Xiaomi Mi 11 5G Review

The new Xiaomi Mi 11 5G is offering many great things, although it’s not as good in some areas. If you are still waiting for the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, the Mi 11 5G is a great introduction to the flagship series.

Design

Protected by the Gorilla Glass and silky smooth design, the Mi 11 5G promises adequate grip, without leaving fingerprints. At the edges, the display has noticeable curve, but not as drastic as the one we see on the Mi 10. It’s nice to see a combination of dark violet, yellow and blue at the edges. This should leave a nice impression at the compact device. The Mi 11 5G includes an IR blaster that allows you to control TV, air conditioning and other appliances at home. The dual Harman Kardon stereo speakers are also nice additions.

Display

The Xiaomi Mi 11 5G comes with 6.8-inch OLED QHD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate. Although there’s an argument that anything beyond Full HD+ is overkill for a smartphone display, it is still nice to see that the display has an impressive resolution. The display should be really great to look at and there are multiple configurations to optimize it further.

Performance

With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the Xiaomi Mi 11 5G is a powerful smartphone model. You don’t have to worry about any slowdown and lag. The new smartphone should perform quite admirably in many situations. With 8GB of RAM, there’s ample room for multitasking. If you want to get much better multitasking performance, you may consider getting the 12GB RAM version of this phone. It comes with 256GB of internal storage, which is quite adequate in many situations, although there’s no integrated microSD card slot.

Software

 Xiaomi’s MIUI is a very capable skin for Android and it comes with many integrated features. In fact, the interface seems to borrow certain visual details from iOS. As an example, it comes with a feature called Second Space that allows you to have a couple of working areas for higher productivity.

Camera

The primary camera has 108MP resolution, which is similar to the one on Mi 10, however it has better aperture at f/1.9, compared to the last generation smartphone with f/1.7 aperture. There’s also a macro shooter and an ultra-wide camera, but unfortunately, there’s no telephoto sensor.

Battery

With 4,600mAh battery, the Xiaomi Mi 11 5G should last for about one day with moderate usage. However, the battery life can be somewhat limited if you enable the 120Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution. There’s also support for 55W quick charging.

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi 11 5G is a great flagship, with its pretty QHD+ display, stunning design, excellent performance, capable MIUI skin and high refresh rate for its display. However, except for the slightly better aperture, there are not many camera improvements compared to the Mi 10. As an example, there’s no telephoto lens. Although the battery capacity is decent, the actual battery life may need a bit improvement for such a powerful device.