Xiaomi’s 11T Pro totally changed how I use my phone

Rating: 7/10 | Price: from £499 at Amazon, Vodafone and Xiaomi


WIRED

Flagship performance; 120W charging; rapid fingerprint sensor; substantial speakers; smooth 120Hz refresh rate

TIRED

Camera claims are overstated; muted characterize


It’s an understatement to just say Xiaomi has had a great year – now the top smartphone maker in the world by sales. Things are peachy. Huawei is nevertheless floundering in the West, OnePlus is retreating towards Oppo and away from its more maverick roots, and Xiaomi has capitalised. In Samsung fact, it flooded the market with its Mi, Redmi and Poco phones – providing options at £100, £1,000 and many prices in between. Xiaomi has undercut Samsung across the board on price, too, while topping it for cutting edge features for many phones.

Something is nevertheless missing for Xiaomi though – a phone that people will call ‘the best’. Huawei and OnePlus managed to do it at the height of their respective booms. Xiaomi has come close with the Mi 11 Ultra going all out to rule Android phones with raw specs – but a strange design and overheating woes held it back. 

The predecessor to the Xiaomi 11T Pro – the Mi 11 – received appropriate praise for its flagship-like specs and sub-flagship price, but, again, it nevertheless wasn’t the phone to buy. The 11T Pro builds on the Mi 11, bringing blazingly fast 120W charging to completely change your phone habits along with the potential of improved cameras. But, is it great or just good?

Who’s it for?

The Xiaomi 11T Pro is an alluring proposition for almost anyone willing to use around £600 on a phone. Fans of OnePlus’s spec behemoth flagships will find plenty to like here, with the trailblazing 120W charging, 120Hz characterize and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. Samsung fans will see a phone that’s getting to features ahead of the Korean giant. While those who typically like to buy the true flagships that cost upwards of £800 may see the Xiaomi 11T Pro as the device to save them a associate of hundred pounds – it certainly isn’t that far behind Android’s best phones.

However, despite the term “Cinemagic” being espoused frequently by Xiaomi during this phone’s set afloat and in marketing materials, it isn’t for phone camera enthusiasts – lacking the speed and luxurious colour capabilities of rivals flagships. You’ll have to use a bit more or opt for a Pixel 5 if that’s your bag.

Design

The Xiaomi 11T Pro gets so much right and, given it produced the dramatically and colourful Mi 11 Lite early this year, it’s especially disappointing that this is one of this impressive phone’s hangups. Slim bezels and a slim chassis make this phone look great from the front and comfortable to keep up – with easy access to a rapid fingerprint scanner on the side, too.

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