It’s no surprise that Xiaomi’s high-end yet affordable devices are gaining traction, especially now that the company has climbed to second place in the global smartphone market share for the first time. Especially now that we are in the grips of a pandemic, with consumers keeping a closer check on their finances.
Xiaomi is returning in the second half of 2021 with the 11T Pro, a slightly pared-down version of its flagship-killing handset from earlier in the year. Does the 11T Pro have what it takes to maintain Xiaomi’s brand in the spotlight, despite a shortlist of compromises and a similar amount of high-end features?
What You Need to Know About the Xiaomi 11t Pro
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is another of those low-cost devices that make you question why you used to spend so much. It includes the Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm’s fastest mobile CPU to date, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and a 108MP camera, among other features. It’s also the first smartphone to allow 120W cable charging, which is lightning quick.
The 11T Pro and the more costly Mi 11 Pro are nearly identical. The screen resolution is lower (FHD+), it does not have IP68-rated waterproofing (IP53), it does not have the original’s 5x optical zoom camera, and there are a few design concessions, but that’s about it.
Xiaomi 11t Pro Review: Specs
RAM: 8 GB
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Rear Camera: 108 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP
Front Camera: 16 MP
Battery: 5000 mAh
Display: 6.67 inches
Xiaomi 11T Pro review: Price
Given its low price, the 11T Pro’s small list of flaws can mostly be overlooked. At £599, Xiaomi’s newest flagship killer is £150 less expensive than the Mi 11, and there’s not much more to complain about at this price.
The iPhone 12 is the first phone it faces, and its price has lately been reduced to £679 following the release of its replacement, the iPhone 13. Although this is £80 more expensive than Xiaomi’s device, you’re still getting a decent price.
There’s also the OnePlus 9, which costs £629 and is slightly more expensive than the 11T Pro. However, its Hasselblad-partnered cameras were a huge disappointment during the tests, and it lacks any recognized sort of IP-rated protection.
Xiaomi 11T Pro review: Design
In terms of design, the 11T Pro is considerably different from the Mi 11 Pro. Xiaomi has definitely pared down the design, opting for a plain plastic back that is prone to greasy fingerprint smudges. There aren’t as many fancy finishes to select from, either: simple meteorite grey and moonlight white lie beside the slightly iridescent cosmic blue, which is far more appealing.
This is also a bit of a beast, and it can be difficult to handle even with large hands. Because the 11T Pro is fairly large (it measures 77mm from side to side), one-handed use is almost impossible unless you have very long thumbs. With a weight of 204g, it’s not easy on the wrists.
The front of the phone, on the other hand, looks slick, with the screen taking up the majority of the available area and a clever hole-punch notch in the center of the top edge of the 11T Pro. The odd main camera array on the rear also stands out because it is unlike the iPhone-like layouts we’ve seen from Apple’s imitators.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is also IP53-rated for dust and water resistance, unlike the OnePlus 9. This means that, while it may not be able to tolerate being submerged in liquid for an extended period of time, it should be able to withstand light rain. However, it appears that the 3.5mm headphone jack has been removed as a result of this.
Along with the normal PIN, password, and face unlock options, the side-mounted power button may also be used as a fingerprint scanner, which We appreciate. You can also fit a second nano-SIM into the phone’s card tray, which is useful if you intend on traveling internationally and need to utilize a foreign Smart card.
But it’s the charging that really sets the 11T Pro apart from the competitors. In the tests, Xiaomi’s latest flagship killer supports 120W USB-C cable charging, which went from zero to full in just under 20 minutes. The iPhone 12 only supports 20W charging. However, Xiaomi includes a 120W charger in the box, unlike Apple.
Xiaomi 11T Pro review: Display
With a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 and a total pixel density of 395ppi, the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s 6.67 display is another AMOLED affair. It supports a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, as well as HDR10+ and Dolby Vision playback, the same as the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro.
We have no complaints about the screen quality of the 11T Pro, which is similar to that of the Mi 11. That comes as no surprise given Xiaomi’s recent history of producing excellent smartphone displays, but it’s comforting to know the 11T Pro is no exception.
With an average Delta E of 1.13, color accuracy is spot on, and the phone’s sRGB gamut coverage of 97 percent (with a total volume of 98 percent) is as good as it gets. While viewing HDR content, brightness peaks at 867cd/m2, making it ideal for Netflix binges on the daily commute, which we’re doing again.
Xiaomi 11T Pro review: Battery life
The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of non-expandable storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. However, Geekbench 5 results show that the 11T Pro is 23% slower in multi-core processing and 28% slower in single-core processing than the Mi 11 Pro.
To be clear, there will be no performance issues during operation. The phone unlocks in a flash, juggles apps with ease, and runs high-frame-rate games from the Google Play store, such as Alto’s Adventure and Call of Duty Mobile, without issue.
However, the 11T Pro struggles with endurance. Its battery life is nearly an hour and a half longer than both the Mi 11 Pro and the iPhone 12 under identical conditions, lasting only 18 hours and 14 minutes in our video rundown test.
Xiaomi 11T Pro review: Android and MIUI
The Xiaomi 11T Pro ships with Android 11 pre-installed, with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5 overlay on top. In other ways, this works more like Apple’s iOS, with a Control Centre-type settings menu accessible by pulling down from the right edge of the screen. This is a distinct section from where you may check alerts, enable mobile data and Bluetooth, tweak Wi-Fi settings, or change the screen’s brightness, exactly as you would on an iPhone.
There’s also a fair lot of personalization available. You may choose from a variety of preconfigured live wallpapers, change themes, and rearrange the apps on the home screen. However, it comes with a big range of preinstalled programs, including AliExpress and Trip.com, which may be easily removed.
Xiaomi 11T Pro review: Cameras
Furthermore, the camera on the 11T Pro is largely the same as the Mi 11 I reviewed earlier this year. It has the same 108MP (f/1.8) main camera as the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but it also has a 120-degree ultrawide 8MP (f/2.2) camera and a 5MP (f/2.4) macro lens. It can also record video in 8K resolution, much like the Samsung.
The cameras on the 11T Pro are fantastic, as expected. We were delighted by the 11T Pro’s ability to capture scenes virtually exactly as your eyes might view them, with a decent degree of detail, a subdued color palette, and lots of contrast, even though it captures 12MP photographs by default. When compared to photos taken on the iPhone 12 Pro, it’s difficult to notice the difference.
Portraits, on the other hand, are where you’ll notice a difference. Even when the slider is set to zero, the Xiaomi 11T Pro applies a face-softening beauty filter, and the borders of your subject aren’t as well defined.
The good news is that this is the 11T Pro’s only camera flaw. The camera’s software experience is very basic, and macro images look extremely good, even if they are little more than a gimmick.
The 11T Pro’s 8K video isn’t stabilized, so you’ll need to invest in a good tripod or set the phone on a steady surface while shooting. This mode is similarly restricted to 30 frames per second and a maximum recording time of six minutes. The footage is of remarkable quality, capturing a great deal of information with a wonderfully quick focus.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is pretty much everything you could want in a smartphone. Despite a few setbacks along the road, most notably in terms of battery life and unreliable performance estimates, Xiaomi’s latest flagship killer remains a force to be reckoned with. There’s more than enough here to keep Xiaomi in the limelight for at least another several months.
Importantly, the 11T Pro demonstrates that you don’t have to pay flagship-sized money when your phone contract expires. Xiaomi’s next flagship-killing choice is another breath of fresh air for the discerning buyer.
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