Chinese company Xiaomi – now the most popular smartphone manufacturer in Europe – has unveiled two exciting new high-end smartphones, the 11T and 11T Pro, which boast impressive specifications at a comparatively affordable price. Both devices rely on a 108-megapixel main camera and a 120 Hz display. The Xiaomi 11T Pro even brings it to a charging power of 120 watts, which fully charges the devices in just 17 minutes.
Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro: Hardware specifications at a glance
Android fans eagerly awaited the unveiling of the new Xiaomi smartphones, which took place on September 15. After the extensive presentation, we are finally smarter about the two supposed flagship killers Xiaomi 11T & 11T Pro.
Both devices rely on excellent technical features, which are an absolute highlight in combination with the quite low price. The 11T and 11T Pro (without the “Mi” suffix, which Xiaomi recently abandoned) share a few things in common.
Thus, both smartphones are equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display that resolves in FullHD+ (1080 x 2400 pixels). The screen diagonal is thus minimally smaller than that of the Xiaomi Mi 11, which was released in February and has a screen size of 6.81 inches.
The brightness is 800 nits or up to 1000 nits when displaying HDR content and thus does not quite reach the level of the Mi 11, which has a maximum of 1500 nits. Thanks to a frame rate of 120 Hz, the Xiaomi 11T & 11T Pro ensure a smooth handling, and the touch scan rate is 480 Hz.
Both smartphones offer HDR10+ certification, but only the Xiaomi 11T Pro also supports the more dynamic HDR format Dolby Vision. Both displays are equipped with Gorilla Glass Victus for scratch protection, which means the smartphones can withstand drops from up to two meters and are significantly less susceptible to micro-scratches.
In terms of weight, both models don’t take much from each other either: the 11T weighs 203g, the 11T Pro 204 grams. The display frame of both smartphones is made of aluminum, while the back is made of glass. In addition, both devices are dual-sim capable and offer IP53 certification against dust and splash water.
CPU, GPU and Software
The next difference between Xiaomi 11T & 11T Pro is found in the installed SoCs. While the Pro model relies on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 along with Adreno 660 GPU, the normal 11T uses cheaper chips – namely MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G CPU and Mali-G77 MC9 GPU. This means an increase in performance of about 10% for the 11T Pro, at least in theory. However, it remains to be seen how big the difference is in terms of performance and battery runtime in practice.
However, the storage configuration is identical. Both smartphones offer 8 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of UFS 3.1 flash storage in the basic version. They are also optionally available with 256 gigabytes of storage.
They ship with MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11. Xiaomi installs the fingerprint sensor on the side in the power button, and facial recognition is also offered as an alternative to unlock the smartphones.
Fully charged in just 17 minutes
Both the Xiaomi 11T and the 11T Pro feature fast-charging technology, but it ignites the turbo in the Pro model. While the normal 11T – just like the in-house Mi 11 Ultra – can be charged with a maximum of 67 watts and is thus fully charged in 36 minutes, the 11T Pro uses a charging power of 120 watts for the first time in Europe (“Xiaomi HyperCharge”).
This allows the Xiaomi 11T Pro to charge from 0 to 100 percent in just 17 minutes. According to Xiaomi, the innovative LiquidCool technology ensures excellent heat dissipation at all times, so the smartphone should not get unnecessarily hot even at the fastest charging speed. The battery capacity of 5,000 mAh is shared by both smartphones. Wireless charging, on the other hand, is not supported by either the Xiaomi 11T or the 11T Pro.
Impressive camera setup
The Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro both rely on the same equally impressive camera setup, which should make for outstanding image quality, at least on paper. The main camera comes in at a whopping 108 megapixels and offers a fast f/1.75 aperture – with a focal length of 26mm. However, the 1/1.52-inch sensor does not have an optical image stabilizer (OIS), which was still available in the Xiaomi Mi 11.
It is assisted by two additional rear-facing cameras, which consist of an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2, 120 degrees, 1/4-inch sensor) and a 5-megapixel telezoom macro camera (f/2.4, 50mm focal length, 1/5.0-inch sensor). The cameras of both smartphones offer dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR and a panorama mode.
There are differences in the maximum video quality: While the 11T can be filmed in 4K resolution with 30 or 60 FPS, the 11T Pro has an 8K resolution with a maximum of 30 frames per second. The selfie camera in a centrally placed punch hole is also identical: Here, Xiaomi installs a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens (f/2.5) with a 1/3.06-inch sensor.
On the front, a maximum of 1080p with 30 FPS may be filmed. Another difference is again the built-in stereo speakers, because only the Xiaomi 11T Pro offers a sound system including Dolby Atmos support, which was developed together with the audio specialists Harman Kardon.
Neither smartphone offers a 3.5 mm input, but thanks to Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity in dual mode, two pairs of headphones can be connected simultaneously to watch a movie or enjoy music together, for example.
Prices and availability
The Xiaomi 11T starts at an MSRP of 549.90 euros in the base configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage – the model with 256 GB of storage is priced at 599.90 euros. The Xiaomi 11T Pro is around 100 euros more expensive in the manufacturer’s MSRP: 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage starts at 649.90 euros, 256 GB storage is at 699.90 euros.
Pre-ordering is possible starting today, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. German time. Anyone who pre-orders one of the new smartphones from the Xiaomi store by September 30 will get a Mi Watch (currently 94.94 euros at Amazon) for free.