Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Review: Samsung GN2 Camera Lens is Beast

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Xiaomi held a spring new product launch conference. Because there were too many new products this time, Xiaomi had to divide it into two sessions over two days. On the first day of the press conference, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra was officially released. This is a high-end flagship officially called “Android Light” by Xiaomi. The price starts at $899. The first 50 MP Samsung GN2 super-outsole main camera, all focal lengths 8K, with 120x periscope telephoto lens (48MP, 10x) and 128° ultra-wide-angle lens (48MP), also equipped with dTOF and got 143 points of DxOMark image to dominate the list again, which is the strongest imaging system, So that the official use “mobile phone and camera inflexion point battle” to describe the imaging strength of this new flagship.

Design & Appearance

When I got this phone for the first time, there were only two words in my mind-exaggeration. Mi 11 Ultra has exaggerated design, exaggerated parameters and exaggerated performance configuration, especially the huge image module on the back of the phone. , It is unforgettable. It has to be said that this time the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is bold enough in design and sufficiently individualized, and it has indeed achieved the so-called “differentiation” in the design of high-end flagship phones.

This time, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has three colors of ceramic black, ceramic white, and marble pattern special edition. IGeekphone got the marble pattern special edition, which is a very imaginative color scheme, although this marble texture is made by laser It is generated by carving, but the look and feel is no different from the natural marble pattern, so that the author at first thought that the backshell was precisely processed from a whole piece of marble. The marble special edition also uses ceramic processing, which feels warm and delicate, and is softer than traditional glass. At the same time, the light white panel is not easy to leave fingerprint marks.

There is another change in the details of the Mi 11 Ultra this time, that is, the original “MI” logo has been replaced with the current “Xiaomi”, the font is more rounded and softer, and silver highlights have been applied. Now we move our eyes to the most eye-catching and eye-catching image module on the back.

I believe that many old friends from the IGeekphone who saw the Xiaomi 11 Ultra at first glance will think of the Nokia 808 mobile phone ten years ago. Although the two products of the Xiaomi 11 Ultra and the Nokia 808 are different in design, they are both different. The same design idea is adopted-the extremely exaggerated image module design is used to emphasize the top image power of the product . The image module of the Xiaomi 11 Ultra can be called “transcendence” in design. The module area occupies almost one-third of the back of the phone. When held in the hand, it is more like holding it for a moment. With a camera that can make phone calls. Although the image module is huge, there are actually only three cameras, and each camera is the main camera level. We will introduce this in detail later.

Perhaps it is to make the image module design look more coordinated and symmetrical. Perhaps Xiaomi has other ideas. On the right side of the three main cameras, there is also a 1.1-inch eye window, which can be used for screen display. Support custom pictures, time, weather, animation, themes, view notifications, support message reminders, health reminders, music control, etc.

In addition, the small window can also display the viewfinder real-time preview in proportion to the main screen when taking pictures, which is very suitable for bloggers who often shoot vlogs. More importantly, with the ultra-low power consumption of this screen, Mi 11 Ultra also brings a “wilderness survival mode” to solve users’ urgent need for power in extreme scenarios. However, it is estimated that the version tested by IGeekphone has not yet adopted this function, so I won’t experience it here.

Seeing this small screen on the back of Mi 11, many friends will think of the smart window on the back of Meizu Pro7 a few years ago. The smart window can also be regarded as Meizu’s exploration of smart interaction. On the eve of the full-screen burst, it ended in failure. And this screen of Xiaomi is an icing on the cake in addition to ensuring excellent interaction and experience. In other words, you can install a small screen on your phone for free. Do you want to? The answer is obvious.

With this small screen, the playability of the mobile phone has also increased. You can customize the image and what image co-branding, as long as you want, just go to the picture logo.

With so many things on an image module, it is natural to bulge. The rear image module of the Mi 11 Ultra is very bulging. Even if you wear a leather protective case, the bulge is still unavoidable. The weight of the mobile phone is also very “Ultra”. The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has a body size of 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.38mm. It also does not leave the 200g club. The 234g body weight feels full in the hand. For those who are used to thin and light mobile phones or are petite For girls, the weight of 234g can be said to be very unfriendly, but after all, it is a “super big cup” player. The weight above 200g is the basic operation of these players, not to mention the Xiaomi 11 Ultra, which is still inserted inside the player. A large 5000mAh battery is installed.

Back to the front, Xiaomi 11 Ultra is equipped with a 6.81-inch hole-drilling four-curved full screen this time. The parameters are exactly the same as Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro. This point is praised, and the configuration does not shrink due to different positioning.

This screen has one billion native colors, 20:9 3200×1440 WQHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate, E4 luminescent material 1700nit peak brightness, supports Xiaomi self-developed screen calibration algorithm, JNCD≈0.38, △ E≈0.41. It also supports DCI-P3 display, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and has passed SGS low blue light eye protection certification, SGS high-speed display certification, etc., almost all parameters are fully stretched, and the display and color are all picky There is nothing wrong with it. If you have to “pick the bones in the egg”, some Perfect Party may regret not supporting LTPO, but after all, Xiaomi 11 Ultra has a large 5000mAh battery, even if it does not support LTPO, it does not matter (LTPO is mainly to reduce the high brush There are advantages in power consumption).

In the system settings, Xiaomi also provides very rich color style options, including adaptive, vivid mode, primary colour, advanced mode, the advanced mode also provides professional parameters for users to customize settings.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra uses a stereo speaker design, professionally tuned by Harman Kardon. Among them, the top adopts a new customized higher specification 1014 speaker unit, and the bottom is upgraded to a 1216P super linear speaker unit with a maximum amplitude of 0.8mm Max.

I won’t say much about the two configurations of NFC and infrared. After all, this is a consistent advantage of Xiaomi phones. Xiaomi 11 Ultra also introduced a very practical configuration this time. Ultra-thin fingerprint recognition supports a new heart rate detection function. To open the Xiaomi Health App, you only need to gently press your finger on the fingerprint module recognition area for 15 seconds. Complete the heart rate test.

Cameras

Don’t look at the huge image module of the Mi 11 Ultra. In fact, there are only three internal cameras, but all of them are the main cameras, including the 50-megapixel ultra-large bottom customized main camera GN2 + 48 Megapixels 128° ultra wide-angle + 48MP 120X ultra Telephoto, the three main camera system completely covers the 12-120mm focal length.

The main camera of the Mi 11 Ultra ultra-large bottom is the first Samsung GN2. Its photosensitive element size is as high as 1/1.12 inches, which is very close to one inch. This is the largest base in the mobile phone field at present, and it is even comparable to the Sony black card.

The single-size pixels of Samsung GN2 reach 1.4μm, and the four-in-one can reach the industry’s largest 2.8μm. The fusion of super-large pixels, outsole + super-large pixels, gives Xiaomi 11 Ultra unparalleled light sensitivity. At the same time, the lens adopts the same 8P lens of the Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition, f/1.95 aperture, and supports OIS optical image stabilization. This time Mi 11 Ultra also brings the night owl algorithm, which is as low as 0.02Lux illuminance under the extremely low light. Still can significantly improve the picture quality.

Samsung GN2

Ultra-wide-angle and telephoto are the familiar IMX586, which is also an old friend of Xiaomi. It was first equipped on Xiaomi Mi 9. Don’t look at IMX586, which is a little old (in fact, only two years), but it is actually used in ultra-wide-angle. And the periscope is more than enough, not to mention Xiaomi’s knowledge of the IMX586. I would like to say one more thing here. Since the beginning of this year, there are not many flagship phones equipped with periscope telephoto. If you have a need for a mobile phone telephoto, there are actually several optional products, Xiaomi 11 Ultra The advantage is not only equipped with a periscope telephoto but more importantly, using IMX586 as a telephoto CMOS. This telephoto solution has been well verified in the previous Xiaomi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition.

In addition, Xiaomi 11 Ultra launched the full-pixel omnidirectional eight-core focusing function for the first time. According to the official instructions, each photosensitive pixel is vertically divided into two diodes, and each pixel performs binocular focus. By further dividing the green pixel into Oblique, achieve full-pixel Omni-directional eight-core focusing, increasing the ability to focus on multi-directional textures and greatly improving the focusing performance. Through the multi-point ToF focusing system, a larger range of 61° precise focus can be achieved through up to 64-point ranging.

Xiaomi 11 Ultra also brings dual native ISO Fusion technology. This technology is available in the Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition. It can use dual native ISO to image two images separately. Low native ISO can get high light but low noise photos, high native ISO obtains a photo with rich details and low noise in the dark, and combines the two photos into a super dynamic photo with larger dynamic range, better latitude, and excellent noise control.

Let’s take a look at the proofs together:

With the advantages of ultra-large pixels and 2.8μm integration, Mi 11 Ultra has an extremely powerful night scene advantage. In some extremely dark environments, Mi 11 Ultra can stimulate a night owl mode that lasts for about 5 seconds. In an environment where you can barely see clearly, the Mi 11 Ultra can still shoot samples with good image quality, comparable to night vision goggles.

Also benefiting from the advantages of the outsole and dual native ISO Fusion technology, the Mi 11 Ultra has a very good dynamic range performance in a large light ratio environment. As shown in the figure below, it was just noon when the sample was taken, and the sun was hiding at this time. Behind the building, the main photo sample taken by the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra at this time, the text on the top of the building and the railings under strong light can be well restored.

Compared with the iPhone 12 mini main camera (on the right side of the picture below) in the same scene, the brightness of the Mi 11 Ultra screen is significantly higher. If you zoom in on the details, the resolution and sharpness of the Mi 11 Ultra are significantly better.

Coming to the indoor close-up, the color saturation of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is higher at this time, and it has a cool style. The look and feel of the iPhone12 Mini should be more realistic.

The outsole also brings a shallower depth of field. The Mi 11 Ultra can take pictures with a blurred and natural background without even needing to be close to the subject. The look and feel is more layered than the iPhone 12 mini.

Like all phones with outsoles, the Mi 11 Ultra will have blurred edges when shooting flat text. Don’t panic. Turn on the super macro to solve the problem.

The most obvious advantage of the Mi 11 Ultra ultra-wide-angle proofs is that compared to the ultra-wide-angle of other mobile phones on the market, the Mi 11 Ultra’s ultra-wide-angle lens is wider and can capture more content at 128°. At the same time, the main camera and the ultra-wide-angle camera The photo also has a good colour consistency performance.

This ultra-wide-angle has a very flagship performance in terms of resolution, color reproduction, and dynamic range. However, it cannot be denied that it may be the reason why the ultra-wide-angle range is too large. When shooting some straight buildings (such as the night scene sample below) , The edge part will inevitably have some obvious distortion with curvature. If this lens can be used with a free-form lens, the experience will obviously be better.

The 5X periscope optical zoom is my favorite lens on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. The reason is simple: this year, many flagship phones have abandoned the “periscope” for various reasons. The flagship phones do not have a periscope, which is almost meaningless. Xiaomi 11 Ultra not only did not cut off the periscope, but also still uses the 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor, which supports the equivalent of 10x optical zoom (5x optical zoom) and a maximum of 120x digital zoom. It can be said that the 5X periscope telephoto All the strengths are full.

The periscope telephoto on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has excellent sharpness and resolution performance under good light conditions. Even if the 5X and 10X light changes are partially enlarged, the details are still sharp and clear. outstanding. Similarly, the 5X periscope telephoto has a natural composition advantage. If you are not good at taking pictures like the author, you may fall in love with photography through the 5X periscope telephoto of the Xiaomi 11 Ultra.

In terms of night shooting, the first impression of Mi 11 Ultra is that the picture is transparent enough, the brightness is sufficient, and the picture purity is also high.

What’s interesting is that in some evenings when the sky is getting darker when a large area of ​​the sky appears at the same time, the proofs taken by the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra will show a very pleasing dark blue with a blueish white balance, like Added a layer of filter, although the colour is a bit unreal, it is really pleasing to the eye, it is very suitable for the circle of friends to post pictures. This point was also mentioned in the previous evaluation of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition, which seems to be caused by the same algorithm.Wide Angle Night Mode

In a low-light environment with sparse light, Mi 11 Ultra will automatically activate the 2s night scene algorithm, holding it for about 2 seconds, you can shoot a sample with a much higher brightness than the naked eye can see, and the colour and sharpness of the picture have a good performance.

In terms of experience, Mi 11 Ultra is also imperfect, that is, the shutter will be lagging when taking pictures. This feeling reminds me of the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro, which was first released with 100 million pixels. After clicking the camera button, the shutter is “sluggish” for about half a second. There is a response. Of course, don’t worry about this. Later, Xiaomi will be improved through a firmware upgrade.

In terms of image capture, each of the three rear cameras of the Mi 11 Ultra can shoot 8K 24fps video, the GN2 also supports 8K 24fps HDR10 recording, and the three lenses can achieve a more extreme picture performance. In addition, Mi 11 Ultra also supports full-link HDR10+, which can shoot and display a wider range of colours and contrast.

Performance

In terms of configuration, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is fully full at one time, and there is no shortage of one. What is the full blood version of LPDDR5 3200MHz, UFS 3.1, Snapdragon 888, and what X-axis linear motor, 5000mAh silicon oxide negative battery, wired and wireless dual 67W flash charging, IP68 waterproof… Anyway, Xiaomi 11 Ultra has what you want.

I won’t explain more about the running points here, just simply understand the picture above:

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the world’s first silicon-oxygen negative electrode super fast-charging battery (5000mAh), wired and wireless fast charging is 67W, the official said that it can be fully charged in 36 minutes, and it also supports 10W reverse wireless charging.

Although the weight of the Mi 11 Ultra is over 200g, the thickness of the body is only 8.38mm, not to mention the battery capacity of the Mi 11 Ultra reaches 5000mAh. This is mainly due to the use of a silicon-oxygen anode super fast charge battery. The battery is equipped with a “second-generation” nano-silicon-oxygen technology anode cell. The battery energy density is expected to reach 1000Wh/L. It uses nano-silicon particle surface pre-replenishing lithium technology. In simple terms, the same volume can achieve larger and larger capacity. In the charging test, it took 38 minutes to fully charge the Mi 11 Ultra to 100%, and 40 minutes to fully charge it. For a mobile phone with 5000mAh, this speed is already very good.

Because Xiaomi 11 Ultra and Xiaomi 11 Pro are exactly the same in configuration, in terms of games, we will use the “Yuanshen” data measured by Mi on Xiaomi 11 Pro for a simple demonstration:

With the highest image quality and highest frame rate of 30 minutes, the game scene selects “Complete daily tasks, download a copy, and clear physical strength”. Xiaomi 11 Pro obtained an average frame of 54.7fps and an average power of 6.1w.

Taking into account that “Yuan Shen” itself is more expensive, the game frame rate performance of Xiaomi 11 Pro can be said to be very good. What is even better is its heat dissipation performance. The average CPU core temperature of the game in 30 minutes is only 51.4°C. This is due to the world’s first full phase change heat dissipation technology in the Mi 11 Super Cup series, which can quickly release core heat in the three-state reciprocating cycle of solid, liquid, and gas. After all, better temperature control means longer-lasting performance Output.

For reasons of time, there are still many places where Xiaomi 11 Ultra has not had time to test. Friends who care about this product should not worry. If you have time, IGeekphone will conduct more detailed special tests around battery life, charging, games and other scenarios.

Read Also: Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro Review: The Most Cost-Effective Flagship Phone of 2021

Verdict

Mi 11 Ultra is a flagship phone that hardly makes anyone faulty. Even though it has an amazing weight of 234g, when I personally feel its exaggerated image module, three main camera system, excellent screen, With the peak configuration performance and the price starting at only 5999 yuan, the weight issue is no longer a problem.

Mi 11 Ultra is a flagship machine with enough bucket experience in design, experience and performance. It is a flagship machine with fierce stacking materials. It is no exaggeration to say that in the first half of 2021. , This product is hard to meet a chess player, no one knows “Android Light” better than Xiaomi.

Starting from Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi’s share in the high-end market is increasing, which also drives the rapid growth of the overall sales of Xiaomi mobile phones. In my opinion, Xiaomi 11 Ultra is a little more cautious in terms of pricing. After all, Xiaomi 11 Ultra is a great opportunity to increase the price. Of course, Xiaomi left this opportunity to the higher-end Xiaomi MIX. On the evening of March 30, This product will be officially released, look forward to what kind of experience Xiaomi will bring!

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