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A smartphone with such characteristics and for such money should be as close to ideal as possible. But not at this time.

The best device in the Xiaomi Mi 11 series and, in principle, in the entire Xiaomi lineup is now the Mi 11 Ultra. The company was originally famous for its high-quality models from the middle price category and is now trying to gain a foothold in the upper echelon, releasing smartphones, the description of which is strewn with impressive marketing performance indicators and loud slogans. And Mi 11 Ultra, if you look at the press release, has every right to be called a super flagship.

Table of contents

Specifications

Operating system Android 11, MIUI 12.5 shell
Screens

Main: AMOLED E4, 6.81 inches, 3200 × 1440 pixels, 515 ppi, 60 and 120 Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Optional: AMOLED, 1.1 inches, 126 × 294 pixels.

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5 нм)
Memory Operational — 8/12 GB, built-in — 256/512 GB.
cameras

Main: main — 50 MP, f / 1.95 with a sensor 1 / 1.12 ″, pixels 0.8 microns and focusing PDAF; wide-angle — 48 MP, f / 2.2 with a 1 / 2.0 ″ sensor; telephoto — 48 megapixels, five times optical zoom with a 1 / 2.0 ″ sensor.

Front: 20 MP, f / 2.2.

SIM cards 2 x nanoSIM
connector USB Type‑C
Communication standards 2G, 3G, LTE, 5G
Wireless interfaces Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Battery 5,000 mAh, charging: 67W wired, 67W wireless, 10W reverse wireless.
Dimensions 164.3×74.6×8.38mm
The weight 234
Additionally NFC, optical fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, IP68 dust and moisture protection.

Design and ergonomics

The design of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is unusual, at least on the back. It is not even made of glass, but of ceramic with a glossy finish. On a white background, prints are almost invisible, and the oleophobic coating itself is not bad.

Photo: Alina Rand / Lifehacker

The camera unit sits on a very wide and high step — it seems to be almost half the thickness of the smartphone itself, although in fact it is only 2.5 mm high.

On the left on the step is the main lens, on the right is an ultra-wide-angle lens, below them is a five-fold optical zoom and an inscription about 120-fold digital. The flash and the second display are located on the same step on the side of the cameras.

The smartphone is surrounded by a metal frame, in which the buttons are neatly inscribed. Everything is on the right side. These are the power and volume keys. They are well pressed, conveniently located. The power button is complemented by rough concentric notches.

The back cover and display glass (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus) are slightly curved on the sides and blend neatly into the metal frame.

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The screen of Mi 11 Ultra is covered with a factory film. It has a cutout for the front camera, which is located closer to the left edge. The kit also includes a silicone case. It will protect the sides and back of your smartphone from scratches.

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There are two speakers — both at the top end and at the bottom. The holes on the bottom at the same time seem to follow the shape of the sound wave — a fun design move. In addition to the speaker, the bottom also has a microphone, a USB-C connector, and a SIM card slot. An IR sensor and another microphone are installed on top.

Photo: Alina Rand / Lifehacker

The smartphone itself is large and heavy. Due to the rather massive camera block, the upper part outweighs the lower one, so sometimes it seems that if you grab it a little lower, the Mi 11 Ultra will tumble down. And with a standard grip, it’s just convenient to put your finger on the step itself at the back.

Displays

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has two displays. The main one is based on a 6.81-inch AMOLED E4 matrix with a resolution of 3200 × 1440. This is a very juicy display with good natural color reproduction and an excellent margin of brightness. The display bezels are narrow.

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Screen settings look standard for MIUI smartphones. You can choose a palette, change the screen refresh rate (120Hz or 60Hz are available to save power), turn on anti-flicker mode and various options for comfortable viewing. The resolution can also be reduced from standard WQHD+ to FHD+, so the screen will drain less battery.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra also has an artificial intelligence-based content display enhancement system. This increases the resolution of the video you are watching, improves the quality of the image depending on what is shown in it, automatically expands the dynamic range, and improves the smoothness of various videos by adding intermediate frames.

Operating system Android 11, MIUI 12.5 shell
Screens

Main: AMOLED E4, 6.81 inches, 3200 × 1440 pixels, 515 ppi, 60 and 120 Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Optional: AMOLED, 1.1 inches, 126 × 294 pixels.

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5 нм)
Memory Operational — 8/12 GB, built-in — 256/512 GB.
cameras

Main: main — 50 MP, f / 1.95 with a sensor 1 / 1.12 ″, pixels 0.8 microns and focusing PDAF; wide-angle — 48 MP, f / 2.2 with a 1 / 2.0 ″ sensor; telephoto — 48 megapixels, five times optical zoom with a 1 / 2.0 ″ sensor.

Front: 20 MP, f / 2.2.

SIM cards 2 x nanoSIM
connector USB Type‑C
Communication standards 2G, 3G, LTE, 5G
Wireless interfaces Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Battery 5,000 mAh, charging: 67W wired, 67W wireless, 10W reverse wireless.
Dimensions 164.3×74.6×8.38mm
The weight 234
Additionally NFC, optical fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, IP68 dust and moisture protection.

Since the display is made using AMOLED technology, it makes sense to use the active screen settings — the «Always on display» function, so that notifications, clocks and other elements are displayed on the lock screen.

But in the case of Mi 11 Ultra, this feature has an alternative — a second screen, which is located in the camera unit on the rear panel.

This is a small AMOLED color display, borrowed from the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 bracelet, with a diagonal of only 1.1 inches. In the standard version, the screen displays the time, date and charge level of the smartphone. When the audio player is turned on, the music playback controls are displayed on the second display.

You can also display the camera image on it to take a selfie. However, only in the «Photo» mode, and the picture turns out, to be honest, completely uninformative.

The image on the small screen is displayed only after touching and turns off after the specified time (maximum half a minute). Settings, in addition to the shutdown time, allow you to set the type of information displayed on the display: notifications, pictures, inscriptions.

In general, a small display can replace the Always On Display feature. Especially given the fact that on various surfaces, the Mi 11 Ultra lies much more stable with a support. But during the test, we only recalled the existence of an additional screen a couple of times.

This is not the first such design: back in 2017, Meizu introduced the Pro 7 Plus smartphone with a small display under the camera unit. However, the company did not produce such devices anymore: apparently, they did not gain popularity.

Iron

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is based on Snapdragon 888 with Adreno 660 graphics core and is available in 8GB and 12GB RAM variants. For testing, we received a model with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of user memory. This smartphone does not have a microSD card slot.

In terms of performance, everything is familiar: the smartphone is smart, it pulls all the games to the top settings. Heating is not very noticeable. Yes, Mi 11 Ultra starts to warm up even after 10 minutes of Twitter scrolling, but with a long serious load, it does not reach critical temperatures and performance does not drop much. Perhaps you should thank the ceramic back. The most noticeable heating occurs directly under the chamber block.

Operating system

The device is running Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 skin. The interface is no different from the interface of other smartphones of the brand: all the same two curtain design options, extensive customization options and dominance of advertising. But it seems that this shell is not well adapted to the hardware of the Mi 11 Ultra.

This feeling sometimes occurs when working with pre-installed applications. The display sensor reads touches at an increased frequency of 480 Hz (this is two times lower for most smartphones), but a couple of times during the test, the smartphone fundamentally refused to respond to clicks. For example, while shooting or scrolling through the gallery. This was not observed in games and third-party applications, only in pre-installed Xiaomi.

Sound and vibration

At the ends of the Mi 11 Ultra smartphone, full-fledged stereo speakers are installed. Xiaomi did the audio setup in collaboration with Harman/Kardon, and the sound turned out great. It is clear, loud, clear, perfectly conveys voices and does not allow distortion even at high volumes. Great replacement for a small portable speaker.

Operating system Android 11, MIUI 12.5 shell
Screens

Main: AMOLED E4, 6.81 inches, 3200 × 1440 pixels, 515 ppi, 60 and 120 Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Optional: AMOLED, 1.1 inches, 126 × 294 pixels.

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5 нм)
Memory Operational — 8/12 GB, built-in — 256/512 GB.
cameras

Main: main — 50 MP, f / 1.95 with a sensor 1 / 1.12 ″, pixels 0.8 microns and focusing PDAF; wide-angle — 48 MP, f / 2.2 with a 1 / 2.0 ″ sensor; telephoto — 48 megapixels, five times optical zoom with a 1 / 2.0 ″ sensor.

Front: 20 MP, f / 2.2.

SIM cards 2 x nanoSIM
connector USB Type‑C
Communication standards 2G, 3G, LTE, 5G
Wireless interfaces Wi‑Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Battery 5,000 mAh, charging: 67W wired, 67W wireless, 10W reverse wireless.
Dimensions 164.3×74.6×8.38mm
The weight 234
Additionally NFC, optical fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, IP68 dust and moisture protection.

Photo: Alina Rand / Lifehacker

In the settings there are several preset equalizer options for specific content: «Music», «Video» Voice. There is also a «Smart» mode, which automatically detects what type of sound is being played and independently adjusts the sound. This setting only applies to speakers .


The Mi 11 Ultra does not have an audio jack. The headphones can be connected either wirelessly or with a USB-C adapter. From the settings, a seven-band equalizer is available for manual adjustment, setting a personal volume margin for a particular listener, and adjusting the volume for Xiaomi headphones (however, it also works with models from other brands, in fact, being a set of saved equalizer settings).

The smartphone understands everything from Bluetooth-aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC and AAC codecs. The connection is trouble-free, the signal is not lost.

cameras

We will devote a separate material to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra camera unit, so in a general review we will briefly touch on the main characteristics.
The smartphone has three modules: a 50MP main module with a huge 1/1.12-inch sensor, a 48MP wide-angle screen, and a 48MP 5x TV speaker.

Photo: Alina Rand / Lifehacker

In perfect or near-perfect lighting, the frames are great. But as soon as you move into, for example, a shadow in a room, the post-processing system tends to change the color rendering towards acidity in order to compensate for the balance of gray white.

Night shots are also not particularly encouraging — artificial overlighting and lack of sharpness are visible. But the moon looks good.

At the same time, in terms of creativity, the camera is very good: wide zoom options, a full-fledged wide-angle lens, juicy macro. That’s all the OnePlus 9 Pro has to offer and more. The same night mode is more impressive, and it costs almost half the price.

Autonomy

Thanks to the maximum resolution and screen refresh rate of 120 Hz, the smartphone can easily withstand a day on a single battery charge. It has a module with a capacity of 5000 mAh. If the settings are lowered to FHD + and 60 Hz, then the Mi 11 Ultra will last a day and a half without problems.

The battery itself, by the way, is not easy. Xiaomi representatives said that in their design they used technologies developed for electric vehicles. Thanks to this, it was possible to reduce the size of the battery and at the same time achieve a decent capacity and charging speed.

The kit includes a 67-watt adapter, and the smartphone really practically charges from zero (in our case, from 2%) to 100% in 36 minutes. This is exactly the time that the manufacturer called in promotional materials.

results

Super-flagships differ from just powerful smartphones by the presence of a certain «chip». Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has several potential «chips» — a second screen, a cool camera module and an unusual battery.

However, only the battery does not raise any questions. This is the case when the fast charging system works really fast.

But the usefulness of the second screen is questionable. Perhaps if we tested the smartphone longer, we would get used to it, but in these few weeks we only remembered a couple of times about the existence of an additional display on the back.

The camera module is completely disappointing, but only if you take into account the cost of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. However, we will have a separate article about this, in which we will analyze in detail all the pros and cons.

Photo: Alina Rand / Lifehacker

The result is a good smartphone — interesting, quite convenient, with rare, but still annoying interface freezes. But the money that is asked for this is from 115,000 rubles, it seems to us that it is absolutely not worth it.

Of course, you can buy the Chinese, not the global version of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and even with less memory. This option will cost about 85,000 rubles, and this price no longer seems too exorbitant.

But in any case, from a smartphone in this price range, you expect it to perform all its functions perfectly, and sometimes even surprise and amaze to the core, especially the camera that Xiaomi itself is so proud of. But there is nothing striking about the Mi 11 Ultra.

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  • The author thanks Xiaomi for the device provided for testing. The company had no opportunity to influence its result.*

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