Xiaomi announces global availability of new Mi 11 Ultra, with the highest DXOMARK rating to date

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The fantastic looking Mi 11 Ultra is getting a release beyond China soon, although the exact details for the UK are still pending.

Xiaomi’s brand new Mi 11 Ultra is a true flagship and comes with a price to match (€1199). Not only can the phone boast many new top-spec features, but it also comes with the highest DXOMARK camera rating so far – a score of 143 – enough to knock the Huawei P40 Pro+ off its perch.

Key highlights for the Mi 11 Ultra include:

  • All-new Samsung GN2 50-megapixel primary camera – jointly developed by Xiaomi and Samsung, and the first to reach 1/1.12-inches in size (and an effective pixel size of 2.8μm). The image sensor can capture light in as little as 0.02 lux.
  • 48-megapixel 5x telephoto zoom with 10x hybrid and 120x digital zoom capability.
  • All three cameras on the phone support 8K 24fps video.
  • 6.81-inch quad-curved Samsung AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh, Dolby Vision and HDR10+, 1700 nits peak brightness, and protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
  • Secondary rear display on the rear that functions as an always-on-display and a selfie mirror.
  • Dual-speaker design and a continuation of the Harman Kardon collaboration started with the Mi 11.
  • 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired and wireless charging for 0-100% charge in 36 minutes and almost no difference between wired and wireless options.
  • New battery tech, using silicon-oxygen anodes for a smaller size and faster charging.
  • Ceramic build (black or white) with IP68 rating.
  • Snapdragon 888 SoC with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.

Pricing and Availability

Xiaomi confirmed to me that the Mi 11 Ultra is definitely coming to the UK, but could not give a UK price or release date just yet, so it’s a case of hold tight.

Xiaomi also announced the Mi 11 Lite, available with 4G and 5G versions, the Mi 11i, the Mi Smart Band 6, and the Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro, to join the Mi 11 family.

Key Specifications

Specs as provided by Xiaomi.

Mi 11 Ultra
DisplayWQHD+ 6.81” AMOLED Quad-curved DotDisplay
20:9, 3200 x 1440 resolution, 515 ppi
Contrast ratio: 5000000:1 (typ)
HBM 900 nits (typ), 1,700 nits peak brightness (typ)
120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate
AdaptiveSync: 30Hz/ 60Hz/ 90Hz/ 120Hz
TrueColor display, JNCD≈0.38,△E≈0.41
DCI-P3, 1.07 billion colors
HDR10+, Dolby Vision 360° ambient light sensor 2.0
Sunlight mode 3.0, Reading mode 3.0
DisplayMate A+, SGS Eye Care Display Certification
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Rear displayRear 1.1” AMOLED Display
126 x 294
450 nits peak brightness
Touchable
Supports always-on display
Notification alerts
Rear selfie preview
Super power saver mode
ColorCeramic White, Ceramic Black
Dimensions164.3mm x 74.6mm x 8.38mm, 234g
PerformanceQualcomm Snapdragon™ 888
5nm power-efficient manufacturing process
Qualcomm Kryo™ 680 CPU, up to 2.84GHz, with Arm Cortex-X1 technology
Qualcomm Adreno 660 GPU
Snapdragon X60 5G modem
6th Gen AI Engine
Three-phase cooling technology
Rear camera50MP wide angle camera
Samsung GN2, 1/1.12″ sensor size, 1.4μm pixel size, 2.8μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
f/1.95, 8P lens
48MP Sony IMX586 ultra-wide angle camera
128° FOV, 1/2.0” sensor size, 0.8μm pixel size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
f/2.2, PDAF, 7P lens
48MP Sony IMX586 telephoto camera
5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, 120x digital zoom
1/2.0” sensor size, 0.8μm pixel size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, f/4.1
Front camera20MP in-display selfie camera
f/2.2, 0.8μm pixel size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 78˚ FOV, FF
ConnectivityDual SIM, Dual 5G standby
USB Type-C
Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 6E / Wi-Fi 6
IR blaster, Multifunctional NFC
UnlockIn-screen fingerprint reader, AI face unlock
Charging5,000mAh (typ) battery
67W wired turbo charging (36 mins to 100%)
67W wireless turbo charging (36 mins to 100%)
10W reverse charging
67W in-box charger
AudioDual speakers
SOUND BY Harman Kardon
Hi-Res Audio Certification
MotorX-axis linear vibration motor
SystemMIUI 12 based on Android 11
Storage variant12GB+256GB

Press Release

Beijing, CHINA, March 29th – Xiaomi announced the global release of Mi 11 Ultra, its most extreme premium flagship revolutionizing smartphone photography and videography. Mi 11 Ultra takes a leap in smartphone camera technology with the world debut of the Samsung GN2 large camera sensor. The device goes a step further with a triple pro-grade rear camera array essentially consisting of only “main” cameras, once again pushing Xiaomi to the top of the DXOMARK, ranking Mi 11 Ultra as the world’s best photography smartphone. With a WQHD+ 120Hz quad-curved DotDisplay, 67W wired and wireless turbo charging and IP68 rating, Mi 11 Ultra offers a premium flagship experience taken to the extreme. 

Let your inner filmmaker out with an outstanding pro-grade triple camera array 

Mi 11 Ultra marks a major milestone in professional smartphone photography continuing the pioneering legacy of  Mi 10 Ultra. The pro-grade triple camera array features ultra-powerful hardware which combined with advanced software earned it the top spot in DXOMARK rating.

The device’s 50MP primary camera uses the largest smartphone camera sensor currently on the market, Samsung’s GN2. This high-end sensor jointly developed by Xiaomi and Samsung is the first to reach 1/1.12″ in size, and is capable of producing staggering 4-in-1 2.8μm Super Pixels. Powered by Xiaomi’s very own enhanced night photography algorithm it is capable of effortlessly capturing bright and detailed images with as little as 0.02 lux of light. Mi 11 Ultra is also the first Xiaomi smartphone to adopt a multi-point direct Time-of-Flight laser focus system that features an accurate 64 zone depth map, allowing it to focus faster, more accurately and with a wider field of view.

Mi 11 Ultra comes equipped with a 48MP 5x optical zoom periscope lense also capable of 10x hybrid zoom and 120x digital zoom. The 48MP ultra-wide angle camera is just as powerful, with the same Sony IMX586 sensor enabling it to capture a stunningly wide 128° field of view. This no-compromise hardware setup is underlaid with a powerful AI algorithm that efficiently corrects lens distortion to ensure optimal effect for landscape and group photos.

Mi 11 Ultra builds on the legacy of previous generation smartphones, sporting both the highly-praised Dual Native ISO Fusion and Stagger-HDR technologies debuted by Mi 10 Ultra. 

The device performs just as brilliantly when shooting videos. All of the phone’s three cameras support 8K 24fps video, and the main camera supports Staggered-HDR ensuring excellent picture quality and accurate, dynamic light and shadow representation.

120Hz quad-curved WQHD+ display with SOUND BY Harman Kardon

Mi 11 Ultra is equipped with a 6.81” 120Hz WQHD+ Samsung AMOLED quad-curved DotDisplay crafted from E4 material. The display offers 1,700 nits peak brightness and can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, enabling softer and more natural color gradation, less banding and a more vivid color performance. Support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ ensure utmost image quality. A 3200 x 1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate combine to create an ultra smooth, fast and detailed display. Encased in Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, the display is also highly resistant to drops and scratches. 

Moreover, Mi 11 Ultra supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+, ensuring ultra vivid picture quality with incredible brightness, contrast and color. With Dolby Vision, users can expect the highest-quality images Mi 11 Ultra is able to display, so their entertainment always looks its best.

Mi 11 Ultra offers an additional surprise with a secondary small display on the back. It not only doubles as an always-on display showing key information such as date, time and notifications, but can also act as a selfie mirror when taking pictures, further enhancing the user-friendliness and innovation of the device’s camera features.

Audio on Mi 11 Ultra is as crystal clear as the image on the display, with the device adopting a dual speaker design and continuing the SOUND BY Harman Kardon collaboration started with Mi 11 for professional audio tuning. Building upon this strong foundation, Mi 11 Ultra has been designed with an even more powerful custom 1216P super-linear speaker unit on the bottom of the device, enabling it to reach 0.8mm max. amplitude, the loudest in the industry. With truly outstanding hardware configuration, smart scenario detection and a professional touch from a premium brand, Mi 11 Ultra can effortlessly adapt to different sound environments to provide optimal audio performance.

100% battery within 36 minutes with dual 67W wired and wireless turbo charging

Mi 11 Ultra carries on this legacy with yet another breakthrough, featuring outstanding 67W wired and 67W wireless turbo charging technology, the latter currently being the fastest in the industry. Both can charge Mi 11 Ultra’s 5,000mAh large capacity battery to 100% within just 36 minutes, with virtually no time discrepancy between wired and wireless.

Mi 11 Ultra features a self-developed 6x supercharge technology, a brand new 30V wireless charging integrated circuit, as well as a multi-level current control technology that allows for a 10% increase in charging speed.

The battery in Mi 11 Ultra is built with an innovative new type of a material: second generation nano silicon oxide cathodes. This material possesses ten times the lithium ion storage capacity of traditional graphite cathodes, efficiently increasing energy density and effectively solving issues with long circuits. 

Premium ceramic build with IP68 dust and water resistance

Mi 11 Ultra is crafted with a premium ceramic back that lends a soft and comfortable feel in the palm of the hand and creates a gleaming, high-end look. The device is available in two stunning colors: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

Mi 11 Ultra offers IP68 dust and water resistance rating. In order to achieve the IP68 standards, Mi 11 Ultra uses a high permeability pressure relief valve. The ceramic back on Mi 11 Ultra has a smaller unidirectional bend radius, reduced from 0.2mm to 0.1mm. The device was tested for resistance to immersion in fresh water for up to 1.5m in depth for 30 minutes, and have added charging port moisture alerts.

Flagship performance with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and innovative three-phase cooling technology

Mi 11 Ultra is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and comes with a lightning-fast LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1 storage combination. Along with the flagship specs, the mobile platform’s performance is boosted with a high capacity heat dissipation system. Mi 11 Ultra debuts Xiaomi’s new three-phase cooling technology, which swaps the processor’s original thermal gel cover for a macromolecular phase change material that boasts higher efficiency and better wrap-around properties, increasing its thermal conductivity performance by 100%. With this three-phase cooling system, Mi 11 Ultra constantly and reliably delivers peak performance. Also featuring GameTurbo 4.0, Mi 11 Ultra offers a smooth and uninterrupted experience even for the most demanding games.

Mi 11 Ultra with a 12GB+256GB storage combination and will go on sale at a recommended retail price of EUR 1199 via Xiaomi’s official channels.

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