Two chips, with a battery focus

Two chips, with a battery focus

Today, Xiaomi announces three new devices – 11T, 11T Pro and 11 Lite 5G NE. We’ve had the first two for review a bit now and are able to provide some first hand experiences with the phones today.

The Xiaomi 11T series – which by the way is no longer called “Mi” in the name, it’s literally just “Xiaomi 11T” now, should be additions to the company’s flagship line-up, but come in at lower price points. We had reviewed the Mi 11 back in March and the big brother, the Mi 11 Ultra in July, so be sure to read these pieces as the 11T series fits into the series, albeit differently.

What defines the 11T series is the fact that they are slightly lower priced and more budget than the original Mi 11, especially on the display side, which is now reduced to a 1080p panel. The build quality is also different, and finally we see a different set of SoC options depending on whether you get the regular 11T or the higher end 11T Pro.

Xiaomi 11T Series
I 11T Mi 11T Pro
SoC MediaTek Dimensity 1200
1x Cortex-A78 @ 3.00 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.60 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.00 GHz

Mali-G77MP9

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.84 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.42 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80 GHz

Adreno 660 @ 840MHz

DRAM 8 GB LPDDR5-6400 8 / 12GB LPDDR5-6400
Screen 6.67 “AMOLED
2400 x 1080

120Hz Update

480Hz touch
HDR10 + / 10-bit panel

Size Height 164.1 mm
Width 76.9 mm
Depth 8.8 mm
Weight 203 g 204 g
Battery capacity 5000mAh (typical)

67W charging

5000mAh (typical)

120W charging

Wireless charging
Rear cameras
Main 108MP HM2 1 / 1.3 “0.7 .m
4: 1 Binding to 27MP / 1.4 µm

f / 1.75
24 mm eq.

Tele 5MP (macro only)

f / 2.4
48 mm eq.

Additional
Tele
Ultra-wide 8MP

f / 2.2
120 ° FoV

Additional
Front camera 16MP

f / 2.45

Storage 128/256 GB
IN ISLAND USB-C
Wireless (local) 802.11 (Wifi 6),
Bluetooth 5.2
Mobile phone 4G + 5G NR NSA + SA Sub-6GHz
Special features Fingerprint sensor below the screen
Full-range stereo speakers
IR Blaster
Spray, water, dust resistance No rating
Dual SIM card 2x nano-SIM
Start the OS Android 11 m / MIUI Android 11 m / MIUI
Launch price 8 + 128 GB: € 499
8 + 256 GB: € 549
8 + 128 GB: € 649
8 + 256 GB: € 699
12 + 256 GB: € 749

Starting with the SoCs, the two 11T devices are absolutely interesting phones, in addition to the usual Samsung Galaxy devices each year powered by Snapdragon and Exynos SoCs, Xiaomi uses a similar strategy here with the 11T series in dual-sourcing both from Qualcomm and from MediaTek.

The regular 11T is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 “Ultra” – we are not sure what Ultra stands for here, but it seems to be related to a high-clock NPU – there are no differences in the CPU clocks. The SoC has a Cortex-A78 of up to 3.00 GHz, three A78s at 2.60 GHz and four A55s at 2.00 GHz. The GPU is a MaliG77MP9, although we can not confirm the frequency. This is MediaTek’s highest end chip at the moment, so it’s pretty interesting. What also makes it special is that it’s on TSMC’s 6nm process node, and it’s the first chip we’ve had in the hands of this node.

The Snapdragon 888 needs no introduction, and that’s what drives the 11T Pro. However, there are a few peculiarities with the chip that we will cover in the system’s performance, but the way Xiaomi configures the chip is not quite the flagship level in terms of behavior.

What is very exciting about the two devices with different SoCs is that both phones are otherwise completely identical in the specifications. It’s essentially the same phone, just with a different SoC and different charging options. For comparisons between apples and apples chipsets, it rarely gets better than this, although we see that there are behavioral inconsistencies.

The back of the phone is relatively generic with its glass back. One thing to note here is that the phone is a bit more on the wider side at 76.9mm. The weight is reasonable at 203-204 g due to the 5000 mAh battery.

In general, the phone’s build quality and design are not as attractive and sleek as what we saw on the Mi 11, and it feels like a slightly cheaper / lower end model in the Mi 11 flagship series.

On the camera side, Xiaomi uses a 108MP sensor, but this is not the HMX found in the Mi 11, but rather the smaller HM2 sensor that uses 0.7µm pixels compared to 0.8µm on siblings. The optics are 24 mm equivalent focal length at f / 1.75 aperture, but without OIS.

There is a 5MP telephoto module, but this is only used for macro shots, it can not be used for actual zoom in.

Finally, there is a basic 8MP ultra-wide with f / 2.2 and 120 ° field of view- it’s really basic. In general, the whole camera setup is simple, and Xiaomi does not give it too great specifications.

Xiaomi focuses on fast charging in these devices, especially the 11T Pro comes with a 120W charger. It works as advertised; however, we will talk more about the topic more in the review.

The 11T starts at € 499, which is quite reasonable, and the 11T Pro starts at € 649 – which is actually quite steep, as today you can have the Mi 11 for around € 715, should the phone somehow rationalize itself in its differentiations in relation to its series siblings.

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