Xiaomi presented this Monday, March 29, 2021 its new range of smartphones: the Xiaomi Mi 11. Among the four smartphones unveiled, the Mi 11 Pro caught our attention, which intends to establish itself as a boosted version of the Mi 11. Problem, the smartphone is exclusively reserved for the Chinese market.
As you may know, the Android news this Monday March 29, 2021 was occupied by Xiaomi which held its “Xiaomi Mega Launch”. During this special event, the Chinese manufacturer presented a plethora of new products, starting with four new smartphones from the Mi 11 family: the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11i and Mi 11 Lite.
As you will have understood, the Mi 11 Ultra will stand out with its muscular performance, materialized by this high-end photo set, its curved WQHD + and 120 Hz AMOLED screen, and its Snapdragon 888 processor. The Mi 11i model s’ rather impose as a pivotal model between the Mi 11 Pro and the classic Mi 11, with good performance at the cost of the absence of certain premium functions.
As for the Mi 11 Lite, it will primarily target the most modest budgets, making some concessions on the photo part and on the screen for example (90 Hz AMOLED screen only). There remains therefore more than the Mi 11 Pro, which promises to be a boosted version of the Mi 11 presented in December 2020. But what is it that is worth having precisely this name Pro? Let’s take stock together.
Mi 11 Pro: an overboosted Mi 11
First of all, let’s say it right off the bat, the Mi 11 Pro has very little to envy the Mi 11 Ultra. As on the last top of the range, we find here a curved screen 6.81 ″ AMOLED in WQHD + definition (1440 x 3200 px), all with a refresh rate 120 Hz. The panel displays more than a billion colors and has HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision compatibility. In addition, there is a latest generation Gorilla Glass Victus protective glass.
Under the hood, here we still find a Snapdragon 888 Soc engraved in 5 nm, accompanied by 8 to 12 GB of RAM and 128 to 256 GB of internal memory depending on the version. Autonomy side, the Mi 11 Pro should do better than the M1 11. Indeed, the battery of 4600 mAh gives way to the benefit of a Bigger 5000mAh Li-Po battery.
Wired and wireless fast charging also benefits from some improvements, going from 55W on the Mi 11 to 67W (100% in just 36 and 39 minutes of charging). 10W wireless reverse charging is also part of the game. Note that an 80W wireless charging dock will be offered by Xiaomi, as well as a charging tray capable of accommodating three devices.
Another feature absent from the Mi 11, the Mi 11 Pro has an IP68 certification. In this case, this means that the device is protected against dust and can withstand submersion for 30 minutes up to two meters deep. Then there is a fingerprint reader under the screen, an accelerometer, a gyro and a proximity sensor. Speakers by Harman Kardon are also present.
Let’s continue on the exclusives of the Mi 11 Pro to address the photo part. Like the Mi 11 Ultra, the Mi 1 Pro features a state-of-the-art Isocell GN2 sensor. Developed by Samsung, this ultra wide sensor (1 / 1.12) uses the “Pixel Binning” to combine four pixels into a single 2.8 µm, for increased brightness even at night. We will then find a 8MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, another sensor missing from the Mi11. The last sensor of this trio is none other than a 13 MP ultra wide-angle lens (123 °).
Less colors and no availability announced in France
The only downside, we will have to deal with a more limited choice of colors only on the Mi 11. Goodbye horizon blue, cloud white, midnight gray or gold, the Mi 11 Pro is only available in black, green or purple. On the price side, the Mi 11 Pro is unsurprisingly more expensive than the Mi 11:
- 8 GB of RAM + 128 GB: 4999 yuan, or 650 € Approx.
- 8 GB of RAM + 256 GB: 5,299 yuan, or € 685 Approx.
- 12 GB of RAM + 256 GB: 5,699 yuan, or € 735 HY approximately
As said above and it is regrettable for French users, Xiaomi has chosen to reserve this Pro version for the Chinese market. For now, it is impossible to know if this decision is final or if the Mi 11 Pro will end up making its way to France. As a reminder, Xiaomi also unveiled during the conference the Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro, a projector compatible with HDR, Dolby Audio and DTS-HD at 999 €.