Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review – “Big game” | Articles

Most of us would wish to suppose fairly onerous earlier than committing to spending £1,200 (about $1,700) on a smartphone.

Gamers may purchase a PS5, an Xbox Series X, and a Nintendo Switch for that type of money. Or not less than, we may if there have been any in inventory wherever.

Joining the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the Oppo Find X3 Pro on this smartphone elite league is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Its design and spec listing make fairly the assertion, however is it any good for cell avid gamers?

Design and Specs

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra positive makes an enormous impression. It’s an enormous telephone that weighs a whopping 234g. By comparability, the OnePlus 9 Pro weighs 197g, and I would not name {that a} small telephone.

The motive for this heft can partially be laid on the door of an enormous 5000 mAh battery. But it is also right down to the telephone’s ridiculously giant digicam module, which spreads throughout a lot of the prime half of the rear floor, and stands out an additional couple of millimetres.

It’s an unwieldy beast, make no mistake. Thankfully, it is bought a equally enormous 6.81-inch Super AMOLED show to again (or moderately entrance) it up. This is likely one of the brightest screens I’ve ever used with a peak of 1700 nits, and it may additionally hit a QHD+ decision and a 120Hz refresh price on the identical time.

As good as this show is – and it is really probably the greatest – it homes a moderately flaky fingerprint sensor. When it really works it is snappy sufficient, however I skilled a couple of too many rejections for my liking.

One of the explanations that digicam module is so giant is that it homes one of many largest digicam sensors ever dedicated to a smartphone. The fundamental 50MP sensor can take actually sharp photographs with far more pure bokeh (blurry backgrounds) than most of its rivals. There’s additionally a 5x periscope lens, which might zoom in means additional than something wanting a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Another motive for the supersized module is as a result of it accommodates a second 1.1-inch show. This can supply fundamental time and battery notification, function a viewfinder for the digicam (suppose pimped up selfies), and act as a shortcut for music app controls. It’s a bit too piddly to be notably helpful, although.

Gaming expertise and efficiency

The Xiaomi is a stuffed stuffed with options and parts, nearly to a fault. But that does additionally imply that it is a bit of a beast on the subject of gaming.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 powers the telephone, simply because it does each different Android flagship telephone aside from Samsung’s. It’s just about as quick because it will get aside from Apple’s A14.

Backed by 12GB of RAM, gaming content material completely flies on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. I used to be capable of max out the graphical settings on Genshin Impact and stroll across the sport’s stunning anime fields with nary a stutter.

The identical is true of PUBG Mobile. Cranking the esteemed Battle Royale as much as Ultra settings and Ultra body price yielded a crisp, fluid expertise that hovered simply above the 40fps mark.

All of that is true of any variety of Android flagships, after all. What is not true of so many is a show with a 480Hz contact sampling price. We had been impressed by the OnePlus 9 Pro’s 360Hz display, however this goes the additional mile.

Even most common cell avid gamers most likely will not discover the distinction right here. But a extra responsive show is all the time welcome, and it may show decisive in aggressive video games.

One factor I ought to notice, although, is that the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra tends to run moderately scorching when below gaming load. It by no means precipitated my gaming expertise to endure as such, however it feeds into the truth that the telephone would not have the perfect battery life.

Despite that whopping nice 5000 mAh battery, I used to be getting by way of to the top of a 12 hour day of average, largely non-gaming utilization with simply 20 to 25% left within the tank. That’s common at finest.

Naturally, you get a pair of stereo audio system right here, however the Mi 11 Ultra goes one step additional with a Harmon Kardon workforce up. The audio specialists are on tuning responsibility, and so they assist kick out notably crisp and balanced gaming audio.

Wrapping up

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is an awfully costly telephone that makes an attempt to justify the extra expenditure by throwing all the pieces on the wall.

Some of what sticks is excellent information for avid gamers. That features a prime notch efficiency, an enormous and exquisite show, a scorching 480Hz contact sampling price, and a nice set of stereo audio system.

Elsewhere, although, the telephone comes throughout as considerably unbalanced. In sensible phrases, it is means too massive and prime-heavy, whereas the extra show is an pointless gimmick. Meanwhile a characteristic as elementary as battery life merely is not as robust accurately.

Ultimately, whereas the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra can run video games flat out at 120Hz and QHD, so can the OnePlus 9 Pro – and in a way more balanced and refined package deal besides. The actual kicker: our favorite Android telephone prices £300-400 lower than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

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