Xiaomi Mi 11 should be going global soon but hardcore fans can already preorder it from China from €579 (US$709)
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There have been plenty of reports about just how well the Xiaomi Mi 11 is doing in China in regard to sales, regardless of coming with or without a charger. The Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone has been attracting buyers with its combination of high-end components and remarkably reasonable prices, which could point to Xiaomi going back to its affordable price-performance roots. The firm has already teased the Mi 11 series global launch as “coming soon”, and we can expect an event probably in the first quarter of 2021.
However, for those desperate to get their hands on a Xiaomi Mi 11 now, there are other avenues to take into making a purchase. Various dealers offer the phone directly from China, with examples such as TradingShenzhen and CECT-SHOP (in German) selling the Mi 11 with Chinese/English firmware. However, the latter retailer, which currently has preorders for the Mi 11 open with prices from €579 (US$709/£519) for the base model, does offer a model with an unlocked bootloader and multilingual support that bumps the price to €619 (US$758/£554).
Shipping for Mi 11 preorders, at least with CECT-SHOP, is expected to begin on January 11. A global launch of the Xiaomi Mi 11 might not take place until February, and obviously a global variant is going to be more expensive. However, with an SD 888, 108 MP main lens, 120 Hz peak refresh rate, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, superfast Wi-Fi and 5G, and likely priced much lower than the Xiaomi Mi 10 upon its release (a shocking €999 price tag, roughly US$1,224/£894), the Xiaomi Mi 11 is practically guaranteed to be a massive hit after its official global launch.