Xiaomi claims its new Mi 11 Ultra phone camera can go neck and neck with the Sony RX100

by Jeremy

The Mi 11 Ultra is truly specced-out.

Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 Ultra, a phone it claims can go neck and neck with professional cameras in photography. During the launch event, Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun called the Mi 11 Ultra a turning point for smartphones, breaking with convention to compare it with the Sony RX100 M7 instead of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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All this may sound like a stretch, but Xiaomi has robust hardware backing those claims. The brand also showed off a Mi 11 Ultra against Sony camera comparison on stage with promising results. The customary DxOMark review puts Xiaomi’s new phone well above the Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus making it the best smartphone camera available today – if you’re into that sort of thing. So, there is undoubtedly a lot to look forward to.

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Coming to that camera hardware, the Mi 11 Ultra is truly specced-out, even more so than either of the phones we mentioned above or anything else in the market today. It has a 50MP primary camera with a large 1/1.12-inch Samsung GN2 sensor (a first for any smartphone currently) sitting behind an optically stabilized f/1.95 aperture lens. This is paired with two 48MP cameras (Sony IMX598), one with an ultra-wide-angle lens behind an f/2.2 lens with 128-degree FOV and another with a periscope-style telephoto lens – the setup one-ups Samsung for a total of 120x zoom.

Xiaomi has also squeezed a 1.1-inch rear AMOLED “always-on” display here for back camera selfies and notifications if the rear setup wasn’t jam-packed already.

The rest of the Mi 11 Pro is no slouch either. It is a flagship through and through with a 6.81-inch E4 AMOLED display with a 2K or QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate (480Hz touch sampling). Not only is it HDR10+ certified, but it can also play Dolby Vision content like the iPhone 12.

Under the hood, the Mi 11 Ultra packs the Snapdragon 888 with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS3.1 storage. Software inside the phone is Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5, which is based on Android 11. Powering the phone is a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast wired and wireless charging. Harmon Kardon dual stereo speakers and IP68 water and dust resistance are Rounding off the package – that bit is a first for any Xiaomi phone.

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