Now that the Pro name has gone popular, Ultra has become synonymous with the best of the best, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra should proudly bear the label. The ultimate Mi, which was formerly exclusive to its home market, has gone global this time around, and we’re excited to have it for analysis today.
We can’t decide if the physical presence of the camera device or the technology inside is more impressive. It’s hard to ignore a big raised area on the back that looks bolted on almost after the fact, and it’s a perfect conversation starter even though it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
But its size is justified: the main camera has the largest sensor seen on a typical smartphone, and there are two other modules next to it that are unrivaled in their respective fields, in one way or another. Oh, and there’s a show here as well – so why not, but just because it’s useful.
On the front, there’s a lot more than 1.1 inches of OLED. High resolution, high refresh rate, high brightness, HDR, a billion colors, you name it, the 6.81-inch Super AMOLED has it all. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 888 chipset, which comes with 256GB of base capacity, is unrivaled in terms of performance this year.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs at a glance
- Body: 164.3×74.6×8.4mm, 234g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), ceramic back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins).
- Display: 6.81″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 900 nits, 1700 nits (peak), 1440x3200px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 515ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
- Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS/Software: Android 11, MIUI 12.5.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, 1/1.12″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 48 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, 128˚, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF; Telephoto: 48 MP, f/4.1, 120mm, 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom.
- Front camera: 20 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10+ rec; Front camera: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected], gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 67W, 100% in 36 min (advertised), Fast wireless charging 67W, 100% in 39 min (advertised), Reverse wireless charging 10W, Quick Charge 4+, Power Delivery 3.0.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Infrared port.
Xiaomi phones don’t usually come with dust and water resistance, but that’s changed this year with the Mi 11s: both the Pro and the Ultra have an IP68 ranking, which is a welcome addition. The IR emitter, on the other hand, remains a favorite of the brand’s handsets, both cheap and costly.
Stereo speakers have been finding their way into Xiaomi’s midrange, so it’s only normal that they’d make their way into the high-end ones, and the fact that they’re tuned by Harman/Kardon can’t hurt.
Another improvement we like is the increased battery power over last year’s iteration. However, the charging power has been reduced – instead of the Mi 10 Ultra’s 120W, you’ll just get 67W here. Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk