Lightning-quick charging meets middling cameras

Xiaomi is focusing on cost-conscious consumers who nonetheless need prime efficiency from their smartphones with its new Xiaomi 11T Professional. This recent cellphone consists of some high-end specs which are 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 units? Discover out within the Android Authority Xiaomi 11T Professional review.

About this Xiaomi 11T Professional review: 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 offered by Xiaomi for this review.

What it is advisable know concerning 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 collection sits slightly below the higher-end Mi 11 and Mi 11 Extremely launched earlier this 12 months and is the successor to the Mi 10T collection from 2020. As you may need seen, Xiaomi has dropped the “Mi” branding for this and all future merchandise inside Xiaomi’s core smartphone portfolio. Whereas the Xiaomi 11T collection seems to hold over most of the identical options from the Mi 11 vary, equivalent to processors and cameras, you’ll observe variations in supplies, some specs, and different particulars.

The 11T Professional, particularly, faces some robust 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 a bit flat in others. As at all times, putting a stability is vital, 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 cellphone will first be offered in China, with worldwide availability to observe. Potential US consumers will discover it on-line through third-party retailers, although Xiaomi hasn’t mentioned when the cellphone 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 fairly commonplace slab that’s assembled from run-of-the-mill supplies. Nothing about its appears stands out particularly. That’s not essentially a foul factor.

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The cellphone’s fundamental form isn’t far off from the Mi 11 that we noticed earlier this 12 months. You possibly can name it a easy rectangle. The 4 corners are rounded in a delightful manner and the rear panel curves considerably aggressively alongside the aspect 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 constituted of tempered glass. You wouldn’t comprehend it whereas holding it, although, because the supplies really feel a bit plasticky.

On a greater observe, the show is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. That is the hardest stuff accessible from Corning in the intervening time and is normally reserved for premium flagships. Even so, Xiaomi noticed match to pre-install a display screen protector over the glass — that’s numerous safety!

Xiaomi lent us the Meteorite Grey colorway. It has a fine-grained horizontal sample that runs aspect to aspect, 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 gadget (164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm) owing to the large-ish display screen, however Xiaomi saved the load manner down (204g) because of the physique supplies. I discovered the 11T Professional snug to carry and use over the course of per week, although the glass again is somewhat slippery. It’s going to slip off desks, tables, and different surfaces should you’re not cautious. A fundamental, clear, rubberized case comes within the field. This protects the cellphone 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 look forward to finding them. Of observe, the Xiaomi 11T Professional helps two SIM playing cards, each of which might connect 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 suitable. The facility button doubles as a fingerprint reader. It was simple to coach and fast and dependable to unlock the cellphone.

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 cellphone produced glorious sound. Music got here throughout with a delightful stability of lows and highs, and films delivered simply the correct quantity of punch. The 11T Professional can handily fill a median room with music and accomplish that with out distorting or breaking apart. Effectively achieved, Xiaomi.

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

The camera module is (fortunately) nothing like the large camera module of the Mi 11 Extremely. As an alternative, it’s a barely extra sq. variation of the Mi 11’s camera 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 principle 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 worried, the cellphone carries IP53 mud and water safety. This implies it may deal with some gentle mud and splashing, however it’s completely not dunk-proof. A minimum of some telephones on this value 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 cellphone.

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled rear panel on bridge

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

Is the display screen 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 lifeless on with this stunning panel.

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

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

Shade and brightness are top-notch. The display screen helps over one billion colours and includes a distinction ratio of 5 million to at least one. 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 below even the brightest situations. It helps HDR10 Plus, and excessive dynamic vary content material from the likes of Netflix appears actually spectacular.

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

Xiaomi 11T Pro selfie camera closeup

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Xiaomi opted for a punch-hole selfie camera, which is centered within the prime of the display screen. It largely disappears from view as you utilize the cellphone, although it’s nonetheless noticeable when watching movies.

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

How is battery life?

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The 11T Professional sports activities a few of Xiaomi’s most superior battery technology, which ensures that the cellphone at all times has a cost whenever 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 cellphone, it averaged a screen-on time of simply over six hours. One of the best it did was shut to six.5 hours with the 120Hz mode turned on. For those who stick to 60Hz, you’ll see screen-on time nearer to seven hours. These are aggressive numbers for the section.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional is without doubt one of the fastest-charging telephones on this planet.

The 11T Professional is without doubt one of the fastest-charging telephones on this 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 virtually at all times have the time to prime up utterly, even whenever you’re in a rush. Xiaomi says the cellphone can handle these fast charging speeds over time (>800 charging cycles) and accomplish that with out heating up and damaging the battery. In my time with the cellphone, 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 cellphone ought to solely lose 20% of its battery capability.

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You’ll pay for this quick wired charging through one stinging omission: the Xiaomi 11T Professional doesn’t assist wi-fi charging. That’s a serious lacking function even on a sub-flagship. Whereas the fast wired charging is totally nice, wi-fi charging has turn out to be a creature consolation that’s positive to be missed by some consumers who’ve grown accustomed to it on their current telephones.

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

How highly effective is the Xiaomi 11T Professional?

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Xiaomi was positive 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 almost 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 cellphone, I witnessed near-flawless efficiency. The gadget ran rapidly and easily with little or no sluggishness or stuttering. Display transitions have been like liquid and apps of all kinds opened in a blink. Demanding apps equivalent to 3D video games jumped to life and delivered glorious experiences. Benchmark scores for the 11T Professional have been strong, although not the very best we’ve seen from a Snapdragon 888 gadget. It posted a strong runtime on our homegrown Pace Take a look at G benchmark, for instance, however nonetheless managed to take a bit longer than the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Extremely. The cellphone’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 cellphone helps sub-6GHz 5G. The cellphone can be offered unlocked through choose on-line retailers within the US market and it’s suitable with some US 5G bands for AT&T and T-Cellular, however not all. We have been unable to check the cellphone’s 5G efficiency for this review. Take note it doesn’t assist mmWave 5G on suitable networks equivalent to Verizon.

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

How’s that 108MP camera?

Xiaomi 11T Pro main camera closeup

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Xiaomi didn’t stray removed from latest Mi collection camera preparations with the 11T Professional’s shooters. Meaning a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP telemacro camera on the rear, all joined by a 16MP selfie camera on the entrance. These present Xiaomi 11T Professional house owners with loads of flexibility when it comes time to seize quite a lot of photographs, although, similar 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 capturing modes are strong. The cellphone features a fundamental carousel within the viewfinder that slides between professional, video, picture, portrait, and extra. Beneath the extra tab, you’ll discover prolonged capturing modes, together with evening, 108MP, brief video, panorama, doc scanner, vlog, gradual movement, time-lapse, film results, lengthy publicity, twin video, and clone.

The principle 108MP camera bins down by an element of 9, making for ultimate “Tremendous Pixel” photographs of 12MP at a pixel dimension of two.1μm. In fact, you possibly can faucet into the total 108MP decision of the principle camera if you want. It’s a quick lens at f/1.75, which implies it allows loads of gentle. The camera will get the job achieved in good order. Common daytime photographs taken with the principle camera are fantastic. I noticed strong focus, good publicity, and correct coloration illustration. If there’s one factor I noticed every now and then, it was a bit oversharpening. The HDR operate managed to strike the suitable stability more often than not, with just a few stinkers within the lot.

The ultra-wide struggled with publicity and element, and was extra liable 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 a lot broad and really makes for a bit much less distortion within the ensuing photographs. Photographs I took have been common for an ultra-wide, although. There was nonetheless some noticeable stretching within the corners of most photographs, but it surely wasn’t too dangerous. The ultra-wide additionally struggled with publicity and element and was extra liable to introducing oversharpening and noise.

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

I’m nonetheless not offered on the usefulness of macro lenses and Xiaomi’s telemacro implementation doesn’t change that. Getting in-focus photographs was actually arduous, 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. Shade and publicity have been good, at the very least within the daytime photographs I took.

Low-light capturing delivered the anticipated outcomes. Meaning a bit extra noise and grain seen within the photographs. The white stability appears good, however focus is a contact gentle. Taking pictures in evening mode presents blended outcomes at greatest. Whereas the camera 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.

Xiaomi 11T Pro photo sample indoor platesXiaomi 11T Pro photo sample indoor piano

The 16MP selfie camera is simply okay. Within the selfie and the self-portrait under, 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 largely correct, if a bit flat. The Xiaomi 11T Professional’s selfie camera doesn’t set the world on fireplace, but it surely’s completely serviceable.

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

On stability, whereas most of the photographs are fantastic none of them is really distinctive. We noticed higher efficiency from the pricier Xiaomi Mi 11 and a few competing telephones out there have an edge right here.

Anything?

  • MIUI 12.5: The 11T Professional runs Android 11 and Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5. The consumer interface pores and skin is, for probably the most half, an honest variation on Android. It’s actually higher than MIUI 11 or 12. Probably the most noticeable variations between MIUI 12.5 and inventory Android 11 are the fonts, app icons, and the best way the Settings menu is organized. Nonetheless, there’s one main annoyance: in-app adverts. I encountered quite a lot of adverts when utilizing Xiaomi-developed apps, such because the File Supervisor. Adverts would seem on the backside of the display screen when doing duties equivalent to downloading apps. That’s actually not cool, Xiaomi. A minimum of the core UI is ad-free and permits for a strong quantity of customization.
  • Updates: For those who’re out there for an 11T or 11T Professional, you’re in luck in relation to working system and safety updates. Xiaomi not too long ago dedicated to offering three years of system updates and 4 years of safety updates to this collection of telephones. That matches Samsung’s dedication and is pretty much as good because it will get for Android smartphones proper now. Let’s hope that is the beginning of a pattern 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 Vast-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 value of €649 feels cheap at first blush. The cellphone has rather a lot going for it. First, there’s the luscious show that makes every part look vivid. Then there’s the extremely quick-charging battery that lasts all day. Let’s not overlook the flagship processor and its hefty general efficiency and complete connectivity suite. These all command a value premium. There are, nevertheless, a number of issues that maintain the cellphone again. For instance, the camera may very well be higher and so might the design and supplies. Furthermore, the cellphone lacks a strong IP ranking. These few issues make me want the cellphone have been a bit cheaper than it’s.

When it comes to the competitors, the Xiaomi 11T Professional has rather a lot to fret about from its personal steady. The Chinese language model additionally debuted the Xiaomi 11T (€499) and Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G (€399). The less expensive 11T has the identical camera 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 screen, Snapdragon 778G processor, and a completely completely different camera association. In fact, you can go for the high-end Mi 11 ($749) for a bit further, or should you’re glad 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 alternate 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 screen that refreshes at 144Hz and a 108MP camera, although you lose some energy with the Snapdragon 778G chipset. UK consumers as a substitute get the Motorola Edge 20 Professional (£649) with a good sturdier spec sheet and an identical camera setup to the Xiaomi 11T Professional, albeit with a touch inferior Snapdragon 870 processor.

For those who 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 just like the Xiaomi 11T Professional. For those who can’t wait a number of weeks, the Galaxy S20 FE ($699) continues to be accessible, or there’s the Galaxy S21 ($799) to contemplate instead if you will discover it on sale.

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

Xiaomi 11T Professional review: 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 house the place it’s arduous to face out. There are many $600 to $700 telephones preventing in your greenback and every has its personal story to inform. How does the 11T Professional’s story prove?

Xiaomi might have achieved a bit 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 positively doesn’t assist issues. Different detractors embody the middling camera 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 tough balancing act of any flagship killer, however is tipping just a bit bit within the unsuitable course.

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

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

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