Xiaomi’s second-generation Ultra flagship is here and just like in 2020, the new model doesn’t disappoint. The phone brings in new technology in a refined form factor and is placed above the Mi 11 Pro, which is already a powerful 2021 flagship.
So how does the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra distinguish itself from the Pro?
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Design & Display
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra comes in just two color options – White Ceramic and Black. Both the colors look very elegant and premium. The camera housing is in black and covers almost the entire upper half of the device.
There are three cameras at the back along with a secondary display that shows you the notifications, battery level, weather, health alerts, and other essential information. There’s also a special Ultra-Low Power saving mode that utilizes this tiny screen to give you up to 55 hours of additional standby time.
However, Xiaomi says that the most important function of the secondary display at the back is to allow high-resolution selfies from its rear cameras.
The display is exactly the same as the Mi 11 Pro, so you get a four curved 6.8-inch E4 AMOLED screen on the front with QHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate. You also have Gorilla Glass Victus protection as the Pro model as well as Dolby Vision support.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is IP68 certified as well. You also get Harmon Kardon stereo speakers.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Hardware
The rest of the hardware is the same as the Mi 11 Pro. So the Mi 11 Ultra comes with Snapdragon 888 with LPDDR5 RAM 6400Mbps and UFS 3.1. You get Wi-Fi 6 Enhanced support as well.
Coming to the battery, the Mi 11 Ultra features a 5000mAh capacity battery with 67W wired and wireless charging.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Cameras
One of the biggest differentiators between the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra is in their camera departments. The phone features a powerful triple camera setup featuring the same Samsung GN2 50MP primary shooter but with two additional 48MP Sony IMX586 Ultra Wide and TeleMacro cameras.
The 50MP Samsung GN2 comes with 61 degrees FoV with a very sharp focus thanks to dToF technology that features a 64 point laser array focus system.
The 48MP Ultra Wide Camera comes with a very wide 128-degree FoV and the third 48MP TeleMacro camera comes with 5x optical zoom and up to 120x digital zoom.
Xiaomi said at the event that the brand has worked hard on the Ultra Night Photo algorithms which combined with the 1/1.5″ large 50MP sensor ensures that you get clear and colorful photos even when the lighting goes down. In fact, the company directly compared the Mi 11 Ultra’s camera to a Sony RX100 M7 compact camera and showed how the former’s camera setup is capable of capturing better low light images.
The Mi 11 Ultra can capture 8K videos from all the 3 camera sensors including the telemacro shooter.
Thanks to this powerful setup, the Mi 11 Ultra has managed to score 143 on DxOMark, making it the best smartphone camera setup on the platform right now.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Pricing & Availability
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra starts at 5999 yuan ($914) for its 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM version. The 12GB + 256GB version retails for 6499 yuan ($990) while the top end 12GB + 512GB version will retail for 6999 yuan ($1065).
Xiaomi Mi 11 Marbled Ceramic Special Edition will go on sale for 6999 yuan ($1065).
All versions will go on sale from April 2 in China. No word on global availability yet.
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