Xiaomi 11T Pro test – peak attack with the handbrake applied

The 11T Pro offers lots and lots of top-notch service at an affordable price in an attractive package, but due to some of its shortcomings, it won’t be an easy thing to do anyway.

Running through the technical parameters, we could even call the new 11T Pro a “flagship killer” and since the manufacturer could have assigned this role to him based on the official price in Hungary, we wondered if we could really welcome a new Xiaomi favorite in person.

Have a man on your feet who can keep up with the pace of Xiaomi’s mobile phone production: a new product, a sub-version, a version for a specific region, is released almost every other week. This is not necessarily a bad strategy, just look at the speed at which the Chinese manufacturer is peaking – and this is not only true for smartphones, it is gaining market share in many other product categories.

The latest news – right after Samsung’s overtaking – was that the word “Mi” will now be removed from the names of featured models, making the latest top model a smoothly Xiaomi 11T Pro. Redmi models, on the other hand, will leave the word Xiaomi from now on And Poco remains the Poco itself. The Xiaomi name will be retained for featured and top models – such as the 11T Pro.

Inspired by the top

Under the name Cinemagic, the Xiaomi introduced its new high-end device, which sought to refer to the special display on the one hand and the camera capabilities of the mobile phone on the other. Building on the foundations of the Mi 11i, the new device has a stunning 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with 6.37-inch FHD + resolution, which is also exceptionally good in the top league. It supports Dolby Vision-certified on the one hand, and 120 Hz, adaptive upgrade and HDR10 + on the other. The maximum brightness can be up to 1000 nit, but on average 800 nit is also available, which is very good.

The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and the rugged phone frame is made of aluminum. It’s interesting to see that in the 11T Trial, the QHD resolution was left out by Xiaomi – this also confirms that below 7 inches, the FHD + resolution is considered ideal by the manufacturers and they tend to focus on other display features. Inside is the Snapdragon 888 system chip, one of the most powerful today, so the 11T Pro is also racing, with enough RAM (8/12 GB LPDDR5) and up to 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage.

The back cover is protected by glass and the camera island does not protrude too disturbingly, but unfortunately the 11T Pro has not received an IP68 rating, instead you have to come up with an IP53 that guarantees splash resistance. Also detracting from the high-end feeling is that the fingerprint reader, unlike today’s trend, has not been placed under the display but on the on / off button, but we have to add that in return it allows very accurate and fast identification – only some say not so much fashionable. The 11T Pro, of course, promises a full, dual 5G connection, it doesn’t lack BT 5.2 or Wi-Fi 6, and the stereo speakers sound very good, which can be especially useful when watching movies.

The camera part is on a separate sheet, but there is another exciting extra to the phone, namely charging. This is where the Xiaomi HyperCharge technology was introduced, which consists of a 120-watt charging head and a high-quality cable that can withstand a current of 6A – of course, a special control chip and a 5,000 mAh battery that can withstand this crazy pace. According to the factory data, you can charge a fully discharged battery to 100% in 17 minutes. It’s already such a speed that you can see your phone plugged into a charger as the percentage improves. Here, the cable is already critical, and even warming and all other environmental factors, but it’s a fact that we haven’t seen such a fast charge yet (many high-end devices still run at 25-33 watts, but 66 watts are more common than competitors).

All of this is still running the soon-to-retire Android 11, and the interface is the latest MIUI 12.5, which will also be soon followed by the newer version. When announcing the 11T Pro, Xiaomi stated that it guarantees 3 full Android version upgrades and 4 years of security patches.

Cinema magic

The camera island barely protrudes from the sleek glass back, mimicking the look of an old film recorder, or rather a VHS tape – who sees what. The main element of this module is a Samsung Isocell HM2 108 MP sensor that handles pixels in 9-1, so 12 MP images are taken. The night mode is of course given, there is also PDAF focus, but the optical image stabilizer has been omitted. Unfortunately, there is no optical zoom, the quality of the double magnification available in the application seems to be software only.

The main sensor is complemented by an 8 MP Sony ultra-wide and a 5 MP Samsung macro camera. During the day, the main camera takes beautiful, detailed images, but the colors could be less cool and more vivid, the image processor doesn’t handle some details properly, such as hair, hair, grass, blurring the edges unnecessarily while presumably trying to sharpen them. If you turn off automatic image processing, you can already see that the hardware itself is capable of much more, so hopefully with 1-2 updates, the MI responsible for the images will also improve a lot.

The images from the ultra-wide camera could also be more vivid, but other than that, the end result is good quality and the macro is quite super. In contrast, 16 MP selfies only perform well in good lighting conditions, in the dark, in dim light, take pictures very carefully with the front camera because you can easily get blurry, blurry, bad results.

When recording video, you can also activate 8K resolution, super image stabilization mode, Audio zoom, and a number of other extra recording modes, as well as professional settings. Again, the stabilization can only be electrical (EIS).

Verdict

Special steam chamber cooling has been added to the Xiaomi 11T Trial, but our measurements have shown that this is not the fastest 888 mobile, presumably the control is down-regulating the SoC clock signal to avoid overheating. There are several types of RAM storage pairs available, the smallest model is 8/128 GB (no mSD slot). There is no jack connector either, but of course you will find the special charger in the box along with the quality cable and a transparent plexiglass. The 120-watt fast charge of the 11T Pro is sensational (we immediately liked it and we got used to it), with which you can fully charge your 5000 mAh battery in about 20-23 minutes. In addition, the charger is PD 3.0 standard, so it can also pump up a notebook.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro is in a difficult position as the last 888 device in line because some of its shortcomings as a top-notch mobile cannot be ignored. Instead of full water resistance, you only get IP53 splash resistance, no OIS, SoC is choked, the fingerprint reader is not under the display and there is no Qi charge. The 11T Pro has a good chance that its price will drop in a few months, and then you can hit it right away, because it is a lovable (near) top device with a wonderful display and a dizzying charging speed.

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Source: PC World Online Hírek by pcworld.hu.

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