Xiaomi Mi 11 lands in Europe to take on the Galaxy S21 lineup
Shortly after Qualcomm launched its flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC last year, Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 in China. The flagship device was the first to feature Qualcomm’s new top-tier SoC, coupled with an impressive QHD+ 120Hz display, a triple camera setup headlined by a 108MP sensor, and much more. Over a month after the initial reveal, Xiaomi has now finally launched the Mi 11 in the European market.
Xiaomi Mi 11: Specifications
|Specification||Xiaomi Mi 11|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Security||In-Display Optical Fingerprint Sensor|
|Front Camera(s)||20MP, f/2.4|
|Port(s)||USB Type C|
|Audio||Stereo Speakers tuned by Harman Kardon|
|Other Features||Simultaneous audio sharing with two Bluetooth devices|
The all-new Xiaomi Mi 11 features an updated design with a large squircle camera module, a premium-feeling glass back panel with curved edges, a quad-curved display with minimal bezels all around, and a left-aligned hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. As mentioned earlier, the device packs Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, coupled with up to 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage. It’s worth noting that while Xiaomi offers a 12GB+256GB variant in China, the company hasn’t launched it in the European market.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 features a gorgeous 6.81-inch QHD+ AMOLED display that refreshes at 120Hz and has subtle curves on all four sides. The display has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 515PPI. It features a single hole-punch cutout in the top left corner for the selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint scanner that doubles up as a heart rate sensor.
On the camera front, the Mi 11 offers a triple camera setup on the back, featuring a 108MP primary sensor, a 13MP secondary ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP macro camera. For selfies, it includes a single 20MP sensor. The device packs a substantial 4,600mAh battery that supports 55W wired fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. While Xiaomi followed in Apple’s footsteps and removed the charger from the box in China, the company is shipping a 55W GaN fast charger in the box with all devices sold in the European market.
As far as the software is concerned, the Xiaomi Mi 11 runs MIUI 12 based on Android 10 out of the box. This is quite unusual, as Xiaomi launched the device with MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 in China. However, Xiaomi has promised that the MIUI 12.5 update will roll out to the Mi 11 in Q2 2021, along with updates for the Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10, and Mi 10 Pro.
Pricing & Availability
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is priced at €749 for the 8GB+128GB variant and €799 for the 8GB+256GB variant. As expected, the device undercuts Samsung’s Galaxy S21 lineup by a significant margin and offers a much better value proposition for buyers. As of now, Xiaomi hasn’t released any availability details. But the company plans to share the info via its regional social media channels in the coming days.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 will be available for purchase on Xiaomi’s website and through various other channels. It will only be available in the Midnight Gray and Horizon Blue colorways in Europe, with the Vegan Leather options currently reserved for the Chinese market. Unlike most other smartphones launched in the recent past, the Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with a two-year warranty. Buyers will also be eligible for a one-time free screen repair service at their local Xiaomi Service Centers during the first 12 months of purchase.
It’s worth noting that Xiaomi has also teased a special edition Mi 11 that features a unique color-shifting back panel design. The company hasn’t released any concrete information about the special edition model at the moment, except that it will be available in limited quantities. We’ll update this post as soon as we learn more about the Mi 11 Special Edition.