Last night, Xiaomi gave a run-down of its upcoming releases like the health tracker (Mi Smart Band 6); cinema projector (Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro); lighter smartphones (Mi 11 Lite 5G). But it's the Mi 11 Ultra, the brand's flagship smartphone, that's creating buzz, especially with regards to its camera system.
So it looks a little much on the rear but that's because the triple pro-grade camera array comes with the first-ever Samsung GN2 large sensor (1/1.12-inch!) for its 50MP main camera. With a bigger sensor, a photo's noise is reduced; you get better resolution; more light is captured even in low-light condition.
The other two lenses are the 48MP 5x optical zoom periscope lens that's capable of 10x hybrid zoom and 120x digital zoom and a 48MP ultra-wide angle lens that has a wide 128° field of view. All three cameras support 8K 24fps video, and the main camera has Staggered-HDR ensuring excellent picture quality and accurate, dynamic light and shadow representation.
There's also a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen (126 x 294) on the rear. It acts as a mirror for taking selfies (especially when you're using the main or ultra-wide camera but it also acts as a notification screen when the phone is faced down.
Rounding up the Mi 11 Ultra are the Snapdragon 888 processor, 512GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery (which contributes to its 234g weight) and fast charging. The speakers are Harman Kardon-tuned; the screen is a WQHD+ 120Hz quad-curved DotDisplay and certified with a IP68 rating ("dust resistant" and "immersable in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes").
It's great to see the Mi 11 Ultra continue its climb from its predecessor. With Huawei trying to deal with the no-access to Android functions, the void in the smartphone market is ripe for the filling. We'll see where the Xiaomi brand will go from here.
Mi 11 Ultra will be available starting at a recommended retail price of 1199 EUR (an estimated SGD1900) for 12GB + 256GB variant.