Xiaomin brand new Mi 11 Ultra “Superphone” and 75 inch QLED television may get all the attention after last week’s big launch event, but it’s a much cheaper Mi 11X that we’re focusing on today. While the Mi 11X is still relatively affordable even by “flagship-killer” standards, it looks like an aspiring phone that offers up-to-date hardware, flexible cameras, and lots of small details that set it apart from the low-cost ones. It is priced from Rs. 29999 and goes up OnePlus Nord (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, a fairly straightforward Lunar Whilte and Cosmic Black, and a Celestial Silver option that looks like it has a slightly tinted gradient. The back panel of the black viewing unit is very glossy and reflective, and it took very visible fingerprints in an instantly pulled protective plastic wrap. Fortunately, the box includes a simple clear case.
The design bears some similarities to the recently released Redmi Note 10 series, specifically the flattened top and bottom, the fingerprint sensor on the side, and the layout of the camera module. Mi 11X looks calmer. If you think it looks very familiar, you may have seen it Redmi K40, which launched in China a while ago, and seems to be almost the same phone with a different brand.
This is a relatively long and wide phone thanks to its 6.67-inch screen. The thickness of 7.8 mm and the weight of 196 g make it relatively easy to handle, and the knock on the camera is not too strong. Although glossy, the back panel is thankfully not slippery. There’s Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, and it’s interesting that the company claims an IP53 rating for water and dust resistance.
One of the biggest highlights is Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, which we have also just seen OnePlus 9R (Review) and Vivo X60 Pro (Review), although both phones are significantly more expensive. The Mi 11X is available with 6GB of LPDDR5 memory for R-disks. 29999, but this conversion looks pretty pointless as you get 8GB for just a little more at Rs. 31,999. The storage space is 128GB (UFS 3.1) for both, and there is no microSD card slot for expansion.
Another important feature is the high quality display panel. Xiaomi comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD + 120Hz HDR10 + panel. The company claims an impressive peak brightness of 1,300 staples and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage. The panel is also said to be energy efficient to extend battery life. Although the hole in the front camera is surprisingly small, Xiaomi has once again added a silver ring around it, which can be very distracting.
Speaking of which, there is a 4520 mAh battery that seems to be on average for this segment. The Mi 11X has a 33W USB-PD charger and should be able to fully charge in less than an hour, According to Xiaom. We test battery life and charging speed in our complete review. Other noteworthy specifications include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and dual-band GPS, as well as support for NavIC. For sound, you get stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos enhancement, and wired and wireless high-resolution sound certification. Typically for Xiaomi phones, the top has an infrared emitter.
It brings us to the cameras – marketing takes a back seat because there is no “quad camera” or 108 megapixel main sensor. Instead, you get a relatively humble-sounding 48-megapixel f / 1.79 main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 5-megapixel “telemacro” camera with 2X zoom that sounds just like what we recently saw Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review). While this specification sounds fundamental, we will have to wait for a full review to assess the quality of the photos and videos captured. Xiaomi says the Mi 11X has three microphones to improve sound recording.
In terms of software, Xiaomi will supply the Mi 11 series with MIUI 12, and there will be some ad and promotional content. The company has previously promised that all of this will disappear in MIUI 12.5, but we don’t have a release date yet.
We dive into the overall performance of the Mi 11X in our complete review coming soon. We also evaluate its features in terms of gaming, photography, battery life, software, and overall ease of use. Until then, let us know in the comments section what you think of this phone and how it will face the competition with a price below Rs. 30,000.