Mi 11X Review: Who Says You Must be an All-Rounder?

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The Mi 11X from Xiaomi is the most affordable of three new models in the Mi 11 circle of relatives. It’s priced a bit lower than the Mi 10T but offers a variety of up to date features, most notably its Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC which is just one step below the current flagship level. Priced starting at Rs. 29,999, this phone could offer a large number of bang for the buck – so long as you are not in search of each conceivable premium feature. While some phones nowadays go heavy on camera or battery performance at the price of everything else, and others you should be well-balanced all-rounders, the Mi 11X is all approximately its processor.

That said, the Mi 11X does also have other noteworthy features, especially its display and design. So who will this appeal to? Gamers make up a remarkable segment, and considering that committed gaming phones are incessantly much bulkier and more expensive, there will have to be a variety of people who like this approach. If you are not certain if the Mi 11X is best for you, read on.

Mi 11X price in India and buying options

Xiaomi has launched the Mi 11X in two variants. The base version has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 29,999, but you’ll also get it with 8GB of RAM and an identical quantity of storage for Rs. 31,999. Depending on what bank you use, you’ll stand up to Rs. 3,500 off. With only a Rs. 2,000 difference between variants, the higher priced one seems to make much more sense. The lower starting price might work great psychologically, but provided the high-end processor, it makes sense to spend a little more for the potential added future-proofing. The phone will be to be had officially on Mi.com and Amazon in addition to at Xiaomi’s own retail locations and other offline stores.

At the side of the Mi 11X, Xiaomi has also launched the Mi 11X Pro, which shares the same body and is priced starting at Rs. 39,999. This upgraded mannequin features the flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 108-megapixel main rear camera, but both have the same screen, battery, and other features. Both phones are to be had in the same three colours: Cosmic Black, Frosty White, and Celestial Silver.

Xiaomi uses different branding and positioning strategies in different countries, so you might see the Mi 11X sold as the Redmi K40 or also as the Poco F3. There might be minor differences to suit each and every market but it seems that that they all come from the same mould, so don’t be puzzled by mentions of these other names online.

The Mi 11X has an extremely reflective rear panel made of Gorilla Glass 5

 

Mi 11X design

The Mi 11X looks refreshingly plain, with no elaborate flourishes and no over-the-top branding elements like we’ve seen from one of the vital competition of late. The camera module on the rear is noticeable but not attention-grabbing, and doesn’t protrude much even with its two-step design. Just like the Redmi Note 10 series, the frame is fairly flattened on the top and backside, and bulges on the correct where it envelopes the power and volume buttons.

The Cosmic Black and Frosty White options are pretty plain, while Celestial Silver seems to be a subtle gradient finish. My black unit picked up a large number of smudges and fingerprints as soon as I started the use of it. The rear panel is extremely reflective but thankfully not too smooth or slippery.

Having a 6.67-inch screen makes this phone pretty tall and wide, but it is reasonably average in relation to thickness and weight at 7.8mm and 196g respectively. Like we saw on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review), the front camera gap is very small but is unfortunately surrounded by a silver ring which can also be very distracting. My review unit came with a pre-applied screen protector but it was once fairly misaligned, which made the camera gap even more noticeable – though this can be a minor, subjective issue.

There is a speaker grille for stereo sound and Xiaomi’s trademark infrared emitter on the top. The power button on the correct has an integrated fingerprint sensor, and my correct thumb rested on it naturally. The volume buttons are above it. On the backside, you can find a dual Nano-SIM tray, a USB Kind-C port, and the primary speaker. A Kind-C to 3.5mm audio adapter is included in the box, at the side of a lucid plastic case, the 33W charger, and a USB cable.

We’re at all times happy to see an IP rating, and the Mi 11X is dust and water resistant up to the IP53 standard. The front and rear are made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The Mi 11X has a 6.67-inch full-HD+ AMOLED screen

 

Mi 11X specifications and software

The Snapdragon 870 has so far only been seen in a small number of phones such as the OnePlus 9R (Review) and Vivo X60 Pro (Review), either one of which cost more but also boast of other high-end features. iQoo’s recently announced iQoo 7 is a closer match in relation to pricing. The Snapdragon 870 is a very minor refresh of the Snapdragon 865, but as we’ve already seen, it’s still a powerhouse. Xiaomi has also used UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM.

For gaming and entertainment, the choice of a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel will have to work timely. It has a full-HD+ (1080×2400) resolution, 120Hz maximum refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate, and HDR10+ with a 1300nit peak brightness rating. Colour reproduction is said to be 100 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut. There’s also improve for MEMC motion smoothing which is said to potentially make low-framerate satisfied look more fluid, in addition to AI-based HDR enhancement. There is not an in-dispay fingerprint sensor – you can find it integrated into the power button on the side.

Xiaomi has gone with a 4,520mAh battery and promises up to 11 hours of gaming per charge. You get a 33W fast charger in the box, which will have to improve the USB-PD and Qualcomm Quick Charge standards and deliver a full charge in under an hour. The Mi 11X also has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos said to be added in a future software update, and high-res certification for wired and wireless headsets.

There are two Nano-SIM slots but no provision for microSD storage expansion. You get Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and more than one navigation systems including NavIC, but no NFC (the company’s website did list NFC improve until Gadgets 360 contacted a representative for confirmation). A haptic motor provides physical feedback for gestures and taps. One potential minor inconvenience is that the USB port works only at USB 2.0 speed for data transfers.

Xiaomi ships the Mi 11X with MIUI 12.0.3, and I received an update to 12.0.4 all over the review period. This is based on Android 11, and my unit had the April 2021 security patch. The experience is pretty much the same as on other recent Xiaomi phones including the Redmi Note 10 series. One continuing issue is the prevalence of advertising and promotional notifications. You have the choice to disable ‘Glance’ satisfied on the lockscreen all over setup, which I would highly recommend. Xiaomi has said that MIUI 12.5 will remove this and also allow users to uninstall almost all the preloaded apps, which I look forward to.

MIUI 12 has a variety of customisation options including themes, an optional app drawer, navigation gestures, a Lite mode, a safe Second Space for private data, and an always-on display mode.

There is a dual Nano-SIM tray on the backside but no microSD card slot or 3.5mm audio socket

 

Mi 11X performance

This phone is designed to deliver class-leading performance for its price, and so of class lesson it does timely in the case of extraordinary usage. It feels responsive when performing actions, particularly when the use of MIUI’s navigation gestures. The 120Hz screen refresh rate does seem to help the experience feel snappy. The fingerprint sensor worked timely, but its location means that it is easy to activate inadvertently while just holding the phone.

The screen is bright and vibrant, making the Mi 11X great for watching videos on. At the side of the processor, it means that games are also highly enjoyable. The main complaint I have is the silver ring around the front camera – even supposing Xiaomi boasts of how small the gap is, the ring still calls attention to it which is distracting when trying to concentrate on satisfied on screen. There are alternatives inside the Android Settings app to tweak the colour profile and toggle the reading mode. AI HDR and video smoothing do make slight differences, but you can need particular kinds of satisfied to truly notice them.

One pleasant surprise is that the speakers are reasonably timely balanced and produce a very wide, engaging sound. Bass is definitely missing but the sound doesn’t distort even at high volume, and most music in addition to spoken satisfied sounds good. Dolby Atmos can also be tweaked the use of the Video Toolbox overlay, and the improvement in clarity is immediately audible.

Xiaomi blocks many benchmarks on its pre-release phones, but AnTuTu 9 was once in a position to run and reported a score of 673,855 which is marginally higher than what the OnePlus 9R managed. Games were reasonably smooth – both Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty Mobile ran timely at their highest settings, but the screen refresh rate seems limited to 60Hz and 90Hz respectively. The upper back of the phone did get a bit warm after approximately 10 minutes of playing.

I used to be in a position to use the Mi 11X for a full day without worrying approximately the battery running out. With a couple of hours of video streaming, gaming, camera use, and general Internet usage, you should not have any trouble lasting no less than from morning to night. Our HD video loop test ran for 17 hours, 16 minutes, which is good but not spectacular.

The Mi 11X did charge in no time – I logged the battery level at 67 percent after being plugged in to the bundled charger for 30 minutes and hit 100 percent after just 56 minutes, which is just fairly over what Xiaomi claims but still very convenient. The phone was once off, but its entire body got extremely hot while charging.

The silver ring around the front camera can also be distracting. An IR emitter is located in the speaker grille at the top.

 

Mi 11X cameras

Xiaomi has resisted the temptation of marketing and gone with only three rear cameras on the Mi 11X: a 48-megapixel primary rear camera with a Sony IMX582 sensor and f/1.79 aperture, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 5-megapixel “telemacro” camera with 2X zoom. The front camera has a 20 megapixel resolution and f/2.45 aperture.

The MIUI camera app isn’t entirely straightforward – some controls such as switching to the Macro camera are buried in menus, even supposing other such things as switching video resolutions are more accessible than usual. The main carousel of modes is customisable so you’ll make a choice which of them you wish to have at your fingertips and which can live in a spillover menu. There are many camera modes and options to play with.

Mi 11X daytime camera samples (top: standard; backside: ultra-wide) (tap to see full size)

 

While the 48-megapixel primary camera is reasonably good in general, photo quality is not the main precedence that went into developing this phone – that’s a key differentiator for the more expensive Mi 11X Pro. Still, the industry standard is high enough that you will not be left disappointed. Photos taken in the daytime were a little missing in relation to dynamism and vibrance, whereas other phones generally tend to saturate colours to make everything pop. Detail is good when subjects are timely lit, but you might find textures a little missing whether you enlarge photos all of the way on a big screen. Portrait mode also does a good job.

Mi 11X daytime macro camera pattern (tap to see full size)

Mi 11X daytime portrait mode camera pattern (tap to see full size)

 

The ultra-wide camera doesn’t do a poor job but you’ll expect some distortion at the edges of the frame. The “telemacro” camera is a lot more interesting – this appears to be very similar to the implementation on the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, and it’s just as impressive. You’ll capture detailed macros without needing to be too near to your subject, this means that you do not obstruct light and framing is easier. On the other hand, there is not any focus guide on screen this means that a large number of trial and error is needed. Whether you’re taking your time, you’ll get some dramatic results.

Mi 11X low-light camera samples (top: standard; middle: night mode; backside: ultra-wide) (tap to see full size)

 

 

Details get a bit murky in photos taken at night, and there’s a variety of noise. Night mode definitely makes things brighter and helps with exposure balance, but there is not necessarily any improvement in definition and there’s potential for shots to be affected by motion blur. As expected, the ultra-wide camera does a very bad job at night, with bad exposures and weak detail. On the other hand, night mode in fact makes it usable. You’ll capture some fair shots at the hours of darkness. The macro camera also struggles to pick small subjects.

 

Mi 11X selfie camera samples (top: daytime; backside: low-light) (tap to see full size)

 

Beautification is on by default with the front camera. Skin textures didn’t look too good when magnified but portrait mode creates handsome depth at the back of the subject.

Video recording goes up to 4K 30fps (the Mi 11X Pro can do 4K 60fps plus HDR). Quality is good at 1080p in addition to 4K. Footage shot in the daytime is not too shaky despite the lack of OIS, but there’s severe juddering whether you record video while walking at night.

Xiaomi has gone with three rear cameras on the Mi 11X

 

Judgement

Smartphone makers have limited ways in which to make their offerings stand out, and with premium features constantly fitting to be had at lower and lower prices, there is not that much room for differentiation at each and every price level. Xiaomi already has a portfolio stuffed with feature-rich phones across its Mi and Redmi series, plus the recently spun off Poco brand. With the Mi 11X, Xiaomi has chosen to tilt the scales in favour of processor power and overall polish, fairly sacrificing camera quality in the bargain.

Whether you are not too concerned approximately camera quality, this can be a great phone for around Rs. 30,000. Games run timely, and because of the slick screen plus powerful SoC, there’s a large number of potential for entertainment in addition to general-purpose use, and a few degree of headroom for future needs is built in. I also like the small touches, like good stereo speakers, an IP rating, and fast charging. With the promised MIUI 12.5 update, the software will have to turn out to be a lot more user-friendly, but that is not a factor we will take into accout yet while adding up the scores.

In the end, the Mi 11X is a robust contender but not as an all-rounder. Whether your needs align with what it offers, you can be happy with it – particularly considering the price.

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