When is the Mi 11 coming out?
Xiaomi usually announces the latest flagship Mi phone for Europe at Mobile World Congress in February, with a Chinese launch often a week or so earlier that same month. In 2021, however, MWC has been pushed back to the end of June, so what will this mean for the usual release date calendar?
Perhaps surprisingly, it may actually mean we see the Mi 11 earlier than usual. Tipster Digital Chat Station suggests the Mi 11 will be announced “next month” in a tweet dated 30 November, leaving some ambiguity as to whether that means December – potentially alongside the new Snapdragon processor – or January 2021. Either way, it looks like the Mi 11 will be here very soon.
How much will Mi 11 cost?
Xiaomi isn’t about to backtrack on any of the new features that pushed up the price for Mi 10. We expect that rather than reducing the price it will look to add value at the same price point, with the Mi 11 coming in at a Mi 10-matching £799/€799 for the base model.
What will the Xiaomi Mi 11 specs be?
The first Mi 11 spec rumours came as early as June 2020, and appeared alongside unofficial renders on new.qq, some of which have been used to illustrate this article.
That leak claims that the Mi 11 will feature a 2K 6.9in Samsung Super AMOLED curved panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and HDR10, and that Mi 11 will feature a 96-97% screen-to-body ratio.
Xiaomi has previously kept away from Quad HD displays, to keep down prices and to promote longer battery life. This makes sense, because value is synonymous with the Xiaomi brand – but with Mi 10 we saw the company move away from its traditional sub-£500 price point with a £300 price hike, so could we see a continuation of this theme?
The same source claims the primary camera will be upgraded to a quad assembly with 192Mp main sensor, 40Mp zoom, 21Mp wide-angle, and 8Mp macro lenses, with support for PDAF and optical image stabilisation. The battery, meanwhile, could hit 5500mAh with 100W charging, 40W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging – and that’s quite a jump.
Digital Chat Station suggests more conservative camera specs, with a 50Mp primary lens, alongside a 12Mp telephoto lens, complemented with MEMC and AI HDR software (as seen in Oppo Find X2 Pro).
Speculation has also been rife on the possibility of Mi 11 having a 32Mp under-display camera, which has come from Xiaomi recently demonstrating third-generation under-screen camera tech. It’s allegedly at the mass production stage, but won’t be commercially available until 2021. Ergo, Mi 11 could feature this tech – although Mi Mix 4 might be a better playground in which Xiaomi can experiment.
It’s widely assumed that the phone will be powered by the latest flagship Snapdragon chipset – which will be announced on 1 December.
Tipster Digital Chat Station says Xiaomi could even be the first phone maker to include the processor in China with a period of exclusivity, while Samsung is likely to be first globally with its Galaxy S21/S30.
Xiaomi Mi 11 (tentatively named) will debut the Snapdragon 875 in China, with an exclusive period.
— Digital Chat Station (@StationChat)
October 17, 2020
Tipped to be built on a 5nm manufacturing process, the SD875 will almost certainly be more powerful, and also more efficient, which may well pave the way for higher-resolution displays.
Mi 11 or Mi 20?
What the next Xiaomi phone will be called is a pertinent question: it’s not unusual for phone makers to jump from 10 straight to 20 in their model names, so we could well be seeing a Mi 20 from Xiaomi rather than a Mi 10.
This is a practice Samsung and even closer competitor Huawei have both followed, so it’s certainly not out of the question. So far there is nothing official to suggest one name is more likely than the other, but we will be keeping our ears to the ground.
How many Mi 11 models will there be?
This is difficult to guess, because Xiaomi’s strategy for Mi 10 was entirely different than it was for Mi 9.
With Mi 9 we additionally saw the Mi 9 Lite, Mi 9 SE, Mi 9T and Mi 9T Pro, while in China there was also a Mi 9 Pro and Mi 9 Explorer Edition.
With Mi 10 we have seen the standard model and Mi 10 Lite in the UK, and elsewhere in the world the Mi 10 Pro and Mi 10 Ultra. Later a Mi 10T was added to the mix. Xiaomi has, of course, separately updated the Mi Note line with the Mi Note 10, Mi Note 10 Pro and Mi Note 10 Lite.
We think the latter strategy is most likely to remain, with Mi 11, Mi 11 Lite and Mi 11 Pro announcements happening together in early 2021, and a Mi Note 11 family being announced separately – potentially before Mi 11, as Mi Note 10 was announced in November 2019.