs approximately 234 grams. The weight may be attributed to the rear being made of ceramic rather than glass.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra packs in two pleasing colors are Ceramic White and Ceramic Black. The white colour version of the Mi11 Ultra over the black colour variant looks attractive but it is the user preference that matters. The Ceramic white is not as much of a fingerprint magnet, and it’s also not as reflective.
In terms of the rest of the design, you get a really comfortable placement of power and volume rocker buttons. In addition, Xiaomi has proudly inscribed on the top edge dual speakers tuned by Sound by harman/kardon.
We also have stable infrared scanner; there is no headphone jack, but Xiaomi does include a type USB type C to 3.5 mm jack in the box; however, the Mi 11 ultra only has a type USB TYPE C 2.0 port, which is a huge disappointment. It should have been a 3.0 port at the very least because the transfer speeds are ten times higher. It also has IP rating.
So, the Xiaomi Mi 11 ultra’s design is playful yet coherent, and it also feels incredibly premium to use.
Display And Multimedia
The Xiaomi Mi 11 ultra comes with one of the best smartphone displays available. It is a 6.81-inch 2K AMOLED Quad curved display, which has a 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate alongside with HDR10+ .
It has the brightest screen available, with peak brightness of1700 nits but also can go 900 nits under normal conditions. The screen comes with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus,and has a metal frame on the sides, giving it a premium look. In addition, the display is highly resistant to drops and scratches. The bezels are almost non-existent.
It also supports Dolby Vision made and is the only Android phone that supports Dolby Vision. HDR video playback is stunning on this panel, thanks to its one billion colour support. as compared to 16 million on the majority of phones.
Haptic feedback on this mobile is decent. The optical in-display fingerprint scanner is good considering the price; it could be more on the faster side in the likes of Oneplus 9 Pro or Samsung S21 Ultra.On the rear it has a tiny 1.1-inch AMOLED panel on the back, which can be used to capture photos only in photo mode and to display date and time updates or a message of your choice that can be customised accordingly.
The dual stereo speaker system tuned by harman/kardon, gives user a great multimedia experience. It sounds much like a Mini Bluetooth speaker but with a more spacious sound but can get a bit noisy, besides that it sounds clean, crisp, tight, and doesn’t rattle the chassis. Due to the support for high-resolution audio, the audio quality through a pair of earphones is extremely good. The multimedia experience is fantastic.
Performance and Gaming
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is powered by Qualcomm’s new flagship level Snapdragon 888 device on chip. It ships with 2 variants 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR 5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has the highest AnTuTu score of any premium phone with Scores over 7 lakh mark making it sit on top of the list. The geekbench numbers are also amazing.
The Mi 11 ultra tends to get hot around the frames. However, it cools off much quicker. The phone gets hot after about a 30-minute session of playing high-end games at 60 frames per second, which is common in most snapdragon 888 phones nowadays.
Software and UI
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra not only comes with the best set of hardware but is accompanied with great software. It runs on MIUI 12 skin on top of Android 11 out of the box.
- This is the most responsive Mi UI seen on a phone.
- It’s smooth and quick, and the animations are cool.
- On a flagship handset, MIUI gives us a unique experience.
- We get to some interesting features like get the same fantastic MIUI 12 features like floating windows, second space super wallpapers, and glance for Mi updates.
Few users may not like glances, lock screen advertisements and wallpapers. It comes with bloatware installed fortunately many can be uninstalled.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra packs a triple camera setup, including a 50MP Samsung GN2 primary sensor with OIS, which Xiaomi says is the largest camera sensor ever used on a mobile device. A periscope telephoto lens with 48MP OIS and 120X visual and 5X optical zoom. The 48MP ultra wide lens has a 128° field of view (Field Of View). On the front it has 20MP camera.
- Since the sensors on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultras are big, we get a very nice shallow depth of field.
- Dynamic range can now be vary back and forth.
- Often the shadows are brighter It gives natural colors and is pleasing.
- Though having larger sensor for the primary lens you have to trade it with focusing issues.
- Another benefit of a larger sensor is its low-light output.
- It has the potential to let in more light.
- As you can see, the picture is brighter here but is not sharper.
- The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra seems to be a little yellow tint in its images.
- In extreme low light condition Xiaomi is performing good than its competitors.
- It has a decent overall dynamic range in the ultra-wide camera.
- Shadows are sometimes blown out.
- The ultra-wide camera can also be used to refocus as a Macro camera.
- Xiaomi simply couldn’t focus close enough.
- Now, when it comes to low-light ultra-wide videos, there is room for improvement.
- Xiaomi has given a 120 X zoom.
- The Xiaomi is slightly underexposed, and the sharpness is low.
- When we increase the optical zoom to 5X, the Xiaomi here becomes sharper.
- However, it is slightly underexposed.
- When it comes to 10X and 30X zoom, it has the same problem with sharpness and is a little underexposed.
- At 100X and 120X, the camera captures decent details but loses sharpness.
When it comes to portrait pictures, it does an excellent job in terms of edges. The Xiaomi has kept the colors accurate, but it has boosted the shadows slightly. Now we can crop in with the 2X, and we’re doing a great job with the edges overall as well as colors.
Coming to the selfies the picture from the front camera is good. In portrait mode, the edges are particularly sharp, but the dynamic range is once again adequate. The skin tones aren’t quite right.
It has a reddish hue to it. You can also use the ultra wide camera for selfies with the back display, but the background would be blown out of proportion. Since a Xiaomi has a rear display, you can use it to take selfies with the rear-facing cameras. If we do this, the primary camera as well as ultra wide in the back will provide a clearer image due to a big sensor.
Let’s move on to videos. So, at 4K 30 fps, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is very good and sharp, but it does require some stabilization. The dynamic range for ultra wide video at 4K could have been better, and it did seem to flicker a little bit at times, despite the fact that both had pretty good stabilization.
On the Xiaomi, you can also film in 8k resolution from both the ultra wide and zoom cameras. When you switch to the ultra wide camera, the exposure drops significantly, but I still like having that option. And when you’re zoomed in, stability struggles. However, when it comes to 8K resolution, the Xiaomi offers a variety of choices.
Xiaomi’s front-facing camera can only record in 1080p at 30 and 60fps. There is no 4K, and you can’t use the rear display while shooting video, so you can’t use the hack we did for selfies. The video quality is also poor, as is the stabilization.
For auto focus, it is fast and for audio, taken from video recording is also good.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the first smartphone to use a silicon oxygen anode battery which is apparently a lot thinner and faster to charge than a typical lithium ion battery.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra packs a 5000mAh along with a 67W globally but in Indian variant is going to see a 55W power adapter inside the box. This mobile supports 67W fast charging so Xiaomi will be introducing this 67W power brick date separately, interested users can buy the 67W adapter separately.
The 55 W charger takes around an hour and four minutes to charge from 0-100%. The 67 W charger takes around 40 minutes to charge from 0 – 100%. In terms of battery life, QHD plus resolution with 120 hertz refresh rate always on display rear mini display turned on and got around 8 hours of screen on time, which is sufficient.
As Marques Brownlee aka MKBHD said in his Mi11 Ultra review. The battery dies fast, and you’ll notice a sudden drop when you’re using the camera a lot or playing intensive games. Also, the standby drain on the MI 11 ultra appears to be very high right now.
In Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra we get coverage for many 5G bands as well as 4G carrier aggregation and you also get support for Wi-Fi 6E Bluetooth 5.2.
Pricing And Verdict
The price of the Mi 11 Ultra is marked at Rs – 69,990. Xiaomi India has given a clear call to arms for a mobile battle. To be honest, the Oneplus 9 Pro is a bit back here. Yes, the oneplus 9 pros oxygen UI is more polished, but in terms of hardware, the Mi 11 ultra remains one step ahead of the competition. And, considering how well-optimized Mi UI 12 is on this phone, you will be able to live with it.
Let’s compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which is significantly more expensive. It does have a few perks, most notably dex support and Samsung Pay, all of which are exclusive to the Samsung ecosystem. It also takes better telephoto shots and has a more refined appearance.
By keeping the price in mind then Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra gives a tough fight offering few better things , such as better low light quality, better video recording, and, of course, overall performance of the phone with Snapdragon 888, which is better than Exynos 2100 SoC at least in India. There are obvious benefits that should not be overlooked.
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The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra's has totally unique design and look, the cameras to the results, all are good. The phone is a camera centric mobile. This is a cell phone who loves to take a lot of pics and make memories.
Value For Money
Great Audio Experience
Huge Camera Bump
Misses 67W adapter in India
No Dedicated Memory Slot
Image and video stabilization needs improvements in some areas