Today Xiaomi held the Chinese launch announcement of the new Mi 11 – the company’s new mainstream flagship phone for 2021. The new phone features a new super-high-end OLED screen that ticks off every checkmark feature that you’d expect from a 2021 design, including 1440p resolution and 120Hz refresh rates, features the new Snapdragon 888 SoC at its heart – as well as comes in a new thinner, lighter, and more stylish industrial design compared to its predecessors.

Xiaomi Mi Series
  Mi 10 Mi 11
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 
1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 650 @ 587MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 
1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 660 @ 747MHz
DRAM 8GB LPDDR5-5500 8/12GB LPDDR5-6400
Display 6.67" AMOLED
2340 x 1080 (19.5:9)

90Hz Refresh

6.81" AMOLED
3200 x 1440

120Hz Refresh

480Hz Touch
HDR10+ / 10-bit panel
Size Height 162.58mm 164.3mm
Width 74.80mm 74.6mm
Depth 8.96mm 8.06mm
Weight 208g 196g
Battery Capacity 4780mAh (Typical)

30W Charging
4600mAh (Typical)

55W Charging
Wireless Charging 30W 50W
Rear Cameras
Main 108MP 1/1.3" 0.8µm
4:1 Binning to 27MP / 1.6µm

f/1.69 w/ OIS
108MP Module

f/1.85 w/OIS
Telephoto - 5MP

50mm eq.
- -
Ultra-Wide 13MP 1.12µm

117° FoV

123° FoV
Extra 2MP Depth Camera

2MP Macro Camera
Front Camera 20MP 0.8µm
Storage 128 / 256GB
UFS 3.0
128 / 256GB
Wireless (local) 802.11ax (Wifi 6),
Bluetooth 5.1
Cellular 4G + 5G NR NSA+SA Sub-6GHz
Special Features Under-screen fingerprint sensor
Full-range stereo speakers
Splash, Water, Dust Resistance No rating
Dual-SIM 2x nano-SIM
Launch OS Android 10 w/ MIUI Android 11 w/ MIUI
Launch Price 8+128GB: 799€
8+256GB: 899€

At the heart of the new Mi 11 lies the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The new 5nm chip is the first to use Arm’s new Cortex-X1 cores, with Qualcomm also claiming large GPU performance boosts this generation. What’s more different from the previous Snapdragon 865 flagship design is that the new S888 reverts back to a monolithic SoC design that integrates the 5G modem back into the SoC – in turn this means that there’s more PCB component space in available inside the phone and vendors can optimise their designs better.

The new Mi 11 also features either 8GB or 12GB of the new LPDDR5 memory at its full 3200MHz speed (6400MT/s), and comes in either 128GB or 256GB storage variants, although we’re missing details on the specifications of the modules used here.

In terms of design, the new Mi 11 is quite a departure from the Mi 10, being a much sleeker device than its predecessor. Xiaomi has been able to reduce the bezels of the device on all sides, still using a curved front and back glass design that fits well into your palms. The new design is actually 0.9mm thinner than its predecessor, now coming in at 8.06mm, and also shaves 12g off its weight at 196g – still relatively heavy, but not as much as its predecessor.

The most exciting feature of the Mi 11 has to be the new OLED screen. It’s grown a bit compared to its predecessor, filling in the space in place of the bezels, going from 6.67” to 6.81”, but the most important aspect of the phone is the fact that this is now a QHD class resolution at 3200 x 1440 – a first from Xiaomi OLED screen and a resolution we haven’t seen used by the company since back in the LCD days.

Furthermore, this is a bleeding-edge display, featuring a 120Hz refresh rate, and is advertised as being a new generation 10-bit panel that also features up to 8192 brightness levels – pointing out to a new generation DDIC. The panel also is advertised as using a new next-generation emitter material, and Xiaomi claims it goes up to 1500 nits brightness, which is a notch above what we’ve seen from 2020 phones.

Lastly, like a cherry on top of the cake, the panel features a staggering 480Hz touch input rate, which is the highest we’ve heard of in the mobile industry, and hopefully results in outstanding touch input and scrolling fluidity.


Other features of the new design includes a redesigned camera setup, which transitions from a completely vertical camera arrangement to a new rounded square element with three camera modules.

Instead of having a large camera bump edge and a single glass element protecting the whole camera arrangement, Xiaomi uses a three-step glass element, each thicker than the other, protecting the three cameras modules. It looks quite interesting and gives off a much more organic feel compared to other rectangular or more symmetric camera arrangements out there.

Unfortunately for today’s announcement the Mi 11’s camera specifications were quite sparse. What we do know is that the main camera is again a 108MP module, similar to that of its predecessor, but we don’t know if it’s the exact same sensor, or a newer iteration. What we do know is that the optics are definitely different as the aperture now lands in at f/1.89 instead of f/1.69 – an actual positive change in my view as the optics of the Mi 10 was one of its main weaknesses.

Alongside the main camera there’s a 13MP ultra-wide angle with a 123° FoV and F/2.4 aperture, as well as a 5MP 2x optical 50mm equivalent telephoto module with f/2.2. That latter module sounds a bit lacklustre – maybe we’ll see an eventual Mi 11 Pro with a stronger telephoto module.

Today’s announcement covers the Chinese variant of the phone, with the global and European variants certainly to follow in the next few weeks. Pre-orders for the Chinese models start today with delivering going out the 1st of January, with the Mi 11 with an 8+128GB variant coming in at ¥3999.00, or USD $611. Western prices are certainly set to be different, but that’s already a quite promising start for the new flagship.

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  • Retycint - Monday, December 28, 2020 - link

    Then again, this is a $611 flagship (in China, at least). I'd gladly give up IP rating, SD slot, 3.5mm jack etc considering that the Samsung equivalent is going to be $800 minimum, probably even more.
  • imaskar - Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - link

    What $611 the table shows 800.
  • Samus - Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - link

    This is a steal for $611. That's insane. We will be lucky to get this for under $800 in the West.
  • Silver5urfer - Thursday, December 31, 2020 - link

    LG phones get huge discounts for Flagship products, from V20 series to G8X I've been seeing them at 400-500USD pricing on B&H. This useless chinese garbage which doesn't have band support and idiotic HW like no jack, no sd card slot is a paperweight to shove in.

    Apple ruined the world wide market single handedly. They gouged their garbage so high that the leading Samsung started to ape then and fire that Dj Koh followed by removal of features like 3.5mm jacks in Note 10 series and reducing the display etc.

    Now if we look, the Chinese cheap garbage flooded the market with cheap prices and the companies like Sony and LG couldn't see their brands faded as worse than Chinese in market pricing they kept their price and took a massive hit in the market penetration which caused them to fail. And now what we have is a complete Apple copycat bullshit in this industry. From OS to the HW, OS ? Scoped Storage is one, then 32bit axe is coming to Playstore and new Android soon & look at Win10 complete garbage focused on touch only and removing Win32. HW we know - Notches, no 3.5mm jacks, no chargers, price gouge, ugly designs.

    This industry is doomed, only way to set it right is in the hands of consumer but unfortunately they are braindead and just focused on consuming new HW every damned year, it will only get worse.
  • Spunjji - Monday, January 4, 2021 - link

    I thought the continued complaints about Scoped Storage were bad enough for holding onto an irrelevant grudge, but lo and behold you're still peddling the Windows 10 "touch first / no win32" nonsense 🤣 You really sold your argument by saying that consumers need to take control and then condemning them all as "braindead".

    Removal of the 3.5mm jack is a reasonable complaint, everything else here is bilge.
  • Rookierookie - Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - link

    Yeah, it's unfortunate that this is the only phone in their lineup and they've stopped selling phones under 400 USD.
  • NXTwoThou - Monday, December 28, 2020 - link

    I wonder how long before they spit out a Mi 11 Ultra. I had figured the new battery tech was going to carry over to the Mi 11.
  • 0iron - Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - link

    What kind of battery tech?
  • NXTwoThou - Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - link
  • jabber - Monday, December 28, 2020 - link

    It's just another phone. Looks fine.

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