Xiaomi is one of the top brands that rule the global smartphone markets with a bunch of launches every year. Especially, the Mi 11 series has added low-budget phones such as Mi 11 Lite along with the flagships like Mi 11X Pro. However, the latest addition to the series, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, released on 29th March 2021 in India, has created a huge buzz as people are struggling to define a place for it. Some refer to the phone as the best; some refer to the worst from Xiaomi. But it's evident that the phone has come with a unique look and some polarizing features.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review
Unlike many other phones, Mi 11 Ultra has a ceramic body. And the outer frame is made of metal. The last Xiaomi phone that had a ceramic body was the Mi Mix 2S. However, the Mi 11 Ultra is more comfortable and feels better than Mi Mix 2S.
The phone has the dimension of 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.4 mm and weighs around 234g which makes the phone a little tedious for handling. The front gets a Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
Users will find the power button pretty simple to reach, located on the right of the phone along with the volume rocker. A USB-C port is on the bottom edge.
However, the general users will miss two features- a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card holder.
On the back of the device is a giant camera hump to room some giant lenses. The hump also houses a display with some features of a smartwatch.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra features the same screen as the standard Mi 11. It is a 6.81-inch, curved-edged AMOLED display. It comes with a high-resolution 1440 x 3200. The display is one of the best of its kind, and the world has seen it until now.
Having a 120Hz refresh rate, along with HDR 10+ compatibility and up to 1700 nits of maximum brightness, nothing on the market can compare to it.
The back display presented in the Mi 11 Ultra is the same one used in the fitness tracker Mi Band 5. It's like an always-on display comes in handy when the phone is facing screen-down, with choices to show a clock, picture, or custom texts, as well as notifications. It can be triggered with the phone's camera app, allowing users to frame selfies taken with the primary camera.
For the most part, this display is a novelty, but the additional always-on display is pleasant – and undoubtedly more power-efficient than utilizing the bigger main display for the same reason.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra features three rear cameras: a 50MP f/2.0 primary lens, a 48MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and a 48MP f/4.1 periscope lens. The latter offers 5x optical zoom and 120x digital zoom.
Photographs shot with the primary camera look excellent — they are bright as well as vibrant, with natural depth effects and accurate details. Xiaomi's decision to favor sensors' sizes over the resolutions has clearly paid off.
Shots in bright conditions are vivid and colorful, with no artifacts, noise, or evidence of artificial sharpening. But more noise appears in low light, but there's still a lot of detail and some of the most realistic colors I've seen from a phone at night.
Night mode typically enhances things even more by adding detail and better exposing specific light sources but be cautious — too much ambient light may overpower the image.
Long and close shorts can depict a great number of details, thanks to the robust ultrawide and telephoto lenses. Video recording is possible at up to 8K resolution at 24fps and 4K up to 60fps.
The selfie camera is a 20MP (f/2.2) powerful lens decent enough to capture bright and lively images. The portrait mode balances the number of shadows and highlights effectively, albeit it blurred the backdrop a little too much by default.
However, using the rear display, users can activate rear cameras to take selfies. Though the maneuver can be a bit hard, the captures selfies will outclass any other selfies taken with any other phone.With rear cameras, the depth effect appears more natural, and the colors get more vibrant.
The video recording capacity of the front camera is also great, which is 1080p at 6fps.
Performance, Software, and UI
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, like other high-end Android phones in 2021, is powered by the strong Snapdragon 888 processor, which is combined with 12GB of RAM and a powerful GPU Adreno 660. These internal features have made the phone powerful enough to handle a wide range of tasks.
For what it's worth, the phone doesn't have any difficulties when running games, including COD and PUBG Mobile. As a result, if users don't play for too long at a time, the heat management and performance concerns are unlikely to be a deal-breaker. In addition, the Android 11 based MIUI is used as the phone’s screen.
Because the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra boasts two stereo speakers, audio sounds fantastic whether you're listening to Spotify, viewing a movie without headphones, or on a video or voice call.
Battery and Charging
While a 5,000mAh battery comes with the phone, which seems huge, it plainly struggles to cope up with the massive 120Hz display, strong CPUs, and back screen and the phone frequently struggles to survive a single day with the battery support.
With average use, the phone would be fully depleted within 12 to 15 hours once fully charged. If the phone gets heated, the power consumption skyrockets. However, the powerful 67W superfast comes to the rescue of heavy users. It takes only around 30 minutes to fully charge up the battery.
Price of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra in Bangladesh
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra pro is officially not available in Bangladesh. The 12GB × 256GB variant has been released in India. If converted to BDT, the price stands around 80,158 Taka. The conversion rate here is 1.15. The unofficial price of this device is subjected to change depending upon the seller's rate and tax issues.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra comes with some of the greatest hardware available, including top internal specifications, a strong camera, a stunning display, a powerful chipset and GPU, and quick charging via both wired and wireless ways.
However, there are certain drawbacks like the extremely high price and the clunky MIUI software, along with a lack of a guaranteed update. Moreover, the Mi 11 Ultra is not only large but also very unattractive due to the awkward camera module.
Altogether, if the price and the giant size of a phone don't bother you much, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra would be a great phone.