In letter : Xiaomi’s latest 11 series smartphones come with a lot of improvements over their predecessors and more affordable price tags to boot. That said, they are not available through official channels in the United States, although they are no longer on the entity list.
Xiaomi today unveiled a trio of new phones – the Xiaomi 11T Pro, 11T and 11 Lite 5G NE. All of them come with hardware and software features, and the Chinese company markets them as “designer-driven” devices. They are also dropping the “Mi” brand, as the company recently decided that it has become popular enough to use its global brand in the future.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is arguably the most impressive of the bunch. This is a 5,000mAh capacity phone that can be charged from 0-100% in just over 17 minutes. If you’re in a rush and forget to charge your phone, 10 minutes of charging is enough to get you a more than respectable 72% charge, enough to last a day of normal use.
This is made possible by two things. The first is a 120-watt charger similar to the one Xiaomi included with the Mi 10 Ultra that uses Xiaomi’s proprietary HyperCharge technology. The second is a dual cell battery design that allows simultaneous charging at high currents without overheating. Xiaomi says that comes with no less than 34 safety protections and that you shouldn’t worry too much about the longevity of the new battery structure – it will take 800 full charge / recharge cycles before it loses. 20% of its capacity.
Otherwise, the 11T Pro has all the flagship specs you might expect, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 mobile platform, plenty of RAM, and fast UFS 3.1 storage, not to mention the 108-megapixel main camera. The 6.67-inch FHD + 120Hz OLED display is flatter than that of the Mi 11 series, and the company claims it can achieve up to 1,000 nits of brightness. All of this is packaged in a new chassis with a glossy polycarbonate back.
Xiaomi has also introduced a cheaper version of the 11T Pro in the form of the 11T. This contains a MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Ultra chipset which Anandtech found surprisingly bad in actual testing, possibly due to a software glitch. While it sports the same 5,000mAh battery as the 11T Pro, the 11T only gets about 60% of the battery life from the former at best. At least there is support for fast charging up to 67 watts, which is enough to get a full charge in 37 minutes.
Finally, the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is an updated Mi 11 Lite powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset, your choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It has a 4,250mAh battery that you can charge at speeds of up to 33 watts.
Xiaomi hasn’t said when – or if – it will bring these phones to the United States. With any luck, they might just show up on the company’s Amazon storefront.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro will set you back 649 € ($ 769) for the base model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and you can go for the high-end configuration with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for 100 € more. The 11T starts at € 499 ($ 589) for the same base configuration as the 11T Pro, and you can get double the storage for € 50 more. Meanwhile, the 11 Lite 5G NE starts at € 369 (€ 439) for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
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