Xiaomi’s 2021 true flagship — Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the top-end version in the series. In addition to our common hardware specifications, it is more special with its giant camera module design. With such a huge ship artillery style, what does Xiaomi 11 Ultra want to show? Let us find an answer in this review.
We have reviewed Xiaomi Mi 11, which is the basic model of its own light flagship; we tried Xiaomi Mi 11i, a low-cost challenger renamed by Redmi. In terms of “blood lineage”, Xiaomi Mi 11 and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra reviewed today are of the same blood, so they are actually similar in appearance. Curved screen, high arc rounded corners, and the same is punched in the upper left corner.
But as a more expensive model, Mi 11 Ultra will naturally have a different design. On this phone, you will also see the ceramic body that Xiaomi likes to use on the flagship model. A giant camera module is also hung on the top of the back of the phone, which accommodates a three-camera combination and a small window. It is also the biggest feature of the difference between models, a 1.1″ rectangular AMOLED mini touch screen. This giant camera module is nearly 1.7mm thick, which is thicker than HK$5! The special thing is that there is another one in the middle of this module. Dip it inward to form a small hook-like shape, which is just used to hang on the screen of the laptop, which is convenient for reading a mobile phone while typing an article (Huh?).
The body has IP68 waterproof and dustproof protection, and the screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is adequate. I am afraid that there will be a crash, because the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra weighs 234g anyway, and it will be painful if you miss your face when you lie down and play games.
Screen / rear screen
Mi 11 Ultra uses the same 6.81-inch AMOLED WQHD+ quad-curved screen as Mi 11, with 120Hz ultra-smooth refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate specifications, and it is naturally certified by DisplayMate A+. In the settings, Xiaomi only offers two options of 120Hz and 60Hz, and has not followed up with the more power-saving variable refresh rate function. The sound effect is the same as that of Mi 11. The design of double speakers has exclusive openings on the top and bottom ends, and it will also be blessed by Harman Kardon. It sounds good three-dimensional, with both left and right channels coming out. However, it was mentioned in the Xiaomi Mi 11 evaluation that compared with Dolby Atmos, the sense of hierarchy will be slightly weaker.
The front screen does not waste space, because Xiaomi 11 Ultra has a second screen. On the back of the camera module, there is a 1.1-inch small rectangular space. This is Xiaomi’s response to the small boom of dual-screen mobile phones last year. Due to the fact that the screen is too small, there are no very useful functions to make good use of. At present, the secondary screen behind this has two purposes. One is to view the time, date and notification shortcut window, and you can also set different words by yourself; the other is to use as the camera’s viewfinder, which is convenient for everyone to use this higher Self-portrait with high-quality main camera. But the screen is too small, so it can only be used to ensure that everyone is in the mirror when taking group selfies. I wanted to say that it can also be convenient for a one-person team like the editor, which can be used to view the vlog when shooting, but the original recording mode does not support the secondary screen display.
Finally, Xiaomi revealed that there will be a super power saving mode that only uses this small screen to operate, and 10% of the power can be used for 55 hours, but this requires a subsequent OTA update.
The cameras of the Mi 11 series are actually different. Mi 11 uses a 100 million pixel camera, to Mi 11 Ultra, which uses a brand new 50MP wide-angle camera developed in cooperation with Samsung, so their team also needs to spend more time to adjust . The other two cameras are the 48MP ultra-wide-angle camera and the 48MP periscope 5x optical zoom telephoto camera. Of course the imaging under daylight can be used, but even at night, the imaging is quite clean. I took the opportunity of the full moon to take a look at Xiaomi’s Super Moon mode and Xiaomi 11 Ultra’s 120x zoom.
Xiaomi’s super moon mode is a bit controversial, because many people think that after the system has identified the moon, it forced a clearer surface of the moon. However, when the editor came back from shooting this time, the post-production artificial taste is not very strong. At the same time, cross-compared with the camera shooting, the moon surface pattern is also consistent. It can only be said that if it is really artificial, the effect is enough. Really.
In the so-called 120x hybrid zoom focal length, Xiaomi also introduced the focus assist function of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. When the telephoto is more than 15x, a viewfinder is added to the upper left of the camera interface to display the user in a wide-angle screen. Which direction is being aimed at. However, the focus stability of the S21 Ultra has not been brought over, and it is still very common to shake the phone when pressing the shutter.
The wide-angle focal length is the 1/1.12″ large-size 50MP CMOS GN2 developed in cooperation with Samsung. The single pixel size is 1.4μm and supports four-in-one pixel to 2.8μm. Shooting in the normal mode under daylight can retain the same size. Good three-dimensional sense, you can see more details when you switch to 50MP mode, but the exposure will be relatively high; it can also generate a sufficiently exposed photo at night, but the details are slightly changed to oil painting.
The camera of the Mi 11 Ultra has no major hardware problems, but the interface is not easy to use, or the curved screen is stupid to prevent accidental touch. Because when you hold the phone firmly and firmly, your fingers will inevitably touch the edge of the screen, which will cause no response when you press the shutter, which is very embarrassing.
Mi 11 Ultra is the flagship. It uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM + 256GB UFS 3.1 storage space. It is the first-order configuration of Xiaomi Mi 11 evaluated by Xiaobian. Although it is not as strong as the market, it is also a Xiaomi product. The top position on the line. In the evaluation tool, the scores obtained are also competent, but the fever problem also exists. This time I also found a thermometer to measure it. The temperature on the back of the machine can be as high as 50 degrees Celsius, and I don’t want to hold it in this hot world. Fortunately, it is quite calm when used lightly, but it is easy to heat up when playing games.
The battery part is also a highlight of the Xiaomi 11 Ultra. It is equipped with a 5,000mAh high-capacity battery and supports 67W wired and wireless charging. With such specifications, Xiaomi emphasized that it is because of the application of silicon-oxygen negative battery technology, but whether the battery life is really long-lasting, it will take time to prove.
to sum up
After playing for a round, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra did not bring significant appeal. Compared with the same Mi 11, Ultra only has advantages in camera and performance. The remaining more impressions are still heavy and redundant. of. The 120x zoom camera does allow everyone to shoot very far things, but its imaging is still blurry, and its practicality is not too great. Even if it is used to shoot the moon, it only uses 50 or 60 times to fill the frame. The performance improvement is also a tasteless, because the performance of the S888 is already redundant on the mobile phone. The previous Xiaomi Mi 11 only has 8GB RAM and it has enough smooth performance, plus the small size and difficult-to-use secondary screen. The match is unclear.
Therefore, the editor made the sub-standard of this review is the “giant ship artillery” doctrine, which seeks to be huge in numbers, but it does not benefit in actual use, and is even disgusting to a certain extent. Of course, there are some mobile phones advertised as Ultra on the market that have similar problems, but it is a pity that Xiaomi 11 Ultra has not been able to rationalize these additional values.