While some smartphone vendors are busy cryptically teasing their upcoming Snapdragon 888 flagships and other companies continue to slowly build buzz around their fast-approaching next high-end product announcements, Xiaomi has unsurprisingly taken the wraps off the world’s very first mobile device powered by Qualcomm’s latest top-shelf SoC.
Gorgeous design, stunning display, unusual camera unit
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is also larger than all three aforementioned Mi 10 family members, with a 6.81-inch screen in tow and a couple of millimeters added to the overall height. The bezels are still incredibly thin, and the tiny hole punch located on the top left corner houses a familiar-sounding 20MP selfie shooter.
Around the back, the Mi 11 marks a clear departure from its forerunners, putting the 108MP primary imaging sensor front and center (at least metaphorically) while moving the 5MP macro camera and LED flash to the side rather than positioning everything below the main shooter. A 13MP wide-angle lens does still sit beneath the aforementioned 108-megapixel cam, with no room for a useless depth sensor this time around.
Plenty of raw power, a very reasonable price, but no headphone jack or charger in the box
The rest of the features are also pretty impressive for the sub-$700 segment, including standard 5G connectivity, 10W reverse wireless charging capabilities, in-display fingerprint recognition, Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers, and top-notch Gorilla Glass Victus screen protection. Why do we need $1,000+ phones again?