Xiaomi is refreshing its flagship series with two T-models. These are not replacements for the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro but rather the next installment in the separate T series. The major difference is the price, these two are cheaper than their non-T flagships.
Xiaomi 11T Pro
The Xiaomi 11T is powered by the original Snapdragon 888 chipset (not the plus) like the Mi 11 Pro. But this one has a smaller 6.67” flat display with 1080p+ resolution (20:9), compared to 6.81” 1440p+ curved display. It still has 120Hz refresh rate 480Hz touch sampling rate and HDR10+ support, though peak brightness is now 1,000 nits (down from 1,500 nits).
The other major difference is the main camera, which now features a 108MP sensor (2.1 µm pixels with 9-in-1 binning), replacing the 50MP sensor of the previous model (2.8 µm pixels with binning). It’s missing OIS, which even the vanilla Mi 11 had.
The bigger downgrade, however, is that the 5x periscope was cut. And the ultrawide-angle camera was demoted to an 8MP sensor with a narrower 120º lens (vs. 13MP 123º). As a consolation you get a 5MP tele-macro camera.
The 11T Pro wired charging system trumps that of the Mi 11 Pro with close to double the power – it supports Xiaomi’s 120W HyperCharge for the 5,000 mAh battery. A full charge takes just 17 minutes where previously it took 36 minutes. You don’t even need a full charge to make it through the day – 0-72% takes 10 minutes and is enough for 7 hours of video playback, 5 hours of navigation or 2 hours of recording 1080p video.
Xiaomi advertises that the battery will retain 80% of its capacity after 800 cycles, that is a little over 2 years of daily charging. Even better, the 120W charger is included in the box, the Mi 11 Pro came with just a cable. There’s no wireless charging support, however.
A few other tidbits were changed, e.g. the fingerprint reader moved to the side (was an under display reader on the previous models). Also, this model only claims IP53 (basic dust resistance, splash resistance) instead of IP68.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro will be available in three Black, Blue and White, starting at €650 for the base configuration of 8GB RAM (LPDDR5) and 128GB storage (UFS 3.1). Then it’s €700 for the 8/256GB option and €750 for the fully loaded 12/256GB model.
The Mi 11 Pro never made it to Europe, but for a price comparison we will tell you that the vanilla Mi 11 started at €750 for the 8/12 GB model. And yes, the 11T Pro is closer to the Mi 11 than the Mi 11 Pro.
If you look at this as a sequel to the Mi 10T Pro, it starts off well – the Snapdragon 865 is replaced with an 888. And charging shoots up from 33W to 120W (the T series never had wireless charging to begin with), the 5,000 mAh battery capacity is the same. The IP53 rating is a perk as well. But then you get to the differences.
Xiaomi 11T Pro arrives with Snapdragon 888, 108 MP camera, 120W fast charging
The 6.67″ display is the same size, however it is now a 120Hz AMOLED instead of a 144Hz IPS LCD. Also, the 108MP camera lost OIS along the way, the ultrawide was dropped to 8MP (from 13MP). Finally, the price has gone up, an 8/128 GB Mi 10T Pro was €600 at launch.
The Xiaomi 11T is very similar to its Pro sibling, it has the same 6.67” 120Hz AMOLED display and seemingly identical 108MP+8MP+5MP rear camera. Where it differs is the chipset – it switches to the Dimensity 1200-Ultra, a custom 6nm chipset. As you may remember, the Mi 11 was the first phone with Snapdragon 888, so the 1200-Ultra has big shoes to fill.
Xiaomi 11T is like the Pro, except with a custom Dimensity 1200-Ultra SoC and 67W charging
For a comparison with the Mi 11, we already covered the smaller (6.67” vs. 6.81”), lower res (1080p+ vs. 1440p+) screen. Like on the Pro, this is a 120 Hz panel with 480 Hz touch sampling rate. The camera is mostly the same, save for the missing OIS on the 108 MP module and the ultra wide getting an 8 MP sensor (instead of 13 MP). This one also has an IP53 rating, which is an upgrade over the old vanilla phone.
The T-model does get a larger battery, 5,000mAh (up from 4,600mAh), and slightly faster charging at 67W (up from 55W). It is fast enough for most needs as it achieves a full charge in 36 minutes. Yes, this is essentially the same setup as the Mi 11 Pro, except that the wireless charging is nowhere to be found.
The Xiaomi 11T is not so much an upgrade but a more affordable alternative instead. As we mentioned above, the Mi 11 starts at €750 for an 8/128 GB phone. An 11T with the same memory capacity will cost you €500, a healthy 33% discount. If you need more storage (256 GB), that will be €550.
Comparing to the Mi 10T you see some of the same differences. The 6.67″ 144Hz IPS LCD is again for a 120Hz AMOLED. And while it’s not quite a match for the 888, the Dimensity 1200-Ultra should top the Snapdragon 865 on last year’s vanilla T phone.
The camera is a more clear upgrade with a 108MP sensor replacing the 64MP one (though the ultrawide still goes from 13MP to 8MP), as is the charging spped, which doubled from 33W to 67W. The good news is that the price is essentially the same, a 6/128 GB Mi 10T (note: that is 2 gigs RAM less) started at €500.
In the build-up to this unveiling Xiaomi announced that the 11T and 11T Pro will receive 3 Android upgrades and 4 years of security patches, matching what other leading Android makers offer for their high-end models.