Price: To be announced
Retail launch: Late April (U.K.)
Display: 6.81-inch QHD AMOLED (3200 x 1440)
Display refresh rate: 30/60/90/120Hz (adaptive)
Secondary display: 1.1-inch AMOLED (126 x 294)
Rear cameras: 50MP main (f/1.95), 48MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 48MP telephoto (f/4.1, 5x optical zoom, 120x max. zoom)
Front camera: 20MP (f/2.2)
Chipset: Snapdragon 888
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Charging: 67W wired/67W wireless/10W reverse wireless
Operating system: Android 11 with MIUI 12
Colors: Ceramic White, Ceramic Black
Size: 6.5 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches(164.3 x 74.6 x 8.38mm)
Weight: 8.3 ounces
A new supreme Android phone has arrived in the form of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Offering powerful cameras and an unprecedented dual-display design, it has made an imposing entrance. And it goes on sale in just a month's time.
Shown off at Xiaomi's Global Mega Launch event, on March 29 this phone takes the already great Xiaomi Mi 11 and turns up all the features another few notches. What's left is a handset with unbelievably powerful specs that we can't wait to see in action.
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Here's what you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and its more interesting features — along with whether you'll be able to get your hands on the new phone.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra news - updated March 31
- Hands-on videos of the Mi 11 Ultra are now going live. Check out this one from Checkout Tech to see how this superpowered phone looks in real life.
- If you want to see why Xiaomi's calling the Ultra the best camera phone in the world, then you can have a read of DXOMARK's report to find out why it's so good.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra price and release date
The Mi 11 Ultra will be available in the U.K. from late April, although there is currently no mention of a price for its single 12GB RAM and 256GB storage version. You do get a choice of two colors: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra rear display
There's more than just one display to talk about here. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra's most unique feature is its 1.1-inch AMOLED rear display with this phone. With this secondary screen you take selfies using the main cameras, including the ultra-wide lens.
Xiaomi says this secondary screen is handy for notifications and a miniature always-on display for things like incoming call info, the time and battery level. And this panel supports touch. It reminds us of a similarly sized screen on last year's Galaxy Z Flip.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra main display
On the front of the phone, there's a 6.81-inch QHD quad-curved 120Hz display with a punch-hole notch for the selfie camera. This screen also supports up to 1.07 billion colors, a responsive 480Hz touch sampling rate and a blinding 1,700 nits peak brightness.
Making sure none of this gets damaged is Gorilla Glass Victus, the same display material used on the Samsung Galaxy S21. Using this display to watch video should be made all the more impressive by the Harman/Kardon-tuned stereo speakers, which thanks to a new bottom speaker unit apparently makes this phone the "loudest in the industry".
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra design
As strange as the Mi 11 Ultra is, Xiaomi has kept the looks fairly restrained. It borrows the same quad-curved front as the basic Mi 11, and keeps the huge rear camera/display module in a single rectangular bump. The clean-cut design is complemented by two color options - Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.
If you want to see the phone from all angles without the polish of Xiaomi's own video and images, then you can take a look at hands-on videos, such as this one from Checkout Tech, to see the phone in a more normal environment.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra cameras
There are only three cameras on the back of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, but they're impressive ones. The main camera uses a 50MP sensor, specifically Samsung's GN2 sensor, which Xiaomi helped develop. This is apparently the largest smartphone camera in the world, in terms of sensor size.
The main sensor is capable of pixel-binning too, combining up to four pixels together to create brighter, more colorful shots when you don't need the full 50MP of detail. It's assisted by a laser time-of-flight (TOF) sensor to help the cameras focus and to support special photo effects.
The other two cameras include a pair of 48MP sensors, one for ultrawide shots and the other for telephoto shots. The telephoto camera is capable of 5x optical zoom. With digital zoom, that goes up to 10x hybrid lossless zoom and maxes out at an enormous 120x magnification.
All three of the cameras are capable of 8K video at 24fps, plus Xiaomi's packed the camera app with its usual crop of video-friendly camera effects and functions. In case you thought Xiaomi had forgotten about selfies, there's a 20MP camera on the front for that too.
Taken together, this creates what Xiaomi calls the "world’s best photography smartphone". It's a claim that's backed up by the experts at DXOMARK, which have tested the Mi 11 Ultra and placed it in its no.1 ranked position for smartphone photography.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs
As you might have expected, Xiaomi has fitted the Mi 11 Ultra with the powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset, backed up with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM. Xiaomi also boasts of new "three-phase cooling technology", which should keep the phone cool when you're playing the latest smartphone games or other using compute-intensive apps.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra battery and charging
Powering all this is a 5,000 mAh battery. This cell doesn't use the normal lithium-ion technology found in modern smartphones, but a new silicon-oxygen standard that allows for the same power capacity to be kept in a smaller footprint.
You can top this battery up with either 67W wired or 67W wireless fast charging. Either of these is capable of filling the phone to 100% full from empty in just 36 minutes according to Xiaomi's own testing.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: outlook
Taking all this in, Xiaomi has produced a flagship phone that's capable of taking on the biggest names in the business. Great phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the iPhone 12 Pro Max or the OnePlus 9 Pro simply don't compare to the Mi 11 Ultra when it comes to hardware. Looking at the cameras, the charging speed and particularly that extra display, it's a no-contest in favor of Xiaomi's new flagship.
Given how much we loved the basic Mi 11, we anticipate great things from the Ultra model when we get our hands on it for a review. But given Xiaomi isn't selling its phones in the U.S. due to disputes with the government, it will tragically be unable to make it onto our best phones list.