A new brand is making inroads into the Australian market, and they’ve released a new premium smartphone with an unusual feature.
The first batch of pre-orders for the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra sold out quickly in Australia.
This device is said to rival, if not completely outperform, the specifications of leading Android smartphones such as Samsung and Google’s best devices, which makes me wonder if this could be the Android smartphone of the year.
Despite the fact that the unboxing experience is fairly standard, I must say that I was impressed with the phone’s accessories. A USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor (useful because the phone’s only port is USB-C), a clear jelly phone case (average quality but welcome!) and a 67W (fast charging) wall plug are included, which some companies do not. The phone itself has a premium and stylish ceramic design in two colours – black or white – and I received the black one.
Elly Awesome reviews the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
The phone’s screen is curved and slopes around the top, bottom, and side edges. The corners are a little wonky, but it makes for a great scrolling experience overall.
However, I must admit that it is a very slippery phone. Combine that with its top-heavy design due to the massive camera module, and it can be a little awkward to hold in the hand. Though I believe it is worthwhile for the cameras that they have managed to incorporate into the phone.
Seriously, Xiaomi has included some of the best camera hardware available. There are four cameras in total, including a high-quality hole punch style 20MP camera on the front and three mind-blowing cameras on the back.
Flip the phone over to reveal a 48MP Telephoto Camera with 5x Optical Zoom, a 48MP Ultrawide Camera, and a 50MP main camera with a 1/12” sensor – one of the industry’s largest camera sensors (and, surprisingly, made by Samsung!) In addition, 4K and 8K video can be recorded.
Let me tell you, the camera quality is comparable to that of a legitimate DSLR camera. Sure, the camera module is ridiculous, but having such powerful cameras in your pocket is incredible.
The phone even has a tiny display on the back. It’s not particularly impressive and is somewhat dim, but it’s adequate for taking a reasonably well-framed selfie with the epic back camera rather than the front one.
The unique selfie capability of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
Also, if you happen to lay your phone screen down, preferably on a smooth or soft surface if you’re inclined in this way, you can see notifications come through or double tap the mini display to wake it up and check the time.
The only drawback to the back camera module is that it collects dust around the protruding edges, which is a minor annoyance but not a deal breaker.
Display and specs
When these features are combined with its large 6.8-inch AMOLED panel QuadHD+ (1440p) display and 120hz refresh rate, everything looks fantastic. To be more specific, you can select the phone’s “standard” refresh rate of 60Hz or “high” refresh rate of 120Hz.
Even if the phone is set to 120Hz, it will adjust its refresh rate based on your usage. So, for example, while scrolling, you will get 120Hz, but not always while watching YouTube videos or gaming (even if the game supports 120Hz).
The phone also has a touch response rate of 480Hz, which keeps it fast. The 1700 nit display is also one of my favourite features. That is, it is extremely bright and easy to read even in low-light conditions. It is, in fact, one of the brightest phone displays available.
Elly was impressed with the smartphone’s display.
The phone runs Android 11 and is powered by a Snapdragon 888 processor, as well as 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Furthermore, even if you don’t use headphones, you’ll notice that the dual stereo speakers are of high quality and quite loud. The 5000mAh battery means you’ll have plenty of power all day and into the night, and with the fast charger, you’ll never have to worry about running out of juice.
But should you buy it?
I’m not sure I’d recommend the phone to the average consumer for $1799 in price. For general use, I’d probably go with something lighter and less expensive. However, if you’re in the market for a premium phone – especially if you’re an Android fan – you’re probably already drooling.
This phone is fast, powerful, has the best cameras available, and has an incredible battery life. To be honest, I think $1799 for a premium phone with all of the included features is a steal.
The only thing I don’t like about this phone is that it’s extremely slippery and attracts a lot of fingerprints, but those are only minor gripes.
Xiaomi is still making inroads into the Australian market, but if they keep releasing high-quality devices like this, I have a feeling you’ll see them everywhere soon.