Today, Xiaomi announces three new devices: the 11T, the 11T Pro and the 11 Lite 5G NE. We’ve had the first two in review for a while and today we can provide some first-hand experiences with the phones.
The Xiaomi 11T series, which by the way is no longer called “Mi” in the name, is now literally just “Xiaomi 11T”, they are supposed to be additions to the company’s flagship line, but they have lower prices. . We had reviewed the Mi 11 in March and the older brother, the Mi 11 Ultra in July, so be sure to read those pieces as the 11T series fits the lineup, albeit different.
What defines the 11T series is the fact that they are slightly lower priced and more budget than the original Mi 11, especially on the display side, which has now been downgraded to a 1080p panel. The build quality is different too, and we’re finally looking at a different set of SoC options depending on whether you’re getting the regular 11T or the higher-end 11T Pro.
|Xiaomi 11T Series|
|SoC||MediaTek Dimensity 1200|
1x Cortex-A78 at 3.00 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 at 2.60 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 at 2.00 GHz
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 |
1x Cortex-X1 at 2.84 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 at 2.42 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 at 1.80 GHz
Adreno 660 to 840 MHz
|DRACHM||8GB LPDDR5-6400||8/12 GB LPDDR5-6400|
2400 x 1080
|Battery capacity||5000 mAh (typical)|
|5000 mAh (typical)|
|Principal||108MP HM2 1 / 1.3 “0.7µm|
4: 1 binning at 27MP / 1.4µm
f / 1.75
|Telephoto||5MP (macro only)|
f / 2.4
f / 2.2
|Frontal camera||16 megapixels|
f / 2.45
|Wireless (local)||802.11 (Wifi 6),|
|Mobile||4G + 5G NR NSA + SA Sub-6GHz|
|Special features||Fingerprint sensor under the screen|
Full-range stereo speakers
|Splash, water, dust resistance||Without evaluating|
|Dual SIM||2x nano-SIM|
|OS launch||Android 11 with MIUI||Android 11 with MIUI|
|Launch price||8 + 128GB: € 499|
8 + 256GB: € 549
|8 + 128GB: € 649|
8 + 256GB: € 699
12 + 256GB: € 749
Starting with the SoCs, the two 11T devices are absolutely interesting phones, as in addition to the usual Samsung Galaxy devices every year that are powered by Snapdragon and Exynos SoCs, Xiaomi is employing a similar strategy here with the dual-source 11T series, both from Qualcomm. and from MediaTek.
The normal 11T works with MediaTek Dimensity 1200 “Ultra”; we’re not sure what Ultra means here, but it looks like it’s related to a high-frequency NPU; there are no differences in CPU clocks. The SoC features a Cortex-A78 at up to 3.00GHz, three A78s at 2.60GHz, and four A55s at 2.00GHz. The GPU is a MaliG77MP9, although we cannot confirm the frequency. This is MediaTek’s high-end chip at the moment, so it’s pretty cool. What also makes it special is that it is in TSMC’s 6nm process node, and it is the first chip we have in our hands on this node.
The Snapdragon 888 needs no introduction, and that’s what powers the 11T Pro. There are a few oddities with the chip though, which we’ll cover in the system performance section, but the way Xiaomi is setting up the chip is not up to the mark. flagship level in terms of behavior.
What’s very exciting about the two different SoC devices is that both phones are absolutely identical in specs. It’s essentially the same phone, only with a different SoC and different charging capabilities. For apples-to-apples chipset comparisons it rarely gets better than this, although we will see that there are behavioral discrepancies.
The back of the phone is relatively generic with its glass back. One thing to note here is that the phone is slightly wider at 76.9mm. The weight is reasonable at 203-204g due to the 5000mAh battery.
Overall, the build quality and design of the phone is not as attractive and stylish as what we saw on the Mi 11, and it feels like a slightly cheaper / lower-end model in the flagship Mi 11 series.
On the camera side, Xiaomi is employing a 108MP sensor, but this is not the HMX found in the Mi 11, but the smaller HM2 sensor that uses 0.7 µm pixels compared to 0.8 µm from the brother. The optics have a 24mm equivalent focal length with an aperture of f / 1.75, but without OIS.
There is a 5MP telephoto module, but this is only used for macro shots, it cannot be used for any real close-up.
Finally, there’s a basic 8MP ultra-wide with f / 2.2 and a 120 ° field of view, it’s really basic. In general, the entire camera setup is simple and Xiaomi doesn’t give it too good specs.
Xiaomi is focusing on fast charging on these devices, in particular the 11T Pro comes with a 120W charger. It works as advertised; however, we will talk about the topic in more depth in the review.
The 11T starts at € 499, which is quite reasonable, and the 11T Pro starts at € 649, which is actually quite expensive given that one can have the Mi 11 for around € 715 today, the phone would have to somehow rationalized in his differentiations compared to his serial brother.