Fame came to Xiaomi for its ‘low cost’ mobiles. Very cheap models that managed to get a head or two in the ‘photo finish’ at the finish line to the rest of those who competed on price with their proposals. Over the years, multiple manufacturers have joined the race with a similar racing technique. Brands like realme or Oppo have also started to get into this tight race, where, by the way, Xiaomi itself has split into two different brands (the Redmi and the Poco) that run at the same time. But the Chinese company wants to advance and consolidate in another area. A land that OnePlus previously occupied and that with the price increase has been partially deserted. That of terminals of 500 or 600 euros that aspire to give the basics, autonomy, screen or performance, a high-end experience, without having to go to 800 or a thousand euros. That is, a very high mid-range or a low high-end. And that is where its latest launch is framed: the Xiaomi 11T.
Removing the prefix Mi from these ‘smartphones’ is already a declaration of intent. That tagline will remain for battle mobiles. Here they want to give it more packaging. The Xiaomi 11T series is made up of two new terminals. The Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro, which aims to be one of the beasts in the catalog of which it is already the second-largest selling manufacturer in Europe.
The entry model will arrive with an AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution. Unlike the hormonal model, here there are no curves on the sides. The panel, manufactured by Samsung, has HDR10 + as well as a refresh rate of 120Hz and brightness peaks of up to 1000 nits. The glass on the front is Gorilla Glass Victus, the latest generation of the most widely used tempered glass in the industry and found in phones like the Galaxy S21. Where you can tell that it is the cheap model is in the guts of this device. Instead of having a Snapdragon, here Xiaomi has decided to mount a Mediatek Dimensity 1200, designed in 6 nanometer architecture and capable of running at 3.0Ghz. The RAM will be in all cases 8GB and there will be 128 or 256GB of storage, with UFS 3.1 technology, one of the highest standards on the market for reading and recording files on our phone. Regarding connectivity, it presents a complete menu: 5G, Wifi 6, NFC and BT 5.2.
Regarding the camera, it maintains the minimum alignment that could be required of any mobile that tries to dissuade us from throwing out a card and leaving us a thousand euros in a ‘smartphone’. The main sensor, with a resolution of 108 megapixels, has with an aperture of f / 1.75 and pixels of 2.1 microns in size. Here the only thing that can be missed is an optical stabilizer, instead of an electronic one, but then this mobile would become a letter to the Magi. The terminal is marked with a wide angle of 8 megapixels and a telemacro of two magnifications of 5. It is capable of recording up to 8K. The front camera for its part has 16 megapixels. This section is the one that the most luxurious phones on the market usually use to keep their distance with these proposals, but I think that this Xiaomi 11T solves the ballot without serious shortcomings.
The battery comes with a generous 5,000 mAh tank, which will charge in about 40 or 45 minutes from 0-100 with a 67W charger, which is included in the box. Biometrics runs hand in hand with a fingerprint sensor placed on the side.
What are the differences with the Pro?
The 11T shares a lot with the 11T Pro, but there are certain substantial differences. The first one is the processor. In this case, it comes with a reference chip like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, used by many high-end Android devices, which has shown very good performance. It comes with a cooling system and is complemented by 8 or 12 gigs of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage.
There are also differences in loading speed. Its 5,000 mAh can be refilled by a 120W charger. This means that using the official charger that comes included with the phone you can get 70% of the charge in just 10 minutes which is the time it takes to make yourself a coffee in the morning. The terminal is completed with stereo speakers, as in the base model, but in this case they have been ‘voiced’ by Harman Kardom and that are compatible with Dolby Atmos. That they have been ‘voiced’ means that they have not been manufactured, but have helped to balance them and other adjustments.
Xiaomi has completed the menu with an interesting launch: its first tablet to arrive in these latitudes. The Xiaomi Pad 5 will be the first to be officially marketed in Spain in order to occupy an increasingly neglected niche: that of Android tablets. Today, with Huawei almost out of the game, it is basically a Samsung thing.
This device has an 11-inch screen, with 2K resolution and 120HZ refresh rate as well as Dolby Vision. The tablet will have 4 speakers and will be compatible with technology with Dolby Atmos. The processor will be a Qualcomm 860 and will be accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB internal memory. It will have 8,720Mah of battery, with a 22.5W charger. They have also created a keyboard case and a BT pen to accompany the MiPad 5, which will be included if you pre-order this device before launch.
– Xiaomi 11T 8+128GB (499€ en Amazon y mi.com)
– Xiaomi 11T 8 + 256GB (€ 599 all channels and operators)
– Xiaomi 11T Pro 8+128GB (649€ en Amazon y mi.com)
– Xiaomi 11T Pro 8 + 256GB (€ 699 all channels and operators)
– Xiaomi Pad 5: 399 euros.