Xiaomi is gearing up to launch the Mi 11 series in China this month. An exclusive tip given to us suggests that the company will unveil the devices on December 29 in the country. Ahead of the launch, leaks regarding Mi 11 has been floating on the internet frequently.
Hence, let’s take a look at the possible specs, and price with whatever info we have so far.
For starters, Mi 11 will be a premium flagship series in 2021 that’s coming after the 10th anniversary of Xiaomi. It will succeed the yesteryear Mi 10 series. Although Xiaomi has confirmed only about the Mi 11 so far, we can expect the company to bring Xiaomi Mi 11, Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro just like 2020. Additionally, a report also rumors about a possible Mi 11 Pro+. Xiaomi’s latest flagship that’s selling in China is the Mi 10 Ultra which launched a few months ago.
Mi 11 Series – The basics
To get basics out of the way, Xiaomi Mi 11 will follow a similar strategy to the predecessor. Accordingly, it will boast a premium design with no-compromise on specs and other features. It will also be the first flagship to launch with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 88 SoC as confirmed by Lei Jun.
From the leaked images so far, we can guess that the device might retain the rear Glass body and sport a metal mid-frame for rigidity. Since the devices are tipped to sport a four-curved screen, expect Xiaomi to place a Gorilla Glass(maybe 6) on top of the screen.
Other expected features include water resistance(P2i/any IP rating), USB-C port, dual-SIM card slot, SA/NSA 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, DDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, fast charging, camera features like OIS, EIS, 4K video recording, slow-mo, night mode, and more.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Features (Expected)
The standard variant Mi 11 is expected to feature a four-curved screen with a top-left punch-hole display. Thus, it’s gonna look a bit similar to the Mi 10 at least from the front. Although dimensions aren’t known yet, it is likely to sport a FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate screen.
This is up from the 90Hz refresh rate on the predecessor. However, we will have to wait for other details like peak brightness, JNCD value, contrast ratio, and more. Under the hood, it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. Xiaomi is likely to up the storage performance with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 instead of 3.0 storage.
For the optics, the device will have a triple camera setup on the back along with an LED flashlight. This is horizontally stacked inside a squircle housing. As per the concept renders, the layout will also have a Blue Gradient color with a chamfered bump. The triple-camera array will likely have a 108MP main camera, 13MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro sensor.
Although few rumors predict the presence of a Telephoto lens, the device will anyway get an upgrade from the 2MP macro on the Mi 10. A 4,780mAh battery will probably back the entire Mi 11 with support for 55W fast charging. For memory variants, we can expect 8/12GB RAM and 128/256/512GB storage. The Mi 11 is expected to start at the same 3,999 yuan(~SGD $816).
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro Features(Expected)
As far as full-fledged renders are concerned, the Mi 11 Pro has been a mystery, to say the least. Although reports predict an identical design throughout the series, a leaked protective casing of the Mi 11 Pro hints at quad-cameras on the Pro.
A different rear layout, if turns true, will be a surprise considering the devices will elsewhere differ very little. Anyhow, the Mi 11 Pro, as new tip on Weibo, will feature a 6.76-inch display. It will have a similar four-curved screen with a top-left punch-hole but will sport a QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate.
Under the hood, it will feature the same Snapdragon 888 SoC as the Mi 11 and come paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. As for optics, let’s address the typical scenario first. If Mi 11 Pro were to host the same design as the Mi 11, it will likely have the triple-camera setup. Accordingly, there will be a 48MP OmniVision OV48C sensor, 20MP ultra-wide, 12MP Telephoto with 2x optical zoom.
The main sensor will reportedly capture images at 50MP resolution as well. However, if the device has a revamped layout like the one shown above, it will probably include an additional Periscope lens for higher zoom(maybe 10X or more). A report also shows dual-batteries on the Mi 11 series and suggests that Mi 11 Pro might have a 4,970mAh battery.
This is understandable considering the Pro has a 2K resolution(higher). We can expect other features like the same memory variants, charging from the Mi 11. It is likely to start from 5,299 yuan(~SGD $1081).
The entire series will likely debut with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box. However, Xiaomi could pull a new MIUI like the 12.5 version as well.
Mysterious Mi 11 Pro+
Apart from the Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro, as mentioned above, a mysterious Mi 11 Pro+ is also rumored to accompany the series at the event. Nothing else has popped up regarding the device leaving us dry with no teaser images. However, the report says it will likely have top-of-the-line specs like a bigger 2K screen and a 120Hz display, Snapdragon 888 SoC, Xiaomi’s 100W charging, and more with premium pricing.
Nevertheless, the Mi 11 series will reportedly go on sale later this month (could be on the launch day). A Xiaomi executive also says that the device will have enough stocks. Let’s wait for the official pricing.