Lightning-quick charging meets middling cameras

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Xiaomi is focusing on cost-conscious consumers who nonetheless need prime efficiency from their smartphones with its new Xiaomi 11T Professional. This contemporary telephone consists of some high-end specs which can be wrapped in an reasonably priced bundle meant to entice flagship seekers on a funds. Can this would-be “flagship killer” stand out within the crowded subject of high-end mid-range gadgets? Discover out within the Android Authority Xiaomi 11T Professional evaluate.

About this Xiaomi 11T Professional evaluate: I examined the Xiaomi 11T Professional over a interval of six days. It was working Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 on the July 2021 safety patch. The unit was supplied by Xiaomi for this evaluate.

What it’s essential know in regards to the Xiaomi 11T Professional

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  • Xiaomi 11T Professional (8GB, 128GB): €649 (~$750)
  • Xiaomi 11T Professional (8GB, 256GB): €699 (~$800)
  • Xiaomi 11T Professional (12GB, 256GB): €749 (~$850)

The Xiaomi 11T Professional represents the highest of the brand new 11T vary, which additionally consists of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. The 11T sequence sits just below the higher-end Mi 11 and Mi 11 Extremely launched earlier this yr and is the successor to the Mi 10T sequence from 2020. As you might need seen, Xiaomi has dropped the “Mi” branding for this and all future merchandise inside Xiaomi’s core smartphone portfolio. Whereas the Xiaomi 11T sequence seems to hold over lots of the similar options from the Mi 11 vary, akin to processors and cameras, you’ll be aware variations in supplies, some specs, and different particulars.

The 11T Professional, specifically, faces some powerful competitors within the higher mid-range from similarly-priced fare from Samsung, Motorola, and OnePlus, amongst others. Whereas it has what it takes in a number of respects, it falls somewhat flat in others. As all the time, putting a stability is essential, however we’ll get to all that later.

Xiaomi is providing three variations of the 11T Professional, together with one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, one with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and one with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Colours for the 11T Professional embody Meteorite Grey, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue. The telephone will first be bought in China, with worldwide availability to observe. Potential US consumers will discover it on-line by way of third-party retailers, although Xiaomi hasn’t mentioned when the telephone will attain these retailers.

How is the {hardware}?

Xiaomi 11T Pro rear view rotated on table

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The Xiaomi 11T Professional comes throughout as a bit vanilla when it comes to design. It’s a reasonably commonplace slab that’s assembled from run-of-the-mill supplies. Nothing about its appears to be like stands out specifically. That’s not essentially a nasty factor.

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The telephone’s primary form isn’t far off from the Mi 11 that we noticed earlier this yr. You possibly can name it a easy rectangle. The 4 corners are rounded in a lovely approach and the rear panel curves considerably aggressively alongside the facet edges whereas the entrance is completely flat. The show is ready right into a plastic body that types a really slight rim. These items are set into an aluminum alloy mid-frame and the rear panel is constructed from tempered glass. You wouldn’t realize it whereas holding it, although, because the supplies really feel somewhat plasticky.

On a greater be aware, the show is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. That is the hardest stuff accessible from Corning in the meanwhile and is often reserved for premium flagships. Even so, Xiaomi noticed match to pre-install a display protector over the glass — that’s a whole lot of safety!

Xiaomi lent us the Meteorite Grey colorway. It has a fine-grained horizontal sample that runs facet to facet, although the sample is tough to identify over the fingerprint-prone shiny materials that shellacks the again.

Xiaomi 11T Pro screen on brick centered left

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It’s a large machine (164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm) owing to the large-ish display, however Xiaomi stored the load approach down (204g) due to the physique supplies. I discovered the 11T Professional comfy to carry and use over the course of every week, although the glass again is slightly slippery. It would slip off desks, tables, and different surfaces in the event you’re not cautious. A primary, clear, rubberized case comes within the field. This protects the telephone and makes it simpler to grip, although it isn’t the best-looking protecting cowl I’ve seen.

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The chassis features a pretty typical set of options within the locations you anticipate finding them. Of be aware, the Xiaomi 11T Professional helps two SIM playing cards, each of which may hook up with 5G networks. There’s no room for a microSD reminiscence card, although. A USB-C port graces the underside edge and the management buttons are perched alongside the correct. The facility button doubles as a fingerprint reader. It was straightforward to coach and fast and dependable to unlock the telephone.

Xiaomi 11T Pro cangled camera closeup

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On the audio entrance, there’s no headphone jack however there are stereo audio system. Xiaomi tapped Harman Kardon to fine-tune the audio system, that are Dolby Atmos succesful. The telephone produced glorious sound. Music got here throughout with a lovely stability of lows and highs, and flicks delivered simply the correct amount of punch. The 11T Professional can handily fill a median room with music and achieve this with out distorting or breaking apart. Properly performed, Xiaomi.

Xiaomi crafted a stable, if considerably easy, piece of {hardware} within the 11T Professional.

The digicam module is (fortunately) nothing like the huge digicam module of the Mi 11 Extremely. As an alternative, it’s a barely extra sq. variation of the Mi 11’s digicam module. There are two ranges to the raised module, with the lenses in a single tier and the flash and mic combo within the different. The primary lens has a extremely reflective grey rim round it that makes it stand out visually whereas the ultra-wide lens has a less-reflective rim.

So far as the IP ranking is anxious, the telephone carries IP53 mud and water safety. This implies it could actually deal with some mild mud and splashing, however it’s completely not dunk-proof. At the least some telephones on this worth class have at the very least IP67 scores, so it’s a bit disappointing that Xiaomi didn’t construct in all of the safety it might for the telephone.

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled rear panel on bridge

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Xiaomi crafted a stable, if considerably easy, piece of {hardware} within the 11T Professional. It might use a bit extra character although absolutely many individuals can be proud of the toned-down appears to be like and options of this telephone.

Is the display any good?

Xiaomi 11T Pro display in hand showing apps

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Xiaomi aimed excessive with the 11T Professional’s show and hit the mark useless on with this lovely panel.

The AMOLED display measures 6.67 inches throughout the diagonal, which is a tremendous measurement, and packs 2,400 x 1,080 pixels for FHD+ decision. It’s an expansive show that provides greater than sufficient room and determination for all of your apps and actions. Web sites, social networks, and video content material are dazzlingly sharp and crisp on the display, although it’s a step beneath the WQHD+ decision of the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Extremely.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional’s show is a gorgeous 120Hz panel.

Coloration and brightness are top-notch. The display helps over one billion colours and includes a distinction ratio of 5 million to 1. Mixed with 800 nits of normal brightness and 1,000 nits of peak brightness, the show pushes out an enormous quantity of sunshine and is straightforward to see and use beneath even the brightest circumstances. It helps HDR10 Plus, and excessive dynamic vary content material from the likes of Netflix appears to be like actually spectacular.

Like many competing flagships, the 11T Professional’s display can ramp up the refresh price from 60Hz (commonplace) to 120Hz (adaptive). Flipping on the 120Hz setting leads to ultra-smooth scrolling and animations on the display as you navigate by means of apps and the person interface. The telephone will use extra energy within the 120Hz mode, regardless of the adaptive nature of the refresh price. Accompanying the excessive refresh price is a quick contact response price of as much as 480Hz. This implies the telephone will react to your finger contact enter quicker, which is nice for gaming.

Xiaomi 11T Pro selfie camera closeup

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Xiaomi opted for a punch-hole selfie digicam, which is centered within the prime of the display. It principally disappears from view as you employ the telephone, although it’s nonetheless noticeable when watching movies.

In all, Xiaomi assembled a wonderful show for the 11T Professional.

How is battery life?

The 11T Professional sports activities a few of Xiaomi’s most superior battery know-how, which ensures that the telephone all the time has a cost while you want it.

To begin, Xiaomi selected a two-cell association, with separate 2,500mAh batteries making for a complete capability of 5,000mAh. That’s a big energy cell however anticipated for a tool on this class. Throughout my time with the telephone, it averaged a screen-on time of simply over six hours. The perfect it did was shut to six.5 hours with the 120Hz mode turned on. In the event you keep on with 60Hz, you’ll see screen-on time nearer to seven hours. These are aggressive numbers for the section.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional is among the fastest-charging telephones on the planet.

The 11T Professional is among the fastest-charging telephones on the planet. It helps 120W wired charging and ships with the 120W charger within the field. Good. How briskly is quick? It goes from zero to 100% in simply 17 minutes. Plugging in for 10 minutes nets you a 72% cost.

With charging speeds like this, you nearly all the time have the time to prime up fully, even while you’re in a rush. Xiaomi says the telephone can handle these fast charging speeds over time (>800 charging cycles) and achieve this with out heating up and damaging the battery. In my time with the telephone, I seen solely the slightest diploma of heat throughout charging with the included 120W charger. Time will inform if battery well being holds up, however Xiaomi has been toying with super-fast charging for some time now and is adamant that even after 800 cycles (or roughly two years of use), the telephone ought to solely lose 20% of its battery capability.

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You’ll pay for this quick wired charging by way of one stinging omission: the Xiaomi 11T Professional doesn’t help wi-fi charging. That’s a serious lacking characteristic even on a sub-flagship. Whereas the fast wired charging is completely nice, wi-fi charging has change into a creature consolation that’s certain to be missed by some consumers who’ve grown accustomed to it on their current telephones.

That apart, between the stable screen-on time and fast wired charging, the Xiaomi 11T Professional manages to ship the products in the case of the battery.

How highly effective is the Xiaomi 11T Professional?

Xiaomi was certain to go for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor for the 11T Professional. It’s the highest chipset of 2021 (barring the gaming-focused Plus variant) and has powered practically each flagship of consequence. It’s paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage for prime speeds with all method of duties.

Throughout day by day use of the telephone, I witnessed near-flawless efficiency. The machine ran shortly and easily with little or no sluggishness or stuttering. Display screen transitions have been like liquid and apps of all kinds opened in a blink. Demanding apps akin to 3D video games jumped to life and delivered glorious experiences. Benchmark scores for the 11T Professional have been stable, although not one of the best we’ve seen from a Snapdragon 888 machine. It posted a stable runtime on our homegrown Pace Take a look at G benchmark, for instance, however nonetheless managed to take somewhat longer than the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Extremely. The telephone’s day-to-day prowess, nevertheless, supplants the significance of the benchmarks, and it greater than delivers right here.

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On the wi-fi entrance, the telephone helps sub-6GHz 5G. The telephone can be bought unlocked by way of choose on-line retailers within the US market and it’s appropriate with some US 5G bands for AT&T and T-Cellular, however not all. We have been unable to check the telephone’s 5G efficiency for this evaluate. Consider it doesn’t help mmWave 5G on appropriate networks akin to Verizon.

Wi-Fi 6 is on board, as is Bluetooth 5.2. Wi-Fi 6E would’ve taken the telephone to a different degree for future-proofing, however Wi-Fi 6 at the very least ensures stable efficiency with trendy networking and is consistent with what we’d anticipate to see at this worth. I skilled dependable Wi-Fi speeds whereas testing the telephone.

How’s that 108MP digicam?

Xiaomi 11T Pro main camera closeup

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Xiaomi didn’t stray removed from current Mi sequence digicam preparations with the 11T Professional’s shooters. Which means a 108MP major digicam, an 8MP ultra-wide digicam, and a 5MP telemacro digicam on the rear, all joined by a 16MP selfie digicam on the entrance. These present Xiaomi 11T Professional house owners with loads of flexibility when it comes time to seize a wide range of pictures, although, identical to with the Mi 11, I’d favor Xiaomi dropped the telemacro lens in favor of an everyday optical zoom lens.

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Digicam taking pictures modes are sturdy. The telephone features a primary carousel within the viewfinder that slides between professional, video, photograph, portrait, and extra. Beneath the extra tab, you’ll discover prolonged taking pictures modes, together with evening, 108MP, brief video, panorama, doc scanner, vlog, gradual movement, time-lapse, film results, lengthy publicity, twin video, and clone.

The primary 108MP digicam bins down by an element of 9, making for closing “Tremendous Pixel” photographs of 12MP at a pixel measurement of two.1μm. After all, you possibly can faucet into the complete 108MP decision of the primary digicam if you want. It’s a quick lens at f/1.75, which implies it permits loads of mild. The digicam will get the job performed in good order. Common daytime images taken with the primary digicam are tremendous. I noticed stable focus, good publicity, and correct colour illustration. If there’s one factor I noticed occasionally, it was somewhat oversharpening. The HDR operate managed to strike the correct stability more often than not, with only some stinkers within the lot.

The ultra-wide struggled with publicity and element, and was extra vulnerable to introducing over-sharpening and noise.

Xiaomi reined within the 8MP ultra-wide lens a bit to 120-degrees, down from the Mi 11’s 128-degree field-of-view. That’s nonetheless lots huge and really makes for a bit much less distortion within the ensuing photographs. Pictures I took have been common for an ultra-wide, although. There was nonetheless some noticeable stretching within the corners of most photographs, however it wasn’t too unhealthy. The ultra-wide additionally struggled with publicity and element and was extra vulnerable to introducing oversharpening and noise.

The 5MP telemacro digicam is supposed that can assist you take higher close-up pictures. It’s a macro lens however includes a small quantity of optical zoom. This lets you seize macro pictures from a higher distance from the topic. More often than not it’s essential be actually proper on prime of your topic to drag off an in-focus shot. This lens permits you to again off somewhat, within the vary of 3cm to 7cm. Furthermore, it consists of auto-focus to assist sharpen issues up.

I’m nonetheless not bought on the usefulness of macro lenses and Xiaomi’s telemacro implementation doesn’t change that. Getting in-focus pictures was actually onerous, even with the autofocus operate. You must maintain very nonetheless, and the depth of subject is so slender that solely a small portion of the picture is in focus. Coloration and publicity have been good, at the very least within the daytime pictures I took.

Low-light taking pictures delivered the anticipated outcomes. Which means a bit extra noise and grain seen within the photographs. The white stability appears to be like good, however focus is a contact gentle. Taking pictures in evening mode affords blended outcomes at greatest. Whereas the digicam is ready to digest a good quantity of sunshine and convey out the small print, it does so on the expense of noise and grain, which weigh closely on the pix.

The 16MP selfie digicam is simply okay. Within the selfie and the self-portrait beneath, you possibly can see that I’m in good focus. There’s sufficient element scattered within the background of every picture. I just like the bokeh impact of the portrait shot, however the background bought actually washed out and overexposed. The colours turned out to be principally correct, if somewhat flat. The Xiaomi 11T Professional’s selfie digicam doesn’t set the world on fireplace, however it’s completely serviceable.

The 4K/60fps video footage I captured was clear with good publicity and little noise. There’s additionally help for 960fps tremendous gradual movement and 8K recording. It’s a serviceable video digicam.

On stability, whereas lots of the pictures are tremendous none of them is really distinctive. We noticed higher efficiency from the pricier Xiaomi Mi 11 and a few competing telephones available in the market have an edge right here.

Anything?

  • MIUI 12.5: The 11T Professional runs Android 11 and Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5. The person interface pores and skin is, for essentially the most half, a good variation on Android. It’s actually higher than MIUI 11 or 12. Essentially the most noticeable variations between MIUI 12.5 and inventory Android 11 are the fonts, app icons, and the way in which the Settings menu is organized. Nonetheless, there may be one main annoyance: in-app adverts. I encountered various adverts when utilizing Xiaomi-developed apps, such because the File Supervisor. Adverts would seem on the backside of the display when doing duties akin to downloading apps. That’s actually not cool, Xiaomi. At the least the core UI is ad-free and permits for a stable quantity of customization.
  • Updates: In the event you’re available in the market for an 11T or 11T Professional, you’re in luck in the case of working system and safety updates. Xiaomi lately dedicated to offering three years of system updates and 4 years of safety updates to this sequence of telephones. That matches Samsung’s dedication and is nearly as good because it will get for Android smartphones proper now. Let’s hope that is the beginning of a development for Xiaomi telephones.

Xiaomi 11T Professional specs

Xiaomi 11T Professional
Show 6.67-inch AMOLED flat DotDisplay
2,400 x 1,080 FHD+
120Hz AdaptiveSync
480Hz contact response
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus
800 nits brightness, 1,000 nits peak brightness
Distinction ratio: 5,000,000:1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Adreno 660GPU
X60 modem
RAM and storage 8GB / 128GB
8GB / 256GB
12GB / 256GB
Digicam Rear:
Most important: 108MP, f/1.75, 2.1μm 9-in-1 Tremendous Pixel
Extremely Broad-angle: 8MP, f/2.2, 120-degree FOV
Telemacro: 5MP, f/2.4

Entrance:
Selfie: 16MP

Video:
8K at 30fps
720p at 960fps tremendous gradual movement

Battery 5,000mAh energy cells
120W HyperCharge
In-box 120W charger
No wi-fi charging
Sound Devoted twin audio system
Sound by Harman Kardon
Dolby Atmos
Connectivity 5G
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
GPS
Dimensions and weight 164.1mm x 76.9mm x 8.8mm
204g
Colours Meteorite Grey, Moonlight White
and Celestial Blue

Worth and competitors

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled on rock

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The Xiaomi 11T Professional’s beginning worth of €649 feels affordable at first blush. The telephone has so much going for it. First, there’s the luscious show that makes every little thing look vivid. Then there’s the extremely quick-charging battery that lasts all day. Let’s not neglect the flagship processor and its hefty total efficiency and complete connectivity suite. These all command a worth premium. There are, nevertheless, a number of issues that maintain the telephone again. For instance, the digicam might be higher and so might the design and supplies. Furthermore, the telephone lacks a strong IP ranking. These few issues make me want the telephone have been somewhat cheaper than it’s.

When it comes to the competitors, the Xiaomi 11T Professional has so much to fret about from its personal secure. The Chinese language model additionally debuted the Xiaomi 11T (€499) and Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G (€399). The less expensive 11T has the identical digicam and show because the 11T Professional, however swaps out the Snapdragon 888 for a MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Extremely processor and the 120W charging for 67W charging. The 11 Lite 5G additional pares down the specs with a smaller display, Snapdragon 778G processor, and an entirely totally different digicam association. After all, you might go for the high-end Mi 11 ($749) for somewhat additional, or in the event you’re completely satisfied to spend so much extra, the Mi 11 Extremely ($1,599). Xiaomi has no scarcity of aggressive choices.

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There are different options. For instance, there’s the vanilla OnePlus 9 ($649) mannequin. It has the identical processor and a incredible 120Hz panel of its personal. For these within the US, there’s additionally the Motorola Edge ($699), which has a similar-sized display that refreshes at 144Hz and a 108MP digicam, although you lose some energy with the Snapdragon 778G chipset. UK consumers as an alternative get the Motorola Edge 20 Professional (£649) with a fair sturdier spec sheet and an identical digicam setup to the Xiaomi 11T Professional, albeit with a slightly inferior Snapdragon 870 processor.

In the event you can wait a number of weeks, Samsung is anticipated to launch the Galaxy S21 FE. If it’s something like its stellar predecessor, it’ll provide nice worth for cash with specs and pricing much like the Xiaomi 11T Professional. In the event you can not wait a number of weeks, the Galaxy S20 FE ($699) continues to be accessible, or there’s the Galaxy S21 ($799) to contemplate as a substitute if you will discover it on sale.

Final, there’s all the time the iPhone 13 ($699). You’ll get all of Apple’s energy and ecosystem extras, although it has a smaller 6.1-inch display and runs Apple’s iOS, which is an entirely totally different expertise when in comparison with Android.

Xiaomi 11T Professional evaluate: The decision

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled rear panel on bench

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Xiaomi marched into the high-end of the mid-range market with the 11T Professional and in so doing entered a aggressive area the place it’s onerous to face out. There are many $600 to $700 telephones preventing to your greenback and every has its personal story to inform. How does the 11T Professional’s story end up?

Xiaomi might have performed somewhat bit higher with the {hardware}. Whereas the corporate fielded a first-class show, the remainder of the chassis comes throughout as boring and staid. The supplies really feel extra like plastic than metallic and glass and the dearth of an IP68 ranking undoubtedly doesn’t assist issues. Different detractors embody the middling digicam outcomes, the lacking wi-fi charging, and the in-app adverts baked into Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional makes an attempt the difficult balancing act of any flagship killer, however is tipping just a bit bit within the mistaken course.

On the flip facet, the telephone performs the place it counts. The Snapdragon 888 processor ensures glorious speeds and pushes loads of energy for gaming and different intense purposes. Battery life put up aggressive numbers and the included 120W charger means you possibly can totally recharge the telephone in mere minutes. Final, Xiaomi is supplying you with loads of choices in the case of RAM and storage, guaranteeing you get the mannequin that makes essentially the most sense for you.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional is a stable €649 providing and can attraction to power-hungry customers on a sub-premium funds. General although, it has a number of extra faults than its price ticket permits. Getting the worth, characteristic checklist, design, and high quality to all line up is a fragile balancing act and one which’s powerful to grasp. Xiaomi’s newest is tipping just a bit bit within the mistaken course.

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