Brand new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra “Superphone” and 75 “QLED TV can attract all the attention after that the big starting event from last week, but this is the much more affordable Mi 11X that we will focus on today. Although still relatively affordable even by the standards of a “leading killer”, the Mi 11X looks like an ambitious phone that offers up-to-date hardware, flexible cameras and very small touches that set it apart from the cheap crowd. Its price starts from Rs. 29,999 and climbs against OnePlus North (Review) and Realme X7 Pro 5G (Review), among others. Here’s a quick first look at what the Mi 11X has to offer.
You have a choice of three colors, the pretty clear Lunar Whilte and Cosmic Black, plus the Celestial Silver option, which looks like it has a slightly colored gradient. The back panel of my black review unit is extremely glossy and reflective and has collected many visible fingerprints within moments of removing the protective plastic cover. Fortunately, a simple clear case is included in the box.
In terms of design, there are some similarities with the recently released Redmi Note 10 series, especially the flattened top and bottom, the fingerprint sensor on the side and the layout of the camera module. The Mi 11X seems calmer. If you think it looks very familiar, you may have seen a reflection of Redmi k40which launched in China a while ago and looks almost the same phone with a different brand identity.
This is a relatively tall and wide phone, thanks to its 6.67-inch screen. The thickness of 7.8 mm and the weight of 196 grams make it relatively easy to operate, and the impact of the camera is not very pronounced. Although sleek, the rear panel is fortunately not slippery. It has Gorilla Glass 5 on the front as well as the back, and interestingly, the company claims to have an IP53 rating for water and dust resistance.
One of the big highlights is Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoCwhich we also just saw in OnePlus 9R (Review) and I live X60 Pro (Review), although both phones are significantly more expensive. The Mi 11X comes with 6 GB of LPDDR5 RAM for Rs. 29,999, but this option seems pretty pointless, as you can get 8 GB for just a little more on Rs. 31,999. The storage is 128 GB (UFS 3.1) for both, and there is no microSD expansion slot.
Another important feature is the high quality display panel. Xiaomi went with a 6.67-inch Full-HD + 120Hz HDR10 + panel. The company claims an impressive peak brightness of 1300 nits and 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut. The panel is also said to be energy efficient to extend battery life. While the hole for the front camera is surprisingly small, Xiaomi has again added a silver ring around it, which can be very distracting.
Speaking of which, there is a 4,520 mAh battery, which seems to be approximately average for this segment. The Mi 11X comes with a 33W USB-PD charger and should be able to fully charge in less than an hour, according to Xiaomi. We will test battery life and charging speed in our full review. Other notable features include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and dual-band GPS plus NavIC support. When it comes to audio, you get stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos upgrades, and high-resolution cable and wireless audio certification. Usually for a Xiaomi phone there is an infrared emitter on top.
This brings us to the cameras – here marketing gives way because there is no “quad camera” or 108-megapixel main sensor to boast. Instead, you get a relatively humble-sounding 48-megapixel main camera f / 1.79, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 5-megapixel telemacro camera with 2x magnification, which sounds exactly like what we recently saw on Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review). Although these specifications sound basic, we’ll have to wait for the full review to evaluate the quality of the photos and videos we take. Xiaomi says the Mi 11X has three microphones for improved sound recording.
In terms of software, Xiaomi ships the Mi 11 series with its MIUI 12 and has some advertising and promotional content. Earlier, the company promised that all this will disappear in MIUI 12.5, but we still do not have a release date for this.
We will dive into the overall performance of the Mi 11X in our full review coming soon. We will also appreciate its capabilities when it comes to games, photography, battery life, software and overall ease of use. Until then, tell us in the comments section what you think about this phone and how it compares to the price competition below Rs. 30,000.