Xiaomi has just lifted the veil on the Mi 11 at a conference in China. The smartphone is distinguished by the presence of a 2K 120 Hz screen, a Snapdragon 888 SoC, MIUI 12.5 and a triple photo sensor on the back. Price, technical sheet, release date … We tell you everything about the new flagship of the Chinese brand.
As expected, it was during his Chinese conference on Monday, December 28 that Xiaomi lifted the veil on the Xiaomi Mi 11. The Chinese firm is thus cutting the grass under the feet of its competitors by marketing the first smartphone powered by the SoC Snapdragon 888, the new chipset engraved in 5 nm from Qualcomm.
In the process, Xiaomi lifted the veil on MIUI 12.5, a new version of its Android overlay. This new iteration based on Android 11 comes preinstalled on the Mi 11.
The Mi 11 benefits from a completely new design at the rear
When we discover the Mi 11, the first element that we notice is undoubtedly the rear of the rear and its island intended to accommodate the triple photo sensor. This comes in the form of a small block with widely rounded edges. We have never seen such a design on a smartphone, and the result seems rather successful.
The device benefits from the front, as well as the rear, curved edges. Xiaomi also seems to be returning to a more compact model than the Mi 10 or Mi 10T. The Mi 11 is only XX mm thick. The whole seems rather classy and resistant, Xiaomi having insisted on the fact that his smartphone benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass Victus technology during the presentation.
Which technical sheet for the Xiaomi Mi 11?
The Mi 11 is covered with a touch screen of 6.81 inch. The smartphone is built around a 120 Hz OLED display with a 2K definition. But one of the main assets of the Mi 11 is undoubtedly to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. It’s about first smartphone to be equipped with Qualcomm’s new SoC.
The device is also supported by 8 or 12 GB of RAM. Xiaomi also offers 128 or 256 GB internal storage. Finally, and as we could imagine, this model is 5G compatible. And for even more speed, the device is also Wi-Fi 6E compatible.
Autonomy side, the Mi 11 benefits from a 4600 mAh battery. The device takes advantage of 55W fast charging. Wireless charging is also very fast, since it reaches 50W. Xiaomi announces a full charge in just 53 minutes, and finally, Xiaomi has integrated 10W reverse wireless charging.
Sound is powered by stereo speakers Harman Kardon. On the photo side, we have a 108 MP photo sensor (opening f / 1.85), a module dedicated to the 5 MP macro and a 13 MP sensor for the ultra wide angle. On the front side, the device has a 20 megapixel front camera (f / 2.4).
What price and what release date?
Xiaomi is marketing the Mi 11 at a starting price of 3999 yuan for the 8 GB / 128 GB version. That is € 500, approximately. In France, we expect a significantly higher price, even if it should not reach the price of the Mi 10 released in early 2020.
Here is the complete price list for the different versions of the device:
- 8 GB / 128 GB at 3999 yuan (around € 500)
- 8 GB 256 GB at 4,299 yuan (approximately € 540)
- 12 GB + 256 GB at 4699 yuan (approximately € 590)
As announced earlier, the Xiaomi Mi 11 box will be charger-free. An approach already undertaken by Apple with its range of iPhone 12, recently joined by Samsung and its Galaxy S21. But, because there is a big but: in China, Xiaomi sells two packs. One does not have a charger, while the other takes advantage of a GAN 55 W charger. And the good news is that both packs are sold at the same price. Clearly, the Chinese manufacturer leaves the choice to the consumer to acquire or not the charger with his smartphone, without paying a cent more.
Xiaomi offers the Mi 11 in the colors gray, blue, frosted white with anti-reflective glass, purple and covered with beige vegan leather. Finally, note that Xiaomi has also planned a Special Edition whose particularity is to offer a striated back. The manufacturer has not yet revealed the launch date or the price of its smartphone outside of China. Xiaomi should very soon to announce a European launch conference. What do you think of this new generation of Xiaomi smartphones? We await your opinion in the comments.