The new 2022 Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G is a great device with blazing-fast charging technology that fully juices up the battery in just a few minutes. It’s a replica of the Redmi Note 11 Pro that’s not available in India, but you’re getting similar goodies including 5G connectivity and a 120Hz AMOLED display.
Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Mi 11 family is indeed a big one including the flagship Mi 11 Ultra which introduces lots of power into an expensive good-looking chassis. The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G is a trimmed-down version of the Mi 11 Ultra as it brought the affordable flagship trend into the Xiaomi Mi series. Nevertheless, the Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G is a great phone with one of the best displays and solid battery life. It’s strongly built to last with its plastic back that feels premium.
However, with many shortcomings that include a plastic frame and a familiar rear camera module, does it make the Mi 11i 5G worth buying over other budget options? Let’s dive deeper into the Xiaomi Mi 11i review to know whether it is actually worth ₹22,530.
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Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G Key Specifications
- Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED, 120Hz
- Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Processor: MediaTek Dimesnity 920
- Front Camera: 16-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 108-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 6GB /8GB
- Storage: 128GB /256GB
- Battery Capacity: 5160mAh
- OS: Android 11, MIUI 12.5
The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G has a boxy design with flat edges which is similar to that of the Note 11S. This is a simple design trend with many Xiaomi mid-range phones even though the Mi 11i 5G is quite big and heavy. This makes it nearly impossible for one-hand operation, especially for someone with average-sized hands.
Furthermore, the Mi 11i 5G frame is made of plastic with both the volume rocker and power button on the right edge which doubles up as a fingerprint sensor. Also, you can customise the power button to perform certain tasks like summoning the Google Assistant to take a screenshot or launch the camera. Up top is an IR blaster, 3.5mm headphone jack, and one of the phone’s dual speakers. Meanwhile, the second speaker is at the bottom along with the hybrid SIM/microSD card tray and USB-C port.
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At the back is a rectangular camera arrangement that protrudes enough to cause the phone to wobble every time you set it down on a flat surface. The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G’s Camo Green, Stealth Black, Purple Mist, and Pacific Pearl color options exhibit an iridescent effect when light falls on it. In the phone’s box are a quick start guide, clear silicone case, SIM tray ejector pin, a 67W power adapter and a USB-C to USB-A cable.
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The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G comes equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel, sporting FHD+ (1080 × 2400 pixels) resolution, and an 86.1% screen-to-body ratio. Since it’s an AMOLED display, you’re guaranteed of deep black screen that gets brighter under direct sunlight. Fortunately, there’s a 120Hz refresh rate that paves way for a smooth experience and has the option to toggle between 60 and 120Hz in the menu.
Furthermore, the Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G has a great display that provides firm vibratory feedback when you long-press an icon or while typing a text. This is easily one of the phone’s big selling points.
The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G features a triple camera lens just like most recent mid-range phones. The main camera sports a huge 108MP sensor that captures pretty good photos in well-lit conditions. The sensor captures great photos with excellent color accuracy and great details.
Meanwhile, we have a slightly downgraded 8MP ultra-wide sensor that works well when you want to fit more into your shots but doesn’t bring out the best picture quality. However, lowlight performance manages to shine when using the night mode option but that didn’t come out without some noise. While the main camera performance is great and overwhelming, images taken with the ultra-wide lens tend to be oversaturated.
Macro lenses aren’t expected to be good especially when it comes to mid-range phones. The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G features a 2MP macro lens that’s only useful for padding a spec sheet. It’s totally useless if you’re not a professional phone photographer.
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Upfront is a 16MP selfie camera that works just fine with all its filters and portrait mode effects. The Mi 11i 5G can shoot 4K videos at 30fps with its front and back camera, while the rear has an advantage of equally taking 1080p videos at 30 /60 /120fps, and 720p at 960fps
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Performance, Storage, and Software
Speaking of the best features, the MediaTek Dimesnity 920 chipset is easily one of them. It’s one of the top-performance Android processors that every flagship phone has under its cover. Meanwhile, there are no surprises in the Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G performance as the phone runs smoothly and snappy.
The dual 6GB and 8GB of RAM are more than enough to run multiple apps without any bottlenecks. Also, there are 128GB and 256GB of built-in storage which are more than enough even though there’s an SDcard slot.
The Xiaomi Mi 11i runs MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11. While this skin /user interface is criticized to be heavy, it also allows for deeper customisation than most Android skins. The Xiaomi MIUI interface allows you to tweak almost everything from a classic home screen or one with an app drawer.
Furthermore, the phone would certainly be getting at least an Android 12 update, but when that’ll happen is anybody’s guess.
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Battery Capacity and Charging
Battery life might just be the biggest strength of the Xiaomi 11i 5G. It comes equipped with a massive 5160mAh battery that performs better than its sibling in our battery test. You can conveniently get about 10 hours of screen time on one charge after 24-hour if you’re an average user.
Then there’s this blazing 67W hyper-fast charging technology that takes a mere 45 minutes to take the phone from 0 to 100% and 50% in 15 minutes.
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Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G: Price in India and Availability
The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G is a well-rounded mid-range phone that continues the Xiaomi tradition of offering solid value phones. As for availability, the Xiaomi Redmi Mi 11i 5G was officially launched in January 2022 and is already available for purchase in top retail phone slots in India.
The Xiaomi Mi 11i 5G is currently sold at ₹22,530 ($287) for the base 6GB of RAM with 128GB of built-in storage. At this price, the Mi 11i 5G is slightly above the price of the Redmi 10 5G ₹17,929 (roughly $229) but has better specs.
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Xiaomi Redmi Mi 11i 5G Full Specifications
- Brand: Xiaomi
- Model: Redmi Mi 11i 5G
- Release Date: January 2022
- Weight: 207g
- Colours: Camo Green, Stealth Black, Purple Mist, Pacific Pearl
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: AMOLED, 120Hz
- Display Size: 6.67-inch
- Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted)
- Dimensions: 163.7 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm (6.44 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
- Operating System: Android 11, MIUI 12.5
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 920 (6 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.5 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G68 MC4
- RAM: 6GB /8GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 128GB /256GB
- SD Card slot: Yes
- Rear Flash: LED Flashlight
- Rear Camera: 108-MP f/1.9 (wide), 8-MP f/2.2 (ultra-wide), 2-MP f/2.4 (macro)
- Video: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30 /60 /120fps, 720p@960fps
- Front Camera: 16-MP f/2.5 (wide)
- Front Flash: —
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.2
- USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- GPS: YES, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- WLAN: YES
- SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM | HSPA | LTE | 5G
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: YesSpeed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA), 5G
- Capacity: Li-Po 5160mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 67W
- Price in Nigeria: ₹22,530
- Price in the US: $287