Xiaomi’s all-new Mi 11 Ultra “superphone” and 75-inch QLED TVs might get all the attention after last week’s big launch event, but it’s the much cheaper Mi 11X that we’re going to be focusing on today. Although the Mi 11X is still relatively affordable even by “flagship killer” standards, it looks like a sophisticated phone that offers up-to-date hardware, flexible cameras, and lots of small details that set it apart from the inexpensive crowd. The price starts at Rs. 29,999 and competes against OnePlus Nord (test) and Realme X7 Pro 5G (test), among others. Here is a quick first look at what the Mi 11X has to offer.
You have a choice of three colors, the fairly simple Lunar Whilte and Cosmic Black, as well as a Celestial Silver option that has a slightly tinted gradient. The back of my black test device is extremely glossy and reflective, and it took clearly visible fingerprints within moments of peeling off the protective plastic cover. Fortunately, a simple clear case is included in the box.
In terms of design, there are some similarities to the recently introduced Redmi Note 10 series, in particular the flattened top and bottom, the fingerprint sensor on the side and the layout of the camera module. However, the Mi 11X looks quieter. If you think it looks very familiar, you may have seen coverage of the Redmi K40, which launched in China a while ago, and which appears to be pretty much the same phone with a different brand identity.
This is a relatively large and wide phone thanks to its 6.67-inch screen. The 7.8mm thickness and 196g weight make it relatively easy to handle, and the camera bump isn’t too pronounced. The back is shiny, but thankfully not slippery. Both the front and back have Gorilla Glass 5, and interestingly, the company claims IP53 rating for water and dust resistance.
One of the big highlights is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, which we just saw in the OnePlus 9R (test) and in the Vivo X60 Pro (test), although both phones are considerably more expensive. The Mi 11X is available with 6 GB LPDDR5 RAM for Rs. 29,999, but that variant seems pretty pointless as you can get 8GB for just a little more at Rs. 31,999. The memory for both is 128 GB (UFS 3.1), and there is no microSD slot for expansion.
Another important feature is the high quality display. Xiaomi has opted for a 6.67-inch Full HD + 120 Hz HDR10 + panel. The company claims an impressive 1300nits peak brightness and 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut. The panel is also said to be energy efficient in order to extend the battery life. While the hole for the front camera is surprisingly small, Xiaomi has again added a silver ring that can be very distracting.
Speaking of which, there’s a 4,520 mAh battery that seems average for this segment. The Mi 11X comes with a 33W USB PD charger and should be fully charged in less than an hour, according to Xiaomi. We’ll test the battery life and charging speed in our full review. Other notable specs include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and dual-band GPS, as well as support for NavIC. When it comes to audio, you get stereo speakers, a Dolby Atmos upgrade, and wired and wireless high definition audio certification. Usually there is an infrared transmitter on top for a Xiaomi phone.
That brings us to cameras – marketing takes a back seat here as there is no “quad camera” or a 108-megapixel main sensor to boast about. Instead, you get a relatively humble sounding 48-megapixel f / 1.79 main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 5-megapixel tele-macro camera with 2x zoom that sounds exactly like that we recently saw her on camera on Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (review). Although these specifications sound basic, we will have to wait for the full review to evaluate the quality of the photos and videos we have taken. Xiaomi says the Mi 11X has three microphones for improved audio recording.
In terms of software, Xiaomi ships the Mi 11 series with the MIUI 12 and there is some promotional and promotional content. The company previously promised that all of this would go away in MIUI 12.5, but we don’t have a release date for it yet.
We’ll cover the overall performance of the Mi 11X in our full review, which will be released shortly. We’ll also rate its capabilities when it comes to gaming, photography, battery life, software, and general usability. Until then, in the comments section, let us know what you think of this phone and how it fares against the competition under Rs. 30,000.