The Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro will be the brand’s leading gondolas for the first half of 2021. First smartphones equipped with the powerful Snapdragon 888, with a new design and ultra-fast charging, they confirm Xiaomi’s ambitions in the premium mobile segment.
Champion of the value for money, Xiaomi is about to launch its new flagships with the first models of the Mi 11 series. Devices eagerly awaited as their predecessors are so popular. What news does Xiaomi have in store for us with the Mi 11? At what price and on what release date can we expect? What technical characteristics are expected? These are all questions that we are answering in this dossier.
💰 What is the price of the Xiaomi Mi 11?
First indiscretions on the price of the Xiaomi Mi 11 have been revealed by Gizchina. Three variants of the smartphone would be available: a first with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, a second with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage and a third with 12 GB of RAM for 256 GB of ROM. In its 8/128 GB configuration, the Mi 11 would be marketed for 4500 yuan in China, or approximately 570 euros duty free. With 256 GB of internal memory, the price would drop to 4800 yuan, a little over 600 euros. The price of the most equipped version would be 5,200 yuan, the equivalent of 650 euros after conversion. A special edition with a leather shell would also be in the works, and should logically cost more.
The prices quoted above seem in line with the current pricing policy of Xiaomi, which has largely increased its prices on the high end since the Mi 10. Keep in mind that VAT must still be added for obtain French rates. We should therefore get closer to the 799 euros for the Mi 10 for this Mi 11. For the moment, no reliable information on the price of the Mi 11 Pro has been circulated, but we can expect to reach 999 euros for the Mi 11 Pro. Mi 10 Pro from last year.
📅 What is the release date of the Xiaomi Mi 11?
The Xiaomi Mi 11 will be officially presented on December 28, 2020 at a conference led for the Chinese market. If the manufacturer follows the same strategy as usual, preorders will open the same day in the Middle Empire for a full release in early January 2021.
Xiaomi should soon announce a European launch conference for the Mi 11. It is likely that this will happen very quickly, at the beginning of January, to pull the rug out from under Samsung which plans to announce its Galaxy S21 series in mid-January. . In short, the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro will soon be available in our regions.
🛠 Xiaomi Mi 11 technical sheet
Find below the technical specifications of the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro that have been leaked so far. Of course, this information can evolve between now and the officialization of smartphones.
|Xiaomi mi 11||Xiaomi mi 11 pro|
90 or 120Hz
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5nm)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5nm)|
|BONE||Android 11 + MIUI 12.5||Android 11 + MIUI 12.5|
|RAM||8GB / 12GB||8GB / 12GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB||128 GB / 256 GB|
|Main sensor||48 MP + ultra wide-angle||50MP + ultra wide-angle + telephoto|
55 watt fast charge
55 watt fast charge
📱 Design of the Xiaomi Mi 11
Let’s start with the back. It seems that Xiaomi has reworked the photo block, which adopts a square shape with rounded corners. It is located in the upper left corner and strongly resembles what is found in the majority of other manufacturers. The Mi 10 relied on sensors positioned vertically to the far left.
The front face is also redesigned, before the punch housing the front camera which is moved from the left to the center of the screen, still in the upper part. Between the new photo block and this choice for the punch, the Mi 11 looks like a recent Samsung Galaxy S or Note. As with the OnePlus 9, the standard Mi 11 sports a flat panel, while the Mi 11 Pro is equipped with a panel curved around the edges. The Mi 11’s start button is bright red, like on the Mi 9T Pro for example. The Mi 11 Pro is more sober in this regard.
As regards the colors, they are 4 in number; blue, White, black, purple. It looks like the 12/256 GB variant will be available in either blue or purple. Finally, another special edition in vegan leather has also been reported.
The fingerprint reader is located under the screen in both cases. Charging is via USB-C port and there is no 3.5mm jack port for audio or microSD card slot for storage expansion.
🔲 Which screen for the Xiaomi Mi 11?
The screen size is still unknown. The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro were equipped with a 6.67-inch panel, we should once again find ourselves in these waters. But this year the Pro model seems to have a slightly larger screen than the Mi 11. In any case, the Amoled technology is expected.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 would offer a Full HD + 1080p definition, against a display Quad HD + 1440p in favor of the Mi 11 Pro. The latter model benefits from a refresh rate of 120 Hz. A leaker also mentions an artificial intelligence-based technology capable of applying HDR (more vivid colors, improved light intensity) or MEMC (artificial addition of images for increased fluidity) processing to video content for better rendered.
💪 Performance and memory of Xiaomi Mi 11
If the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be one of the main attractions at the start of 2021, it is because it is the first smartphone to embed Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 SoC. The chip succeeds the Snapdragon 865 on the top of the range and offers even more impressive performance. A benchmark of the Xiaomi Mi 11 also confirms that we are going to have to deal with a power monster. On Geekbench 5, it scores 1135 in single-core and 3790 in multi-core. Enough to become a new benchmark for Android smartphones. Especially since engraved in 5nm, the Snapdragon 888 has a higher energy efficiency than the old models.
For the record, we already mentioned the different configurations a little earlier: 8/128 GB, 8/256 GB and 12/256 GB. It is not yet said that the three proposals will be available in Europe.
🔋 Xiaomi Mi 11 battery, autonomy and recharging
We can expect a good autonomy on the next flagships of Xiaomi since a battery capacity of 4780 mAh is announced on the Mi 11, while the Mi 11 Pro would be entitled to a battery of 4970 mAh. It will still be necessary to be careful of its use if the QHD + and 120 Hz are activated at the same time on the Mi 11 Pro. Both smartphones are compatible with fast 55W wired charging.
Wireless charging should be integrated on both devices, but no indication of charging power yet. As a reminder, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro offered a 30W wireless charging as well as a 5W reverse wireless charging to charge accessories with the smartphone battery.
📸 The Xiaomi Mi 11 camera
The Xiaomi Mi 11 should offer a triple photo sensor consisting of a 48 MP main module, an ultra-wide-angle sensor as well as a final lens, the use of which is still unknown. The Mi 11 Pro will benefit from a quadruple photo sensor, with a main camera of 50 MP, a module of 20 MP and two others of 12 MP each. Among them, there is certainly an ultra wide-angle sensor as well as a telephoto lens allowing optical zooms. Xiaomi reportedly uses a pixel binning technique to create higher quality photos than one would expect from a 48 or 50 MP sensor, thus justifying the abandonment of the 108 MP photo sensor used on its premium devices. from 2020.
We hope that the manufacturer will make software optimizations at the photo level to further improve in this area. In some situations still, using the Gcam rather than the smartphone’s native camera gives better image results.
🔎 MIUI 12
The Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro run under the last major version of Xiaomi’s in-house overlay: MIUI 12, based on Android 11. You can consult our dedicated file to find out all the new features brought by the update, with in particular a revised interface and better quality of animations.
The Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro will receive several feature updates, Xiaomi is known to be generous in this area. Starting with MIUI 12.5, which should even be presented on December 28 at the same time as the Mi 11 and available by OTA update from the day the smartphones are released. In Europe, it is even possible that the Mi 11 series will be marketed with MIUI 12.5 natively installed.
Then MIUI 13, still based on Android 11, should still add new features and offer a number of improvements: animations, new themes, gestures, interface, photo and video editing tool, revision of Always on Display mode, more storage management options, redesigned notification system …