The new Samsung Galaxy S21 range hit stores late last month. This update brings improved cameras, better displays, and more performance under the hood. These devices certainly deserve your attention – you can read our Galaxy S21 review here – but before you rush to buy one, be sure to check out what Xiaomi has revealed.
The Chinese tech company just held its first launch event of the year via an online live stream, and the Mi 11’s new flagship appears to be giving its Android competitors a serious race for their money. This device will be in stores next month and will be powered by Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 888 brains. This makes it one of the first smartphones to receive this ultimate chip, which is not only much more powerful, but also much more efficient.
Along with this latest and greatest processor, there is also a massive 108 megapixel rear camera that the company uses to create crystal clear images with crisp detail that can only be compared to those of professional DSLR or mirrorless cameras – that’s a bold claim and we have to wait for the reviews to come in to see if it’s true.
True movie buffs may also appreciate the Magic Zoom mode, which creates an illusion of the camera zooming in and out of the scene at the same time, a trick originally popularized by thriller films.
Of course, all of these photos and videos need a good screen to display the content and Xiaomi seems to have that covered. The Mi 11 is expected to feature one of the best screens out there and has already received an A + rating and an award for best display from DisplayMate, the world’s leading professional display review institution. Thanks to a first-class AMOLED dot display with 120 Hz and 6.81 inches, the owners are spoiled with visual elements.
Other extras worth mentioning include a lightning-fast under-screen fingerprint scanner and liquid cooling that prevents the phone from getting too hot while gaming.
The 4,600mAh battery looks impressive too, as it’s compatible with both 55W wired charging and 50W wireless refill. Finally, there are some dual speakers that have been tuned by the Harman Kardon team.
The Mi 11 will be available in the UK in March in 128GB and 256GB variants. According to Xiaomi, full pricing and availability will be provided closer to launch.