Xiaomi Mi 11 release date, price, specs and features of the new Xiaomi phone Xiaomi Mi 11

The Xiaomi Mi 11 global launch is just a few days off – sure, we already know all the phone’s specs and features, but this is where we’ll hear about global availability, pricing, and if the company has any extra phones coming – we’re looking at you, Mi 11 Pro.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is Xiaomi’s main flagship phone for 2021, building on the Mi 10 and Mi 9 along with the myriad Xiaomi phones launched through 2020, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the handset.

After being launched in China on December 28, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is set to get a full global launch on February 8 – this is where we’ll hear the price, any changes from the Chinese version, and any other phones in the Mi 11 series.

You see, in China only the Xiaomi Mi 11 was released, without any siblings, despite previous Mi phone series having other models. At the global launch we’re expecting to hear about the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro, as well as perhaps a Mi 11 Lite and Mi 11 Ultra too.

The ‘standard’ Xiaomi Mi 11 shown off at the global launch will likely be identical to the Chinese version, but we can’t be totally sure. Below, we’ve listed all the features and specs of the phone as was revealed in China, and we’ll update you on any changes. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The Xiaomi Mi 11, Xiaomi’s newest flagship
  • When is it out? Launching February 8
  • How much will it cost? Not announced, but a mid-range price

Xiaomi Mi 11 price and availability

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 price is official in China, but no-where else. We’ll list the Yuan price for the phone, as well as conversions, but it’s likely the actual launch cost will be quite different elsewhere.

For 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, the Mi 11 costs CNY 3,999 (around $610, £450, AU$800), an 8GB/256GB version is CNY 4,299 (about $660, £490, AU$870), and the top 12GB/256GB option is CNY 4,699 (roughly $720, £530, AU$950).

Though the global price likely won’t match those conversions, it seems likely the Mi 11 will be more affordable than the Mi 10, which launched for £799 / AU$1,699 (roughly $990) with 8GB / 128GB specs.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 international launch is scheduled for February 8 at 12pm GMT, 7am ET, 4am PT, and 11pm ACT. At that second event we’ll hopefully hear about international pricing, and hopefully other phones in the series too.

Xiaomi Mi 11 design and display

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It appears that the Xiaomi Mi 11 design builds on that of the Mi 10 – it looks fairly similar on the front, with a ‘punch-hole’ cut-out in the top-left corner of the screen for the front-facing camera. 

However that screen doesn’t just curve on the left and right edges as in the Mi 10, but on all four sides, so the upper and lower edges taper too. It’s not the first phone to do this, as the Huawei P40 Pro went the same way, but it’s still a novel design.

The other big design change from the Mi 10 in the Mi 11 is its camera bump. Rather than having a slim vertical design, there’s a squarish lump here, which looks to be stepped with each lens set a different distance from the block.

The phone comes in black, white or pale blue colors, as well as two leather editions, purple and khaki. There’s no word on if this is real leather or faux-leather made from synthetic materials.

Xiaomi states the Mi 11 screen resolution is 2K – that likely means the resolution is about 1440 x 3200, depending on the aspect ratio. It’s an AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch input rate. This screen has a max brightness of 1,500nits which is pretty high for a smartphone, as most have maximums of between 500 nits and 1,000.

The phone screen has a size of 6.81 inches across, which makes it one of Xiaomi’s biggest smartphones.

A big part of the Xiaomi Mi 11 marketing material revolves around it using Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for the front and back. Corning makes the glass used in many smartphone bodies and displays and Victus is its newest version, which seems designed to be incredibly hardy and resistant to smashing.

Cameras

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 has three rear cameras, one fewer than its predecessor, though quality beats out quantity.

These are a 108MP main, 13MP ultra-wide and 5MP telephoto macro, the latter of which is designed for both zoomed and close-up shots. The first two snappers match the Mi 10; the third snapper is the big improvement.

The Mi 10 had a 2MP macro and 2MP depth-sensing snapper, which we found ourselves discrediting in our full review, for their low functionality and resolution. Perhaps the Mi 11’s 5MP snapper will fix that, and it does bring the ability to zoom optically, which was missing from the Mi 10.

An intriguing new video mode here is night videography. Night mode, or low-light photography, is a bit proving ground smartphones go head-to-head in, and Xiaomi has extended that to video shooting apparently.

Xiaomi posted some Mi 11 camera samples on its Weibo account (that’s a Chinese social media platform). You can see them here.

Specs and performance

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first launched smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, which will likely be the processor used in most top-end phones in 2021 like the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9. Both Xiaomi and Qualcomm have touted some super-fast speeds for the chipset, but we’ll have to test the phone to know for sure.

Intriguingly, the Mi 11 has been officially certified by BOINC (the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing), a volunteer computing scheme by which you can temporarily ‘donate’ the processing power of your smartphone to help scientists. It’s not too clear what this certification actually means, but the program’s founder, David Anderson, spoke at the Mi 11 launch to deliver the news. 

Another, more understandable, tie-in here is that the Xiaomi Mi 11’s dual speakers were tuned by Harman Kardon, a popular audio brand, so it sounds like music, and the audio for TV shows and games, will sound great. HK also does the tuning for many Samsung phones.

As well as impressive speakers, the Xiaomi Mi 11 may be a music fan’s dream phone because it comes with a feature called Bluetooth Audio Sharing. This means audio can play from multiple Bluetooth-connected outputs (speakers, headphones) at once, so two people can listen to music or watch a movie on the same phone from different pairs of headphones. 

The Xiaomi Mi 11 will come running MIUI 12.5 based on Android. It brings some minor tweaks to MIUI 12 including new wallpapers, security improvements, and seemingly improvements to the user interface to make better use of the dual speakers.

Battery life

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 battery size is 4,600mAh – that’s okay, but it’s not the biggest Xiaomi phone we’ve ever seen. Size isn’t everything though, and until we’ve tested the phone, we can’t truly say how long it lasts.

There’s 55W wired and 50W wireless charging for powering up the phone. Like the iPhone 12, the Xiaomi Mi 11 doesn’t come with an in-box charger, so you might find yourself opting for that fast wireless charging more than if you’d been given a cable.

Finally, there’s 10W Bilateral charging, so you can use the Mi 11 as a powering mat to charge up other devices. 10W isn’t hugely fast, but it matches or beats many other phones with the same feature.

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