Xiaomi 11T Pro review: a powerful phone

Last month, Xiaomi launched a new 11T Pro upper mid-range phone in India. It comes in three configurations – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 256GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – for Rs 39,999, Rs 41,999 for the 8GB+ 256 GB and Rs 43,999, respectively.

On paper, Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G comes with a very good spec sheet and the main feature of the device is super-fast HyperCharge technology. Does it deliver smooth performance or does the device overheat while charging? Let’s look at this.

Design, build quality and display
It features a smooth shell covered with a glass panel on the back design and aluminum rails on the edges providing structural stability to the phone. It exudes a premium touch experience and looks great with a psychedelic color reflection when viewed from a certain angle, but the design language isn’t unique or stand out from other phones in its class. category.

The device is said to come with a special coating to prevent fingerprint smudges but this doesn’t completely work as I am able to see fingerprints when viewed from a certain angle on the celestial magic variant . Luckily, the company offers a transparent silicone case with a retail box and also a pre-applied screen protector on top of the display, which makes the device more durable. In addition, does not obstruct the visual aesthetics of the device.

Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

Add to that, the device comes with an IP53 rating, which means the device can withstand accidental splashes of water. Additionally, the screen is a protected Gorilla Glass Victus shield, which is considered the second toughest screen protector we’ve seen on an Android phone.

Recently, the Galaxy S22 series came with the latest Gorilla Glass Victus Plus series which is said to be tougher than its predecessor in some parameters. Nevertheless, I am happy that Xiaomi has ensured that the Xiaomi 11T Pro serves its customers longer.

The Grade A+ display panel comes with Dolby Vision and supports HDR10+ to ensure an exceptional viewing experience. I had the best time-consuming media on the 11T Pro. It features a perforated camera at the top like a small bindi and does not obstruct viewing.


Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

The Xiaomi 11T Pro features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ True 10-bit AMOLED HyperView display. It’s bright, vibrant and supports an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz. You’ll love watching nature documentaries on the Xiaomi 11T Pro and of course you can lend the device to the kids for online lessons during long hours and don’t worry about eye stress.

In addition, the speaker is well tuned with the Harman Kardon system and offers very good audio output.

Additionally, the side fingerprint sensor that doubles as the power button works like a charm. It responds quickly to finger print and opens lock screen in no time with low false rejection rate.

Performance
Xiaomi 11T Pro comes with Qualcomm’s 5nm class Snapdragon 888 octa-core chipset (2.84 GHz Kryo 680 x 1 + 2.42 GHz Kryo 680 x 3 + 1.80 GHz Kryo 680 x 4) supported by the engine Adreno 660 graphic.

Our review unit came with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It runs smoothly whether it’s playing games, using a camera, or doing any other daily task.

However, some might be disappointed that the device runs on MIUI 12.5.2 based on Android 11. We are seeing cheaper phones with Android 12 OS.

That said, I think Xiaomi is playing it safe by taking more time to fine-tune the Android 12-based MIUI 13, as we’ve already seen how v12 of other branded phones has caused a lot of performance issues and ruined it. user experience. . Even Google Pixel phones suffered issues due to the latest update.


Xiaomi 11T Pro performance – multi-core and single-core benchmark score on Geekbench 5.0. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

Hopefully Xiaomi engineers are working on fixing the bugs and rolling out the public version as soon as possible.

I understood that Xiaomi will offer three years of Android OS updates and security software support for four years.


Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

Coming to the most notable attribute of the Xiaomi 11T Pro. It has HyperCharge technology and I am happy to see that the device lives up to its promises.

The massive charging brick, which incidentally comes with the retail box, can power the device from zero to 100% in less than 20 minutes. It is the fastest in the Indian market and more importantly the heat generated during the charging process has never been overwhelming.

With just 10 minutes of charging, users can play up to seven hours of video on the phone, record two hours of Full HD (1080p) video, or use Google Maps for five hours.

I am really impressed with this aspect and I was told that the battery conservation capacity of the device would not be affected much despite the super-fast charging. It can work normally for at least 800 charging cycles, more than two years of use.


The Xiaomi 11T Pro’s HyperCharge technology in action. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

Xiaomi says it used a 5,000mAh dual-cell battery (2,500mAh capacity each) with a graphene coating. With the dual charging pump and MTW (Multiple Tab Winding) technologies, the device is ensured of efficient current flow during charging at all times.

Additionally, the company has performed multiple levels of testing and around 35 safety checks to ensure that the device has less chance of overheating.


The 120W charging brick of the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

As far as battery life goes, it consistently lasted a full day with normal usage.

I would like to reiterate what I had mentioned in my first impression article on the 11T Pro is that the device supports 13 5G SA/NSA (n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/ 38/40/41/ 66/77/78) and as soon as the infrastructure is ready, device users will be able to enjoy high-speed Internet access up to 7.5 Gbit/s (download) and a download speed of 3 Gbit/s.

The company also offers the device in two other configurations: 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage.

I believe these two can work more or less like the top model would and definitely save you some money and you can invest it in something other than the device. As mentioned earlier, the company offers a screen protector and a case with the retail box.

Photography

Xiaomi 11T Pro comes with feature-rich camera hardware – 108MP main (1/1.52-inch, f/1.75, 26mm (wide) sensor, 0.7µm pixel size, PDAF: Phase Detection Auto Focus ) with 120 degree ultra-wide-angle 8MP (f/2.2, 1/4 inch sensor, 1.12µm pixel size) and 50mm Tele-macro (3-7 cm 5MP (f/2.4, 1/5.0 inch sensor, pixel size 1.12µm pixel, AF: Auto Focus) with two-color LED flash on the back.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

In normal HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos, subjects, especially flowers, look beautiful with warmer colors. The pink rose in the sample image below is actually dull to the naked eye, but the 11T Pro’s native camera did a good job enhancing the color a bit darker to make it look more appealing.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

With macro mode, you need to have patience and also a steady hand to get that perfect close-up. And, yes, the resulting images are really good compared to any of its rival brands in its class.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

In low light conditions, such as in the shade and in the evening or early morning, the image is good.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

With ultra wide-angle mode too, the phone does a great job of opening up the lens to accommodate more landscape space in the frame. Also, keep tall structures straight and don’t bend too much.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

In night mode, the image quality is decent at best. It manages to capture the colors and essence of the night, but it can’t stop the noise from creeping into the frame. It won’t show much on the compact screen of the phone, but it does show up when viewing on the large screen of the PC.

If you post the photo on social media platforms, it is unlikely to be noticed because people use Facebook or Instagram or Twitter on phones rather than computers.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

It is capable of recording high resolution video up to 8K at 30 fps (frames per second), 4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60/120/240/960 and HDR10+. With support for gyro-EIS (electronic image stabilization), it does a pretty good job of capturing stable, good-quality video.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

When it comes to selfies, the 16MP wide front camera (f/2.5, 1/3.06-inch sensor, 1.0µm pixel size) does a great job capturing the subject’s face. Of course, like any other smartphone in the market, the software smoothes the surface to make it more attractive.


Xiaomi 11T Pro camera example. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

Even if the user is not satisfied with the standard photo, he has a plethora of beautifying tools to adjust the size of the eyes, chin, cheeks and even the nose.

Final Thoughts
USP of Xiaomi 11T Pro – super fast HyperCharge technology is simply top notch and saves a lot of time.

Although the Xiaomi device can easily last a day with normal usage, it reduces the anxiety of battery drain if we overdo it with binge-watching content on OTT apps. In 20 minutes, we have 100%. The experience and seeing the super-fast charger at work is magical.


Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G. Credit: DH Photo/KVN Rohit

I’m pretty sure there are people willing to get Xiaomi 11T Pro just for the HyperCharge technology.

In terms of other aspects too, it’s good too. Backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, it runs smoothly whether it’s daily tasks playing games for an extended session or using the camera for high resolution video recording. In addition, the camera hardware is also decent.

Right now, Xiaomi’s 11T Pro is the best value for money premium phone on the market.

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