A couple of months back, Xiaomi launched its 11T series in the Philippines. T series is focused on a downscaled or midrange phone that has flagship specs for an affordable price. Offering about everything you’d expect from a flagship phone without the hefty price here is the Xiaomi 11T.
The Xiaomi 11T comes with a top-of-the-line MediaTek processor, a stunning display, Dolby Atmos audio, a 5,000mAh battery, 5G speeds, Triple Cameras with AI features, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and a 5,000mAh battery with a 67W super charge power brick.
UNBOXING. The box comes in white color, it is very simple and clean. Opening the box, you will get the manuals, sim ejector pin, free jelly case cover, warranty and manual papers, the Xiaomi 11T unit itself, USB Type C cable, and 65W power brick.
DESIGN. On the top of the 11T are the microphone and a Dolby Atmos speaker. On the right side, just below the volume rocker, is a power button with a built-in fingerprint reader. It is fast and customizable in the settings. On the bottom, there’s a Dual SIM tray, a microphone USB-C port, and a second Dolby Atmos speaker. A microSD card slot is not available, so you can’t expand the phone storage. The left side is clean, with no buttons.
The Xiaomi 11T has a less premium design and builds quality. The back has a plastic material in favor of glass. The Xiaomi 11T’s back has a lovely brushed metal design coated under the glass, but be warned: it attracts fingerprints like crazy and is slippery. So please do use the free case cover to resolve the issue. Overall, it feels compact, very light, and easy to grip.
You can get the 11T in 3 different colors, the meteorite Gary, Celestial blue, and moonlight white.
DISPLAY. The phone’s display is flat, featuring a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen that supports HDR10+ True Color. It has a brighter display; you can still see the screen when using it outdoors and under direct sunlight, and the phone can provide a peak brightness of 1000 nits when needed.
For better scrolling and a smoother experience, the 11T offers and supports a 120Hz adaptive synch refresh rate and a 480Hz touch sampling rate.
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus has been used to protect the display. A 16-megapixel selfie camera is located at the top center of the display for selfies. The 6.67-inch AMOLED display’s bezels are well-balanced, and the edge-to-edge display looks lovely and brilliant, with vibrant, clear colors. You’ll be able to select from a variety of display color schemes, including Vivid, Saturated, and Original Colors. You can also use Adaptive Colors based on the ambient light in your location, and you can manually modify the color temperature to make everything look exactly how you want it to.
PERFORMANCE. The MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Ultra 5G SoC is used in the 11T. I never had any slowness or dragging, and the chip handled anything I threw at it with ease, including a ludicrous number of open Chrome tabs, light gaming, and snapping photos.
Playing heavy games like Call of Duty mobile is set to the highest graphic in default with max frame rate supported. No shutters when shooting, and no frame drops when attacking heavy war scenes. The graphics are amazing. The phones get slightly warm when used for a couple of hours playing.
For some of the apps and games I used, I found the phone to be snappy and capable.
SOFTWARE. The phone runs Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MiUI 12.5 skin on default but MIUI 13 update is available. MIUI 13 comes with a bunch of new features and performance improvements, including new privacy features, a new system font, and a bunch of cool wallpapers.
Customization choices are enjoyable. I appreciate how sliding down on the top left brings up simple notifications, while swiping down on the top right brings up your settings and smart devices separately. There is a small number of bloatware apps installed that can be removed.
BATTERY. The 11T has a 5,000mAh battery capacity. The battery life on this phone has been unexpectedly decent, especially considering the huge display and 120Hz refresh rate. I can easily get a full day of use with a 60Hz refresh rate, which includes a lot of reading, chatting, listening to music, and surfing. On lighter use days, battery life is pretty amazing. I have no complaints.
The Xiaomi 11T lacks wireless charging, but Xiaomi includes a fast charger with 65W power brick. Xiaomi 11T can charge from 0 to 100% in 45 minutes.
CAMERA. The Xiaomi 11T’s rear camera module has a 108-megapixel wide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel 120 ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel 2X tele macro camera. Camera module design is a charming and nostalgic touch. A dual-tone LED flash and a “108MP AI Camera” badge follow. While , for selfies it has a 16MP camera.
The 108MP main camera uses a 9-in-1 pixel arrangement to create a 12MP image (3000 x 4000 pixels). This can be a useful feature if you need to crop in but on most occasions, you are better off using it in the 12MP mode, not least because the image will look better, with less haloing.
The 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens has a 120-degree field of view, which is ideal for large landscapes, and group photographs. There is some minor distortion around the edges.
The Mi 11’s 5MP tele macro camera serves as the third camera. It has a 2x magnification and a focusing distance of 1.18 inches (3cm). At this distance, the results are remarkable, allowing you to be creative – however, you’ll need a lot of light to avoid the images becoming noisy.
The camera app has a lot of options that might help you take better images and videos. I enjoy the Pro mode since it allows you to manually adjust everything from the white balance to the focus. Night mode, time-lapse, panoramic, and video features including VLOG, dual video, and a plethora of movie effects like magic zoom and time freeze are all available through the ‘More’ option. It provides both practical and entertaining creative options.
There is an audio zoom feature available, when capturing video, as you zoom in on an object — such as a car driving down the street, for example – the noises of the object you’re recording become louder when zooming. The sounds will fade as you zoom out away from your subject.
Xiaomi 11T can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second or 1080P at 60 frames per second. You can also do up to 960fps in 720P if you use the slow-motion option.
CONCLUSION. The Xiaomi 11T is a terrific alternative if you are ready to try something new, thanks to its amazing display, Dolby Atmos sound, superb cameras, all-day battery life, quick MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, and IP53 splash protection. Xiaomi 11T is a great performing device that is more than enough for most users.
You can get the Xiaomi 11T with 8GB + 128GB ROM for a price of PHP 18,990 while the 8GB + 128GB ROM is priced at PHP 19,990, via the official online store through Lazada or Shopee.