Xiaomi 11T has been in my pocket for several weeks. After exhaustive testing, it’s time to review the phone that’s made to reign at sales. Is it worth buying it and where is it the cheapest?
Is it worth buying Xiaomi 11TWhen is the best time to do it and which stores to go shopping? You will find the answer to all these questions in my review of the smartphone suspended between mediums and flagships. In Poland, it costs from PLN 2,200 to PLN 2,500. Let’s see if it’s worth the money.
Appearance and build quality
When I look at the front of the Xiaomi 11T, I immediately associate it with the Google Pixel 6. Smartphones look almost identical, and a similar thickness of the frames and the hole in the display are the same. Of course, the device of the Chinese manufacturer is slightly larger, and we will talk about the display a little later. I would like to add that the device is very comfortable in the hand, despite its large size.
The rear panel has a camera island, which is really – and unnecessarily – large. I understand a two-tier treatment, but you could actually narrow it down to the area of three lenses. And I would probably not be so picky about it, if it weren’t for the fact that using the phone on the table is basically impossible. Replying to a message is a smartphone’s dance on a flat surface, and a large island is to blame for it.
The manufacturer claims that the front of the Xiaomi 11T is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus glass and it probably is – I carried it in my pocket throughout the testing period, sometimes with keys and there are no scratches on the display. The back of the housing is also supposedly glass, but I found out about only when I checked it out. I have never dealt with glass that feels so close to plastic. Unfortunately, it’s also shiny and collects fingerprints like crazy.
The metal frame is metal, which connects both panes of glass (as long as this is actually glass). It boasts and I did not find any scratches here. I also did not find a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but there are stereo speakers. Xiaomi 11T is devoid of wireless charging, but it is the IP53 standard. This means that when it rains, nothing will happen to him, but immersion in water will end his life immediately.
And there is also a vibration motor. It is just brilliant and similar only to the new iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. The haptics are excellent, and the phone seems to respond subtly to touch right where the screen touches your finger. Big applause for Xiaomi – no other model for such money offers a similar experience.
Finally, a curiosity that might be useful if it concerned … the bottom edge. Xiaomi 11T can be placed vertically on the table, but … on the top edge. It’s a pity, because it could work for video calling, and this is only a stylistic procedure.
Xiaomi 11T – screen and performance
If you buy a Xiaomi 11T, it is exactly for the screen. Looking at the 6.67-inch AMOLED matrix is just pure pleasure. I didn’t have to fumble with the color settings, everything suited me right out of the box. It is a very bright panel, which in manual mode can easily shoot up to 500 rivets, and in the machine it can even reach 1000. There are no lighting conditions in which you could stick to it.
I will stick to the refresh rate for this. It can be set to 60 or 120 Hz. The higher value is clearly visible in the interface, browser or gallery, but surprisingly not … in games. This surprised me, because in general, Pokemon Go works at a higher frequency basically everywhere. I had no problems with it in the cheap realme, Galaxy S21 or OnePlus 8T. It was a surprise that is hard to accept.
However, this is the only complaint that I can make against the display. Okay, I could use a screen reader as well. This one is located on the right side and works perfectly fine, but nevertheless it’s more convenient to have it under your thumb on the screen. I can’t quite understand it, because Xiaomi offers really excellent scanners. Well – probably it was cheaper.
Time for performance, because it connects strongly with the 120 Hz screen. The heart of Xiaomi 11T is MediaTek Dimensity 1200, RAM is 8 GB and nothing can be faulted. With MIUI 12.5 I did not observe crashes application, lag when scrolling, and most importantly – temperature rise. Once the display frequency issues are resolved, it will be the perfect choice for the gamer. He’s just very good now.
However, I must honestly note that this choice of processor has its own moods. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that updates for this model will appear later than on Xiaomi 11T Pro with Snapdragon. On the other hand, the basic version lasts longer, does not heat up and is still perfectly fluid. The Snapdragon 870 would probably be a compromise – it’s a bit more efficient, cool and you’ll find it in cheaper Xiaomi and realme models. We have strange times.
The 67W battery and charging are convenient every day
Xiaomi 11T Pro currently offers the fastest charging on the market, i.e. 120W. The cheaper variant has been stripped of it, but in fact… it doesn’t matter. In the box I found a 67W adapter which is lightning fast and it took me exactly 37 minutes to charge from 0 to 100%. For the Pro version, it is 21 minutes and in my life I would not trade those 16 minutes on a heating processor and worse working time away from the socket.
Both smartphones share exactly the same battery. The cell has a capacity of 5000 mAh and it was enough for me for about 5 to 5 and a half hours of SoT. This is a good result, but it is unlikely to knock anyone down. Again, I will refer to the OnePlus 8T, which has a more powerful processor and a smaller battery, but still works longer without charging. Nevertheless, working time away from the socket is certainly not disqualifying.
The camera in Xiaomi 11T is as expected
The specification of the Xiaomi 11T camera looked very promising, but it does not meet all expectations. On paper it looks like this – we have a 108 MP main sensor (Samsung ISOCELL HM2), a wide angle of 8 MP (Sony IMX355) and a telemakro lens. The latter is very good, and you can use it to shoot some really cool pics with a high zoom.
During the day it is also very good, but as I write this on the occasion of every phone for more than PLN 1000, the Xiaomi 11T has nothing to brag about. Surely the camera application is successful (with a small and annoying exception), the speed of taking consecutive photos is great and the image processing does not take more than a second. There are a lot of details, I like the colors – in short, a great photo smartphone for photos during the day.
However, I have no idea what happens at night. I assume that Xiaomi tried to get an effect as close to natural as possible. The problem is that the lack of OIS combined with very sparing HDR translates into very dark photos. Good-looking photos in the evening can only be taken in the illuminated city center, but be careful with the blurring autofocus – the effects can be seen below.
I praise the portraits for that. The cut-off line from the foreground is very sharp even at high zoom. You can see that the software is great at detecting edges and only single strands of hair in the wind are an unstoppable challenge for it. It is good at this price, but the overall assessment of the camera is ruined by the night mode. And it is hidden in the menu on the right and it is uncomfortable to reach for it.
Is it worth buying Xiaomi 11T? Where is the cheapest?
Xiaomi 11T is quite a specific smartphone when it comes to purchase options. To begin with, I would like to remind you that in Poland it currently costs from PLN 2,200 to PLN 2,500, depending on the memory for user data. In my opinion, buying a version with 256 GB for files does not make sense at the moment, because the RAM operating memory in both cases is 8 GB. I don’t see any reason to pay extra – I’d rather spend this money on a subscription for a cloud for several years.
The situation is slightly different in Chinese stores and Amazon. There you can easily shoot it below PLN 2,000 and it’s a much more reasonable valuation of this phone for me. You don’t have to be a mobile photography expert to see that the photography facilities are below expectations. Even my OnePlus 8T takes better photos in all conditions. I have compared them directly and the result has basically always been to Xiaomi’s disadvantage.
However, this is the only serious complaint (apart from the limited support for high refresh rates in games) that I can put on the Xiaomi 11T. The smartphone has a great and very bright AMOLED screen, a good battery with lightning fast charging and the best vibration motor I’ve had in my hands since the iPhone 13 Pro Max. And in this category, there just isn’t much of a compliment.
Xiaomi 11T is a very successful evolution and a phone worth buying, but I would wait until the price drops below PLN 2,000.