Xiaomi 11T Professional: 4 causes you ought to be enthusiastic about this new flagship cellphone


Xiaomi has unveiled the 11T smartphone collection, its new midrange lineup, designed to succeed the Mi 10T collection. The announcement was made at a digital occasion on Wednesday, the place the corporate launched three fashions, the 11T Lite 5G, 11T and the 11T Professional. 

The very best-end 11T Professional is essentially the most compelling cellphone of the trio, and lets Xiaomi supply a extra budget-friendly different to the Chinese language phone-maker’s pricier Mi 11 flagship collection. The 11T has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, two highly effective chipsets and an 108-megapixel lens main its digicam array, however the headline function is the charger. The 11T comes with a 120-watt in-box charger, a primary for Xiaomi in addition to the broader trade.

The Xiaomi 11T Professional begins at 649 euros (roughly $770, £560 or AU$1,060) for the bottom mannequin, which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, going as much as 749 euros ($890, £640, AU$1,210) for 12GB/256GB. The 11T begins at 499 euros ($590), whereas the 11 Lite 5G NE begins at 369 euros ($440). The 11T collection is slated for a worldwide rollout, however as is the norm with Xiaomi telephones, it won’t get a stateside launch. So should you’re , you will should import. 

I put out a Mi 11 evaluate earlier this yr, and I received my palms on its fancier sibling, the Mi 11 Extremely, so check out these items for a greater understanding of how the 11T collection matches into the lineup. 

Want for cost velocity: There is a 120W brick contained in the field

At a time when trade juggernauts Samsung and Apple have eliminated their in-box chargers (for “environmental causes” they are saying), Xiaomi is doubling down. The corporate says its 120-watt charger delivers a full cost of the 5,000-mAh battery in simply 17 minutes. And quite a few critiques appear to again that up, placing the cost time between 15 and 21 minutes, which blows the competitors out of the water. 

Xiaomi hasn’t shied away from first debuting high-end options, or on this case best-in-class options, on its midrange telephones, and it matches in with the Chinese language phone-maker’s technique of providing distinctive worth. That is additionally a function I might anticipate to make its solution to the pricier Mi 12 flagship collection (the identify is not but confirmed), which is anticipated early subsequent yr.

There are three rear cameras on Xiaomi’s 11T Professional. 

Xiaomi/Screenshot by CNET’s Sareena Dayaram

Two Qualcomm chipsets, together with the flagship Snapdragon 888 

The 11T Professional has a flagship processor — none apart from Qualcomm’s top-of-the line Snapdragon 888. This chipset is present in a number of of Samsung’s premium telephones together with the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and the $1,200 Galaxy S21 Extremely. Xiaomi’s 11T Professional is not at all the primary midrange cellphone to come back with a flagship processor, however it’s positively a welcome addition, contemplating Qualcomm guarantees 25% to 35% higher processing and graphics card efficiency with the 888 than the 865. There’s additionally Qualcomm’s X60 modem which the corporate says was “constructed to permit extra networks to realize quicker, low-latency 5G,” although the expertise will doubtless range relying on service help and 5G availability.

120Hz show makes for zippy scrolling 

Xiaomi’s 11T Professional has an adaptive 120 Hz show, which suggests it might probably robotically change between 60Hz and 120Hz relying on the kind of content material displayed. It is also a method the cellphone saves on battery life. Most telephones have a 60Hz refresh fee, which suggests the cellphone refreshes 60 instances a second. With a 120z show, gaming and navigating between apps will probably be a lot zippier and you will get a typically extra fluid expertise. Apple’s newly introduced iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max even have 120Hz shows. 

So how did Xiaomi save on prices?

With all these high-end options, you are most likely questioning how Xiaomi managed to hit an inexpensive price ticket for its 11T Professional. In comparison with its flagship Mi 11 collection, the corporate did dial down on some options. One of many hallmarks of a very high-end cellphone is the coveted telephoto lens, which lets your cellphone seize crisp pictures of faraway topics by means of far-reaching optical and digital zooms. Whereas the 11T Professional has a decent digicam set-up — one that features a 108-megapixel vast shooter — a telephoto lens is absent. Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Extremely superphone, which launched at roughly $1,119 euros ($1,435, £970 or AU$1,860), has a periscope-style telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom. 

The 11T Professional is not essentially the most sturdy of telephones, based mostly on the specs not less than, because it’s solely splash-proof with an IP58 ranking. Which means it might probably’t deal with underwater submersion. The very best-end telephones are likely to have an IP68 ranking making them waterproof. And eventually, it does not have the identical construct high quality as a real flagship, counting on a plastic again aspect apparently liable to a number of fingerprints to defend it from drops. 

Additionally it is price noting that a part of Xiaomi’s enterprise technique is capping internet revenue on margins at 5% for its {hardware} merchandise. In flip, smartphone costs are saved at an inexpensive degree, and the corporate is ready to ship on a value-for-money promise that has helped the corporate develop from an upstart to the second-largest smartphone firm on this planet. 

To be taught extra about Xiaomi’s new 11T Professional, check out the specs chart beneath.

Xiaomi 11T Professional specs

Xiaomi Mi 11T Professional
Show dimension, decision 6.7-inch AMOLED; FHD Plus (2,400×1,080 pixels)
Pixel density ~400ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 164.1×76.9×8.8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 204g
Cellular software program Android 11
Digicam 108-megapixel vast / 8MP ultrawide / 5MP telemacro
Entrance-facing digicam 16-megapixel
Video seize 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage 128GB, 256GB
Expandable storage No
Battery 5,000 mAh (120W charger included)
Fingerprint sensor Aspect
Connector USB-C
Headphone jack No
Particular options 5G, 120W charger, 120Hz show, 5G enabled; stereo audio system
Worth (at launch) 649 euros (roughly $770, £560, AU$1,060)


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