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Xiaomi is focusing on cost-conscious consumers who nonetheless need prime efficiency from their smartphones with its new Xiaomi 11T Professional. This contemporary telephone consists of some high-end specs which might be wrapped in an inexpensive bundle meant to entice flagship seekers on a funds. Can this would-be “flagship killer” stand out within the crowded area of high-end mid-range gadgets? Discover out within the Android Authority Xiaomi 11T Professional evaluate.

About this Xiaomi 11T Professional evaluate: I examined the Xiaomi 11T Professional over a interval of six days. It was operating Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 on the July 2021 safety patch. The unit was supplied by Xiaomi for this evaluate.

What you could know concerning the Xiaomi 11T Professional

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  • Xiaomi 11T Professional (8GB, 128GB): €649 (~$750)
  • Xiaomi 11T Professional (8GB, 256GB): €699 (~$800)
  • Xiaomi 11T Professional (12GB, 256GB): €749 (~$850)

The Xiaomi 11T Professional represents the highest of the brand new 11T vary, which additionally consists of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. The 11T sequence sits slightly below the higher-end Mi 11 and Mi 11 Ultra launched earlier this yr and is the successor to the Mi 10T series from 2020. As you might need seen, Xiaomi has dropped the “Mi” branding for this and all future merchandise inside Xiaomi’s core smartphone portfolio. Whereas the Xiaomi 11T sequence seems to hold over lots of the identical options from the Mi 11 vary, resembling processors and cameras, you’ll observe variations in supplies, some specs, and different particulars.

The 11T Professional, particularly, faces some powerful competitors within the higher mid-range from similarly-priced fare from Samsung, Motorola, and OnePlus, amongst others. Whereas it has what it takes in a number of respects, it falls slightly flat in others. As all the time, putting a stability is vital, however we’ll get to all that later.

Xiaomi is providing three variations of the 11T Professional, together with one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, one with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and one with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Colours for the 11T Professional embody Meteorite Grey, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue. The telephone will first be bought in China, with worldwide availability to observe. Potential US consumers will discover it on-line by way of third-party retailers, although Xiaomi hasn’t mentioned when the telephone will attain these retailers.

Xiaomi 11T Pro rear view rotated on table

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The Xiaomi 11T Professional comes throughout as a bit vanilla by way of design. It’s a fairly customary slab that’s assembled from run-of-the-mill supplies. Nothing about its seems to be stands out particularly. That’s not essentially a nasty factor.

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The telephone’s primary form isn’t far off from the Mi 11 that we noticed earlier this yr. You might name it a easy rectangle. The 4 corners are rounded in a satisfying manner and the rear panel curves considerably aggressively alongside the aspect edges whereas the entrance is completely flat. The show is about right into a plastic body that types a really slight rim. These items are set into an aluminum alloy mid-frame and the rear panel is made out of tempered glass. You wouldn’t comprehend it whereas holding it, although, because the supplies really feel slightly plasticky.

On a greater observe, the show is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. That is the hardest stuff out there from Corning in the intervening time and is often reserved for premium flagships. Even so, Xiaomi noticed match to pre-install a display screen protector over the glass — that’s a variety of safety!

Xiaomi lent us the Meteorite Grey colorway. It has a fine-grained horizontal sample that runs aspect to aspect, although the sample is difficult to identify over the fingerprint-prone shiny materials that shellacks the again.

Xiaomi 11T Pro screen on brick centered left

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It’s a large machine (164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm) owing to the large-ish display screen, however Xiaomi stored the load manner down (204g) because of the physique supplies. I discovered the 11T Professional comfy to carry and use over the course of every week, although the glass again is quite slippery. It’s going to slip off desks, tables, and different surfaces if you happen to’re not cautious. A primary, clear, rubberized case comes within the field. This protects the telephone and makes it simpler to grip, although it isn’t the best-looking protecting cowl I’ve seen.

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The chassis features a pretty typical set of options within the locations you anticipate finding them. Of observe, the Xiaomi 11T Professional helps two SIM playing cards, each of which may hook up with 5G networks. There’s no room for a microSD reminiscence card, although. A USB-C port graces the underside edge and the management buttons are perched alongside the proper. The ability button doubles as a fingerprint reader. It was straightforward to coach and fast and dependable to unlock the telephone.

Xiaomi 11T Pro cangled camera closeup

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On the audio entrance, there’s no headphone jack however there are stereo audio system. Xiaomi tapped Harman Kardon to fine-tune the audio system, that are Dolby Atmos succesful. The telephone produced glorious sound. Music got here throughout with a satisfying stability of lows and highs, and flicks delivered simply the correct amount of punch. The 11T Professional can handily fill a median room with music and achieve this with out distorting or breaking apart. Effectively achieved, Xiaomi.

Xiaomi crafted a stable, if considerably easy, piece of {hardware} within the 11T Professional.

The digital camera module is (fortunately) nothing like the huge digital camera module of the Mi 11 Extremely. As an alternative, it’s a barely extra sq. variation of the Mi 11’s digital camera module. There are two ranges to the raised module, with the lenses in a single tier and the flash and mic combo within the different. The primary lens has a extremely reflective grey rim round it that makes it stand out visually whereas the ultra-wide lens has a less-reflective rim.

So far as the IP ranking is anxious, the telephone carries IP53 dust and water protection. This implies it could deal with some mild mud and splashing, however it’s completely not dunk-proof. Not less than some telephones on this worth class have no less than IP67 rankings, so it’s a bit disappointing that Xiaomi didn’t construct in all of the safety it may for the telephone.

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled rear panel on bridge

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Xiaomi crafted a stable, if considerably easy, piece of {hardware} within the 11T Professional. It may use a bit extra character although absolutely many individuals will likely be pleased with the toned-down seems to be and options of this telephone.

Xiaomi 11T Pro display in hand showing apps

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Xiaomi aimed excessive with the 11T Professional’s show and hit the mark useless on with this lovely panel.

The AMOLED display screen measures 6.67 inches throughout the diagonal, which is a wonderful measurement, and packs 2,400 x 1,080 pixels for FHD+ decision. It’s an expansive show that provides greater than sufficient room and determination for all of your apps and actions. Web sites, social networks, and video content material are dazzlingly sharp and crisp on the display screen, although it’s a step beneath the WQHD+ decision of the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Extremely.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional’s show is a ravishing 120Hz panel.

Colour and brightness are top-notch. The display screen helps over one billion colours and contains a distinction ratio of 5 million to at least one. Mixed with 800 nits of ordinary brightness and 1,000 nits of peak brightness, the show pushes out an enormous quantity of sunshine and is simple to see and use below even the brightest situations. It helps HDR10 Plus, and excessive dynamic vary content material from the likes of Netflix seems to be actually spectacular.

Like many competing flagships, the 11T Professional’s display screen can ramp up the refresh charge from 60Hz (customary) to 120Hz (adaptive). Flipping on the 120Hz setting leads to ultra-smooth scrolling and animations on the display screen as you navigate by means of apps and the consumer interface. The telephone will use extra energy within the 120Hz mode, regardless of the adaptive nature of the refresh charge. Accompanying the excessive refresh charge is a quick contact response charge of as much as 480Hz. This implies the telephone will react to your finger contact enter sooner, which is nice for gaming.

Xiaomi 11T Pro selfie camera closeup

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Xiaomi opted for a punch-hole selfie digital camera, which is centered within the prime of the display screen. It principally disappears from view as you utilize the telephone, although it’s nonetheless noticeable when watching movies.

In all, Xiaomi assembled a wonderful show for the 11T Professional.

The 11T Professional sports activities a few of Xiaomi’s most superior battery know-how, which ensures that the telephone all the time has a cost whenever you want it.

To begin, Xiaomi selected a two-cell association, with separate 2,500mAh batteries making for a complete capability of 5,000mAh. That’s a big energy cell however anticipated for a tool on this class. Throughout my time with the telephone, it averaged a screen-on time of simply over six hours. The perfect it did was shut to six.5 hours with the 120Hz mode turned on. If you happen to follow 60Hz, you’ll see screen-on time nearer to seven hours. These are aggressive numbers for the phase.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional is among the fastest-charging telephones on this planet.

The 11T Professional is among the fastest-charging telephones on this planet. It helps 120W wired charging and ships with the 120W charger within the field. Good. How briskly is quick? It goes from zero to 100% in simply 17 minutes. Plugging in for 10 minutes nets you a 72% cost.

With charging speeds like this, you virtually all the time have the time to prime up utterly, even whenever you’re in a rush. Xiaomi says the telephone can handle these fast charging speeds over time (>800 charging cycles) and achieve this with out heating up and damaging the battery. In my time with the telephone, I seen solely the slightest diploma of heat throughout charging with the included 120W charger. Time will inform if battery well being holds up, however Xiaomi has been toying with super-fast charging for some time now and is adamant that even after 800 cycles (or roughly two years of use), the telephone should only lose 20% of its battery capability.

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You’ll pay for this quick wired charging by way of one stinging omission: the Xiaomi 11T Professional doesn’t help wi-fi charging. That’s a significant lacking characteristic even on a sub-flagship. Whereas the fast wired charging is completely nice, wi-fi charging has develop into a creature consolation that’s certain to be missed by some consumers who’ve grown accustomed to it on their present telephones.

That apart, between the stable screen-on time and fast wired charging, the Xiaomi 11T Professional manages to ship the products relating to the battery.

How highly effective is the Xiaomi 11T Professional?

Xiaomi was certain to go for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor for the 11T Professional. It’s the highest chipset of 2021 (barring the gaming-focused Plus variant) and has powered almost each flagship of consequence. It’s paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage for prime speeds with all method of duties.

Throughout each day use of the telephone, I witnessed near-flawless efficiency. The machine ran shortly and easily with little or no sluggishness or stuttering. Display transitions had been like liquid and apps of all sorts opened in a blink. Demanding apps resembling 3D video games jumped to life and delivered glorious experiences. Benchmark scores for the 11T Professional had been stable, although not the most effective we’ve seen from a Snapdragon 888 machine. It posted a stable runtime on our homegrown Speed Test G benchmark, for instance, however nonetheless managed to take slightly longer than the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Extremely. The telephone’s day-to-day prowess, nevertheless, supplants the significance of the benchmarks, and it greater than delivers right here.

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On the wi-fi entrance, the telephone helps sub-6GHz 5G. The telephone will likely be bought unlocked by way of choose on-line retailers within the US market and it’s appropriate with some US 5G bands for AT&T and T-Cellular, however not all. We had been unable to check the telephone’s 5G efficiency for this evaluate. Take into account it doesn’t help mmWave 5G on appropriate networks resembling Verizon.

Wi-Fi 6 is on board, as is Bluetooth 5.2. Wi-Fi 6E would’ve taken the telephone to a different degree for future-proofing, however Wi-Fi 6 no less than ensures stable efficiency with trendy networking and is in step with what we’d count on to see at this worth. I skilled dependable Wi-Fi speeds whereas testing the telephone.

How’s that 108MP digital camera?

Xiaomi 11T Pro main camera closeup

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Xiaomi didn’t stray removed from latest Mi sequence digital camera preparations with the 11T Professional’s shooters. Meaning a 108MP essential digital camera, an 8MP ultra-wide digital camera, and a 5MP telemacro digital camera on the rear, all joined by a 16MP selfie digital camera on the entrance. These present Xiaomi 11T Professional house owners with loads of flexibility when it comes time to seize quite a lot of photographs, although, identical to with the Mi 11, I’d favor Xiaomi dropped the telemacro lens in favor of a daily optical zoom lens.

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Digital camera taking pictures modes are sturdy. The telephone features a primary carousel within the viewfinder that slides between professional, video, photograph, portrait, and extra. Underneath the extra tab, you’ll discover prolonged taking pictures modes, together with night time, 108MP, brief video, panorama, doc scanner, vlog, gradual movement, time-lapse, film results, lengthy publicity, twin video, and clone.

The primary 108MP digital camera bins down by an element of 9, making for closing “Tremendous Pixel” photos of 12MP at a pixel measurement of two.1μm. In fact, you possibly can faucet into the total 108MP decision of the principle digital camera if you want. It’s a quick lens at f/1.75, which suggests it permits loads of mild. The digital camera will get the job achieved in good order. Common daytime photographs taken with the principle digital camera are wonderful. I noticed stable focus, good publicity, and correct coloration illustration. If there’s one factor I noticed on occasion, it was slightly oversharpening. The HDR perform managed to strike the proper stability more often than not, with just a few stinkers within the lot.

The ultra-wide struggled with publicity and element, and was extra vulnerable to introducing over-sharpening and noise.

Xiaomi reined within the 8MP ultra-wide lens a bit to 120-degrees, down from the Mi 11’s 128-degree field-of-view. That’s nonetheless loads huge and really makes for a bit much less distortion within the ensuing photos. Photographs I took had been common for an ultra-wide, although. There was nonetheless some noticeable stretching within the corners of most photos, nevertheless it wasn’t too dangerous. The ultra-wide additionally struggled with publicity and element and was extra vulnerable to introducing oversharpening and noise.

The 5MP telemacro digital camera is supposed that can assist you take higher close-up photographs. It’s a macro lens however contains a small quantity of optical zoom. This lets you seize macro photographs from a higher distance from the topic. More often than not you could be actually proper on prime of your topic to drag off an in-focus shot. This lens helps you to again off slightly, within the vary of 3cm to 7cm. Furthermore, it consists of auto-focus to assist sharpen issues up.

I’m nonetheless not bought on the usefulness of macro lenses and Xiaomi’s telemacro implementation doesn’t change that. Getting in-focus photographs was actually exhausting, even with the autofocus perform. It’s important to maintain very nonetheless, and the depth of area is so slender that solely a small portion of the picture is in focus. Colour and publicity had been good, no less than within the daytime photographs I took.

Low-light taking pictures delivered the anticipated outcomes. Meaning a bit extra noise and grain seen within the photos. The white stability seems to be good, however focus is a contact smooth. Taking pictures in night time mode gives blended outcomes at finest. Whereas the digital camera is ready to digest a good quantity of sunshine and produce out the main points, it does so on the expense of noise and grain, which weigh closely on the pix.

The 16MP selfie digital camera is simply okay. Within the selfie and the self-portrait beneath, you possibly can see that I’m in good focus. There’s sufficient element scattered within the background of every picture. I just like the bokeh impact of the portrait shot, however the background bought actually washed out and overexposed. The colours turned out to be principally correct, if slightly flat. The Xiaomi 11T Professional’s selfie digital camera doesn’t set the world on hearth, nevertheless it’s completely serviceable.

The 4K/6ofps video footage I captured was clear with good publicity and little noise. There’s additionally help for 960fps tremendous gradual movement and 8K recording. It’s a serviceable video digital camera.

On stability, whereas lots of the photographs are wonderful none of them is actually distinctive. We noticed higher efficiency from the pricier Xiaomi Mi 11 and a few competing telephones out there have an edge right here.

  • MIUI 12.5: The 11T Professional runs Android 11 and Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5. The consumer interface pores and skin is, for probably the most half, an honest variation on Android. It’s actually higher than MIUI 11 or 12. Probably the most noticeable variations between MIUI 12.5 and inventory Android 11 are the fonts, app icons, and the way in which the Settings menu is organized. Nonetheless, there’s one main annoyance: in-app adverts. I encountered quite a lot of adverts when utilizing Xiaomi-developed apps, such because the File Supervisor. Advertisements would seem on the backside of the display screen when doing duties resembling downloading apps. That’s actually not cool, Xiaomi. Not less than the core UI is ad-free and permits for a stable quantity of customization.
  • Updates: If you happen to’re out there for an 11T or 11T Professional, you’re in luck relating to working system and safety updates. Xiaomi lately dedicated to offering three years of system updates and 4 years of safety updates to this sequence of telephones. That matches Samsung’s dedication and is nearly as good because it will get for Android smartphones proper now. Let’s hope that is the beginning of a development for Xiaomi telephones.

Xiaomi 11T Professional

Show

6.67-inch AMOLED flat DotDisplay
2,400 x 1,080 FHD+
120Hz AdaptiveSync
480Hz contact response
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass Victus
800 nits brightness, 1,000 nits peak brightness
Distinction ratio: 5,000,000:1

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Adreno 660GPU
X60 modem

RAM and storage

8GB / 128GB
8GB / 256GB
12GB / 256GB

Digital camera

Rear:
Primary: 108MP, f/1.75, 2.1μm 9-in-1 Tremendous Pixel
Extremely Extensive-angle: 8MP, f/2.2, 120-degree FOV
Telemacro: 5MP, f/2.4

Entrance:
Selfie: 16MP

Video:
8K at 30fps
720p at 960fps tremendous gradual movement

Battery

5,000mAh energy cells
120W HyperCharge
In-box 120W charger
No wi-fi charging

Sound

Devoted twin audio system
Sound by Harman Kardon
Dolby Atmos

Connectivity

5G
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
GPS

Dimensions and weight

164.1mm x 76.9mm x 8.8mm
204g

Colours

Meteorite Grey, Moonlight White
and Celestial Blue

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled on rock

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The Xiaomi 11T Professional’s beginning worth of €649 feels cheap at first blush. The telephone has rather a lot going for it. First, there’s the luscious show that makes all the things look vivid. Then there’s the extremely quick-charging battery that lasts all day. Let’s not neglect the flagship processor and its hefty general efficiency and complete connectivity suite. These all command a worth premium. There are, nevertheless, just a few issues that maintain the telephone again. For instance, the digital camera could possibly be higher and so may the design and supplies. Furthermore, the telephone lacks a strong IP ranking. These few issues make me want the telephone had been slightly cheaper than it’s.

By way of the competitors, the Xiaomi 11T Professional has rather a lot to fret about from its personal secure. The Chinese language model additionally debuted the Xiaomi 11T (€499) and Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G (€399). The less expensive 11T has the identical digital camera and show because the 11T Professional, however swaps out the Snapdragon 888 for a MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Extremely processor and the 120W charging for 67W charging. The 11 Lite 5G additional pares down the specs with a smaller display screen, Snapdragon 778G processor, and an entirely completely different digital camera association. In fact, you could possibly go for the high-end Mi 11 ($749) for slightly additional, or if you happen to’re blissful to spend so much extra, the Mi 11 Extremely ($1,599). Xiaomi has no scarcity of aggressive choices.

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There are different options. For instance, there’s the vanilla OnePlus 9 ($649) mannequin. It has the identical processor and a improbable 120Hz panel of its personal. For these within the US, there’s additionally the Motorola Edge ($699), which has a similar-sized display screen that refreshes at 144Hz and a 108MP digital camera, although you lose some energy with the Snapdragon 778G chipset. UK consumers as an alternative get the Motorola Edge 20 Professional (£649) with a fair sturdier spec sheet and an identical digital camera setup to the Xiaomi 11T Professional, albeit with a touch inferior Snapdragon 870 processor.

If you happen to can wait just a few weeks, Samsung is predicted to launch the Galaxy S21 FE. If it’s something like its stellar predecessor, it’ll provide nice worth for cash with specs and pricing just like the Xiaomi 11T Professional. If you happen to can’t wait just a few weeks, the Galaxy S20 FE ($699) continues to be out there, or there’s the Galaxy S21 ($799) to contemplate as a substitute if you will discover it on sale.

Final, there’s all the time the iPhone 13 ($699). You’ll get all of Apple’s energy and ecosystem extras, although it has a smaller 6.1-inch display screen and runs Apple’s iOS, which is an entirely completely different expertise when in comparison with Android.

Xiaomi 11T Professional evaluate: The decision

Xiaomi 11T Pro angled rear panel on bench

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Xiaomi marched into the high-end of the mid-range market with the 11T Professional and in so doing entered a aggressive area the place it’s exhausting to face out. There are many $600 to $700 telephones preventing on your greenback and every has its personal story to inform. How does the 11T Professional’s story end up?

Xiaomi may have achieved slightly bit higher with the {hardware}. Whereas the corporate fielded a first-class show, the remainder of the chassis comes throughout as boring and staid. The supplies really feel extra like plastic than metallic and glass and the dearth of an IP68 ranking positively doesn’t assist issues. Different detractors embody the middling digital camera outcomes, the lacking wi-fi charging, and the in-app adverts baked into Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional makes an attempt the tough balancing act of any flagship killer, however is tipping just a bit bit within the flawed path.

On the flip aspect, the telephone performs the place it counts. The Snapdragon 888 processor ensures glorious speeds and pushes loads of energy for gaming and different intense purposes. Battery life put up aggressive numbers and the included 120W charger means you possibly can absolutely recharge the telephone in mere minutes. Final, Xiaomi is providing you with loads of choices relating to RAM and storage, making certain you get the mannequin that makes probably the most sense for you.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional is a stable €649 providing and can enchantment to power-hungry customers on a sub-premium funds. Total although, it has just a few extra faults than its price ticket permits. Getting the value, characteristic record, design, and high quality to all line up is a fragile balancing act and one which’s powerful to grasp. Xiaomi’s newest is tipping just a bit bit within the flawed path.

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