At today’s Xiaomi spring launch conference, the brand officially unveiled three smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite, Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Just like it's predecessor Mi 10 Ultra, the Mi 11 Ultra doesn’t disappoint. The device brings in new cutting-edge technology in a refined form factor and is placed over the Mi 11 Pro, which is already an extremely compelling 2021 flagship.

So how does the Mi 11 Ultra distinguish itself from the Mi 11 Pro?

Design & Display

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra comes in just two color choices – White Ceramic and Black. Both the colors look very classy and excellent. It also allows a special edition with marble. This is the 2nd phone from Xiaomi with a high-end ceramic texture technology after the Xiaomi Mi 6. The weight of the whole smartphone is 234 grams, and the width is around 8.38 mm. The camera module is in black and comprises almost the entire upper half of the device.

There are three cameras at the rear alongside a secondary display that shows you the weather, health alerts, notifications, battery level, and other vital information. There’s also a unique Ultra-Low Power saving mode that only utilizes this tiny display to give you up to 55 hours of extra standby time.

However, Xiaomi states that the most crucial purpose of the secondary display at the rear is to allow high-resolution selfies from its rear cameras.

The display is exactly identical to the Mi 11 Pro, so you get a four-sided curved 6.8-inch E4 AMOLED panel on the front with (1440 x 3216 pixels) Quad HD+ 525 PPI, 20:9 aspect ratio, & support for 120Hz refresh rate. You also have the latest Gorilla Glass Victus protection as the Mi 11 Pro as well as support for Dolby Vision.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is IP68 certified as well. You also get Harmon Kardon tuned dual stereo speakers.


The rest of the specs is the same as the Mi 11 Pro. So the Mi 11 Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC with LPDDR5 RAM 6400Mbps and UFS 3.1 flash storage. You get  Bluetooth 5.2 & Wi-Fi 6 Enhanced support as well.

Coming to the battery, the smartphone features a 5000mAh capacity battery with the support for 67W wired and wireless fast charging.


One of the biggest differentiates factors between the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra is in their camera departments. The device features the most powerful triple camera setup in the Mi 11 family featuring the same Samsung GN2 50MP sensor as a primary camera but with two additional 48MP Sony IMX586 Ultra Wide and Telephoto cameras.

The 50MP Samsung GN2 image sensor comes with 61 degrees field of view with a very sharp focus thanks to dToF technology that features a 64 point laser array focus system.

The 48MP Ultra Wide Camera comes with a very wide 128-degree field of view and the third 48MP Telephoto camera supports up to 5x optical zoom and up to 120x digital zoom.

Xiaomi stated at the event that the company has worked hard on the Ultra Night Photo algorithms which coupled with the 1/1.12″ large 50MP GN2 sensor assures that you get clear and colorful photos even when the lighting is not that good. In fact, the brand straightly compared the Mi 11 Ultra’s camera to a Sony RX100 M7 compact professional camera and revealed how the Mi 11 Ultra's camera setup is capable of taking better low light images.


The Mi 11 Ultra can record 8K videos at 30 fps from all the 3 camera sensors including the telephoto shooter.

Thanks to this extreme camera setup, the Mi 11 Ultra has succeeded to score 143 on DxOMark lab, making it the greatest smartphone camera setup on the platform right now.

Pricing & Availability

Talking about the pricing and variants, The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has three variants to choose from including 8GB+256GB, 12GB+256GB & 12GB+521GB. The base model features a price tag of  5999 RMB ($914) for its 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM version. The 12GB + 256GB version priced at 6499 RMB ($990) while the top end 12GB + 512GB version will cost 6999 RMB ($1065).

Xiaomi Mi 11 Marbled Ceramic Special Edition will go on sale for 6999 RMB ($1065) and features 12GB + 512GB.

All variants will go on sale from April 2 in China. No word on global launch yet.

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