A series of news such as the unsatisfactory MIUI 12.5 experience, the Mi 11 series cooling rollover, the Mi 6 nail users and the hot search, etc., seem to be not so beneficial to the newly launched Mi digital flagship this year, and it also discourages users who are ready to start this mobile phone. And the news of Xiaomi MIX4 is also overwhelming.
So the question is, is the Mi 11 series still worth buying when the new mobile phone tide is coming in the second half of the year? This year’s Xiaomi Mi 11 series is really full of hardware parameters, and the actual experience is overwhelmed? After using the Mi 11 Pro for more than a month, I will share with you my views today. Due to space constraints, this article only discusses Mi 11 Pro, which has been used for a long time, and 11 and 11 Ultra are not the focus. If you are still interested, you can leave a message and we will talk about the other two in the next issue.
Is the 4499 yuan Xiaomi 11 Pro fragrant enough?
The new machine tide approaching, choose to start Wumart inexpensive previous generation flagship machine, it is quite a good choice. The old saying goes, there are no bad products, only bad prices. And the protagonist of this article-Xiaomi 11 Pro, after all, Snapdragon 888, 2K+120Hz high refresh screen, 1/1.12 inch ultra-large bottom GN1, periscope telephoto, 67W wireless fast charging, etc., even if it is put to the top next year Hardware level.
Regardless of the youth version, the Xiaomi Mi 11 series is divided into three products, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Ultra. The current official website prices are respectively 3799 yuan, 4499 yuan and 5499 yuan.
Everyone is entangled in whether the Mi 11 series is worth starting with, basically starting from two points:
1. Compared with mobile phones of the same price, does the Mi 11 series have enough advantages?
2. Which is the best solution, Xiaomi 11, Xiaomi 11 Pro, or Xiaomi 11 Ultra.
Next, let us start a chat.
Probably the most unpopular Xiaomi digital series
First of all, in the 4000-5000 yuan price range, 2021 flagship phones of most brands can already be bought. OPPO Find X3 (full link 10bit, special appearance), vivo X60 Pro+ (supported by Zeiss), OnePlus 9 Pro (endorsed by Hasselblad), Meizu 18 Pro (no ads, special system). This price range is also the most intense price range for the flagship phones of domestic mobile phone brands, and there are many choices.
But just look at the parameters, Xiaomi 11Pro can be said to be the most powerful batch in it. Periscope telephoto, GN2 super outsole, 888, almost no shortcomings. But as a flagship machine, no shortcomings are just basic requirements, and more importantly, you have to have special skills. And once the price is above 4000, the appearance, texture, and design become especially important.
This is one of the important signs that distinguish a flagship machine from a mid-range machine. That’s why although the parameters are the same, some phones can be called flagships, and some are just high-cost mid-range models.
Compared with the Mi 11 released at the end of 2020, the design of Mi 11 Pro is unchanged, and the design of Mi 11 is definitely not beautiful. In contrast, although Xiaomi 11 Ultra is a bit simple and rude, the overall impression is better than Xiaomi 11/11 Pro.
Its main problem lies in the camera module design. At the moment, images have become the most important selling point of mobile phones. However, how to deal with the ever-larger Sensor has really made engineers and designers rack their brains, not only to ensure that the camera module has a sufficient sense of existence, but not to overwhelm the guests. It’s as if you have to make a colorful black, just thinking about it. Then why the design of Mi 11 Pro is not good enough? We might as well take a look at the back cover design of the 4000-5000 yuan mobile phone.
I don’t know how everyone feels now. There will definitely be people who like the rear camera design of the Mi 11 series, but it’s definitely not the majority.
Fortunately, the mobile phone case can solve many problems now. After wearing the mobile phone case, no matter how good the texture is, it will be covered, and the Mi 11 Pro will become much more beautiful.
Is it worth buying Mi 11 Pro for the ultimate image?
Many users buy Mi 11 Pro because of its image quality. It has the same main camera as Ultra, and is also equipped with a periscope telephoto, which is one level higher than products of the same price. Let’s take a look at the proofs directly. The comparison phones are Mi 11 (stable version 12.5.9) and OnePlus 9 Pro, with automatic HDR and AI mode turned on.
(Comparison of the following four sets of proofs from left to right are Xiaomi 11 Pro, Xiaomi 11, and OnePlus 9 Pro)
If you don’t zoom in and look closely, the difference between the three is not big. After zooming in, you can see that the resolution is significantly better. And thanks to the outsole, the Mi 11 Pro’s exposure is more aggressive, with good detail retention and highlight suppression. The saturation of the photos of the Xiaomi series is relatively high, which is more pleasing in some scenes.
However, I always feel that there are still many problems with the algorithm of Xiaomi 11 Pro, and it is easier to overturn the situation. For example, the color saturation of the item you photographed is very high. If Xiaomi pulls the saturation again, all the details will be lost. For example, these two problems are obvious. On the contrary, the performance of Xiaomi Mi 11 is relatively stable. It is very similar to our previous review of Xiaomi 11 Ultra. It performs well when there are no problems, but when there is a problem, it affects the experience more, and you don’t know when it will get a bit of air. Fortunately, the 5x periscope lens is still online, and there is no rival at the same price.
In summary, GN1 is very strong, but there is still room for improvement in Xiaomi’s optimization. And it hasn’t opened much gap with Xiaomi 11, after all, it is no longer the era of just relying on hardware to dominate the world. Moreover, Xiaomi’s camera optimization has not been too ideal.
Is Xiaomi fever or Snapdragon 888 fever?
Then there is the fever problem that everyone is very concerned about. I believe many people are struggling because of online public opinion saying that the Mi 11 series is very hot and the gaming experience is not ideal.
But the fact is that mobile phones using the Snapdragon 888 processor this year, as long as the scheduling is slightly more active, are facing the heat dilemma, without exception, the mobile phone is not hot because the performance release is not strong enough.
Let’s compare with other mobile phones using Snapdragon 888. The top is Xiaomi 11 Pro (development version 184.108.40.206.28), and the bottom is OnePlus 9 Pro (Color OS11.2 LE2120_11_A.08).
It can be seen that Xiaomi’s mobile phone scheduling is indeed more active. After ” Honor of Kings ” is fully turned on, the requirements for mobile phone performance are more stringent. It can be seen that the frame number of OnePlus 9 Pro is a dozen frames worse than Xiaomi 11 Pro on average.
In order to ensure the release of performance, heat generation is inevitable, and after so many versions of optimization and adjustment, the heat generation of the Mi 11 series has improved. Therefore, if everyone is entangled in the issue of mobile phone heating, I am sorry, this year, using 888 mobile phones, when facing high load scenes, there is nothing that is not hot. This is one of the reasons why the heat dissipation back clip market is so hot this year.
What kind of experience is the once the strongest turned into a shortcoming?
After talking about video and game performance, I will talk about MIUI at the end. This is also an important factor for everyone to be disappointed with Mi 11 Pro or Mi mobile phones this year.
Even if MIUI 12.5 has improved, for example, the smoothness of animations has been optimized to make the super wallpaper easier to use; the touch operation has been optimized to be more user-friendly; the interaction method is more in line with user habits, and the overall is not small compared to MIUI 12. Promote. However, there are still various small bugs, such as dark mode adaptation, reloading without moving on a negative screen, occasional screen jams that result in unsmooth animation transitions, and camera switching lenses that are easy to freeze and so on.
And with the rapid follow-up of other mobile phone brands, MIUI seems to no longer be the moat of Xiaomi mobile phones, but has become a shortcoming, which is probably not expected by many Mi Fans. If you are still looking at the MIUI system and decide to start Xiaomi 11 Pro, it is not a good choice at present.
There is still a long way to become a flagship, a long time
The final conclusion is that I do not particularly recommend starting Xiaomi 11 Pro at the current price (4499 yuan) at this stage (July 2021). It was also mentioned at the beginning that there are many products that can be selected for products at the same price, and they also have their own characteristics. 11 Pro has no obvious advantages, and the pure hardware advantage has not been transformed into a victory.
If you want to have an excellent photo experience, Mi 11 can already meet your needs. And Xiaomi 11 Pro can’t provide the ultimate imaging capabilities. I really like taking pictures. It’s better to bite the Xiaomi 11 Ultra. It is definitely the ceiling of the hardware level (software algorithm, it depends on optimization).
If you are hesitant to start because of the hot issues of mobile phones on the Internet. I can tell you clearly that there are no phones that use the Snapdragon 888 chip that are not hot. After many optimizations, the performance of the Mi 11 Pro is quite satisfactory, at least the performance release is more satisfactory.
If you are looking for a powerful and easy-to-use MIUI, it is a pity that the current performance of MIUI is difficult to satisfy. Xiaomi itself is aware of this problem and is constantly improving. It’s just that MIUI currently feels a bit big, I hope MIUI 13 can bring us some surprises.
Previously, Xiaomi achieved brilliant results in the market with its hardware stacking and excellent software experience. However, as other companies continue to catch up at the software level, MIUI has been difficult to become the moat of the Xiaomi brand. In terms of hardware, it is difficult for Xiaomi to differentiate. Although in the past two years, Xiaomi has occupied a place in the competition of flagship models, the method of relying on price advantages and stacking materials is easy to use, but it is not the optimal solution. Xiaomi needs to further realize the combination of software and hardware.
I don’t know which Android phone do you like best at the price of 4000-5000 yuan? What experience do you have about the Mi 11 series?
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