Xiaomi Mi 11, first impressions: without being perfect it is a good premiere of the Snapdragon 888
Yesterday he Xiaomi Mi 11 It was presented globally, being the first flagship of the Chinese brand for this 2021 (with the intrigue of whether or not there will be Pro). It is, therefore, one of the main mobile phones of the high-end this year and, as we have already been able to prove it, we tell you our first impressions of the Xiaomi Mi 11.
It is a mobile with a 6.8-inch screen and a peculiar aesthetic in some aspects, although fitting fashions such as hole in screen or the curvature as we will now see. It also stands out for being the first to wear the Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm, so without further delay we tell you how the contact went.
The screen that a flagship should have, the options that any mobile should have
In our case we have tested the version in a bluish tone (being also available in black and white). It is a quite striking tone due to the reflection made by the light, being a matte rear that, due to that finish, loses the adherence of the rear in gloss like that of the OnePlus 8T, but what does not slip excessively either.
The grip is correct for this and for the shape it draws, being a rear with greater curvature than the screen and both ending in a thin metal edge that will contribute to adherence. We cannot speak of strictly small mobiles with these diagonals, but at least it’s not one of the biggest we’ve tried and in this sense it does not attract attention.
In the presentation they promised that the back resists fingerprints, but although we have not used it for several days yet, we anticipate that this is not the case. The rear easily fills with footprints, something that does not happen in other mobiles with this type of finish such as Huawei P40 Pro.
The rear camera module is striking, but as we anticipated it does not stand out as much as in the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, but in a very similar way to what we see in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Comment that a cover is given transparent with the mobile and that can be used to protect the back, although the edge is so thin that it does not just stay fixed to the sides.
As for the screen, we are talking about a 6.81-inch Super AMOLED panel and WQHD + resolution. Both this and the refresh rate at 120 Hz we will have to activate it in the settings, which must be said that they are very complete and that they allow the panel to be configured to the user’s liking.
Although we still need to test it in more situations, for now we believe that the screen is up to the task than what is expected of a 2021 flagship in terms of sharpness, contrast and brightness. It does not come too saturated from the factory (yes a bit cold), but as we have said this we can adjust it later by choosing color space, tone and contrast among others.
Something to note is that we can mkeep the refresh rate and the maximum resolution at the same time, and in fact this is what we already recommend. We will have to see how this affects autonomy, but without even playing, you can see how good it feels to MIUI 12 (not yet MIUI 12.5) a high refresh rate.
Curves continue to detract from the viewing experience
Of course, although we have not had accidental touches on the sides of the screen so far, the curves continue to detract from the viewing experience when creating shades according to what inclination and content we are seeing. It is not a drama, but it is something that does not happen in flat panels on the sides.
A processor that shows power with everything and promising photography
As we said at the beginning, this Xiaomi Mi 11 is responsible for releasing the Snapdragon 888 and being the first to put it into action in our hands. It has 8 GB of RAM, the only option available in this smartphone, a RAM that is not the maximum that we find in Android but that has proven to be more than enough to give a good experience.
We have tried to make a variety of use and test apps with different levels of demand, from the lightest to those that tend to compromise the hardware a little more, and for now we have not detected any problem or limitation that seems to originate in the components.
Games like ‘Real Racing 3’ work perfectly and at least for now we have not found that the temperature of the terminal rises more than expected. We will check this in a more intensive and detailed way in the subsequent in-depth analysis, but a priori it has seemed to us that both the processor and graphics are up to the task.
We put the results of some of the benchmarks current, since we have been able to run them and it is a new processor. Although in the in-depth review we will put some more and its comparison with other processors.
- Geekbench 5: 1.127 / 2.754
- PC Mark Work: 13.030
The software It is what is not convincing us at first. There are very positive aspects like those options so a la carte that we saw for the screen, but it is suspicious to experience certain lag in transitions that disappears with 120 Hz and that, as we will see, remains in the camera app.
What we think might be an Achilles heel is Battery. In the absence of having an experience of more days and trying the different screen configuration options and other functions, with the refresh rate at maximum and a relatively demanding use we have exhausted approximately 35% of battery that we thought would last us more than three hours, but we will also have to wait for the analysis to find out.
Spinning with this, remember that the global version does include a charger. So far we have seen that in 25 minutes the 50% charge is completed, which is pretty good.
Regarding the audio, Xiaomi put out his chest when mentioning the touch that the house specialized in sound Harman Kardon puts on the stereo speakers. For now, it seems to us that although the sound output and volume are correct, and that only starting from the improvement that the stereo supposes over the mono, the sound does not reach the quality we expected and we do not see it clearly superior in quality to the Galaxy S21 or other rivals, being somewhat more “metallic”, with less dynamic range and somewhat flatter. But we will do the relevant tests to verify these first impressions.
The photographic analysis is another that we will squeeze out shortly, but in the meantime we wanted to see how the photographs are with the Xiaomi triple camera, again with the 108 megapixels as the protagonists (although what is also remarkable is the size of the sensor, 1/1 , 33 inches). Remembering what it integrates, we will have the following cameras:
- Main camera: 108 megapixel sensor with lens with aperture f / 1.9 and OIS.
- Wide angle: 13 megapixel sensor with lens with aperture f / 2.4 and field of 123 degrees.
- Macro: 5 megapixel sensor with f / 2.4 aperture lens.
- Front camera: 20 megapixel sensor with f / 2.4 aperture lens.
Xiaomi highlighted the telemacro mode, to emulate what a telephoto lens would do but focusing on macro photos (something like if we put a magnifying glass), as well as the rest of the modes that we will express in the in-depth analysis. For now we have seen that the interface does not present great changes and that once again it adapts well to the performance at the hardware level, although the activation of the HDR, the “artificial intelligence“and other modes with direct access still have some lag.
Testing in the open and with correct lighting, the Xiaomi Mi 11 shows a good performance in its automatic mode, but the dynamic range improves considerably if we shoot in HDR. In principle we do not see that this affects the processing of the contours, so it seems the favorable option.
In terms of sharpness, the interiors seem not to handle noise well, but we have tested the shots at full resolution and 108 megapixels show higher definition than auto. The portrait mode, for its part, seems too artificial, although if conditions allow it and we can spend a few minutes preparing the shot we can take advantage of it.
The frontal camera It seems to give natural and quite defined photographs, although if the lighting is not entirely favorable we will see that it can underexpose a little. Portrait mode doesn’t compromise the close-up, but the blur is somewhat drastic as well.
Eager to squeeze more of the processor and cameras
The Xiaomi Mi 11 leaves us good feelings for now taking into account what was promised and what we have been able to test for now, although it will be necessary to see how the autonomy and the rest of the parameters remain in continued use. It is a well-built mobile that meets certain minimums that can represent an important claim with a starting price of 749 euros, such as WQHD + resolution or HDR10 + compatibility.
He has behaved well playing and in multimedia playback. The stereo sound is appreciated, without being the highest quality we have tested, and the screen with quite reduced frames help to watch a video or play a satisfactory one and the experience is up to expectations.