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Xiaomi 11i 5G – Premium Looks that Sail through

Xiaomi is a well-established name in the international market today, and it produced some major products. One of the main reasons why Xiaomi is successful in Asia and the Middle East is because of its mid-range smartphones where the user loved their value for money offerings.

One such phone is the Xiaomi 11i 5G where the company has brought some premium features to the Mi 11 series of phones and they priced it on the higher side.

You have to pay a little more from the mid-range level. But yes the phone has a lot of good things that are available in the premium segment so from that point of view only the time will tell how Xiwami Lovers are reacted to this.

Xiaomi 11i 5G features a great Fast 120 Hz AMOLED display with a highly-responsive touch sampling rate, fast and energy-efficient MediaTek’s Dimension processor, 108-megapixel triple camera, and a large 5160 mAh battery with fast charging.

From a specs point of view, the phone has definitely a mixture of good features and Xiaomi also included some add-on features to make the user experience even better.

Like the phone has IP 53 rating, Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front, Symmetrical stereo speakers, superfast charging without any heating issue, and a new more barlike design for a nice grip.

Let’s see if the Xiaomi 11i 5G is really an upgraded smartphone from the previous Mi 10i or something else.

The Specifications:

Display, refresh rate 6.67-inch 120 Hz FHD+Amoled Display, 360 Hz touch sampling rate
Pixel density 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (395 PPI density)
Dimensions 163.7 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm (6.44 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Dust and Splashproof IP 53
Weight (Grams) 207 g (7.30 oz)
Software Android 11,  MI-UI 12.5 Enhanced edition
Camera 108MP (main), 8MP (Ultra-angle), 2MP ( Macro)
Front camera 16-megapixel, 1080p@30FPS
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6 nm),

Octa-core (2×2.5 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55),

Mali-G68 MC4

Storage 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, UFS 2.2
Speakers Dual Symerical stereo speakers
Fingerprint reader  Yes, Side-mounted also works as power and screen on/off
Battery Li-Po 5160 mAh
Charging Fast charging 67W and 67-watt power adopter inside
Sensors Ultrasonic distance sensor, 360° ambient light sensor, Gyro, IR bluster
Headphone Jack Yes 3.5 mm
Special features 5G-Dual-band, Both SA and NSA support, max 8 bands
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 Bluetooth 5.2, Dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Colors Camo Green, Stealth Black, Purple Mist, Pacific Pearl
Price    6+128 GB 24999, 8+128 GB 26999

Design, Build Quality, and Display:

With the new 11i, 5G Xiaomi is going with a more rectangular design and it definitely feels much better in the hands. The back and front are both covered with glass and the phone comes with refreshing new colors with a satin finish that feels really premium.

The smartphone comes with Camo Green, Stealth Black, Purple Mist, and Pacific Pearl color and all of them have their unique charm. I personally like the camo green and Pacific pearl color as they both represent the matte side and shiny side.

Xiaomi 11i 5G measures 163.7 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm and weight is 207 grams which is a bit heavy for those who use a light phone but the design is crafted beautifully and you don’t have any issue with the phone holding long times.

Moving to the ports and buttons we have a power on/off button which also acts as a fingerprint sensor on the right along with a volume rocker. The left side is pretty clean as usual.

On the top, we have a 3.5mm headphone jack, a very fast IR bluster, a secondary microphone, and a second speaker. At the bottom, we have a hybrid sim card slot, USB- type C port, primary microphone, and primary speaker.

The front panel is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 and less prone to scratches and the backside is covered with glass but we don’t know the quality of the glass. Apart from the glass, we have a big camera bump at the back along with Xiaomi branding.

One of the main attractions of the Xiaomi 11i 5G is the display as the phone features a 6.67 inch Full HD plus 2400X1080 AMOLED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate and HDR 10 support.

The panel is great for multimedia and gaming as the colors are punchy and vibrant and the brightness can go up to 1200 nits which is awesome in this segment. We have a great time using the device indoors and outdoor without any issue and its 360-degree ambient light sensor work really well.

The 360 Hz touch response and scrolling are super smooth in this panel and if you came from a low refresh rate you definitely feel the smoothness. We have reading mode and SGS Eye Protection Certification within the display.

This display is also Widevine L1 certified means you can stream HD content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming platforms.

New Mediatek Dimensity 920 Processor:

MediaTek has been a well-known chipset manufacturer for years now and the brand has only been improving ever since its inception. The features and the specs of the chipset ensure a good overall performance of the phone.

MediaTek’s new Dimension 920 processor is used here which is quite powerful and extremely energy efficient in this mid-range section. The chipset is combined with 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128/256GB UFS 2.2 onboard storage under the hood.

Using the latest TSMC 6nm production process – the Dimensity 920 is exceptionally light on power, extending battery life even for demanding users.

The Mediatek Dimensity 920 is a fast mid-range SoC with an integrated 5G modem. It includes two fast ARM Cortex-A78 cores at up to 2.5 GHz and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores at up to 2 GHz. In the graphics department, it uses a dedicated 4 core ARM Mali-G68 MC4 GPU which provided the required boost whenever needed.

The processor has a wifi-6 and 5G modem built in so you can enjoy high-speed internet (up to 2.7 Gbit/Sec) under the hood and with the help of AI( Artificial Intelligence) the device can adapt to many situations with ease.

The Dimensity 920 boosts its Arm Cortex-A78 CPU frequencies up to 2.5GHz, offering exceptional performance for snappier App response, faster FPS in games, and better, connected experiences.

Although the Dimensity 920 supports the high-speed UFS 3.1 storage solutions here we are getting the UFS 2.2 which is slower when you write/copy large files from your PC, performance throttling and boosting.

From the performance point of view, we have a wonderful time with the Xiaomi 11i. It worked well in day-to-day use. The animations were smooth, and there were no big jitters or lags with MIUI 12.5 Enhanced Edition, however, there were a couple of times when the phone slowed down

After playing BGMI, CoD Mobile, and Asphalt 9 for multiple hours we don’t experience any major heating issues and the games are running super smooth. The RAM management and AI enable Processing is doing great in terms of high-end gaming and multitasking.

I know a large section of the audience has some thoughts about the MiUi but in this version 12.5, Xiaomi really worked hard to make the Ui simpler and lighter. You may experience some ad’s in some cases but most of the time I have a clean and smooth experience even in multitasking.

Overall the Dimensity 920 is a capable processor and does everyday jobs without any hiccups but if you’re looking for hard intensive high-end gaming then you should go with Dimencity 1200 or higher for sure. But like me most user’s like to taste all sections of a smartphone from that point of view you find nothing adverse here.

Battery Life and Fast Charging:

One of the most important parts when choosing a phone these days is because in our busy schedules the battery life has an important part to play. And the positive thing is almost all smartphones these days come with large batteries and fill up quickly.

Xiaomi Mi 11 5G has no surprise filled with a massive 5160 milliampere battery which gives almost a day and a half if you’re a light user and a full day for general to moderate use.

The 6nm Dimensity Chipset helps the phone to produce higher battery backup time and the custom MIUI software added some tweaks that help the battery to last longer.

We played a couple of games, calls for some hours, watched some HD content on Netflix, render a video, shared the phone hotspot all the time, and took lots of pictures and videos still the phone had 20% left which is pretty awesome.

On the charging section the smartphone supports fast charging and I’m happy that Xiaomi provided the 67 watts charging brick inside the box. The 67W charger, according to Xiaomi, can charge the Xiaomi 11i from zero to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

Although I’m able to change the device from 0 to 100 percent in almost 45 minutes and it’s very much acceptable. So for your long gaming, or Netflix and Amzon sessions it’s not gonna cause you any issue here.

Overall, the battery of the Xiaomi 11i will last a day, and even if you drain the battery during the day, you can just use the 67W charger to charge it from 0 to 100% in under an hour.

The Custom Android (MiUi 12.5 Enhanced edition):

You may know why I said custom android because the Xiaomi phone means MiUi and, to be honest, I got some mixed reactions from you about MiUi. Many people who like a lightweight OS do not particularly like it but it’s also true that MiUi gives a lot more customization options.

The biggest issue about MiUi in the past has its heavy-weight nature and prone to attract bugs which opens some security flaws so a wide section of people doesn’t like it. And additionally, MiUi displays unwanted Ads and a bunch of bloatware came preinstalled and we are unable to uninstall them.

But now the MiUi become a lot cleaner and Lighter and 11i 5G comes pre-installed with MIUI 12.5 E which is based on Android 11. Xiaomi claims that the 11i would be one of the first devices to receive MIUI 13.

Xiaomi has also reduced the amount of bloatware and adverts on its phones, and the Xiaomi 11i 5G is fairly nice to use and customize as per your like. You can change practically everything, such as whether you want a regular home screen or the one with an app drawer. You can select between Gesture navigation or the old-school buttons.

There are a few Live Wallpapers (animated backgrounds), widgets, menu transition effects, different home screen app layouts, various always-on display designs, changes to the quick settings menu, system-wide dark mode, and lots more.

Although Xiaomi doesn’t really announce any official statement about the Android and Security updates with Mi 11 5G we can expect at least two years of Android updates for sure.

From our time with the device, we like what MiUi offers and the multitasking, Floating window, Dynamic wallpapers, Control center, notification shades, dual apps, and new privacy features all are works fine.

The 108MP Triple Pro Camera Setup:

Generally, Xiaomi phones have good optics, and with some software tweaking and AI-powered editing, they generally produced good-looking natural images but honestly, I’m a little disappointed with the cameras here.

Although Xiaomi claims the 108 MP sensor can capture great detail with a 2.1μm Pixel Size with 9 in 1 Pixel Binning but in reality, I found that the pictures are not that great in terms of detailing and overall color representation.

Xiaomi 11i 5G features a triple camera setup on the back where a main 108 Megapixel 1/1.52″ sensor with f/1.89 aperture primary camera, an 8 Megapixel f/2.2 aperture wide-angle camera with a 120° Field Of View, and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 aperture macro cam.

The back camera can capture 4k videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 30/60fps, but the front camera can only capture 1080p videos at 30fps. Because the phone lacks OIS support, it must rely on Electronic Image Stabilization.

Frankly speaking, the images that came out from the 108 MP cam are on par with the standard, In most cases, the images are coming out soft and darker in some areas. In bright sunlight, the images are good with enough detail contrast and the dynamic range is on the higher side.

Even with HDR enabled, it’s hit or miss because it seems to over sharpen colors, especially greens and reds. The ultrawide camera isn’t really impressive. Even in bright daylight, it takes photos that are quite soft.

In low light or nighttime, the primary 108 MP sensor struggles to capture details, and it’s a hit or miss in some cases and final image came out bright and brighten up the colors on some occasions. Anyway, it’s a personal choice and I personally like the images that intact natural lighting.

For selfies, we have a 16 MP f/2.45 aperture camera that captures good photos and in portrait mode the edge detection is good. In terms of color representation again the pics are good with enough detail and overall images are usable for day-to-day use.

Here are some samples, take a look and judge them by yourself…

In the video department, the rear cam can capture 4K videos at 30 FPS and 1080p at 30/60 FPS, So 4K videos are limited to 30 FPS. The device produced good videos in terms of detail and the autofocus and stabilization work well in most cases.

Xiaomi introduced some extra features like Slow-motion photography, Timed continuous shooting, Professional video, VLOG video, and Time-lapse photography, and from my testing they work fine.

Finally from the image point of view, the same 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor works really well in other phones, if Xiaomi works on these inputs then surely we can get better output in the future and I’m waiting for future updates.

Other Important Features:

  • The smartphone has a hybrid sim card slot (1 nano-SIM slot + 1 nano-SIM/micro SD slot) and both sims support 5G.
  • Dimensity 920 supports n1, n3, n5, n8, n28, n40, n77, n78 bands 5G so you have a wide range of connectivity.
  • Xiaomi 11i 5G officially IP 53 approved means a little bit of rain or dust is not gonna cause any issue here.
  • We have all the sensors here like Ultrasonic distance sensor | 360° ambient light sensor | acceleration sensor | electronic compass | gyroscope | infrared remote control | X-axis linear motor, etc.
  • In terms of audio, we have a dual speaker setup and the output is loud and clear with a good base and tribble. Especially the Dual Symmetrical Stereo Speakers work really nice and boost your multimedia experience.
  • the side-mounted fingerprint scanner is embedded inside the power button and It’s lightning-fast and very accurate that unlocks the device in less than a second.
  • In terms of connectivity, the Xiaomi 11i 5G supports Bluetooth 5.2Wi-Fi 6, WiFi 5, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, and satellite navigation systems like GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou.
  • Xiaomi retains the 3.5 headphone jack and IR blaster and they produced great quality outputs.

Our opinion about the Xiaomi 11i 5G:

Over the years Xiaomi has established itself as the number one brand in the mid-range and affordable handset market. It’s undeniable that they offer some quality products and users love their products for what they pay for.

But now it seems confusing to me because Xiaomi launches too many phones these days under Redmi, Xiaomi, and POCO categories.

No dought that Xiaomi 11i 5G is a good phone but we have an almost identical Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G looks and a design-wise similar phone just some difference in specs. So sometimes as a general user, it’s quite overwhelming to pick one.

Now come back to the Xiaomi 11i 5G is a good device for those who want an all-round device and the camera is not your first priority. The beautiful 6.67 inches Amoled 120 Hz screen, Dimensity 920, new squarish design, big 5160 mah battery with 67-watt fast charge, dual loudspeakers is definitely made a positive impact.

Apart from the average photography from the big 108 MP sensor, we found nothing adverse in this smartphone. Although personally I like the MiUi but they should provide official statements about the future updates still I’m hoping they come along with the MiUi 13.

Xiaomi has also released the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G, which boasts a 4,500 mAh battery and supports 120W fast charging. Other than that, the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G has the same specifications as the Xiaomi 11i 5G.

So if you’re looking for a fast 5G phone with all the advanced features and new refreshing cool look then you should definitely consider the Xiaomi 11i 5G but in this 25k segment there are other’s brands that are going strong and Motorola Edge 20 is one of them.

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