do you have to purchase this reasonably priced flagship?

do you have to purchase this reasonably priced flagship?

Again in January 2020, when Xiaomi introduced it’ll be going aggressive with its Mi model of smartphones and hiving off POCO, I had written an unfinished draft (which stays unpublished) the place I wished to spotlight how “Xiaomi is evolving earlier than the competitors get the higher of it“. And that appears prescient with how the model’s technique has performed out previously 15 months or so. Redmi continues to dominate the sub-Rs 20k phase with its spectacular vary of gadgets, whereas the remaining consumers within the reasonably priced phase are being swayed by POCO. In some circumstances, POCO’s choices compete with the Redmi vary itself, whereas in others, they appear to be catering to spec nerds who need excessive gaming efficiency no matter the worth level. That leaves the tentpole Mi model which appears to have gotten a brand new lease of life with the launch of the Mi 10 collection late final 12 months. And in 2021, the model is placing the pedal to the metallic by launching not one, not two, however a troika of gadgets within the new Mi 11 collection.

The Mi 11 Extremely (assessment) – and the bottom mannequin – the Mi 11X (assessment) – have already been put by means of their paces, and now it’s time to take a look at the center baby. The Mi 11X Professional could not appear to be a lot totally different than its siblings, however should you look intently, it comes throughout as a wonderful reasonably priced flagship providing. With that setting the context, let’s see whether or not the Mi 11X Professional succeeds in its mission or not.

Verdict

Right here’s what it’s good to know… the Mi 11X Professional may simply look like a “professional” version of the Mi 11X, but it surely additionally brings a few of the options from the Mi 11 Extremely, which is priced Rs 30k increased. Bearing a price ticket of Rs 39,999, there’s little to fault with the Mi 11X Professional. It checks off all of the packing containers of an reasonably priced flagship, a lot in order that it has a strong probability of taking up the title of flagship killer from OnePlus.

Design and show

The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional shares its design traits with its reasonably priced sibling, the Mi 11X. The fascia is dominated by the massive 6.67-inch show, with slim bezels on the backside. It’s the rear panel nevertheless, that grabs consideration. Despite the fact that the construct is plastic, the gradient end is sort of enticing. The unit I acquired got here in Celestial Silver hue, and you may also buy the gadget in Cosmic Black or Lunar White choices. As you’ll be able to see, the gadget is something however silver, and but I beloved the gradient end because it affords totally different hues relying upon how gentle falls on its floor.

Whereas we’re speaking concerning the again panel, it’s inconceivable to not speak concerning the digicam module, which protrudes out considerably from the physique. Within the case of the Mi 11 Extremely, the complete digicam module stretches throughout the rear which doesn’t look as odd, and likewise ensures that the gadget doesn’t wobble when stored on a flat floor. Sadly, that’s not the case with the Mi 11X Professional. Even the bundled clear case – which is sort of strong – doesn’t remedy this concern because the digicam part continues to jut out. Having stated that, I appreciated the minimal branding on the again with solely Xiaomi and 5G talked about, and that too, in a silver hue that isn’t in your face.

There aren’t any surprises within the button and port placement both. There’s an IR emitter on prime, hidden inside one of many grilles which preserve symmetry too. You’ll discover the amount rocker and barely elongated energy change on the precise. The rationale the facility toggle has a barely larger-than-usual peak is that it doubles up as a fingerprint authentication mechanism. We’ve to confess that it’s among the many quickest fingerprint unlocking modules we’ve come throughout. In fact, because it’s a display on / off button, it additionally saves you from the extra effort, although a tip could be to register varied fingers or thumbs to have the ability to unlock the Mi 11X Professional from both hand simply. There’s face unlock as properly, and it really works as marketed. It really works pretty reliably in low gentle too.

The smartphone retains its thickness in verify because it measures 7.8mm with its curved edges including to the ergonomics. Though, when you think about the digicam module that stands proud, the cellphone seems to be fairly thick. The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional suggestions the scales at 196g. The underside of the handset is house to a SIM slot (helps two nano-SIMs, however no assist for exterior storage), a USB Kind-C port, and a speaker grille. Value noting that similar to the opposite choices within the Mi 11 portfolio, the 11X Professional additionally options stereo audio system.

Xiaomi’s Mi 11X Professional is a godsend for leisure lovers, all because of its massive Tremendous AMOLED show with full HD decision. The model makes use of Samsung’s E4 panel recognized for its increased brightness ranges and spectacular distinction ratio. Then there’s assist for 120Hz refresh charge which ensures clean navigation and a clean gaming expertise. At 2.76mm, the punch-hole is absolutely small, and doesn’t take away from the immersive visuals supplied by the display. Then there’s a 360Hz contact sampling charge, which might particularly be helpful whereas gaming. The show affords assist for HDR10+ as properly. That’s not all, Xiaomi can also be providing options like True Show (color temperature mechanically adapts to the encompassing gentle) and MEMC know-how (artificially including frames to the video to make it smoother). No marvel, the show on the Mi 11 collection has been rated as A+ by DisplayMate.

With that stated, whereas the 11X Professional’s show isn’t as massive as Mi 11 Extremely (6.81-inches), the cellphone nonetheless isn’t suited to single-hand utilization. Except you do some finger gymnastics, it’s tough to achieve the corners of the panel. In truth, on one specific event, my left hand acquired numb as a result of I used to be exchanging messages with a buddy for about an hour, utilizing the cellphone with each palms.

My colleague identified the superb haptic response of the Mi 11 Extremely, and I observed the identical on the Mi 11X Professional. Briefly, Xiaomi has paid consideration to the tiniest of particulars to make sure that the smartphone catches your consideration proper on the outset itself. Oh, did I point out that the cellphone additionally comes with IP53 score for splash resistance? There’s additionally Gorilla Glass 5 safety on the entrance in addition to again. It’s clear that other than the bulging cameras, the cellphone will get every part proper within the design division, which begs the query of what makes them so fascinating…

Cameras

The Mi 11X Professional contains a 108-megapixel main shooter, similar to the Mi 11 Extremely. Nonetheless, the sensor sizes are totally different. As a substitute of a giant 1/1.12-inch sensor, it contains a 1/1.52-inch sensor with an f/1.75 aperture. The principle digicam is accompanied by an 8MP f/2.2 wide-angle shooter and a 5MP f/2.4 telemacro digicam. For selfies, the gadget comes outfitted with a 20MP sensor.

In case you’ve used a Xiaomi smartphone earlier than, then the digicam interface will really feel acquainted. Even for others, the UI is sort of intuitive, with all of the choices neatly laid out. Nonetheless, I’d have appreciated to see the 108MP mode in addition to night time mode up entrance, reasonably than being hidden within the ‘extra’ tab.

Coming to the picture high quality, it’s vital to not be swayed by numbers. The Samsung HM2 108MP sensor captured 12MP photos within the regular state of affairs (utilizing the nine-pixel binning technique), not like the tetracell 108MP which captures photos in 27MP. What meaning is that you simply’ll discover photos to be typical of a 12MP shooter. Daylight pictures are pleasing with spectacular dynamic vary and good color replica, although the sharpness begins deteriorating when you begin zooming in. The AI mode is sort of highly effective, because it tries to detect the topic and capturing situations in a scene that you simply’re attempting to seize. I beloved the close-ups as they confirmed pure bokeh and the colors popped out as properly, though the sting detection took successful. The photographs captured within the 108MP decision present much more particulars, however the colors look muted and a few parts of the picture look washed out when considered in full measurement. Low-light pictures nevertheless, was actually enjoyable with photos retaining the noise ranges in management and providing good particulars. Enabling the night time mode improves the colors and sharpness additional.

Now I’ll let the photographs do the speaking… try the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional digicam samples beneath.

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Almost about video capabilities, the Mi 11X Professional can shoot 8k movies at 30fps, displaying popping colors and first rate dynamic vary. Nonetheless, there’s no digital stabilisation for 8k movies (not like the 4k mode), which implies that you could’t shoot within the highest decision whereas shifting. A number of options are there for enhancing the video recording expertise, equivalent to magic zoom, gradual shutter, and audio zoom. The 20MP selfie snapper captures first rate photos for social media, however there’s quite a lot of noise when considered within the authentic decision. 

Summing it up, the Mi 11X Professional cameras will not be completely flagship-grade, however are absolutely among the many finest within the sub-Rs 40k phase.

{Hardware} and software program

Yet one more {hardware} side that the Mi 11X Professional shares with the Mi 11 Extremely is the processor operating underneath the hood. The gadget attracts energy from the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 chipset. The 5nm SoC from the home of Qualcomm contains a tri-cluster structure with a 2.84GHz high-performance core. Mix that with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, and it doesn’t come as a shock that the cellphone is blazing quick. Over a two-week interval, there wasn’t even a single occasion the place I felt that the cellphone wasn’t capable of catch as much as the duties I used to be performing.

In fact, the one method to gauge the Mi 11X Professional’s true potential within the efficiency division is to run video games, and that’s what I did. And gaming on the cellphone did develop into a pleasant affair. Titles like Name of Responsibility Cellular and Garena Free Fireplace ran on the highest attainable settings with out breaking a sweat. The Adreno 660 GPU additionally ensured that graphics had been rendered easily. Whereas I gained’t name myself a gamer, there have been a number of conditions the place I misplaced observe of time whereas taking part in video games on the Mi 11X Professional – sure, it’s that good. Nonetheless, the gadget does warmth up after about 40 minutes of gaming.

As talked about above, the smartphone doesn’t assist microSD playing cards. Therefore, it’s good to make a acutely aware alternative between the 128GB and 256GB storage variants of the cellphone. Moreover, upon boot, 18GB+ reminiscence is taken up by the OS and varied system assets. 

A lot has been stated about MIUI… each good (the truth that it has a ton of options for the facility customers) and unhealthy (bloatware). And you’d get the identical on the Mi 11X Professional. The pre-loaded bloatware comes within the type of apps like Amazon, Fb, Netflix, Prime Video in addition to Xiaomi’s personal apps equivalent to Mi Pay, Mi Credit score, and Zili. Fortunately, quite a lot of these may be uninstalled. I just like the categorisation of apps within the app drawer, and the search bar is positioned on the backside which makes it simpler to achieve (although requires a shift in behavior as most telephones place it up prime).

The left-most display (dubbed as -1 display) has some helpful issues – calendar, shortcuts, and so on., however has a ton of bloatware on the identical time – really useful apps, fashionable video games, and so on. There’s a Utilities part too, which surprisingly sufficient, takes you to the net model of varied apps, though a few of them are put in on the gadget (Examples being Amazon and Mi Pay). The great factor is that you could change this display to Google Uncover by going into Settings. It goes with out saying that Xiaomi’s upcoming MIUI 12.5 ought to remedy quite a lot of the talked about points, so I’d positively counsel you wait until the gadget will get that replace earlier than forming your opinion about its software program expertise.

Battery and extra

I’ve been impressed with all of the aspects of the Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional, and the battery is not any totally different. Whereas the 4,520mAh cell could not sound too beefy within the period the place we’re seeing 7,000mAh packs, the cellphone manages to supply nice endurance. Despite the fact that it’s tough to place the smartphone by means of excessive situations throughout WFH, I nonetheless appreciated the sensation of not worrying about charging the cellphone at night time. It simply managed to final until the subsequent day. Within the PCMark check nevertheless, the gadget lasted 12 hours and 25minutes, which is nearly common.

The gadget ships with a 33W charger. It juices up the Mi 11X Professional from 10 to 100% in a little bit over an hour. Sadly, the Rs 30k+ phase has telephones that supply sooner charging with a few of them getting charged totally in 30 to 40 minutes.

I’d additionally wish to spotlight the stereo audio system on the handset. With Dolby Atmos assist, they get pretty loud and supply wealthy output too. Nonetheless, cranking up the amount to max isn’t really useful, because the sound turns shrill fairly a number of instances. And whereas audio fans could be bummed concerning the lack of a 3.5mm headphone socket, value noting that the cellphone comes bundled with a Kind-C to three.5mm dongle.

Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional competitors

Not like a number of years again, the place the Rs 30k+ class was being slugged out by Samsung and OnePlus on the earth of Android smartphones, more and more an increasing number of manufacturers have entered this phase.

The Xiaomi Mi 11X Professional’s main rival could be the OnePlus 9R (assessment) contemplating it’s priced precisely the identical (Rs 39,999). Nonetheless, the 9R’s specs make it look like a competitor to Mi 11X, which is priced Rs 10k decrease, and but options Snapdragon 870 processor, 48MP main digicam, and extra.

Vivo’s sub-brand iQOO additionally has a strong possibility within the type of the iQOO 7 Legend on this value vary. Whereas the gadgets go toe-to-toe in most regards, and the iQOO 7 Legend is probably a shade higher within the efficiency division, the Mi 11X Professional takes again the crown within the digicam side.

Ultimate Verdict

There are particular gadgets the place you could have a semblance of the decision even earlier than testing it out, and there are others, the place it’s essential to use it earlier than passing on any judgment. As you might guess, Xiaomi’s Redmi collection falls within the former class, the place you may be fairly positive that the model would have provided a power-packed gadget that turns the price-to-specs equation the other way up. To have the identical sort of religion for the Mi collection of flagships could be a stretch… which is ironic contemplating the model had hit it out of the park with its launch automobile – the Mi 3 – which I had the privilege of reviewing. Nonetheless, Xiaomi misplaced the narrative quickly after. Apparently, whereas it did attempt to revive its flagships a number of instances over time, hardly any of its efforts gave the impression to be properly thought out. Till now that’s.

The Mi 11X Professional is a superb possibility that gained’t disappoint you with its healthful capabilities, whereas being priced underneath Rs 40k.

The Mi 11 Extremely is a powerful, all-round bundle given the truth that it’s priced fairly excessive at Rs 69,999. And should you don’t wish to shell out that sort of cash, but take pleasure in flagship-grade options, the Mi 11X Professional comes as a wonderful possibility that gained’t disappoint you with its healthful capabilities.

Editor’s score: 4 / 5

Execs

  • Engaging design
  • Attractive show
  • Blazing-fast efficiency
  • Lengthy-lasting battery life

Cons

  • The digicam bump protrudes considerably
  • No telephoto sensor
  • Barely unwieldy
  • May’ve supported sooner charging

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