Review of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: the first uberflagman from the manufacturer of "people's" smartphones


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Xiaomi decided to break into the "big league" and release the most stuffed flagship without any

компромиссов, к которым прибегала ранее для cost reduction. And Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra can be called a successful first experience of the company. But with some reservations. The smartphone has all the features necessary for a modern flagship, and even more. A magnificent AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, flagship filling, expensive body materials, high-quality stereo speakers and protection from dust and water according to the IP68 standard. There is a fancy set of cameras that shoot very well in most situations. And very fast charging, both wired and wireless. And a bonus to all this is an additional display on the rear panel. Of the minor complaints, it is worth noting a very large camera module and, as a result, an unusual weight distribution. And this is compounded by the fact that the smartphone is heavy. Overheating and throttling at maximum load are also a little frustrating. Yes, while in everyday tasks this is not critical, but the requests for games and applications are growing very quickly, and such a smartphone is clearly not bought for a year. But the main (and only serious) problem of a smartphone is its price. 45 000 UAHwhich goes against the original affordable pricing policy that made the company's products popular.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Flagship smartphone with 6.81-inch 2K AMOLED display 120 Hz, top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory, Equipped with a triple main camera and an additional screen on the back. The body is made of glass, metal and ceramics and is protected according to the IP68 standard. The smartphone is powered by a 5000mAh battery, supports 67W very fast wired and wireless charging, as well as 10W reverse wireless charging.

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6 reasons to buy Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra:

  • top performance;
  • gorgeous AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz;
  • great cameras;
  • very fast wired and wireless charging;
  • stereo speakers;
  • body materials, protection against dust and water IP68.

3 reasons not to buy the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra:

  • very high cost;
  • overheating and throttling at prolonged peak loads;
  • the large weight of the smartphone and the huge main camera module, which outweighs.

Fast passage:

  1. What does the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra look like?
  2. How good is the screen?
  3. What are the unlock methods?
  4. What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?
  5. How convenient is the interface?
  6. How good are the cameras?
  7. In the dry residue

What does the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra look like?


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From the front, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra looks relativelyas usual, as for flagship smartphones. A huge screen in the entire area with slightly rounded side edges and a small hole for the front camera in the upper left corner. The screen has very neat curves and there were no false alarms during use. There are some peculiarities in the case materials. The entire front panel is covered by Gorilla Glass Victus, the side frame is metal, and the back panel is made of ceramic.


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The back panel houses the most recognizableSmartphone construction and design element. A huge block of the main camera. It occupies the entire width of the smartphone and protrudes very noticeably above the body. This is due to three highly advanced cameras, including a 5x zoom periscope. And with the fact that there is an additional screen next to it. It is similar to what the company installs in the Mi Band 5 fitness bracelet. It can display useful information: hours, notifications, charge level. So also serve as a viewfinder in order to take self-portraits on the rear camera. This is not the first smartphone with an additional screen: at one time such an experiment was already carried out by Meizu in the PRO 7 and PRO 7 Plus smartphones.


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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra itself turned out to be veryweighty: 234 g and a large camera module significantly shifts the center of mass. Because of this, there are regular fears of dropping it from your hands. So a protective bumper will be very useful. The smartphone will obviously not survive a fall on a hard surface. There is a white and black version. The last one came to us. It is glossy and collects fingerprints instantly.


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The frame is made of metal.But there is a glass insert on the top edge. In addition to the usual additional microphone, an IR transmitter for controlling electronics and a second external speaker were placed on top. And next to it is the logo of the harman / kardon company, which was engaged in “tuning” the sound of the smartphone.


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On the bottom there is an external speaker, microphone, USB Type-C connector and tray. Only 2 SIM cards can be inserted into it. There is no place for a memory card.


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The rest of the arrangement of functional elements is familiar. The left side is empty, while the right side houses the metal power and volume buttons.


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The smartphone looks and feels as expensive asrelies on an expensive flagship. Of the controversial points - an unusual weight distribution due to a huge camera module and a very easily soiled rear panel in black. It is also worth mentioning that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the company's first smartphone with IP68 dust and water protection.


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How good is the screen?


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The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has a large 6.81-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 3200x1400 (aspect ratio 20: 9) and a pixel density of 515 ppi. The display refresh rate is 120 Hz, the smartphone can automatically switch between 30, 60, 90 and 120 Hz, depending on the content on the screen. The polling rate of the sensor layer is 480 Hz. To save energy, you can switch to FullHD + (2400x1080) and 60 Hz, but you don't want to do this at all. The screen supports HDR10 +, Dolby Vision, promises a maximum brightness in automatic mode of 900 cd / m2 and a peak of 1700 cd / m2. Besides the frequency setting, there is a dark interface theme, several color display modes, manual color temperature adjustment, DC Dimming and reading mode.


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There is an Always on Display function with different dials and pictures to choose from.


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It is also worth remembering about the settings.additional display. It can be used to display all sorts of useful information (battery charge, notifications, hours) if the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is “face down”. True, there is no full-fledged Always on Display function. It automatically turns on when the smartphone is turned over and appears on a flat surface with the screen down, or is activated by a double tap. You can choose the duration of the activity: 10, 20, 30 seconds. You can select any picture, clock or inscription, as well as the displayed information.


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Now let's go back to the main screen.Visually, he is gorgeous. Perhaps one of the best at the moment. This applies to the brightness, and the quality of the picture itself, and the smoothness of the work together with a very fast shell. In “Saturated” mode the maximum brightness was a very impressive 498.377 cd / m2. At the same time, as befits AMOLED screens, the color gamut is much wider than sRGB. There is a slight overabundance of the blue component, as a result, the screen goes a little into cold shades. If desired, you can adjust it in the settings.


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In "native color" mode, the color gamut is close to sRGB, and the color reproduction tends to the reference values. But the maximum brightness is slightly lower: 441.667 cd / m2.


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
498.377
0

ASUS ROG Phone 5
482.347
0

Samsung Galaxy S21 +
437.906
0

Samsung Galaxy S21
432.854
0

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
408.388
0

Sony Xperia 1
394.97
0

Huawei P30 Pro
447.247
0

Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
0

What are the unlock methods?


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To determine the owner of the smartphone bybiometric features use an in-screen fingerprint scanner and face recognition by a front-facing camera. Optical scanner. And, it is worth noting, it works great: both in speed and in accuracy. Although you can't expect anything else from a flagship smartphone. Face recognition works at a good level, taking into account the technical capabilities (no additional sensors). Fast and accurate with adequate lighting.


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The sub-screen scanner also has one additional function. He knows how to measure the pulse. According to personal measurements, the error does not exceed 3%, but it is. Which is quite expected.


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The interesting point is that to useheart rate scanner needs the Mi Health app. But it is not preinstalled on the smartphone and is not available in the Play Market. Finding and installing the APK isn't difficult, though. The application itself is still mainly in English, with some inscriptions in Russian.


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What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

Responsible for the performance of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultraflagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. Perhaps the most productive solution on the market at the moment. With a decent performance margin for the next couple of years. It is an eight-core 5nm processor that includes one Kryo 680 at 2.84 GHz, 3xKryo 680 at 2.42 GHz and 4xKryo 680 at 1.8 GHz. Responsible for the graphics accelerator Adreno 660. The amount of RAM is 12 GB, fast LPDDR5 is used, the built-in storage is 256 GB of UFS 3.1 standard. As expected, the smartphone demonstrates very impressive results in synthetic tests.


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But with cooling, everything is not so good.In the CPU Throttling test stress test, the performance starts to drop noticeably after about 3 minutes of the test and can drop up to 76%. At the same time, the entire body of the smartphone is noticeably heated. In real conditions, nothing terrible happens. The smartphone becomes slightly warm when playing for a long time or during active use of the camera. But this does not affect the stability and speed of work.


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The smartphone copes with games without problems.Call of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9 and Shadowgun Legends run at maximum settings at a stable 60 FPS. Only in Genshin Impact the situation is worse: the frame rate fluctuates in the range of 30-35 FPS. For games, a corresponding proprietary utility is provided with performance settings, disabling notifications and other useful things.


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Wireless interfaces:dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with support for the new 6e standard, Bluetooth 5.2 LE (aptX HD, LDAC codecs are supported) and NFC for contactless payment. Supported global positioning systems GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS, NavIC. There is an infrared port for controlling home electronics with the corresponding application.


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We should also say a few words about the sound.Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is equipped with stereo speakers. And they sound very impressive, both in quality and in volume. There are even hints of low frequencies. As for the sound in the headphones, it is rather difficult to evaluate the work of harman / kardon: there is no 3.5 mm jack and the smartphone itself came to us without a kit (and, accordingly, an adapter). Music was listened to exclusively via Bluetooth. The player has a harman / kardon item in sound effects. It really slightly changes the general character of the sound, but this is not for everybody.


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The smartphone uses a 5000 mAh battery,which is not much considering the screen, performance and other technical aspects. But the main feature is the use of a new type of battery with an anode made of silicon dioxide Si-O2 instead of the standard graphite one. In theory, this allows you to reduce the size of the battery with the same energy capacity, and also allows you to use very fast charging “painlessly”. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra supports proprietary fast charging 67W, from which it can fully charge in just over half an hour. And wireless charging of similar power. Unfortunately, we could not estimate the charging speed due to the lack of a kit. The smartphone also supports Quick Charge 4+ and Power Delivery 3.0 standards, and also has a 10W reverse wireless charging function. In terms of autonomy, no records, but everything is in order. If you do not deny yourself anything: resolution 3200x1400, 120 Hz, calls, mail, social. networks, instant messengers, web surfing, camera, games, then a smartphone is enough for a day without any problems. With more modest use - one and a half days.


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What about the interface?


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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra runs on Android 11 withshell MIUI 12.0.6.0. Commercial samples are already working on the newer MIUI 12.5, unfortunately, it did not come to our sample. Accordingly, it is extremely difficult to say what is new there. MIUI 12.0.6.0 looks and feels pretty familiar, just like recent previous versions of the shell. It is very nimble, has nice animations and works stably. The general logic is familiar: there is a choice between exclusively desktops and an option with a separate application menu, setting up the screen grid, different options for navigating the system, and other things that have already become familiar.


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From what we managed to notice the unusual (previouslyI have not met in MIUI) - this is the ability to open the application in the reduced window mode from the application manager. Although it is possible that in some models it was already.


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Standard set of branded applications:


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How good are the cameras?


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One of the most interesting and important featuresThe Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a very advanced camera set. There are three of them behind. The main module has a resolution of 50 megapixels. It uses a brand new Samsung sensor with an impressive 1 / 1.12 inch physical dimensions. Optics - 24 mm EGF, f / 1.95, optical stabilization, Dual Pixel PDAF and laser autofocus. Shoots either 12.5 or 50 megapixels. The periscopic telephoto module has a resolution of 48 megapixels, f / 4.1, 120 mm EGF, 1 / 2.0 ″, 0.8 µm, equipped with PDAF and optical stabilization. 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid and up to 120x digital. The third module is ultra-wide at 48 MP, f / 2.2, 12 mm, 1 / 2.0 ″, 0.8 µm. It has two important features: a very wide 128˚ angle and the presence of PDAF autofocus, which is extremely rare so far. Front camera - 20 MP, f / 2.2.

The camera app is user-friendly and straightforward.Horizontal carousel of modes, basic settings on the main screen, a drop-down menu with additional important settings (resolution, etc.), professional photo and video modes. Of the additional interesting modes there is a supermoon (the purpose is clear by the name), video blog, cinema effects (with a bunch of interesting templates) and long exposure (also with a bunch of templates). In a word, there is something to play with. True, for long exposure effects it is highly desirable to have a tripod for obvious reasons.


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On the quality of shooting, conclusions can only be drawnintermediate. The fact is that in the MIUI 12.5 version, with which the smartphone is supplied, the camera performance has been significantly improved compared to 12.0.6.0, on which our sample is running. But, in general, it is worth noting that the main camera shoots really well, both during the day and at night. The pictures have a wide dynamic range, good detail and relatively natural color reproduction. But in some cases, the automation does not work quite correctly and the picture may turn out to be too overexposed, especially when it comes to night shooting. The originals can be viewed here.


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An ultra wide-angle camera is more difficult with poorlighting, but she also did not lose face: it is quite possible to take very decent pictures in the evening. Although the decrease in detail is very noticeable. Separately, it should be noted that I was very pleased with the presence of autofocus in ultra-wide.


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A telephoto module with 5x zoom is a great and useful thing. But in the evening it is not so easy to take a clear picture “handheld” with it, it is banal because of the long exposure. Minimal fluctuation - and you can see it.


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And yes, it is really quite possible to shoot the moon on a smartphone, even "from hand":


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The smartphone is able to write video up to 8K (which is not too much in demand yet). 4K 60 fps video is very decent quality, without significant shaking. Stabilization works well:

There is a separate item “stabilization” in the settings, which works only at FullHD 30 fps. Probably more aggressive stabilizer operation:

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The bottom line: four things you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

  • Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is equipped with top-end hardware at the moment and an excellent AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3200x1440 with a frequency of 120 Hz.
  • The smartphone received a small additional screen next to the rear cameras, which can display useful information, as well as work as a viewfinder for self-portraits on the main camera.
  • The rear camera has three modules: 50 MP main, 48 MP periscopic telephoto with 5x zoom and 48 MP ultra-wide with a viewing angle of 128 °.
  • This is the first smartphone from the company with IP68 protection.

Specifications Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Display
AMOLED, 6.81 inches, 3200 × 1440 (aspect ratio 20: 9), 515 ppi, Gorilla Glass Victus, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision, 120 Hz

Housing
dimensions: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.4 mm, weight: 234 g

CPU
64-bit 5-nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, 1xKryo 680, 2.84 GHz, 3хKryo 680 2.42 GHz, 4хKryo 680 1.8 GHz, graphics Adreno 660

RAM
12 GB LPDDR5

Flash memory
256 GB UFS 3.1

Camera
Primary: 50 MP, f / 1.95, 1 / 1.12 ″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; telephoto: 48 MP; ultra wide: 48 MP, f / 2.2, 128˚; [email protected]; front camera: 20 MP f / 2.2

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / 6e (dual band, 2.4 and 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2 LE, aptX HD, LDAC, NFC, infrared

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS, NavIC

Battery
5000 mAh, non-removable; 67W fast charging, 67W fast wireless charging, 10W reverse wireless charging

operating system
Android 11 + MIUI 12.0.6.0

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

Additionally
protection against dust and moisture IP68; stereo sound

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