Xiaomi Mi 11 X Review 2021: Best Affordable Smartphone in Pakistan
Mi 11X has excellent characteristics. We get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, a 120Hz AMOLED display, a 4520mAh battery, and 33W fast charging.
Has Xiaomi once again managed to create a great smartphone in terms of value for money?
Design and appearance
The design of the Xiaomi Mi 11X smartphone is attractive, the bezels around the screen are thin, the opening for the front camera is small, and the back surface is covered with protective glass.
There are three colors: Cosmic Black, Moonlight White and Sky Silver, the shades of the latter shimmer depending on the viewing angle. The Mi 11X itself is a fairly large smartphone, weighing 196 grams, so you can’t call it light. However, the thickness of the case is only 7.8 mm, so it is convenient to carry the phone in your pocket.
The front camera is at the top, in the middle, it is small, but for some reason Xiaomi has inserted a silver reflective ring around it, like some Samsung models. From this, the camera attracts a lot of attention, and the small size loses all meaning.
The sides are made of plastic, on the right you can find the power and volume keys, the first has a built-in fingerprint scanner. On top of the front panel of the Mi 11X, there is an earpiece, and not far from it is an infrared port. On the bottom, you will see a SIM card slot, a USB-C 2.0 connector and another speaker.
The back of the smartphone is covered with Gorilla Glass 5, like the front, the surface is glossy and collects a lot of prints. The module with cameras in the upper left corner contains three sensors, a microphone and an LED flash. The module does not stick out too much, however, it will prevent the smartphone from lying securely on a flat surface.
Build quality is decent, although the side bezels don’t feel the best when used. IP53 water protection – basic. In general, the phone does not seem cheap, but outwardly it is quite consistent with its class.
Xiaomi Mi 11X received a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels, with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, and HDR support.
Color calibration is available in MIUI settings. Although the default scheme offers very rich and vibrant colors, you can adjust the contrast, temperature, gamma, or RGB values. It is even possible to make the shades match the content. The colors can be automatically adjusted according to the contents of the screen, it all looks as it should.
The brightness of the Mi 11X panel is sufficient for use on a sunny day, although the problem is not to achieve high values, but to keep them always so. As soon as the case heats up, the brightness is automatically dimmed and the contents of the display become illegible, especially if you are trying to remove something.
The same thing happens during games. This is probably the most aggressive automatic brightness control in the history of Xiaomi smartphones. Alas, the maximum rate is practically unattainable – especially when it is most needed.
The Xiaomi Mi 11X screen supports 120Hz refresh rate, but depending on the application it can drop to 90Hz or 60Hz. The default will also be active whenever you stop interacting with the display. Unlike other Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi 11X does not support intermediate panel refresh rates. There are no modes of 30 Hz, 40 Hz or 50 Hz here either.
Mi 11X cameras
The Xiaomi Mi 11X has three main cameras on the back: wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and macro lens. On the front is a 20MP camera.
The main sensor – Sony IMX582 at 48 MP is almost the same as the popular IMX586, the only difference is: IMX582 can record video in resolution up to 4K / 30 fps, and IMX586 – 4K / 60 fps. The shooting quality of this camera is not bad, but there are a number of problems. The main one is that the colors seem too pale, only the AI mode can add a little saturation and contrast to the shades.
Another drawback is that the dynamic range is too narrow, so dark or bright areas look rather mediocre. HDR doesn’t change much, even when the contrast is high.
Detailing is not great because the resulting photos are only 12MP, although overall the images look acceptable. At 2x magnification, the normal 48MP crop is cropped and the results are quite good. But with further scaling, blur appears.
The Mi 11X’s 8MP ultra wide-angle camera is far from ideal. The colors are richer than the main one, but the resolution is too low for the 119-degree viewing angle, so there is not enough detail. Nothing special can be said about low light photography. A lot of artificial sharpness appears in photographs when the shades remain dark, especially with an ultra wide angle lens.
At the time of testing, the Xiaomi Mi 11X was running MIUI 12.0.3 on top of the Android 11 operating system. An update to MIUI 12.5 should be released soon.
Outwardly, the interface still resembles iOS, although many other shells try to resemble pure Android. The icons are still the same, and all the apps are on the home screens. Notifications and the new control center are copied as well. The question arises when Xiaomi will stop being obsessed with iOS design. The Chinese company has already become large and well-known enough not to copy the iPhone.
However, there are also distinctive features of Xiaomi, for example, a bunch of unnecessary applications. There are especially many Google services, which are gradually becoming the main provider of Android software. However, not all of these applications are easy to uninstall. In addition, most of these programs are unnecessary.
The Xiaomi Mi 11X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor. There are assemblies with 6/8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB of USF 3.1 internal storage to choose from.
The performance of the smartphone is really high, it is very fast and responsive, the 120Hz refresh rate also helps, especially in games. The hardware is powerful enough to run even the most demanding games like Genshin Impact at high graphics settings. Alas, Mi 11X heats up quite a lot, after which the display brightness decreases, and it becomes uncomfortable to play.