Xiaomi 11T Pro review: from the camera to the display to the test

Xiaomi 11T Pro review: from the camera to the display to the test
Xiaomi 11T Pro review: from the camera to the display to the test
Emanuele Cisotti

15/09/2021 ore 15:00

Xiaomi 11T Pro review

If it seemed to you that Xiaomi had slowed down the frequency of its launches, you were wrong, even if it is undoubted how recently almost all smartphones launched on the market were POCO or Redmi. The line “11” then returns for the first time without the prefix “Mi”. A new era, which starts from Xiaomi 11T Pro.

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Packaging

Inside the package of this 11T Pro we find a USB / USB-C cable and the 120W power supply is the catalyst of attention. A power that in most cases is not even reserved for notebooks. And not only is such a power supply handled by the smartphone, it is also included in the package.

Construction and Ergonomics

Xiaomi 11T Pro is an elegant and at the same time recognizable Xiaomi smartphone. The profile is in metal while the two glasses are Gorilla Glass Victus. The glossy back holds some fingerprints, but overall it is enjoyable, especially thanks to a photographic module that is only slightly protruding (and having divided it into two “steps” improves this aspect). It is not very light overall (they are 203 grams of weight), but given the size during use, the excess weight is not particularly noticeable. There is no official water and dust protection but software testing detects some kind of water resistance, perhaps similar to splashproof of last year’s model.

Hardware

As a true top of the range, the hardware of this 11T Pro from Xiaomi, which does not want to stumble on “simple things”. We have a processor Snapdragon 888 octa core 2.84 GHz and Adreno 660 GPU. We then have 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 internal memory, even if once again not expandable. Speaking of painful buttons, the 3.5mm audio jack for headphones is still missing. Yes, we are incurable nostalgics. Excellent connectivity: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and infrared port. Good stereo sound (refined by Harman / Kardon), even if the contribution of the second upper speaker is definitely unbalanced compared to the lower speaker. In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 888 does an excellent job, although with prolonged intense use it tends to heat up on the back. The energy impact is however limited overall, with some exceptions. The proximity sensor of this smartphone works better than many other Xiaomi smartphones, but it is not entirely free from defects during phone calls.

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Camera

The photographic sector of this smartphone is a particular mix. The main sensor is once again undoubtedly worthy of attention: it is one 108 megapixel ƒ/1.85 complete with optical image stabilization. The other sensors are much less exciting: 8 megapixel ƒ / 2.2 wide-angle, 5 megapixel ƒ / 2.4 macro and 16 megapixel front, which is a step back from last year.

The photos from the main sensor are very good and even if with “intermediate” light the colors can sometimes appear a little dull, as well as a bit of sharpness may be lacking, these are the biggest differences compared to a top-of-the-range camera. The camera in night mode also works very well, which with a time of just a couple of seconds can take very interesting shots. As already mentioned, the other cameras are much less exciting. However, it is nice to have them available for particular contexts in which to make a slightly different photo. Portrait mode is good and selfies are sufficient.

Very good overall the video part, always if we limit everything to the main camera that in 4K a 60fps guarantees very sharp and also very stable videos. If you need it for “extreme” situations there is also an HDR mode (which however reduces the effect of stabilization). Very poor stabilization but extreme detail for 8K videos: still interesting to have to use it on a tripod. Only Full HD for the wide angle (at 30fps) and the front (at 60fps). There are also new cinematic video modes – all fun but don’t expect truly cinematic videos.

Display

Xiaomi 11T Pro has a display from 6.67 in of diagonal with resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and technology AMOLED. This (flat) screen supports 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling and also Dolby Vision technology, as well as 10bit color reproduction. A screen therefore that would not disfigure even on a top of the range, with only minimal color variations by tilting the screen, typical of AMOLED panels.

Software

Xiaomi’s top-of-the-range smartphone arrives on the market with the interface MIUI 12.5.4 based on Android 11 updated at the time of testing with the patches of July 2021. The software offers everything you would expect from the Chinese company’s software. We have the themes, the automatic dark mode, the “new” control center divided by notifications (but can be re-merged at will), the second space to divide private and work life and the turbo video game to maximize performance and minimize distractions during game sessions. Once again there is also the management of the apps in the window. The whole system is very fluid and we have not encountered any particular bugs or visible slowdowns.

Autonomy

This new Xiaomi smartphone has a large battery from 5.000 mAh which guarantees discreet results in almost any condition. The autonomy reacts quite well to the efforts required by operations such as recording videos or playing games, while it is heavily in difficulty when the energy demand is at its maximum, a situation that we have been able to simulate only with the benchmarks. An average autonomy, however, is made decidedly attractive by one of the main features of this smartphone: the 120W recharge with the power supply included in the package. The battery is divided into 2 with two charging points to each receive only 30W of power and therefore not to deteriorate the battery too much.

Price

Xiaomi 11T Pro is priced at 649€ in the 128 GB size and € 699 for the 256GB one. Fifty euros more than last year. Both will be available from September 28 on mi.com, while only the 128 GB version will be available on Amazon, and the 256 GB version in the Mi Stores. Only for the launch and while stocks last, the 128 GB 11T Pro will be sold for € 599 on mi.com with a free Mi TV P1 32 ″. Always for the same period of time there will be a voucher of 100 € for the purchase on Amazon (therefore 549 €).

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Final judgement


Xiaomi 11T Pro

11T Pro is another great smartphone from Xiaomi. It brings features such as a stabilized 108 megapixel camera, a premium processor and above all a new record 120W fast charge to a more affordable price. Xiaomi plays a little with prices: the promotional launch one is very interesting. The full one, on the other hand, is less, in a world where alternatives are now not lacking.


from Emanuele Cisotti

Pro
  • Super fast charging
  • Great display
  • Good 108 mpx camera
  • Great hardware
Against
  • The audio jack is missing
  • The other cameras are not surprising
  • Warm up a little under stress
  • Non-expandable memory

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