Xiaomi Introduces Mi 11, a Pocket-sized Movie Studio

Xiaomi today announces the Xiaomi Mi 11, its latest flagship smartphone. Xiaomi is touting it as the pocket-sized movie studio with focus on low light video capturing (Video Night Mode technology) capability.

Xiaomi is calling the cameras Studio-level cameras. It has a tri-camera setup consisting of one ultra-wide angle (123 degrees), one main camera (108MP), and one Telemacro (5MP).

I am particularly interested in the telemacro. I can see the usage in close ups during video shoots.

Moving on, Xiaomi also showcases movie filters that can enhance your videos. Not so sure if they will be widely used.

It also has 6 built-in AI cinema features like Parallel World (which duplicates and inverts your scene to give the appearance of a mirrored world), Freeze Frame Video (which freezes and clones video frames to create the illusion that parts of your video are frozen in time) and my favorite, the Magic Zoom mode (creating an illusion of the camera simultaneously zooming in and out of the scene).

There are quite a lot to digest. Let me sum them up.

Features

  • Cinematic 108MP, enhanced night modes
  • Cinematic audio, SOUND BY Harman Kardon
  • WQHD+ ultimate-clear 120Hz display
  • Iconic lightweight design
  • Flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888
  • Connect to 5G with flagship speed
  • 55W wired + 50W wireless turbo charging
  • Long lasting through day and night

It also has a built-in heart-rate sensor using the area on the in-screen fingerprint sensor. And taking a snub at competitors, Xiaomi is shipping Mi 11 with a 55W GaN charger that can be used to charge laptops too (some models).

And here are the specs: –

Camera

  • 108MP + 13MP + 5MP triple rear camera
    • 108MP wide-angle camera
      • Samsung HMX, 1/1.33” sensor size, f/1.85, 7P lens
      • OIS, AF
      • 0.8μm pixel size, 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
  • 13MP ultra-wide angle camera
    • 123° FOV, f/2.4 aperture
  • 5MP telemacro camera
    • f/2.4, AF (3cm-10cm)
  • LED flash
  • 20MP in-display selfie camera
    • 0.8μm pixel size,
    • 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel
    • f/2.2 aperture

Display & Design

  • 120Hz 6.81” WQHD+ AMOLED quad-curve DotDisplay with True Color
    • WQHD+, 3200 x 1440
    • Aspect ratio: 20:9, 515 ppi
    • JNCD≈0.38,△E≈0.41
    • Color gamut: Supports DCI-P3
    • 10-bit color
    • Brightness: HBM 900 nits (typ), 1500 nits peak brightness
    • Contrast ratio: 5,000,000:1 (typ)
    • Supports AdaptiveSync in 30Hz/60Hz/90Hz/120Hz
    • 480Hz touch sampling rate
    • HDR10+
    • Sunlight mode 3.0/Reading mode 3.0
    • 360° ambient light sensor 2.0
    • Super Resolution technology
    • Hardware-level mistouch prevention
  • Dimensions:
    • 164.3mm x 74.6mm x 8.06mm 196g
  • Available colors:
    • Anti-glare frosted glass: Midnight Gray/ Horizon Blue*
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ front

Audio

  • Dual speakers, SOUND BY Harman Kardon
  • Hi-Res Audio Certification
  • Hi-Res Audio Wireless Certification

Performance

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888
    • 5nm power-efficient manufacturing process
    • Octa-core design, ultra-large core Arm Cortex-X1
    • AdrenoTM 660 GPU, 6th generation Qualcomm® AI engine
    • X60 modem for lightning-fast 5G connectivity
    • Wi-Fi 6
  • 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB
    • Enhanced LPDDR5 3200MHz RAM + UFS 3.1 storage
  • X-axis linear vibration motor

Battery and charging

  • 4,600mAh (typ) battery
  • 55W wired charging (charges to 100% in 45 mins)
  • 50W wireless charging (charges to 100% in 53 mins)
  • 55W GaN charger included

Connectivity

  • Dual SIM, supports 5G standby***
  • Bands:
    • 5G: n1/n3/n5/n8/n20/n28/n38/n41/n77/n78/n79
    • 4G: LTE FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/28/32/66
    • LTE TDD: B38/40/41/42
    • 3G:WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8
    • 2G: GSM: 850 900 1800 1900 MHz
  • USB Type-C
  • Multi-functional NFC and IR blaster
  • Bluetooth 5.2
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Security

  • In-screen fingerprint sensor with a heart rate monitor****
  • AI face unlock

*New colors coming soon.
**Data sourced from Xiaomi labs.
***5G connectivity may vary based on region availability and local operator support.
****Function will be available via OTA update.

I think this image sums it all.

Unfortunately, there is no local pricing or availability date. Based on conversion, it is around SGD1,203. Check out the Press Release for more details.

Press Release

Mi 11 Takes Studio-grade Camera Features and Pro Performance Global

Xiaomi launches its latest Mi 11 flagship for global markets, putting a movie studio in users’ pockets.

SINGAPORE, February 8, 2021 — Global technology leader Xiaomi today announced the global release of Mi 11, the latest flagship in its popular Mi smartphone lineup. A truly premium device, Mi 11 debuts with some groundbreaking improvements over its predecessor, including a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 chipset, 108MP triple rear camera, cinematic audio, and 50W wireless charging.

Unleash your creative potential with 108MP triple camera and a slew of advanced AI movie modes

The ultimate pocket-sized movie studio, Mi 11 turns any novice photo and video enthusiast into a film director with its triple rear camera setup. Boasting the world’s highest resolution 108MP wide-angle camera sensor for its primary shooter, Mi 11 captures crystal-clear images with dazzling detail comparable only to that of  professional-grade DSLR or mirrorless cameras. A 13MP ultra-wide angle camera and 5MP telemacro lens round out the rear camera setup, offering impressive landscape and detail shots with brilliant bokeh. On the front, a 20MP punch-hole front camera minimizes bezels on the homescreen while still ensuring users look their best when snapping a selfie or video chatting with friends.

Building on Xiaomi’s existing technology, Mi 11 touts remarkable new features for photography and videography. Improved night mode capabilities offer photo night mode on not one, not two, but three of its cameras: primary, ultra-wide, and front. Mi 11’s cutting-edge video night mode technology completely redefines industry standards with its RAW-level noise reduction for brighter night shooting. Six one-click AI cinema features make artsy shooting a breeze, from Parallel World – which duplicates and inverts your scene to give the appearance of a mirrored world – to Freeze Frame Video – which freezes and clones video frames to create the illusion that parts of your video are frozen in time. Real film buffs will appreciate the Magic Zoom mode, creating an illusion of the camera simultaneously zooming in and out of the scene, a trick originally popularized through thriller films.

Shaking up industry standards even further, Mi 11 now offers studio-level shooting control with its HDR10+ recording and new Pro Time-lapse mode, capable of adjusting shutter speed, ISO, aperture and EV to handle even the most challenging lighting situations. Studio-level control also extends to editing with advanced AI features, including AI Erase 2.0 which allows users to remove unwanted objects or lines from images with one simple click.

See and hear every detail with striking 120Hz 6.81’’ AMOLED DotDisplay and SOUND BY Harman Kardon

Mi 11 offers one of the best screens on the market that has received an A+ rating as well as a best display award from DisplayMate, the world’s leading professional display review institution. Featuring a premium 120Hz 6.81” AMOLED DotDisplay, Mi 11 is as impressive to look at as it is to use. Xiaomi’s most advanced display shines with its WQHD+ ultra-high resolution, and 10-bit color technology, allowing for breathtaking clarity and smooth color transitions. Simplicity meets convenience with its Super Resolution technology, which upgrades low resolution videos to WQHD+ quality without the worry of increased data consumption.

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Boasting a 480Hz touch sampling rate and in-screen fingerprint sensor, Mi 11 allows users to smoothly and swiftly unlock their device without intrusive notches or bezels blocking the display. Along with its sleek lightweight body and timeless look, Mi 11 offers a comfortable swiping experience and in-hand feel with its quad-curved smooth edges and rear glass finishing.

Touting Harmon Kardon professionally tuned dual speakers, Mi 11 delivers supreme cinematic audio and its Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ safeguards against costly damage from falls and drops. Mi 11 embraces an advanced dual anti-glare frosted finish that catches light, not fingerprints, and will be available in two color variants: Midnight Grey and Horizon Blue.

Stay one step ahead with the world’s most advanced performance

Mi 11 was the first phone to feature the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888, redefining flagship performance with the world’s most advanced mobile platform. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 completely redefines premium processing standards with its Adreno™ 660 GPU, 6th generation Qualcomm® AI engine and X60 modem – blending AI technology with lightning fast 5G connectivity.

Featuring cutting-edge 5nm process technology, Mi 11 is faster, more powerful and more efficient than its predecessor. The device not only supports 2K/120fps/HDR gaming, but also sports an octa-core design, and ultra-large core Arm Cortex-X1 which ramps up performance dramatically. All that while its 3,200MHz LPDDR5 ensures incredible data transfer speed that has increased from 5,500Mbps to 6,400Mbps.

Equipped with the latest LiquidCool heat dissipation system, the device effortlessly deals with extreme gaming and other high-capacity operations while staying cool. At the same time, its 4600mAh (typ), the staggering triple combination of 55W wired, 50W wireless and 10W reverse charging and the compact but powerful 55W GaN charger included in the box, ensure that Mi 11 stays powered up for any adventure life throws your way.

Xiaomi has also prepared a big surprise to all the gaming fans out there. The launch of Mi 11 marks the start of Xiaomi’s collaboration with the most popular mobile game of the year 2020, Genshin Impact. Mi 11 offers great Genshin performance, and beginning with Mi 11, Xiaomi will be working with the game producer MiHoYo to offer users a better and smoother gaming experience through deep strategic collaboration. Stay tuned for more details!

Smoothest MIUI yet – Introducing MIUI 12.5

MIUI 12.5 is an intermediate update based on MIUI 12 with a strong focus on system optimizations. After a complete revamp of the system UI, its CPU usage was reduced by up to 22% while power consumption – by up to 15%, ensuring frictionless performance and graphics.

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This is most visible in screen gestures that will now be smoother than ever. In previous systems, gestures and other tasks were rendered on a single thread resulting in a queue of tasks competing for CPU usage. Naturally, under this scenario an overload of tasks could cause lags. However, in MIUI 12.5, gestures received a dedicated thread, making sure that no other tasks will interfere with them, and guaranteeing instant response.

Another highlight of MIUI 12.5 is uninstallable system apps. The vast majority of apps in the new system can be uninstalled, while a small number of apps that are engraved in the system core can be hidden.  

The first batch of devices will start receiving the MIUI 12.5 update in Q2, 2021, it will include: Mi 10T, Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, Mi 11. The second wave will include 11 more Xiaomi devices. The release schedule for other devices will be gradually published on MIUI.com.

Mi 11 comes in two storage variants: 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB with enhanced LPDDR5 3200MHz RAM + UFS 3.1 storage. Starting at €749 (equivalent to SGD 1,203, not official local price), Mi 11 will be available globally soon. Local pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned to Xiaomi’s official website and information portal at https://www.mi.com/sg/, or follow their official Facebook or Instagram pages for other exciting updates.

About Xiaomi Corporation

Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is an internet company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an Internet of Things (IoT) platform at its core.

With an equal emphasis on innovation and quality, Xiaomi continuously pursues high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology.

Xiaomi is currently the world’s third-largest smartphone brand and has established the world’s leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform with 289.5 million smart devices connected to its platform, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 90 markets around the world. In August 2020, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the second time, ranking 422nd, up 46 places compared to the previous year. Xiaomi also ranked 7th among internet companies on the list.

Xiaomi is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index and Hang Seng TECH Index.

For more information about Xiaomi as a company, please visit https://blog.mi.com/en/.