Today Xiaomi announces three new devices – 11T, 11T Pro and 11 Lite 5G NE. We have already reviewed the first two a bit and today we can give some first hand experiences with phones.
The Xiaomi 11T series — no longer called “We” in the name by the way, is now literally just “Xiaomi 11T,” should be an addition to the company’s flagship line, but it comes at lower prices. We reviewed the 11 back in March, and the big brother, the Mi 11 Ultra in July, so be sure to read those pieces because the 11T series fits into the lineup, even though it’s different.
What defines the 11T series is the fact that prices are slightly lower and cheaper than the original Mi 11, especially on the screen side which has now been reduced to a 1080p board. The build quality is also different, and in the end we see a different set of SoC options depending on whether you’re going to get a regular 11T or a higher-ranking 11T Pro.
|Xiaomi 11T series|
|I 11T||Mi 11T Pro|
|SoC||MediaTek Dimensity 1200
1x Cortex-A78 at 3.00GHz
3x Cortex-A78 at 2.60 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 at 2.00 GHz
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
1x Cortex-X1 at 2.84 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 at 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 at 1.80 GHz
Adreno 660 at 840MHz
|DRAM||8 GB LPDDR5-6400||8 / 12GB LPDDR5-6400|
2400 x 1080
|Battery capacity||5000mAh (typical)
|Main||108MP HM2 1 / 1.3 “0.7µm
4: 1 Binning up to 27MP / 1.4µm
f / 1.75
|Telephoto||5MP (macro only)
f / 2.4
f / 2.2
f / 2.45
|Storage||128 / 256GB|
|I / O||USB-C|
|Wireless (local)||802.11 (Wifi 6),
|Cellular||4G + 5G NR NSA + SA Sub-6GHz|
|Special features||Fingerprint sensor below the screen
Full range stereo speakers
|Resistance to splashes, water and dust||No rating|
|Dual SIM||2x nano-SIM|
|Start the OS||Android 11 on MIUI||Android 11 on MIUI|
|Starting price||8 + 128 GB: € 499
8 + 256 GB: € 549
|8 + 128 GB: € 649
8 + 256 GB: € 699
12 + 256 GB: € 749
Starting with the SoC, the two 11T devices are absolutely interesting phones, other than the usual Samsung Galaxy devices running Snapdragon and Exynos SoCs every year, Xiaomi here uses a similar 11T series strategy with two sources from Qualcomm and MediaTek.
The regular 11T runs the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 “Ultra” – we’re not sure what Ultra means, but it seems to be connected to a high-clock NPU – there’s no difference in CPU clock speeds. The SoC has a Cortex-A78 at 3.00 GHz, three A78s at 2.60 GHz and four A55s at 2.00 GHz. The GPU is MaliG77MP9, although we can’t confirm the frequency. This is MediaTek’s highest chip at the moment, so it’s pretty interesting. What also makes it special is that it is located on TSMC’s 6nm process node, and it is the first chip we had in our hands on this node.
The Snapdragon 888 doesn’t need to be introduced, and that’s what drives the 11T Pro. Still, there are a few oddities with the chip, which we’ll cover in the system performance section, but the way Xiaomi configures the chip isn’t exactly leading in terms of behavior.
What is very exciting about two devices with different SoCs is that both phones are otherwise completely identical in specifications. It’s basically the same phone, only with a different SoC and different charging options. Comparing apple chipsets to apples is rarely better than this, although we will see that there are differences in behavior.
The back of the phone is relatively general with the glass back. It should be noted here that the phone is a little higher on the wider side with 76.9 mm. The weight is reasonable at 203-204g due to the 5000mAh battery.
In general, the build quality and design of the phone is not quite as attractive and elegant as what we saw on the Mi 11, and it seems like a slightly cheaper / lower model in the Mi 11 flagship series.
As for the camera, Xiaomi uses a 108 MP sensor, but this is not the HMX found in the Mi 11, but a smaller HM2 sensor that uses 0.7 μm pixels compared to the 0.8 μm on the brothers. The optics have a focal length equivalent to 24 mm at an aperture of f / 1.75, but without OIS.
There is a 5 MP telephoto module, but this one is only used for macro shots, it cannot be used for any zoom.
Finally, there’s the basic 8MP ultra-wide wide display with f / 2.2 and 120 ° field of view — it’s really basic. In general, the whole setup of the camera is simple and Xiaomi doesn’t give it too many specs.
Xiaomi is focusing on fast charging of these devices, especially the 11T Pro comes with a 120W charger. It works as advertised; however, we will discuss the topic in more detail in the review.
The 11T starts at € 499, which is quite reasonable, and the 11T Pro starts at € 649 – which is actually pretty steep considering that today the Mi 11 can be had for around € 715, the phone would have to be somehow streamlined in its differences compared to serial brother.
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