Xiaomi Mi 11 Becomes First Phone to Come with Snapdragon 888

Xiaomi Mi 11

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has decided to introduce one major flagship device – the Xiaomi Mi 11. It is officially the first phone with Snapdragon 888 chipset and comes with Xiaomi’s best display, a 6.81-inch AMOLED with QHD+ resolution, along with a 120Hz refresh rate.

The front panel of the device has 480Hz touch sampling rate, peak brightness of 1,500 nits, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. The Snapdragon 888 can be combined with either 8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage or 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage. However, there’s no microSD slot onboard.

As for optics, the main camera setup features a 108MP camera, known from the Mi 10 series, with a 7P lens and f/1.85 lens in front. The 13MP ultrawide angle camera has 123-degree FoV, while the third snapper, sitting on the side, is a basic 5MP macro lens. On the front, the Mi 11 houses a 20MP selfie camera, tucked behind a punch hole in the upper left corner.

On the front panel, there is a screen that is curved on both sides, and underneath the Mi 11 implements Goodix’s latest optical fingerprint scanner. According to the scanner’s maker, it even supports heart-rate monitoring.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a 4,600 mAh power cell that supports 55W wired fast-charging, 50W wireless, and 10W reverse charging. It will work with every Quick Charge 4+, Quick Charge 3+, and Power Delivery 3.0 adapter. Xiaomi has decided to skip the charger in the retail box but will give a 65W GaN adapter for free if users don’t have a compatible charger already.

Moreover, the Xiaomi Mi 11 includes Harman Kardon-tuned stereo speakers, improved Night Mode capabilities, dual 5G connectivity (at Sub-6 GHz networks), Wi-Fi 6E support, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and all the finest navigation services.

Pre-orders for the device have begun, with the first sale scheduled for January 1, 2021. The Xiaomi Mi 11 will be offered in six different colours – Black, White, Blue, Khaki Vegan Leather, Purple Leather, and Special Edition with Lei Jun’s autograph.

The pricing for the new device begins at CNY3,999 ($610/€500) and goes up to CNY4,699 ($720/€585) for the biggest memory option. The first flash sale is also scheduled for January 1, 2021.

While the announcement saw only one phone, later in 2021 we hope to see a Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro with a periscope lens, as some early renders suggested, as well as an improved main camera. We are also hoping to hear more on international availability soon.