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Xiaomi 11T Mid-Range Smartphone Review

We've been putting the 11T smartphone from Xiaomi to the test to find out if its line-up of flagship features and price point can tempt phoneographers.


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Xiaomi 11T

 

Quick Verdict

The Xiaomi 11T is a mid-range smartphone that sits in a very busy area of the smartphone market where it has a lot of competition in spec and price. What this means is that even though it can capture good photos and built quality is great, most other smartphones at this price point also do the same and the Xiaomi 11T isn't doing anything to stand out. Is the Xiaomi 11T a decent mid-range smartphone? Yes, it is, but with so many mid-range smartphones now available, you'll need to compare specs carefully so you purchase the right smartphone for you but overall, the Xiaomi 11T should be on the 'consider' list. 

+ Pros

  • Good screen 
  • Good image quality 
  • Lovely bokeh in images
  • Fast charging
  • Good battery
  • Great build quality

- Cons

  • Zoom could be better
  • No headphone jack
 

 

The Xiaomi 11T is one of two smartphones found in the Xiaomi 11T Series which also features the Xiaomi 11T Pro. The new series sits firmly in the mid-range smartphone market but with so much competition? Can these smartphones grab our attention? 

 

Xiaomi  11T Features

The Xiaomi 11T smartphone features a triple rear camera, 4K video capture, 6.67" AMOLED DotDisplay and a 5000mAh battery. The cameras, which are obviously at the top of our interest list, line up as follows: Wide 108MP f/1.8 26mm with PDAF, Ulta-Wide 8MP f/2.2 and a Telemacro 5MP f/2.4 50mm with AF. The selfie camera is a 16MP f/2.5 shooter that captures video in 1080p @ 30fps. Rear camera photography features include a night mode, 108MP mode, slo-mo and a portrait mode which has adjustable apertures, a beauty filter and the ability to add cinematic effects as well as filters.

Available in 3 colours (grey, white and blue) the Xiaomi 11T is available now from Amazon priced at around £480 for the 256GB version. 

 

Xiaomi  11T Key Features:

  • Triple Rear Camera: Wide 108MP f/1.8 26mm with PDAF, Ulta-Wide 8MP f/2.2 and a Telemacro 5MP f/2.4 50mm with AF
  • Front Camera: 6MP f/2.5 
  • Display: 6.67" AMOLED DotDisplay
  • Zoom: 2X
  • Phase-Detection Autofocus
  • Pro mode
  • Video: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60/120fps with gyro-EIS
  • Type-C USB
  • 5000mAh battery with fast charging
  • 128GB/8GB RAM or 256GB/8GB RAM
  • Dimensions: 164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm
  • Weight: 203g

 

Xiaomi 11T Handling

Xiaomi 11T

 

The Xiaomi 11T balances screen size and handling size really well with the smartphone fitting comfortably in the hand. It's a bit of a stretch trying to use the device one-handed, though. Construction feels solid with a glass front and back wrapped in an aluminium frame while the almost bezel-less design combined with rounded edges/corners makes the device look more expensive than it actually is. The front 16MP f/2.5 camera sits cut out of the screen top centre but it doesn't impede screen viewing as we've all got used to seeing this camera design on smartphones nowadays.  As for the display, it's an AMOLED 6.67-inch screen that's bright and sharp but did look a little on the cool side when viewing images. 

For peace of mind, the Xiaomi 11T has IP53 dust and splash protection and you also get a free clear case to pop on the smartphone to stop fingerprints appearing on the body and to protect it from scratches. The case also makes the smartphone much more grippy and prevents it from sliding off surfaces. It does make it feel a bit bulkier, though, but you soon get used to it. 

The colour options are very modern and shiny to the point you can see your reflection on the back of the smartphone but this doesn't stop the device looking great.

 

Xiaomi 11T
 

The buttons and ports are all where you expect them to be but there's no headphone jack and the memory can't be extended with a memory card. There's no on-screen or in-screen fingerprint sensor either, this is found on the side but as your hand naturally lands on the power button, the device unlocks pretty quickly. 

On the back is the camera unit which features:

  • Wide lens - 108MP, f/1.75 (26mm) with PDAF
  • Ulta-Wide lens -  8MP, f/2.2
  • Telemacro lens - 5MP, f/2.4, (50mm) with AF, 2X magnification

In the camera app, you have access to a few features but there aren't quite as many as you see on some other smartphones at this price point. Built-in modes include Night mode 2.0, 108MP mode, Portrait mode with effects and aperture selection, Pro mode and Time Lapse. The app itself is like any other smartphone camera app with modes, shutter button etc. all where you expect them to be. To access the zoom range after the 2X offered by the telemacro lens you have to tap the 2x icon which brings up a scale to select from along with 5x and 10x buttons. 

Video wise, the Xiaomi 11T captures 4K at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. 

Battery life - The 5000mAh battery is really great and you'll easily get a full day's use out of the smartphone. Plus, fast charging is supported should you need to boost the battery. 


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