So it really feels like there are two distinct types of flagship phones currently. You have one type where the businesses have judged that the phone is already capable enough. Let us concentrate on design, software, or marketing, but there is another type that is like the screw into which we are driving everything.
The Mi 11 Ultra is now available. This is not an attempt to make a nice phone; this is an attempt to make the finest phone money can buy. The box is unremarkable, but more importantly, it is complete. It includes a USB C to 3.5mm headphone jack converter. In addition to the standard ClearCase, we get a USB C charging connection and a 67 Watt fast charger.
Allow me to state one thing. The way this appears, not everyone will approve. I’ve already shown these to 7-8 individuals, and the reactions have ranged from. That is the best phone I’ve ever seen with those huge wires attached. It almost appears as if it’s attempting to conquer the globe, and I believe that’s why it’s so divisive. It is not attempting to be a midway house; it is not attempting to please at any point in time. It is aware of how it wishes to appear. In this case, it’s a technical monster that’s taking off. The mi 11 ultra boldly abandons the elegance and sophistication of the predecessor in favour of an “I eat Samsung for breakfast” style, which I believe works. It flaunts its specs with pride.
The optics are massive. The camera module itself occupies around a quarter of the phone and isn’t nearly as inconvenient as I anticipated. Yes, it accumulates dust. You can definitely see Xiaomi up top, but due to the fact that the camera module does not extend all the way down, it is disappointingly out of the reach of fingers. Additionally, because it is so wide, it is improving rather than deteriorating. The wobbling issue, which a lot of these large cameras have. It eliminates the wobbling issue. Additionally, this is not glass; they’ve omitted it in favor of ceramic, which is frequently seen as the better material, but I’m not really convinced.
I believe I simply prefer the convenience of matte glass to the fingerprint magnet that is here, plus this phone was already going to be heavy. The density of ceramic adds to the phone’s weight, making it one of the heaviest I’ve ever used. It has not been an issue for me, but it has been for a significant portion of the population. I’ve passed it along to and. God help anyone drop this phone on their face one night, but what matters more is what this phone accomplishes.
When I first started using them 11 Ultra, I laughed because after months of phones that couldn’t compete with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and who eats just served to cement how special of a phone that is all of a sudden we have advised that isn’t just trying to trade blows and be compatible, Xiaomi is trying to kill Samsung, and so I’m going to show you how and then I’m going to tell you why. They’re in reference to the Xiaomi price. Earn a substantial sum of money.
Now, take a look at the ultrasonic display on the S 21. I feel like the word phenomenal is bandied about a lot, but I can’t think of many things that are more deserving of the moniker. Indeed, Samsung’s phones have always had excellent displays, and it’s become something of a ritual that every time they introduce a new S series phone with the finest display of the year until their own note series phone arrives six months or so later and improves on it. Thus, it’s very remarkable that I can sit here and say.
Xiaomi’s MI 11 series phones, strangely, break that loop by utilizing a Samsung-made panel. Both are AMOLED quad HD plus 120 Hertz Gorilla Glass Victus HDR 10 plus adaptive panels measuring 6.8 inches. How many times did I just say plus, but Xiaomi is even brighter, with a maximum display time of 1700 minutes rather than 1500, making it the brightest phone ever exhibited? It has a sample rate of 480 Hertz rather than 240. That is the rate at which it is scanning for touches. It lacks the faint blue shift that occurs when you tilt the phone, and Xiaomi supports 10-bit colours, compared to Samsung’s 8 bit.
Although this is not a true 10-bit panel, it does utilize a technology that simulates a higher colour depth. Additionally, it is quad curved, sloping off on both the top and bottom, as well as the left and right. To make movements feel more seamless, I suppose, but equally, because the few parts that aren’t curved at the corners give me the impression that my phone. It simply appears to have had an extremely terrible haircut. Fundamentally, Xiaomi has two AMOLED displays, and you may have heard of their previous generation activity tracker, the band five. They’ve essentially removed the screen from that. Green took a piece of that and slapped it on the back of this phone, and on the one hand, this small addition does little that we haven’t already seen from those actual dual-screen phones.
However, it’s still astonishing that it can accomplish many of those Xiaomi feats while remaining a secondary feature rather than the major gimmick and that it can do so on this phone in particular. It permits something, which I believe has the ability to completely revolutionize the game, but I’m getting there. Additionally, it features an incredible customizing suite. You may possess both the time and the motivating quote. You could put your face on there, but it’s unusual that it automatically shuts off after 30 seconds.
Because am I ever going to keep my phone screen down just to check the time by fumbling around with the back’s little display and attempting to double touch it to wake it? Probably not, but if you don’t mind the Bunny air corners, I believe Xiaomi did an excellent job with the display.
How about the battery?
Due to the fact that the S 21 Ultra has a 5000 mAh battery. It’s simply that I’ve stopped thinking about it, which is a wonderful thing. It’s not as though we ever receive positive battery reminders in the form of congrats. You’re still at 90%. Thus, the less you think about the battery, the better the battery performs on this Xiaomi scale. Xiaomi goes further because it charges more quickly, as I already stated. Accelerated charging is not always a good thing. It has the potential to degrade the battery.
This could mean they’ve had to split one cell into multiple cells, resulting in a lower overall capacity, but they’ve done so in a way that avoids the main drawbacks of fast charging, such that you’re still getting the Xiaomi 5000 mAh power capacity and roughly six hours of screen on time on a normal day with all settings maxed out, but instead of having a thicker battery to enable fast charging, we’ve got a thinner battery thanks to apparently faster charging. And as for how much faster it charges, it takes about 30 minutes instead of 70.
On the S 21 Ultra, I’m getting 40 on Xiaomi, and with Xiaomi, you can also charge wirelessly at nearly the Xiaomi rate, which takes 120 on Samsung or three times as long. While you may know that I am not a huge fan of wireless charging and that you would have to specifically purchase Xiaomi’s proprietary wireless charger to get the same speeds, it’s difficult to argue in favor of Samsung here, given that even though their charging is slow, they still don’t include a charging brick, which Xiaomi does.
Now, you’re probably noticing them here. It truly feels as though Xiaomi used the Samsung phone as a template and then attempted to outdo it in every way possible with the mi. 11 Ultra. Even its speakers sound eerily similar to those of the Xiaomi. Just a smidgeon louder, which is subtle. However, that is a significant enough change for this phone. To be one of the few who can pass the shower test, i.e., can I take it into the shower and still hear the voices in the movie I’m watching?
Score on the Antutu Benchmark
Xiaomi even increased the speed of the phone. I run the newest on 2/2 benchmark five times consecutively and observe a few things. To begin, that Charlize display does dim really quickly, and you cannot manually increase the brightness. When it does so, but also when it does so in every benchmark, Xiaomi is definitely in the lead. Shelby does achieve a higher internal temperature when compared to the faster Snapdragon version of the S 21 Ultra, but this does not appear to impede its ability to sustain performance.
Is it possible to tell the difference when playing standard Android games? No, not really, but I’m sure anyone considering purchasing an ultra phone will welcome the additional three months or so of future-proofing that higher overheads provide. Additionally, mobile phones come standard with 12 gigabytes of fast LPDDR memory and 5 GB of RAM. Xiaomi comes equipped with a twice-as-fast UFS. 3.1 data storage
However, here is the important news. The primary factor that has maintained Samsung’s lead is its cameras. I’ve included a link to my previous comparison using it above, but the gist is that Samsung’s mix of reliability and versatility is now unmatched. As you can see, it’s much easier to see directly through those 11 ultra-high-definition cameras. To be sure, it’s not that simple there. Half the size of my face, but the key is that it only has three cameras. The 1plus 9 pro has four, which is not considered top tier.
However, the issue with these three cameras is that each is quite specialized. For example, the main camera features the largest sensor we’ve ever seen on a small corporation, over 20% larger than Samsung’s already massive sensor. This implies three things. A remarkable distinction between foreground and background. It’s not night and day with Samsung, but it’s about taking something excellent and improving it. Two additional lights, if you walk into a completely dark environment, you’ll notice that its images are cleaner than the S21 ultra’s, and three cinematic videos. This is more of a side effect of the backdrop blur, but the point is that the benefits are extensive.
As you can probably tell, I could spend an inordinate amount of time discussing this camera system due to its complexity, but the short version is that the Xiaomi MI 11 Ultra cameras trade blows with Samsung. This gadget can shoot 8K footage with all three of its lenses, if only for bragging rights. Its slow-motion is not only twice as slow, but also of higher quality, and its ultra-wide camera is noticeably wider than that of its competitors, but Samsung’s colours are more consistent, and for my taste, better Xiaomi takes too many liberties with it, and sometimes shots look spot on one day and then look off the next.
Xiaomi may frequently crush darker areas, and having such a large sensor result in brilliant nighttime images and beautifully blurred backgrounds. In most evenings conditions, I wouldn’t say it’s superior, and it’s experimenting with a focus that is so narrow that part of your foreground is blurred. The Samsung takes superior macro images with Xiaomi Macro mode, barely able to focus closer than its primary camera, and it remains the zoom champion for the time being, and to be honest, it’s far enough ahead that Xiaomi Zoom feels a little deceiving, because technically any camera may be any zoom.
That is what I desire. I might be able to summon a passion. Fruit and vegetables. Not that I could whip out an iPhone 4 and zoom in 200 times if I so desired. Although I’d only see about two pixels, the point is that Xiaomi selling their phone 120 times makes it sound superior to Samsung’s 100 times. When all they’ve truly done is broaden their notion of a high-quality photograph. Or, in other words, to achieve the same image quality as Xiaomi at 100 times. This can only reach approximately 60 and so should have been classified as such based on 2021 projections. Of superior grade.
However, There is one exception. One item that is both Eureka moment genius and a face punch. Frustrating. Xiaomi’s second screen enables the usage of all three of these high-end cameras on the front as well. Thus, whereas other phones limit you to a single B-grade selfie camera, the Xiaomi phone has the full setup, allowing you to shoot face images with more than simply the largest sensor currently available on the phone. This is possibly the highest definition image of myself I’ve ever seen, but also the Ultra-wide camera. Which, in comparison to the majority of front-facing cameras, feels rather wide. You also get unmatched low-light performance and insane zoom.
If that is what you desire. However, due to the way it’s configured, you can’t shoot portrait mode photographs with it, it doesn’t work well with social applications, and the only method to capture video is via a workaround that limits it to 15 seconds. There are fifteen beautiful seconds remaining. Not to belabor the point, but why would Xiaomi limit themselves in this manner? Why would Xiaomi invest so much money in design?
One of the most incredible phone camera systems ever created. Spend all that time developing and enhancing these software modes to enable you to use them on the front, but then prohibit you from doing so. Everything is in its proper place. The hardware is available. The program is available. You simply cannot. Thus, while this would have been a tipping moment for mi, it would have been sufficient for mi to say, OK, I believe Xiaomi produced a camera system that is superior to even Samsung’s. As things stand, it’s close to a tie, with the S 21 ultra edging out the S 21 ultra marginally due to the actual front-facing camera. On the 11 ultra that you will ultimately use for other purposes, this is a complete myth. I spoke with a Xiaomi representative about this, and she stated that they are pushing for these capabilities internally, so fingers crossed.
I am only able to review what has been confirmed and delivered. However, as you can see from this very approximate tally, we’ve been keeping an eye on Xiaomi because they have an incredible product. The Galaxy S21 Ultra was deferred to be beaten, and it has been beaten, but I am not surprised in the least by this result. Because I am persuaded that the May 11 Ultra exists solely to defeat the S 21 ultra.
It’s as if the entire mentality was to adhere to every criterion and then exceed them wherever they could realistically cook. You have a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 by 3200, as do we, but ours is brighter. Oh, you have a 5000 mAh power battery? Alternatively, would you consider that? Likewise, we do. However, as the battery charges quicker, you get 960 frames per second in super slow motion? That is adorable. We’ve just doubled the amount of time you can zoom 100 times. We magnify 120 times.
You’re getting the picture. This is why the majority of my assessment of the Xiaomi Phone has been a comparison to the Samsung, but why?
Why is this phone aimed so clearly at them? Huawei was on course to become the world’s smartphone superpower two years ago, while he was bursting and smashing limits. However, when the EU S embargo took effect, and no Google services became available, all of them plummeted, giving Xiaomi the surprising opportunity to sweep up this big slice of the market that Huawei is leaving behind to become the global number one. The only impediment is the more established Samsung, which is attempting to emulate Xiaomi. Thus, all Xiaomi needs to do is replicate what Samsung does, but at a lower cost or higher quality.
And by and large, everything works except the camera zoom, which I believe is mislabeled as a result of Xiaomi’s targeted strategy. Of course, this results in an even higher-end, more extreme phone. I understand that some people dislike the Xiaomi MI UI software skin, but this is Android if you set aside around 20 minutes. You can just erase the bloatware and configure your home screen very easily. How would you like it? It would be illogical for mi to advise you not to purchase this phone since I have conflicting thoughts about mi Icons that are prudent.
What matters is that it is quick, which it is. It’s reliable, as far as I’m aware, and has been fully glitch and ad-free in my experience. And then there’s the excellent software support that comes included with Xiaomi flagships. You’re likely to receive two years of major Android updates, followed by up to four years of additional UI and security improvements. I’ve written a lot on mi why in the past, Xiaomi reviews, so here’s a link. One of them is pictured here. However, if I were to summarise, fundamentally. It’s in a single word. I’d say alternatives. There is so much to do in mi that I enjoy; even the display settings are insane.
You’ve got sunlight settings for extremely bright environments, anti-flicker mode sliders for color temperature, and even screen texture, which allows you to simulate a paper experience. If you so desired. Thus, mi 11 ultra. This is the new benchmark, although I believe the Galaxy S21 Ultra still outperforms it in enough areas that both devices have a place. Samsung has an additional. Sophisticated aesthetic and, in my opinion, a superior finish. Not only is its fingerprint scanner faster and more accurate, but it is also more forgiving, and I would still argue that it has the better trustworthy camera system.