Xiaomi launches the Xiaomi Mi 11 phone – complete with a 108MP camera

Xiaomi Mi 11
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Xiaomi has officially announced the Xiaomi Mi 11, a high end smartphone that includes top-end specs and a price point that makes it a truly competitive piece of tech.

One of the key features of the Xiaomi Mi 11 is the super high resolution 108MP camera, and three rear lenses. Plus, with the AI features and its curved front screen, the Xiaomi Mi 11 looks as if it will be a highly capable flagship camera phone. 

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Xiaomi has built a reputation for producing high-end camera phones with a mid-ranged price point, making them great value for money. However, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is definitely leaning towards a higher-end price point – but it's also including the high-end specs to match. 

The Xiaomi Mi 11 display has a refresh rate of 120Hz making it faster and more responsive. The AMOLED panel also has a touch input rate of 240Hz, which should provide a snappy experience. To top it off the AMOLED panel has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 which will help to provide a snappy and vibrant experience.  

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 has three rear cameras, including a 108MP main camera, a 13MP ultra-wide angle camera and a 5MP telephoto macro camera. The 5MP cameras offers an optical zoom function that means you can get closer to subjects without losing any resolution. At great distances, it could even potentially produce better results than the main 108MP camera. 

Some of the more interesting feature come via the AI capabilities in the camera. For example, AI Cinema offers six creative features such as Magic Zoom, Slow Shutter, Night Timelapse, Freeze Frame Video, Parallel World and Time Freeze. 

Additionally, the Xiaomi Mi 11 will also be making use of AI to improve video features. Night mode will not only be available for photos but can be used for video too. We reported on this earlier this year where Xiaomi were showcasing some of the capabilities of Night Mode for video. This was achieved in collaboration with BlinkAI and their experience with AI seems to have been implemented in the Xiaomi Mi 11. 

Many of these AI features are capable due to the new processing chipset in the Xiaomi Mi 11. Similarly to the Samsung S21, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. This high-end chipset is 5G capable, has improved WiFi, great gaming performance, better performance per watt, photo security, and AI acceleration. 

Some other features that have been included are HDR10+ video recording, Pro Time Lapse and AI Erase 2.0, which is a feature that clean up images with just one click. 

The camera phone is available in two storage variants, including a 128GB version with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB version which also has 8GM of RAM. Finally, the camera phone is powered by a huge 4,600mAh battery with a 55W fast charging capabilities, 50W wireless charging and can also reverse charge at 10W. 

The price of the Xiaomi Mi 11 will be approximately $900, but the camera phone may not initially be available to purchase in the US. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is expected to be available sometime in March this year, although the exact date has not yet been confirmed. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!