Xiaomi 11T review: Better than expected

Xiaomi is back with another round of smartphones, bringing the 11T series but without the usual “Mi” branding. All eyes are on the Xiaomi 11T Pro for a multitude of reasons. 120W HyperCharge technology, pro-grade lens for 8K recording, and a Snapdragon 888 processor.

Although, that might be too much for some people. The next best option is the vanilla and toned-down Xiaomi 11T. But is it any good like its promise?

Design

The Xiaomi 11T looks like the Xiaomi 11T Pro. You won’t really notice the difference until you see the Harman/Kardon signature on the Pro variant.

Xiaomi 11T

Despite the glaring similarities, the Xiaomi 11T looks and feels sophisticated. At a glance, it looks like a shiny phone, especially the Meteorite Gray colorway. But the devil is in the details. Underneath the glass coating, you’ll see a brushed metal texture when you peruse it up close. The refinement certainly added personality to an otherwise lackluster rear design.

Xiaomi 11T

The Xiaomi 11T’s top, right, and bottom sides house essential features you’ll need from a smartphone. A SIM card tray, microphone, USB-C port, speaker grilles, volume rockers, a power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and an IR blaster.

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The camera placement seemed smooth and subtle with its curves, looking thinner than most cutouts on several smartphones released this year. Lenses are symmetrically arranged, blending easily with the phone’s design.

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Moreover, the back has a curved design for ergonomic reasons. It’s easier to grip, and the phone offers the right amount of heft whenever you carry or hold it.

Display

Sure, the Xiaomi 11T has a curved back design. But up front, it has a 6.67-inch flat FHD+ AMOLED display. It’s something I’ve been enjoying nowadays since I don’t have to worry about my fingers sliding on a curved screen, accidentally swiping and/or opening up apps, windows, and notifications.

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For visual experiences, the Xiaomi 11T is quite a treat. It’s not the best display, but casual users opting for the vanilla variant might enjoy watching and playing on the Xiaomi 11T. The AMOLED display surely helped showcase better colors, contrast, and better dynamic range as compared to its predecessor.

Moreover, those who rave for higher refresh rates will be thrilled to find a 120Hz refresh rate on the Xiaomi 11T. The faster refresh rate will do wonders whether you’re switching between apps, scrolling through social media, or while playing graphics-intensive games.

Xiaomi 11T

My only issue, despite having an AMOLED display, is the sunlight legibility for the Xiaomi 11T. Despite having 800 to 1000 nits, I was struggling to look at the screen especially when taking photos on a sunny day.

It was difficult to appreciate the affirmations I wrote on the customizable Always-On display when you need to squint your eyes a little to read it.

Performance

On paper, the Xiaomi 11T might be a downer. Especially for people who are used to Snapdragon’s buttery-smooth performance. Fret not, Mediatek’s Dimensity 1200 still proved to be enough for the vanilla variant.

I was able to play Sprite Fantasia, a graphics-intensive mobile game, without overheating. It was able to keep it cool even if I was playing for an hour.

Xiaomi 11T

The unit I have runs on MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 and has a configuration of 8GB RAM with 128GB of internal storage. If you need more, there’s a 256GB option.

Frankly, I’m still in disbelief with how smooth everything was. I’m one of the people who always preferred Snapdragon as a processor because the chipset never failed me and my smartphone experience.

Mediatek is changing the way I think and feel about their Dimensity chipsets. The same experience can be found in my review on the vivo X70, which sports the Dimensity 1200 as well.

Xiaomi 11T

Battery

The Xiaomi 11T may not have 120W HyperCharge, but it’s still capable of 67W wired charging. For most smartphones in the same bracket, Xiaomi’s charging technology is still faster. In less than an hour, I was able to fill its juice to 100 percent, starting from 14 percent.

Battery consumption is also better than most midrange smartphones, draining slowly whether on standby or constant usage. Staying connected all day, catching up with your tasks via email, notes, and other productivity tools, and occasional entertainment can deplete the battery throughout the day.

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I recently went out on a hundred percent battery at 9 in the morning and went home with a 15 percent battery at 10 in the evening.

On standby mode, the Xiaomi 11T lasts longer than expected. It was a Saturday when I took the Xiaomi 11T and the vivo X70 out on my indoor climbing session. I was taking photos to compare which one looks better, and after my exhilarating activity, I passed out.

I left the phones on my tote bag on standby with no Wi-Fi starting from Saturday until Wednesday. As expected, the vivo X70 is dead while the Xiaomi 11T still has 26 percent battery left.

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Cameras

The Xiaomi 11T carries a triple camera setup on its rear: a 108-megapixel wide camera, a 5-megapixel telemacro, and an 8-megapixel 120° ultra-wide lens.

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What I like the most about its rear cameras is the consistency of color accuracy and reproduction whether you use different lenses.

It depicts the scenarios perfectly and balances out the image during the processing for proper portrayal. I didn’t have overexposed photos or came out with blown highlights. Photos aren’t vibrant either, producing real-life-like outputs.

Some people wouldn’t prefer this since the photos might look desaturated, but that’s the result of smartphones constantly producing vibrant and saturated processed results.

The same goes for the 108-megapixel shots.

Selfies, on another note, used less beautification. It’s closer to real life, which I had mixed feelings for. I used to like how Xiaomi pads a little beautification that doesn’t make me look like a Ken Doll — keeping scars and wrinkles throughout my selfies without looking like I just got out of bed or life threw me a curve ball.

This time around, I need to pay attention to how I really look and learn how to not rely on a selfie camera’s processing. If I look weary, I can’t use my smartphone to fake it. That might be a good behavior to fix.

On the other hand, portraits that were taken using both the front and rear camera still have a long way to go like most midrange smartphones.

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The Xiaomi 11T surprised us when it did wonders for a vanilla smartphone. Most smartphone lineups focus on their Pro variants since their headliners got almost everything you could possibly want out of a smartphone. But not most people want the best, the brightest, or the most feature-packed.

Xiaomi 11T

Sometimes, what people want is a smartphone that can accompany them in their daily lives. Possibly help out with everyday tasks, offer an avenue for self-expression, a tool for unwinding, and capture great life moments. And the Xiaomi 11T did so.

I had really low expectations for most base variants, but for a midrange smartphone, the Xiaomi 11T is really better than expected. It’s packaged with power blended with graceful beauty that might seem too much for a casual user, but enough to use for their everyday, modern life.

Price and availability

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The Xiaomi 11T retails for PhP 21,990 for the 8GB/128GB configuration. For higher storage, the 8GB/256GB configuration costs PhP 24,990. There are three colors to choose from: Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

Starting October 30, 2021, every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T entitles buyers to a free Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic. Xiaomi Philippines will also have an open sale on the same date where buyers of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro will get a free Xiaomi 11T Series Edition Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 3,250.

Xiaomi 11T

Meanwhile, the Official Xiaomi Philippines Shopee store will also be including a free Mi Robot Vacuum and eco bag with every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T. Each purchase of the device comes with a 1+1 year limited warranty and free screen replacement within six months.

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