[i2pc pros_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-up” cons_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-down” show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Excellent 120Hz AMOLED display.
Good stereo speakers
Good workmanship + chic designMIUI with 3 years of updates
Beautiful videos and photos (main camera)
Good battery life with 67 watts[/i2pros][i2cons]No OIS for the main camera
No 3.5mm headphone jack
No memory expansion
An average ultra wide-angle camera
The Xiaomi 11T follows in the footsteps of the Xiaomi Mi 10T, or even in those of the Xiaomi Mi 9T. The expectations of the new mid-range smartphone, which has almost all the features of the Pro model on board, are correspondingly high. The emphasis is on “almost” because the differences are in the details. On the datasheet, these are the Dimensity 1200 processor and “only” 67 watts of charging speed. In this test, let’s take a look at how good the overall package of the Xiaomi 11T really is and whether the surcharge for the Pro version is worth it.
Don’t be fooled by the high prices. The advance sales have already shown where the journey is going, and the Mi 10T series was priced similarly high at the market launch.
The Xiaomi 11T is almost completely identical to the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Accessories and cases also fit easily. The only visual difference is the Harman Kardon lettering on the top. The speakers of the Pro version were tuned by this sound specialist, but you can’t hear any difference in a direct comparison with the speakers of the Mi 11T. The stereo speakers are loud and good. For more information, please have a look at the Xiaomi 11T Pro review, where I already went into detail about the processing and the connections. I would also like to mention the matte white color of our Mi 11T test device positively. The back is made of glass and ensures a good grip on the hand. I also find the color white to be a successful change.
The 6.67-inch AMOLED display of the Xiaomi 11T has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. This results in a razor-sharp 395 pixels per inch with a 20:9 ratio. Hardly anyone will notice the difference between an even higher-resolution display, and it doesn’t have to be more pixels in this price range. With a refresh rate of 120Hz, the user experience is particularly smooth and can hardly be distinguished from high-end devices. The Always-On-Display (AOD) can also be used without restriction on the Mi 11T.
The color adjustments of the display are not quite as extensive as in the Pro model. However, contrast, color representation, and color temperature can be adjusted. By default, the display is typically provided with crisp colors, and Xiaomi’s automatic contrast significantly increases readability outdoors. With a brightness of 800 lux in manual mode, this is hardly necessary. In automatic mode, the Xiaomi 11T even reaches 1100 lux.
Features such as a reading mode that can be scheduled or a dark mode (black/white reversal) are, of course, also on board. The Xiaomi 11T is also compatible with HDR10+ content and is Widevine L1 certified. This means that pay-to-watch providers such as Netflix or Disney+ can be used in full resolution. On Amazon, on the other hand, this is a more specific topic, but in the case of the Mi 11T, HD is also possible with the shopping giant.
The sampling rate of the touchscreen is a mighty 480Hz, which is only really interesting for demanding gamers. As with any other display in this price range, all inputs are processed quickly and accurately. The display glass of the Xiaomi 11T is protected from breakage and scratches by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
The update guarantee with 3 Android basic updates and 4 MIUI version updates also applies to the Xiaomi 11T. That way, you don’t have to worry too much about the future. A Mediatek Dimensity 1200 with 3 clusters provides plenty of performance. A Cortex-A78 core running at 3.0GHz ensures excellent single-core performance; three additional Cortex-A78 cores running at 2.6GHz support demanding tasks, and a cluster with four Cortex-A55 cores running at 2GHz is available for cost-effective use.
A Mali-G77 MC9 GPU is integrated into the SoC, which provides the necessary graphics power in games. The 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM achieves a top speed of 52.7 GB/s and the internal UFS 3.1 memory also convinces with a read/write rate of 1721/1933 MB/s. This means that both the storage and the RAM are faster than in the Pro version. It gets really exciting with the benchmarks because the Xiaomi 11T comes dangerously close to the SD888 of the Pro version.
The heat problem of the Snapdragon processor is also present in the Mediatek, albeit much less pronounced. While the Mi 11T Pro doesn’t even complete the Wildlife Extreme stress test, the normal Xiaomi 11T finishes the test with a stability of 90%. The Throttle Test then looks exciting, because the performance drops quite heavily there after 10 minutes, but only for a short moment.
Both are hardly relevant in demanding games like PUBG since the performance is still easily sufficient here. There weren’t any problems after 30 minutes of PubG, the frame rates were constant throughout, and the device is definitely well suited for games of all kinds. The Xiaomi 11T heats up to a maximum of 42°, which I measured on the back next to the camera module. When I play, it doesn’t get more than 39°.
Our test device received 2 updates in the last 2 weeks. We currently have version 18.104.22.168 as the EEA ROM. The system is fluid and fast. After the two updates, the most noticeable BUGs were gone. As always, Xiaomi ships the smartphone with a few additional apps, but since MIUI 12.5, they can be easily uninstalled. For me, there were 24 apps, and after that, you have a little more overview. Even though apps like the Mi Browser or Mi Video can be uninstalled, only the Google Guard remains.
If you also want to get rid of the apps, you can use this guide. There was already no advertising on the Mi 11 Pro, and Xiaomi’s discreet advertising is missing in the system here as well. There is no official statement on this, but it is definitely nice to see. The Xiaomi 11T has a complete MIUI system with all the functions you are familiar with. There is no trimming here, and the software has been further optimized in the last few weeks. The device runs perfectly smoothly and is indistinguishable from the Pro version in terms of speed.
The mid-range smartphone has a triple camera on the back and a 16MP selfie camera from Omnivision. This means that the cameras are completely identical to the Pro version, but the image processing still makes a difference here. You can see this in detail in Benjamin’s camera comparison. Otherwise, the Mi 11T also lacks some resolutions and functions for videos.
If you are looking for excellent shots in daylight, the Xiaomi 11T will get them without any problems. The photos are very detailed, and the Mi 11T Pro over-sharpening issue is not present here. The dynamic range is good; the colors are crisp but not oversaturated. The white balance is also consistent in all recordings.
The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera also doesn’t disappoint during the day. The recordings are sufficiently detailed, and the blurriness at the edges is limited. For my taste, the colors could be a bit stronger, but you still get good-looking pictures. The dynamic range of the recordings is optimal.
Portrait shots also work quite well with a blurred background. The color matching is friendly and the background is reliably delimited.
At the very least, if you want this feature, Xiaomi can easily implement a telephoto camera. The 5-megapixel sensor simply takes cool shots with autofocus and 2X zoom.
Actually, all the cameras fail at night except for the main camera. Using the dedicated night mode, the Xiaomi 11T delivers rock-solid recordings, some of which can also keep up with significantly more expensive smartphones. One problem here is definitely the lack of optical stabilization, which sometimes results in blurry images. You should therefore always take 2 recordings, so you reduce this problem. The successful shots are sharp, well-matched in color, and bring out a lot of details.
With a fixed focus, you need the perfect distance for really sharp shots. Once you’ve found arm’s length, you’ll get usable shots from the front camera. Nothing is extraordinary here, but there is also no total failure. Smartphones like the Vivo V21 5G take much better selfies, but the smartphone specializes in that as well.
All the cameras on the Xiaomi 11T are stabilized using EIS, and that works really well. In contrast to the Pro version, you have to do without 4K/60 fps for the main camera and 1080p/60 fps for the front camera. Otherwise, the 11T delivers excellent 4K/30 fps recordings that can compete with the competition beyond the price range. Super detailed, excellent in color, well stabilized, and with a flawless focus. The dynamics in the recordings are also excellent. The UWW camera then takes most average shots, and changing between the sensors (as with the Mi 11T Pro) is unfortunately not possible here. The videos with the selfie camera are at least stabilized, but the quality is not great. The sound quality is absolutely top-class for smartphones!
The Xiaomi 11T has an excellent camera setup for its price range. Videos are excellent with the main camera, and daylight and night shots are also worth seeing. The ultra wide-angle shots and the macro camera are still usable. When it comes to selfies, there are definitely better options in the price range.
With the exception of the USB 2.0 connection, Xiaomi does not make any compromises in this category. It starts with the network coverage, because all 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), and 5G (NSA + SA) are on board:
The reception was always stable and reliable. The SAR value is 0.55 W/kg (head) and 0.95 W/kg (body). The call quality does not lack any features with VoWifi and VoLTE, and the proximity sensor on the top reliably locks the display when making calls.
In contrast to the 11T Pro, Bluetooth 5.2 (with aptX + LHDC) does not cause any problems with my VW vehicle (Seat Mi Electric). The WLAN reception is also excellent and I can make full use of my Gigabit Vodafone line with WiFi 6. NFC for mobile payment is also on board.
Everything you could wish for is also included in terms of sensors: proximity sensor, light sensor, acceleration sensor, gyroscope, compass, infrared transmitter, and a barometer. Furthermore, the location determination using dual GPS, dual Galileo, Beidou, and Glonass works absolutely perfectly. The location is determined within a few seconds with an accuracy of 1-2 meters, and it is even possible to determine the location indoors. There were no restrictions, either as a pedestrian or in a car.
At the beginning of the test, there were still problems with the standby runtime, but that was resolved after an update. The 5000 mAh battery, in combination with the Mediatek processor, delivers a solid runtime. To be honest, I would have expected even more, but in the PCMark battery test, the device comes up to the same value as the SD888 in the Mi 11T Pro at 120Hz. At 60Hz, 2 hours more are possible. In practice, the Xiaomi 11T can be used intensively for almost 2 days (8 hours DOT-time with the display switched on) before you have to reach for the charging cable.
You have to do without wireless charging here, but 67 watts via cable is definitely a comfortable speed. The Mi 11T is fully charged in 38 minutes.
In advance, you could get hold of the Xiaomi 11T for 50,000 Tk, and the device is simply a stunner. The device’s clear highlights are the good main camera and the contemporary reception standards. In terms of craftsmanship, display, performance, and battery life, the Xiaomi 11T can also provide. To be honest, I wouldn’t pay the 15,000 Tk extra charge for the SD888 and 120W charging. When it comes to videos, you also get a few more features with the Pro version, but you have to appreciate that too. As soon as the price drops below 50,000 Tk, you don’t really have to think long and you’re offered the perfect Xiaomi competitor to the OnePlus Nord 2.