Xiaomi has unveiled its newest flagship phone and, as expected, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is enough to give Samsung some nightmares. With a huge 50 megapixel camera sensor, periscope zoom, extremely fast 67 W wireless and wired charging and a tiny rear touch screen for notifications and selfies, it’s basically everything we’ve seen Xiaomi working on in the past year. on a phone.
At the front, there is a 6.81 inch AMOLED WQHD + (3200 x 1440) screen, in 20: 9 aspect with a quad curve design. It will reach up to 1,700 nits of maximum brightness, says Xiaomi, and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a touch sampling rate of 480 Hz.
It is compatible with DCI-P3 and HDR10 +, with a Dolby Vision 360 degree 2.0 ambient light sensor and covered with Gorilla Glass Victus. However, it is the second screen of the Mi 11 Ultra that is arguably more fascinating, although at 1.1 inches it is only a fraction of the size. Positioned next to the camera’s sensors, the AMOLED 126 x 294 panel is a small touchscreen that can be used in always-on mode for notifications and more, as well as for framing selfies when you are using the main cameras.
This is important because, although there is a selfie camera on the 20-megapixel display on the front, you will probably want to actually use the sensors that Xiaomi brought on the back. The pride of the place is a wide-angle 50-megapixel Samsung GN2, co-developed by the company with Xiaomi, with f / 1.95 optics and – at 1 / 1.12 inch – the largest cell phone camera sensor currently on the market.
It uses 4-in-1 Super Pixels and a Time-of-Flight multipoint laser focus system. Xiaomi says that – with its built-in night mode algorithms – it can deliver images with just 0.02 lux of light. Next to it is a 5x optical periscope zoom of 48 megapixels; which is capable of 10x hybrid zoom or 120x digital zoom. The ultra-wide 48 megapixel camera uses the same Sony IMX586 sensor as the optical zoom; however, it has a 128-degree field of view with AI-powered lens distortion correction.
All three cameras can record 8k 24fps video. The main 50-megapixel camera can also do Staggered-HDR. Equipping it all is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, with 12 GB of memory and 256 GB of storage as standard. Xiaomi used its three-phase cooling system for the first time, here too, promising twice the thermal conductivity performance of a new processor cooler. It runs Android 11 with Xiaomi’s own MIUI 12 interface.
The Mi 11 Ultra uses a ceramic back – in white or black – and is IP68 resistant to water and dust. There is a 5,000 mAh battery, with support for wired and wireless charging of 67 W: a full recharge using the included charger, Xiaomi says, will take just 36 minutes. 10W reverse charging is also supported.
Xiaomi also carries the flagship with dual-SIM / dual-5G standby support, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6 / 6E, an IR blaster and a fingerprint sensor on the display. There are also dual Harman Kardon tuned speakers, with custom drivers promising what Xiaomi claims to be the loudest sound in the industry.
In short, the biggest limitation here may well be availability. Xiaomi says the Mi 11 Ultra will go on sale for 1,199 euros ($ 1,395) in Europe, although there is no specific sales information for the U.S.