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Verdict for the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra - The flagship smartphone needs some polishing

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a very powerful high-end smartphone.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a very powerful high-end smartphone.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra proved to be a very capable smartphone in our review. It is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s true competitor. However, there is still some room for improvement, especially in terms of software.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 🇩🇪

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a powerful high-end smartphone that can go toe to toe with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Mi 11 Ultra has only one major shortcoming, namely the USB-C 2.0 port. This type of port is not appropriate for a high-end smartphone. It is becoming increasingly hard to understand why Xiaomi keeps cutting costs in this area.

The Mi 11 Ultra’s software is not particularly impressive. There is a secondary AMOLED display on the back, which is also used in the Mi Band 5. The rear 1.1-inch AMOLED screen can display notifications or serve as a viewfinder for the main camera. However, it does not offer Always-On-Display functionality, which could be quite useful. We hope that Xiaomi will bring such features to its flagship smartphone in future updates. At this point in time, though, the usefulness of the secondary display is questionable.

The high temperatures, which we saw in our review, are not caused by a poor cooling solution. According to Xiaomi, the Mi 11 Ultra is the world’s first smartphone with a tri-phase cooling system that relies on phase changes (from solid to liquid to gas) to improve the cooling efficiency. Nevertheless, other manufacturers manage to keep the Snapdragon 888 cooler without using such advanced technology.

Xiaomi is also behind its competitors in terms of long-term software support. Samsung promises to provide at least three major software updates for all of its high-end smartphones. Xiaomi should pledge at least three years of software support for its flagship smartphones as well.

If you are interested in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and want to learn more about it, then you should check out our extensive review.


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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 304 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
contact me via: @Marcus_Herbrich
Stanislav Kokhanyuk
Translator: Stanislav Kokhanyuk - Translator - 78 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2021-06-17 (Update: 2021-06-17)