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The Xiaomi Mi 11i launches as a new global Redmi K40 Pro Plus variant

The Xiaomi Mi 11i's best features. (Source: YouTube)
The Xiaomi Mi 11i's best features. (Source: YouTube)
Xiaomi has launched a new(-ish) variant of the Mi 11 series at its major international product event of today (March 29, 2021). It has a premium 6.67-inch FHD+ E4 AMOLED display, a 108MP main camera and the Snapdragon 888 processor. Then again, it also packs a 33W charging rate, which matches its mid-range starting price.

Xiaomi has been slated to launch the Pro and Ultra variants of the Mi 11 for quite some time prior to its latest multi-product launch event. However, it has managed to spring more of a surprise on us after all. The OEM asserts that the new 11i retains a lot of its flagship sibling's design language, albeit with tweaks that give it more of a mid-range appeal.

To this end, it still has a 108MP ISOCELL HM2 main sensor, found in a large camera hump dominated by prominent silver rings. The high-end shooter is joined by 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP telemacro cameras in the Mi 11i.

On the other side, the phone rocks a display made of Samsung E4 AMOLED boasting potential advantages such as a 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch-sampling rate and up to 1300 nits of brightness. Then again, the screen does not integrate a fingerprint sensor: it has migrated to the side of the Mi 11i and lives within the power button instead.

Eagle-eyed Mi Fans may already have worked out that this looks an awful lot like the K40 Pro+, Redmi's new Snapdragon 888-powered, 4520mAh flagship phone. However, while this Mi 11i does have this same top-end SoC (and battery capacity), it swaps the Plus model's 12GB of RAM for 8GB instead.

This tweak has conferred a starting price of €649 (~US$763) on the Mi 11i for a 128GB internal storage SKU (with no mention of microSD card support), or €699 (~$822) for a 256GB top-end unit. The Xiaomi Mi 11i will be available through a range of platforms, including Amazon, Saturn and MediaMarkt, soon.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03-29 (Update: 2021-03-29)