Thought Samsung had a shot to launch a Snapdragon 888 phone first? You thought wrong. Even with their early January 14 release of the Galaxy S21 series, Xiaomi crossed the finish line first as the Mi 11 launched yesterday in China.
Being the first flagship with the latest from Qualcomm is a big deal, as the Snapdragon processors are one of the best in the world and the 888 not only surpassed its predecessor in terms of CPU and GPU performance but also came with the 5G modem built-in.
So the Mi 11 has suddenly positioned itself as the best Android phone of 2020 when it comes to pure performance and a remarkable 2021 phone. Xiaomi only came out with the vanilla version in China, no Pro, no Plus, or Lite.
But that’s not a disappointment – on the contrary. Xiaomi made sure the Mi 11 had a 6.81” AMOLED with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Under the curved display, you can find an optical fingerprint scanner. At the bottom of the device, stereo speakers from Harman Kardon can be found.
The Snapdragon 888 can be paired with 8 or 12 GB of RAM, each available in a 256GB storage flavor and only the 8GB model having the option of a 128GB.
How were the internals cooped uop together? Check this teardown:
You can also see the camera sensors there – the 108MP main sensor with the 13MP ultrawide angle camera that has a 123-degree FoV, and the third snapper which is a basic 5MP macro lens.
There’s also the battery to consider; a 4,600 mAh power cell gives life to the Mi 11 phone and goes with 55W wired fast-charging, 50W wireless, and 10W reverse charging.
Pre-orders of the Mi 11 have started and the phone will go on sale this January 1st. Six colors will be available for the device: Black, White, Blue, Khaki Vegan Leather, Purple Leather, and a Special Edition with Lei Jun’s autograph.
Can’t wait to see how it compares with Galaxy S21 in benchmarks!