Xiaomi, a Beijing-based tech giant, is known in Asia as a manufacturer of above-average phones that are not at the same level as top phones made by Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. Xiaomi phones are sold at affordable prices, which made them the better buy. Xiaomi has been trying to be at the top for a few years, and the Mi 11 ultra is evidence of a foray into the premium rank of flagships.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Design
The noticeable thing about Mi 11 Ultra is its large camera bump, which incongruously extends out of the phone’s body.
It doesn’t make it look lovely, and in fact, it makes it look like a powerhouse machine. Also, the camera module bulk is reasonable. It contains the new 50 megapixel Samsung Isocell GN2 camera sensor, whose 1/1.12-inch image sensor size is the biggest within the Samsung space.
The GN2 image sensor is 183% bigger than the one on iPhone 12 Pro Max, and it’s slightly smaller than the 1-inch sensors used in Sony’s compact mirrorless cameras. The second camera possesses a significant upgrade that is a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera that has much more details than the 12- or 16-megapixel ultrawide lens used by Samsung and Apple. The third camera in this large module is a 48-megapixel Periscope zoom lens.
These triple cameras have justified the camera bump. Xiaomi included a 1.1-inch screen next to three lenses. The second screen acts as a camera viewfinder, which implies you can take self-portraits with the primary camera system. Aside from selfies, the second screen shows time, notifications, etc.
At the front, the 6.8-inch OLED screen is attractive and prominent. It possesses Quad HD resolution and refreshes at 120Hz. The exact number is found in Samsung’s popular smartphones. It is a beautiful, near-the-bezel-less screen that won’t underperform.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Display
The display is similar to the one on Mi 11; that is, it is a 6.81-inch AMOLED screen with a 2K resolution, 480Hz touch input rate, and 120Hz refresh rate. The significant difference is that the maximum brightness is 1700 nits, more than the 1500 nits on the Mi 11.
The rear display is 1.1 inches across and is supposedly identical to the panel in Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6. The availability of a second screen on the phone is attractive, but it doesn’t add anything to the experience.
It notifies you anytime the phone is face-down and can serve as a viewfinder whenever you’re taking a photo of yourself (but only in standard Photo mode, not Portrait or Video or any other mode).
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Camera
Compared to the Mi 10 Ultra, the new model provides a few essential changes in the camera unit. At 1/1.12″, the Samsung ISOCELL sensor in the primary camera is a bit bigger than the 1/1.32″ variant that was used in the previous year and is close in size to the sensors discovered in zealous compact cameras, like Sony’s RX series. Also, the new sensor provides Dual Pixel Pro autofocus that divides every pixel vertically and diagonally (vs. When it is vertical in standard dual-pixel systems) to measure the contrast.
Also, the new sensor can use various HDR methods, depending on the use case or scene. The smart ISO Pro uses a single capture, but every pixel possesses two readouts with diverse conversion gains that the camera urgently merges to develop a high dynamic range image. The Mi 11 Ultra uses this mode in capturing the preview image for scenes with a medium dynamic range and video.
It uses staggered HDR mode for scenes with more significant contrast. In this mode, the sensor captures many frames and then combines them for an optimized result while ensuring that ghosting artifacts are kept minimal.
Other camera features include a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor that the AF system uses to focus on nearer subjects, particularly in portrait shots. In night shots, it works in combination with a dual-pixel system on the sensor. There is a multispectral color temperature sensor that assists in optimizing white balance and color rendering.
Regarding the video mode, the camera can record 8K footage at 24 fps and 4K at 60 fps. The frame rate at the latter setting is variable, and in low light, it automatically decreases the frame rate to 30 fps to control the noise well. In contrast, the Superlight video mode is developed to record video in low-light conditions down to the extreme low-light levels under 1 lux.
But the user must select it. The same is genuine for the always-on display that is at the back of the device. It can be used for rear camera selfie preview and capture notifications, and it also enables activating a super power saving mode that switches off the main display.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Performance
The Mi 11 Ultra runs on Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 on top of Android 11. The software is rapid and responsive with some potential changes to core Android, such as various app layouts in the multitasking window and extra features such as using any app in a floating window. In the performance unit, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra possesses top specs, and the Mi 11 also did, so the Ultra presents a bit of an upgrade on its sibling in this aspect.
It contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with 12GB RAM, which makes the phone fast for gaming, video editing, etc. MIUI is the name of Xiaomi’s standard Android fork, which is also used on the Ultra, and it’s majorly a design change.
MIUI’s big issue rears its unattractive, tired head, as it’s filled with bloatware or pre-installed apps such as Agoda, LinkedIn, eBay, and more. This is one significant aspect that the ‘premium appearance slips, and it feels as if we’re using a cheaper smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Battery Life
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has a 5000mAh battery that supports a 67W wired charging. Essentially, wireless powering also moves up to 67W. Hence, making it the fastest phone with that type of fast charging. It also has reverse wireless powering at 10W, which is identical to the one on Mi 11.
It takes about 40 minutes to charge the phone with or without wires. But it might last for two days of use.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is priced at US$1,425 or €1,200 or 5,999 yuan. Xiaomi is currently the most expensive phone released, but it justifies the price with the incredible performance and components. It debatably seniors Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and that will make it the best phone presently.
It is quite a fantastic phone, though, with its attractive cameras and display, so if you’re not concerned about the price and you need a massive-top-spec phone. It’s a good choice.