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Mi 11 Ultra launched: Xiaomi throws everything but expandable storage at its new flagship, and for €100 less than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra will be available in two colours. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra will be available in two colours. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is here, and it is €100 cheaper than a comparably-equipped Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Mi 11 Ultra contains Samsung's new ISOCELL GN2 camera too, along with a 5,000 mAh battery and a secondary display, among many other features.
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The Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra are similar devices, but the latter is the only one that the company will sell outside of China. According to Xiaomi, the Mi 11 Ultra will retail for €1,199 in the Eurozone, which is an awful lot of money. However, the device packs plenty of impressive hardware that put it in a strong position against the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi has chosen the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which it has paired with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The device lacks expandable storage though, which seem like a misstep in our opinion, if Xiaomi only plans to sell the device with 256 GB of storage. Nonetheless, these components are supported by a 5,000 mAh battery that can recharge at up to 67 W wired or wirelessly.

Additionally, the device has two displays, a 6.81-inch primary one and a 1.1-inch one on the back. Apparently, the Mi 11 Ultra can use its secondary display in many ways, including as an always-on-display or as a viewfinder for taking selfies with the rear-facing cameras. As the specification sheet below reads, both displays are AMOLED, but only the primary one supports up to 120 Hz. The 1440p panel can switch between 30 Hz, 60 Hz, 90 Hz and 120 Hz when needed, too.

Moreover, Xiaomi has equipped the Mi 11 Ultra with four cameras: a 50 MP Samsung ISOCELL GN2 primary camera, two 48 MP Sony IMX586 cameras ultra-wide-angle and telephoto shots, and a 20 MP front-facing camera. The Mi 11 Ultra will launch with MIUI 12 and Android 11. Xiaomi is yet to confirm where and from where it will sell the Mi 11 Ultra, though. 

(Image source: Xiaomi)
(Image source: Xiaomi)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-03-29 (Update: 2021-03-29)