Xiaomi just wrapped up the launch event of the Xiaomi 11T Pro a couple of minutes ago. Alongside it, the Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Notebook Ultra were also mentioned at the beginning of the event. The smartphone is the main part of the launch.
There were some other products showcased too, like their waterproof Beard Trimmer 2 (IPX7) which has USB Type C charging and an LED display. Then the Mi QLED TV 4K 55″ (Dolby Vision, HDR10+), Dolby Audio and it runs on Android TV 10. They also showed a Mi Portable electric air compressor with a bunch of features like pressure detection and it also has a Li-On Battery,
The Mi Notebook Pro & Ultra which were shown at the beginning of the event are not new products, they have launched months ago, designed with 6 series aluminium in a really light and thin form factor and they are decent value ultrabooks on paper.
The design is decent with slim borders on both models, both have fairly large trackpads. Both ship with a 65W USB Type C Charger in the box, you can configure them in 8 or 16GB of RAM (3200 Mhz). They come with Wi-Fi 6 Support and also have a fingerprint scanner on the power button. The Mi Notebooks also come with stereo speakers and backlit keyboards.
You can pick either the Intel Core i5 (11300H) variant or the i7 (11370H) Variant. 512GB SSD Storage seems to be the only option. The 11th generation of Intel chips are a solid step up from the tenth gen and they have good architecture and they do not overheat according to several tests on several laptops.
The display is QHD+ (2560*1600), 60Hz on the Notebook Pro and it ships with Windows 10 Home. There are already several reviews of the Mi Notebook Pro and Ultra online which you can look at.
If you were wondering about the differences between Pro and Ultra, the Mi Notebook Ultra has a 90Hz display, 3.2K Resolution (3200*2000), and that seems to be the only major difference between the two laptops. The screen. The rest of the specs are identical right down to the chipsets.
The Pro during sales on Amazon goes down to 56,999 and at that price it is good, but then the Ultra, which is usually priced around 65K is now selling for 59,999 making it a better deal because you are getting a much better screen. Now, back to the Xiaomi 11T Pro.
Xiaomi 11T Pro: Fairly Priced.
We already covered the specs of this phone and what will the practical price for it in this article. A quick rundown: 120Hz 10 Bit OLED Screen, 888 Chip with extensive cooling, 120W Fast Charging with charging certification, 5000 MAH Battery, 108MP Primary (No OIS)+ 8MP Ultrawide (It is what it is) and a 5MP Tele Macro Lens. Harmon Kardon Stereo Speakers, Dolby Vision certified.
In the event, it was mentioned that this phone would get three years of Android updates and four years of security updates and they said this will be one of the first devices in India to get MIUI 13, which is good, but then it should have launched with MIUI 13 out of the box, which would have given it a bonus point over the OnePlus 9RT which also ships with Android 11 out of the box.
The pricing of the phone though was alright, without sales and offers, the Xiaomi 11T Pro starts at 39,999 for the 8GB RAM & 128GB Storage option. At 41,999 you can get the 256GB Storage, 8GB RAM Option and for 43,999 you can get the 12GB RAM option (256GB Storage). The higher storage models are also fairly priced.
But, you get an exchange discount that brings it down by 5000 Rupees. Another deal is if you use a Citi Bank Card, or use the EMI options, you will get 5000 off as well, bringing the effective price for the base model down to 34,999. That is really good price especially for the specifications and also the 120W Charger (0 to 100 in 17 minutes) which is included in the box.
This phone has everything going for it on paper, basically an attack of numbers. 120W charging, 108MP camera, Snapdragon 888, 5000 MAH Battery, One Billion Colours. You get the idea. But there are some cost cuts that are less known like the 16MP Front camera can only do 1080P Video Recording at 30FPS (The same problem on the OnePlus 9RT). And the USC port is not USC Type C 3, but 2.0. Ships with Android 11 and not 12, which is disappointing.
It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner at 39,999 while many people kind of expect an optical under-display scanner at prices like this, but to be fair, we cannot put side-mounted scanners into the cons section because these scanners are usually fast and accurate. Makes absolutely no sense to say it is a negative point for this phone.
The generic 8MP ultrawide could have been upgraded, but nope. The primary sensor lacks OIS which is really helpful not just in video stabilisation but general photography too. So how does this stand against the 9RT? Competes quite well, actually, with a better display and way faster charging, though the cameras on the 9RT are better (not the 2MP Macro lens, the rest of them).
The software experience is about a draw, slightly going to Xiaomi, but we will hold off on judgement because while MIUI has slight stutters and occasional bugs most of which were fixed with 12.5 Enhanced, we do not know how MIUI 13 is, it seems to be heavier thanks to the addition of widgets.
OnePlus has been struggling with software since 2020 and 2021 was just a messy year for OnePlus software, with the whole ColorOS merge and some OnePlus 7 series phones still lagging after Android 11, we cannot say OnePlus 9RT has a better software experience. We will find out after the Android 12 update rolls out on the OnePlus 8 series. If that’s bad, then the software category goes to Xiaomi, especially because even after android updates end, you get an additional year of MIUI updates which adds the new features anyway, not to mention Xiaomi is also custom ROM friendly with easy to unlock boot loaders.
This is not to say the Xiaomi 11T Pro absolutely kills every phone around 40,000. The 9RT, upcoming IQOO 9 (ships with Android 12, has a better 13MP ultrawide, a 2X telephoto lens and OIS, but also has FunTouchOS which is a negative), Realme GT 2, etc all have a place and are targeting different types of people. If your priorities are comparatively long software support, display quality, performance and charging speeds then there is no better choice than the Xiaomi 11T Pro, but if cameras are important to you then there are other better choices.
That is all we have, for now. To conclude, if you can hold off your purchase until March or maybe April, then the upcoming Xiaomi 12X, which will be priced around the same, might be a better choice for someone looking for good cameras because it has a better camera setup when compared to the Xiaomi 11T Pro. But right now, this phone is a nice deal (judging from specs on paper) and is worth considering at 39,999.
Thank you for reading.