Mi 11 Ultra – launched in India last month and slated to go on sale soon – is Xiaomi’s most expensive flagship ever, priced at Rs. 69,990. It offers a lot for the money. Its specifications include a 50-megapixel primary camera sensor, a periscope lens with 5x optical zoom, and a quadruple-curved AMOLED display. Oddly enough, there’s a tiny secondary display on the back as well. Are all of these offers enough to convince a customer looking for a high-end smartphone at Rs. 70,000 – and who might be looking at the OnePlus 9 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra? We’ll discuss this and other things about the Mi 11 Ultra in this week’s episode of Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast.
Host Akhil Arora speaks to Assistant Editor of Gadgets 360 Roydon Cerejo and reviewer Aditya Shenoy to understand the pros and cons of the Mi 11 Ultra. The smartphone was introduced in India in a single memory variant with 12 GB RAM + 256 GB. It’s the company’s first attempt at entering a segment that rivals the best of the best from Apple and Samsung.
For what it’s worth, Xiaomi has tried in the past to go beyond the mid-range market and bring some of its high-end phones to India. For example, it launched the Mi 10 at a starting price of Rs. 49,999 in India last year. However, the Mi 11 Ultra seems to be intended for the audience who had previously thought of buying a new Samsung Galaxy S series phone or a brand new iPhone.
The Mi 11 Ultra cameras offer up to 120x digital zoom. It has two AMOLED displays (although one of them is basically a gimmick). And it has the same amount of RAM and storage as the top-of-the-line OnePlus 9 Pro model, as well as the same Snapdragon 888 SoC. Both of these phones also come for the same price – Rs. 69,999. While both run on Android, there is a difference in experience as the Mi 11 Ultra runs on MIUI, which is what you get on most Xiaomi phones.
Wed 11 Ultra Review: A Leap in Faith
Of course, there is a lot more about the Mi 11 Ultra. If you’re wondering whether or not it’s a good choice, listen to the full discussion by clicking the play button above. You can also follow Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you get your podcasts.
Please rate us and leave a review. You can also write to us at email@example.com with your feedback, questions or comments. Every Friday there are new orbital episodes.