Xiaomi Mi 11 review - introduction

Xiaomi Mi 11 review – introduction

In summing up

Xiaomi Mi 11 has a lot to offer. The screen is its main asset, but the device also scores well on many other points. The points of interest are battery life and software but these don’t immediately make the phone a necessity. So the Mi 11 does a lot of good, but it does have some caveats. If you can live with that, then this isn’t a bad buy.

Positives

  • Very nice screen with adaptive refresh rate
  • 55W wired charging and 50W wireless charging
  • Good macro camera
  • Smooth and fast Android experience

Negatives

  • Loss of quality when zooming in
  • The battery life is not great
  • The program still has areas for improvement

Xiaomi is making good progress, including with regard to smartphones. The Price Fighter has had an office in Holland since last year and also a fancy physical store in Rotterdam. In Pricewatch, we see Xiaomi phones getting more popular, which is not surprising, because the devices usually offer more devices in terms of devices than other smartphones in the same price segment. In lower price ranges, you often get more storage space, more memory, faster meeting, or a higher screen refresh rate; In higher categories, these are often luxury features that are not uncommon in this price segment. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is an example, with the suggested retail price of € 850 in the Benelux region.

In the same price segment as the Mi 11 is the last Galaxy S21, with which we compare the Xiaomi device in this review. Samsung gave the device a plastic back, a low resolution, and a flat screen, perhaps to keep the price down. There is no charger in the box either. Mi 11 has a fast charger in Benelux and you can charge it with at least 55W. The device has curved screen edges, a glass back with strong Gorilla Glass Victus and a high resolution of 1440 pixels. You also get 256GB of storage as standard. In addition, the device has many advanced features that the S21 also has, such as an adaptive 120Hz screen refresh rate, wireless charging, but faster than the S21, and a respectable primary camera with a large sensor. On the other hand, Mi 11 does not have a dedicated camera for zoom photos nor is there an official IP certification.

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Mi 11 is the first smartphone to be equipped with a Snapdragon 888 processor. That also helps a manufacturer like Xiaomi. As a result, there is more interest in the device than if it were to release somewhere in the middle of the year as the thousandth smartphone with the SD888. Xiaomi is a manufacturer that keeps the competition sharp and that’s what we’d like to see, but is Mi 11 also recommended in practice? What about MIUI, for example? Is it suitable for everyone? Besides: the specifications are nice, but how does the device work in practice? You can read it in this review.

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