Over the years you’ve heard the phrase saying that a brand has thrown in the kitchen sink with its new smartphone, but Xiaomi may have actually done it. Having unveiled the new Mi 11 Ultra that sports the Snapdragon 888 processor, a ton of RAM, plenty of storage, a trio of main cameras, and a 1.1-inch supplementary display on the rear panel. There’s also a very noticeable camera bump that makes the one on the Galaxy S21 series look positively svelte in comparison.
Visually, there’s no getting away from that chunky rear camera bump that sits on the ceramic back panel but there is good reason for its heft which probably doesn’t include being used to mount the phone on a monitor as you can see above.
It houses a trio of cameras that includes a 50MP main camera (Samsung GN2), and a pair of 48MP (Sony IMX686) sensors, one of which is a periscope lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 120x digital zoom while the other 48MP camera has a 128-degree ultra-wide-angle lens. All three cameras support 8K 24fps video recording. Oh, and there’s even a 20MP selfie camera included if you aren’t keen on using the main cameras and the secondary display for some unknown reason.
The Mi 11 Ultra has big specifications right from the top, including a 6.81-inch AMOLED DotDisplay with WQHD+ resolution, 30-120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 480Hz touch-sampling rate, and curved edges on every side. HDR10+ certification and Dolby Vision are present, as is the ability to produce up to 1,700 nits peak brightness and reproduce 1.07 billion colors.
The main display is pretty great on paper, but of more interest is the 1.1-inch AMOLED panel that is located next to the rear cameras. With a modest 126 x 294 resolution, the supplementary panel gives uses the option of using it as a viewfinder to take selfie pics with the main cameras, make and receive calls, view notifications, and an Always-on-Display.
Under the hood is the Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 256GB of built-in storage, dual SIM with dual 5G standby, Bluetooth 5.2, an IR blaster, WiFi 6 connectivity, as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Mi 11 Ultra runs on Android 11 out of the box in the form of Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 overlay.
It’s still early 2021 and we’ve already seen the OnePlus 9 Pro launch with a decidedly useful 50W wireless charging in tow, but Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra ramps it up another notch with 67W wired and wireless charging. This results in the 5,000mAh battery being fully charged from 0-100% in a ludicrous 36 minutes regardless of which method you use. This is partly achieved by the second-generation nano-silicon oxide cathodes that possess ten times the lithium-ion storage capacity of traditional graphite cathodes.
Sporting a ceramic construction and available in white and black variants, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra boasts IP68 water and dust resistance, with a €1,199/$1,400 price tag. The only bad thing is that it’s highly unlikely that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra will ever go on sale in the US.