Xiaomi Mi 11 series: Here’s everything you need to know about Xiaomi’s 2021 flagship lineup!
A day before Qualcomm officially unveiled the Snapdragon 888, the company partially detailed the flagship SoC and confirmed the names of 14 OEMs who would launch devices with the new processor. Xiaomi was one of the manufacturers on the list, and the company teased the Mi 11 just a day after Qualcomm’s launch event. A few weeks down the line, the Chinese OEM revealed that it would launch the Mi 11 before the end of the year, making it the first device to feature Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip.
As promised, Xiaomi lifted the covers off the Mi 11 in China on December 28th, giving us our first look at its design, specifications, and unique features. A few months after launching the vanilla Mi 11, Xiaomi added five more devices to the Mi 11 lineup — the Mi 11 Lite 4G, Mi 11 Lite 5G, Mi 11i, Mi 11 Pro, and the Mi 11 Ultra. Here’s everything you need to know about Xiaomi’s extensive Mi 11 lineup.
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- SoC, RAM, and Storage
- Battery and Charging
- 5G and Connectivity
- MIUI 12.5 and Android 11
- Pricing and Availability
Mi 11 series — Regular, Lite, Pro, Ultra, and other variants
Xiaomi debuted the Mi 11 series with the launch of the vanilla model late last year. The company then added five new devices to the lineup in March of this year. The Mi 11 lineup now consists of six devices, including the affordable Mi 11 Lite 4G and Mi 11 Lite 5G, the mid-range Mi 11i, the flagship Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro, and the top-of-the-line Mi 11 Ultra.
The Mi 11 Lite devices pack Snapdragon 700-series SoCs, and they offer a few premium features at a rather affordable price point. The mid-range Mi 11i is a rebranded version of the Redmi K40 Pro+ that launched in China earlier this year. It features Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip, and therefore it falls in the flagship killer territory. The device offers a great selection of premium features at a relatively affordable price point.
The Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro are full-fledged flagships that not only feature the Snapdragon 888 chip but also offer all the features that you’d expect to see on a modern-day Android flagship. Finally, the top-of-the-line Mi 11 Ultra is Xiaomi’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, and it features the best hardware money can buy. It offers an outstanding camera system and a unique secondary display.
Recent leaks suggest that Xiaomi will launch more devices in the Mi 11 lineup. The company plans to launch the Redmi K40 series phones under the Mi 11 umbrella outside China. The Redmi K40 (codename “alioth”) will be launched as the Mi 11X (codename “aliothin”) in the Indian market, while the Redmi K40 Pro+ (codename “haydn pro”) will be launched as the Mi 11X Pro (codename “haydnin pro”). We’ll add information about these phones to this post as soon as they’re announced.
Xiaomi Mi 11 series: Specifications
|Specification||Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G/ Mi 11 Lite 5G||Xiaomi Mi 11||Xiaomi Mi 11i||Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro||Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra|
|Dimensions & Weight||N/A|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Security||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner||In-Display Optical Fingerprint Sensor||Side-mounted fingerprint sensor||In-Display Optical Fingerprint Sensor||In-Display Optical Fingerprint Sensor|
|Front Camera(s)||20MP, f/2.4||20MP||20MP, f/2.2||20MP, f/2.2|
|Port(s)||USB Type-C||USB Type C||USB Type C||USB Type C||USB Type-C|
|Audio & Vibration|
|Software||MIUI 12 based on Android 11||MIUI 12 based on Android 11||MIUI 12 based on Android 11||MIUI 12 based on Android 11||MIUI 12 based on Android 11|
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G/Mi 11 Lite 5G
The affordable Mi 11 Lite duo pack smaller 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED displays with no curved edges. The peak refresh rate on both devices is limited to 90Hz, and the touch sampling rate is limited to 240Hz. The phones also lack an in-display fingerprint scanner, and they have a significantly lower peak brightness.
The displays on the Mi 11 Lite 4G and the Mi 11 Lite 5G offer HDR10 and HDR10+ support, respectively. The panels are also 10-bit capable, and they cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. They also offer TÜV Rheinland low blue light certification.
Xiaomi Mi 11i
The Mi 11i features a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that refreshes at 120Hz and has a touch sampling rate of 360Hz. It offers a typical brightness of 900nits and a peak brightness of 1300nits. Much like the display on the vanilla Mi 11, the Mi 11i’s panel covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, supports HDR10+, and has a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1.
Xiaomi Mi 11
As Ben pointed out in our hands-on preview of the Xiaomi Mi 11, the device features a gorgeous 6.81-inch QHD+ AMOLED display that refreshes at 120Hz and curves on all four sides. The display offers a pixel density of 515 PPI, it has a 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.
While the 120Hz panel on the phone doesn’t support adaptive refresh rate like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, it can switch between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz, depending on the content. The panel is 10-bit capable, offers HR10+ support, has a touch sampling rate of 480Hz, and a peak brightness of 1500nits. The phone also packs a couple of cool software features, like Super Resolution, that can enhance your viewing experience even further.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro/Mi 11 Ultra
The top-of-the-line Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra feature the same 6.81-inch QHD+ quad-curved AMOLED panel as the vanilla Mi 11. Both devices offer a peak refresh rate of 120Hz with AdaptiveSync (30/60/90/120Hz) support, a 480Hz touch sampling rate, and HDR10+ support. Both phones also feature an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The panels on both phones are also Dolby Vision certified, and they offer a peak brightness of 1700nits. The only difference between the two is that the Mi 11 Ultra features a secondary 1.1-inch AMOLED display on the back panel. This display has a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels and a peak brightness of 450nits. It offers an always-on display feature, and it’s primarily meant for notification alerts and selfie previews.
In terms of software enhancements, the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra feature MEMC support, Super Resolution, and more.
The entire lineup follows the same design language, with the camera island being the only major distinguishing factor. However, there are some notable changes that differentiate the affordable devices in the lineup from the premium ones, like the curved/flat displays, the build quality, and the back panel finishes.
The affordable Mi 11 Lite duo features the smallest camera island out of the lot. They feature a flat display and each come in three striking colorways. The Mi 11 Lite 4G is available in Boba Black, Bubblegum Blue, and Peach Pink, while the Mi 11 Lite 5G is available in Truffle Black, Mint Green, and Citrus Yellow.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
The devices are also noticeably slimmer than other phones in the lineup, measuring just 6.81mm at its thickest. Since the phones pack the smallest displays out of the lot, they also have a comparatively smaller footprint.
The Mi 11i has a larger rectangular camera island, but it has a flat display like the Mi 11 Lite duo. However, unlike all the other devices in the lineup, the Mi 11i sports a centered hole-punch cutout on the display for the selfie camera. The device also sports a slightly more premium back panel finish that comes in three colorways — Cosmic Black, Frosty White, and Celestial Silver.
All three of these affordable phones feature a similar button and port placement, with a USB Type-C port at the bottom, power and volume buttons on the right edge, dual speakers, and an IR blaster. The phones also sport a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, unlike the premium devices.
The vanilla phone’s camera island looks a lot like the one on the Mi 11 Lite duo and it packs the same number of camera sensors. However, the phone is a bit chunkier. Despite the added thickness, the device looks and feels more premium than the Mi 11 Lite or the Mi 11i, as it has a quad-curved display that, combined with the curved back panel, makes it a bit more comfortable to grip.
Button and port placement remain the same, with the device featuring a dual speaker setup, a USB Type-C port at the bottom, power and volume buttons on the right edge, and an IR blast at the top. The device comes in three frosted matte glass colorways — Midnight Gray, Horizon Blue, and Frost White — and two vegan leather finishes — Lilac Purple and Honey Beige. Sadly, the vegan leather variants are limited to the Chinese market.
The Mi 11 Pro also has the same squircle-shaped camera island with three camera sensors. But its dual-tone LED flash is located outside the camera island, unlike the one on the vanilla Mi 11. Other than that, the Mi 11 Pro looks the same as the regular Mi 11 and it has the same button/port placement. The device comes in three colorways — Black, Green, and Purple.
The camera island on the Mi 11 Ultra is one of its most striking design features. It’s significantly larger than the ones on the other devices on the lineup and it spans across the entire width of the phone. That’s because it houses a tiny secondary display along with three camera sensors. The Xiaomi branding on the Mi 11 Ultra is also different.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Furthermore, the Mi 11 Ultra features a ceramic back, unlike the other devices in the lineup, which comes in two colorways — Ceramic Black and Ceramic White. Due to the larger camera island on the ceramic back panel, the device is significantly heavier than the other phones in the lineup, weighing a hefty 234g.
SoC, RAM, and Storage
While the Mi 11 Lite 4G and the Mi 11 Lite 5G are pretty much the same on the outside, they feature different SoCs and they come in different RAM/storage configurations. The 4G model is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G chip, which consists of one ARM Cortex-A76 prime core clocked at 2.3GHz, one ARM Cortex-A76 performance core clocked at 2.2GHz, and six ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz. It features an Adreno 618 GPU, and it comes in two RAM/storage configurations — 6GB LPDDR4x RAM + 64GB UFS 2.2 storage and 6GB LPDDR4x RAM + 128GB UFS 2.2 storage.
The Mi 11 Lite 5G packs the 5G capable Snapdragon 780G chip, which is a new 5nm chip that features one ARM Cortex-A78 prime core clocked at 2.4GHz, three ARM Cortex-A78 performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked at 1.9GHz. It packs the Adreno 642 GPU, and it comes in two RAM/storage configurations — 6GB LPDDR4x RAM + 128GB UFS 2.2 storage and 8GB LPDDR4x RAM + 128GB UFS 2.2 storage.
Unlike the Mi 11 Lite duo, the Mi 11i features Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip. It packs one ARM Cortex-X1 prime core clocked at 2.84GHz, three ARM Cortex-A78 performance cores clocked at 2.4GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The SoC packs the Adreno 660 GPU and it’s paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
The regular Mi 11, the Mi 11 Pro, and the Mi 11 Ultra all feature the same Snapdragon 888 chip. However, they come in different RAM/storage configurations. The vanilla Mi 11 comes with either 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The Mi 11 Pro also features either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is paired with 128GB or 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage. The top-of-the-line Mi 11 Ultra also packs 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, coupled with either 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
Both variants of the Mi 11 Lite feature the same triple camera setup on the back, consisting of a 64MP f/1.79 primary camera, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera, and a 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera. The rear-facing camera system on both phones also includes a single-tone flash. Over on the front however, the two phones feature different selfie shooters. The 4G variant packs a 16MP selfie camera, while the 5G variant features a 20MP sensor.
The Mi 11i also sports a triple camera setup on the back, featuring a 108MP f/1.75 Samsung ISOCELL HM2 main camera, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera. Over on the front, it has a single 20MP selfie shooter.
The vanilla Mi 11 takes things a step further and features a 108MP f/1.85 Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX main camera, a 13MP f/2.4 ultra wide-angle camera with a 123° FoV, and a 5MP f/2.4 telemacro camera. But it features the same 20MP f/2.4 selfie camera like the Mi 11i and the Mi 11 Lite 5G.
The Mi 11 Pro packs an even better 50MP f/1.95 Samsung ISOCELL GN2 primary camera and an 8MP f/2.3 telemacro camera, but it features the same 13MP f/2.4 ultra wide-angle camera as the Mi 11. Over on the front, it has the same 20MP selfie shooter.
As you’d expect, the Mi 11 Ultra has the best camera system out of the lot. It has the same 50MP main camera as the Mi 11 Pro, but it features a more capable 48MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera with a 128° FoV and a 48MP f/4.1 telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 120x digital zoom. Over on the front though, it has the same 20MP f/2.2 selfie shooter.
Battery & Charging
All phones in Xiaomi’s Mi 11 lineup come equipped with substantially sized batteries that support fast charging. Both variants of the Mi 11 Lite pack a 4,250mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging with the included charger. The Mi 11i packs a slightly larger 4,520mAh battery, but it also offers 33W fast charging support.
Xiaomi offers an even larger 4,600mAh unit on the Mi 11 which supports faster charging capabilities. The device supports 55W wired fast charging using the included GaN charger (not included with the Chinese variant), 50W wireless fast charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. The Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra take things even further with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 67W wired fast charging, 67W wireless fast charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.
5G and Connectivity
Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888’s integrated Snapdragon X60 modem-RF system, the Mi 11i, Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro, and Mi 11 Ultra offer 5G support across various bands. This includes n1/n3/n5/n8/n20/n28/n38/n41/n77/n78/n79. Additionally, the devices feature Bluetooth 5.2, multi-functional NFC, and an IR blaster. As far as Wi-Fi is concerned, the Mi 11 offers Wi-Fi 6 support, while the other Snapdragon 888-powered devices in the lineup offer Wi-Fi 6E support.
The Mi 11 Lite 4G features Qualcomm’s 4G-capable Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 5 support, multi-functional NFC, and an IR blaster. The 5G variant, on the other hand, packs the Snapdragon X53 5G modem that offers 5G support across the n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66 bands. The device is better than the 4G variants on other connectivity aspects too, as it offers Wi-Fi 6 support, Bluetooth 5.2, multi-functional NFC, and an IR blaster.
MIUI 12.5 and Android 11
Although Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 with MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 in China, the international variant did not launch with the latest software release. Instead, Xiaomi launched it with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 and promised to release the update by Q2 2021. The company didn’t launch any of the other variants with MIUI 12.5 either, and they all run the older MIUI 12 release for now. The company has promised that it will upgrade all devices to MIUI 12.5 in Q2 2021, and here are all the new features that you can expect to see in the upcoming release:
MIUI 12.5 changelog
- New: Response to gestures is now instant
- New: With 20 times more rendering power, there are now few limits to what you can see on your screen.
- New: With custom device model adjustments, any phone becomes faster after the upgrade.
- Optimization: MIUI became lighter, faster, and more durable.
- System Animations:
- New: A new animation framework renders movement more realistically.
- New: New UI design is focused on visualization and making your interaction with the device more lifelike.
- System Sounds:
- New: Nature mix is a new exciting way of creating your own notification sound system.
- New: Hundreds of system sounds that represent animals from all around the world.
- New: Stereo system sounds.
- Super Wallpapers:
- New: Mount Siguniang super wallpaper.
- Privacy Protection:
- New: Now you can see what apps access your clipboard and control access.
- New: Using approximate location adds up points to privacy protection.
- New: You can now manage sensitive permissions and related app behavior independently.
- New: The behavior of web pages is also tracked now, which helps you to block unwanted and malicious actions.
- New: Now it’s up to you who and when can track your online behavior.
- New: All apps now come with a security statement from GetApps.
- New: Privacy risk scanner.
- New: Control which apps access and delete items from your Gallery.
- New: A comprehensive overview of all sensitive permissions.
- New: You’ll be notified whenever high-risk permissions are used and will be able to block the corresponding actions.
- Optimization: An all-new privacy protection page.
- New: Compose mind maps with complex structures.
- New: New tools for doodling and sketching.
- New: Press and hold a sketch to adjust the strokes automatically.
- New: A gesture shortcut now allows you to create notes, tasks, and excerpts anywhere.
- New: Save texts, URLs, and images to Notes with a few simple taps.
- New: Dynamix layouts makes bringing the typography in Notes to a new level.
- All-new Notes.
- You can combine your phone and computer into a single working station.
- You can view MIUI notifications and open phone apps on your computer.
- Apps from your phone can be handed off to your computer.
- The items copied on a phone can now be pasted on the computer and vice versa.
- Photos and screenshots from a mobile device can be instantly used on a computer.
- Web pages can be seamlessly handed over from one device to another.
- You can transfer files to your mobile device using the “MIUI+” panel on your computer.
- New “File Manager” and “Notes” for computers.
- Floating Windows:
- New: Instant messengers now support floating windows.
- New: Floating windows can be quickly replaced with fullscreen versions of the apps.
- New: App flashcards show key information when apps are displayed as floating windows.
- Learn more about new features in “Special features”.
- Xiaomi Health:
- New: You can measure your heart rate using the camera now.
- New: Start recording running, walking, and cycling workouts manually, and enjoy lots of online workout classes.
- Optimization: Automatic workout recognition is much more accurate now.
- Home screen:
- New: “Ripples” animation for downloading apps.
- New: “Burst” animation for uninstalling apps.
- New: New design for app folders.
- New: A vertical layout for Recents.
- New: The aspect ratio is adjusted to the external monitor automatically during casting.
- New: The audio of the app that’s being cast in a floating window is separated from other audio.
- Xiaomi Cloud:
- New: Password manager allows you to store passwords in the cloud.
- New: You can share device location with other people in your family sharing group.
- New: Location information can be recorded automatically before the device powers off.
- New: Convert images to PDF.
- Mi Carrier Services:
- New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
- New: A more convenient way to move a cursor using the scrollbar.
- New: Function buttons support switching between languages and keyboards.
- New: You can press and hold the function buttons to access more features.
- New: Custom themes for keyboards.
- New: Font weight adjustment options for third party fonts.
- Optimization: Personalization features for system wallpapers, animations, and sounds.
- New: Wallpaper customization in the lite mode.
- Optimization: Redesigned Incognito mode.
- Optimization: Pages load much faster now.
- Mi Family:
- New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
- Optimization: Revamped device control center.
- Optimization: Local search results are sorted automatically now.
- Optimization: All-new design.
Along with the aforementioned changes, the Mi 11 lineup is also capable of sharing audio with two connected Bluetooth audio accessories at the same time. This will allow you and one of your friends to listen to the same music from your phone without disturbing others. We expect to see similar functionality on the other two devices in the lineup.
Xiaomi has already released kernel sources for the Mi 11, Mi 11 Lite series, and the Mi 11 Ultra. If you’re a developer and you’re interested in developing for these phones, you can download the kernel source code from the links below.
We’ve also opened forums for most of the devices in the lineup to promote discussion and third-party development. In case you’ve already purchased one of the devices or plan on getting one in the near future, make sure you check out the respective forum for custom ROMs, recoveries, and more.
Xiaomi Mi 11: Pricing & Availability
The Xiaomi Mi 11 lineup is priced as follows:
|1.||Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G|
|1.1.||6GB + 64GB||–||€299||–|
|1.2.||6GB + 128GB||–||–||–|
|2.||Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G|
|2.1||6GB + 128GB||¥2299||€369||–|
|2.2||8GB + 128GB||¥2599||–||–|
|3.||Xiaomi Mi 11i|
|3.1||8GB + 128GB||–||€649||–|
|3.2||8GB + 256GB||–||€699||–|
|4.||Xiaomi Mi 11|
|4.1||8GB + 128GB||¥3,999||€749||–|
|4.2||8GB + 256GB||¥4,299||€799||–|
|4.3||12GB + 256GB||¥4,699||–||–|
|5.||Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro|
|5.1||8GB + 128GB||¥4,999||–||–|
|5.2||8GB + 256GB||¥5,299||–||–|
|5.3||12GB + 256GB||¥5,699||–||–|
|6.||Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra|
|6.1||8GB + 256GB||¥5,999||–||–|
|6.2||12GB + 256GB||¥6,499||–||–|
|6.3||12GB + 512GB||¥6,999||–||–|
The Mi 11 has already been on sale in China and various other regions for the last few months. Xiaomi hasn’t shared the availability details for the other five devices in the lineup at the moment. We’ll update this post as soon as we learn more.