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Xiaomi 11i Review: Try the low-cost S888 flagship again

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Eric Chan / Engadget

The naming of Xiaomi’s product line is really a headache. After the original Xiaomi 11 and the strongest Xiaomi 11 Ultra, the flagship Xiaomi 11 series announced in Hong Kong today that it will launch Xiaomi 11i. To put it bluntly, it is actually another flagship of its brand. The Redmi K40 Pro is a cost-effective sub-brand, but the international version is linked back to the Xiaomi brand while maintaining the original low-cost features. In the face of complicated product line operations, how do you know this new model, which has been dubbed a “star”? The editor will give everyone a better understanding of Mi 11i in the form of evaluation.

Appearance

The appearance of the Mi 11i is actually exactly the same as the Poco F3, which was also played by hands earlier. Even the measurements and weight are the same. The only difference is the XIAOMI and POCO brand icons on the back of the machine. But if you use the product series it belongs to, it will feel like a half-brother.

Mi 11i review

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The Mi 11i adopts a flat screen design. The selfie camera is hidden in an ultra-small hole punched in the center of the screen. The official said it is only 2.76mm, which is a small dot with almost no sense of existence, which will not affect the viewing experience. And the editor himself prefers flat screens, because compared to curved screens, there are fewer problems with false touches and screen cropping. Unlike the two big brothers of Mi 11, which have under-screen fingerprints, Mi 11i uses the fingerprint reader on the side of the machine (both said it is the same as the Poco F3), and the physical buttons are the power and volume keys that double as the fingerprint reader. Then there are speakers and a USB-C placed on the top and bottom of the camera. Both Xiaomi Mi 11 and 11 Ultra have emphasized Harman Kardon tuning, which did not appear on the 11i. It sounds like there is no big difference. It may be that the design of the mobile phone hardware is similar.

Then there is the performance of the screen itself. Xiaomi Mi 11i uses a 6.67-inch FHD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED panel, which will also have 120Hz high refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+ and other characteristics, but the color accuracy is relaxed to JNCD≈0.36 △E≈0.35, but it also looks bright and beautiful, and it also has DisplayMate A+ certification, so it looks very comfortable and beautiful.

From left: Xiaomi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi 11i, Xiaomi 11

When it comes to the screen and body, the Mi 11i uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 before and after. After all, the risk of flat screens is relatively low, so it’s not a problem if you don’t have the latest Vitus. The three-camera camera module on the back of the machine looks like the Poco F3, with a thick one protruding out. In the comparison above, the presence is not inferior to the extra-large camera module of the Xiaomi 11 Ultra.

camera

Mi 11i review

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Although the screen part is weaker than the smaller Mi 11, the camera configuration of the Mi 11i is unexpectedly upgraded. In the Poco F3 style three-camera combination on the back of the machine, the wide-angle camera is a 108MP 7P lens camera that supports nine-in-one pixels, which is more advanced than the Mi 11 108MP wide-angle camera (2.1μm vs 1.6μm), which only has a four-in-one. Especially in night scenes and low light environments, the performance will be better. The picture below is the night scene mode to shoot the hair of the little furry kid. It can be seen that the hair on the right picture is more three-dimensional and the color is more natural. The next 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera and 5MP telephoto macro camera are the same as the Poco F3, so I won’t say more.

108MP comparison: Mi 11 vs Mi 11i

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Hardware specifications / performance

Mi 11i review

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Coming to the specifications that everyone focuses on, Xiaomi Mi 11i is equipped with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, but only 8GB RAM, with 128GB and 256GB storage space versions, also supports 5G dual card dual standby, no microSD card expansion. The built-in battery is a relatively weak 4,520mAh, and the fast charge power is “only” 33W.

Not surprisingly, Xiaomi 11i still has the problem of heating up the S888 mobile phone. If you play for a long time and run the evaluation tool, you will feel the position of the processor on the top of the phone and it will be hot. The specific evaluation scores are: PC Mark 2.0: 13,378; Geekbench 5 Single Core / Multi Core are 1,114 and 3,221 respectively. The score is similar to that of Xiaomi Mi 11. After all, there is only RAM difference (3D Mark is still Locked, it will be added after unblocking).

to sum up

Mi 11i review

Eric Chan / Engadget

After seeing the origin of Xiaomi 11i, the first idea is that Xiaomi is showing its cutting skills, and the S888 mobile phone can be cut into a variety of variant versions of different configurations. But when I hear the price, my eyes are bright, because Xiaomi 11i will follow the reincarnated Redmi route. It is probably one of the cheapest S888 phones to start at a price of more than three thousand Hong Kong dollars. Compared with Xiaomi 11’s price of over HK$5,000, the weakened parts mentioned above will naturally become a very reasonable price. In this way, Mi 11i is especially suitable for friends who are targeting flagship processors, but whose budget is not enough to get a standard Mi 11 mobile phone.

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