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Xiaomi 11T Pro Review Philippines: Everything You Want

by John Nieves  November 2, 2021

Review verdict: The Xiaomi 11T Pro has everything you’d ever want in a flagship in the Philippines, including a price that almost everyone can afford.

Pros

  • Flagship processor
  • Excellent design
  • Good cameras
  • Insane fast charging speeds

Cons

  • No OIS in camera
  • No IP68 certification

Xiaomi 11T Pro Unboxing Philippines Specs

  • Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 120hz refresh rate
  • 108-megapixel f/1.75 main camera with PDAF, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 5-megapixel telemacro camera with AF
  • 16-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 4G, 5G
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Harman Kardon-tuned Stereo Speakers
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 120w wired charging
  • Android 11, MIUI 12.5

Xiaomi’s top-tier flagship, the 11T Pro might have lost its Mi branding, but it’s still every bit of a flagship killer as its older siblings are. Incredible design, a flagship chipset, and a solid mid-range price tag make the Xiaomi 11T Pro one of the best flagships you can buy in the Philippines today.

Design

The Xiaomi 11T family shares a common design language – all three phones have glass backs, curved corners, and sides as well as a huge camera module that holds varying numbers of cameras and megapixel counts.

For the Xiaomi 11T Pro, you’re getting a curved back that holds a large (and some would say unsightly) camera module that holds three cameras. The back of the Xiaomi 11T Pro has a nice finish to it that resembles brushed aluminum, though the entire chassis is a fingerprint and smudge magnet.

The Mi logo is nowhere to be found, and Xiaomi’s own branding is rather small on the 11T Pro. The phone feels nice to hold and use, though one-handed use is going to be tricky for anyone who has small palms and digits.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro settles for an IP53 rating, so it’ll survive the occasional drizzle but won’t last if it’s dunked underwater, which is a shame. We’d wager adding IP68 capability wouldn’t add a lot to the phone’s final price point (and would add quite a bit to the phone’s overall value) but that’s something that Xiaomi hasn’t really considered as of now.

The physical controls are all located on the right side of the phone, with the power button pulling double duty as the always-on fingerprint scanner. There’s no 3.5mm jack here, though the phone has some pretty nice audio thanks to stereo speakers – more on this later.

Display and sound

The phone is rather large, thanks to the 6.67-inch, 1080 x 2400 resolution AMOLED display, protected by Corning’s top-of-the-line Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

The display has everything you’d ask for from a feature-packed phone: 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision capability, HDR10+, and a peak brightness of 1000 nits.

The display looks very good, especially considering the price you’re paying for the phone. The display uses an adaptive refresh rate, meaning the display switches to 60Hz if you’re looking at a static image, which saves battery, and switches back to either 90Hz or 120Hz depending on your settings.

As far as audio goes, the phone has stereo sound – there’s a speaker grille on the bottom and the top of the device, and Xiaomi proudly declares their partnership with Harman/Kardon on the top of the phone.

The Harman/Kardon partnership plus stereo audio make the Xiaomi 11T Pro one of the best sounding phones we’ve used to date and more than makes up for the phone’s lack of a 3.5mm jack

Cameras

The phone’s cameras look impressive, on paper. There’s a 108-megapixel main camera that has an f/1.8 aperture lens and PDAF. There’s an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide shooter, as well as a 5-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto/macro lens.

The main sensor is courtesy of Samsung, specifically the ISOCELL HM2. Its physical size is 1/1.52″, and uses a Nona-Bayer color filter which combines 9 sensor pixels into one, with the resulting 108-megapixel image distilled down to 12-megapixels.

Images taken by the camera are pretty good, and while it’s not quite up to par with the shots taken by say, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example, it is still pretty good considering the phone’s price. Daylight shots are sharp and have plenty of detail along with punchy colors and not a lot of obvious post-processing.

The front camera is housed in a punch-hole module and is a 16-megapixel f/2.2 unit. It works extremely well, and we did not have any issues with its use during its time with us.

Performance, battery, software

The Xiaomi 11T Pro is armed with Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888 processor. Two variants of the Xiaomi 11T Pro will be offered in the Philippines: an 8GB/256GB variant and a 12GB/256GB variant. Both variants do not have expandable storage.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro feels incredibly fast and fluid thanks to that flagship chipset, and is easily capable of handling whatever game or application you want to run on it.

The phone’s top-tier performance gives you confidence in day-to-day tasks, as we never really felt the phone slow down or have any performance issues at all, which is what we expect from top-tier flagships like the Xiaomi 11T Pro.

Along with the Snapdragon 888, the Xiaomi 11T Pro comes with Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 out of the box. Xiaomi has committed to around three major Android updates and four years of security patches as well, which should give the Xiaomi 11T Pro longevity for anyone that picks it up.

The phone ships with a rather large 5000mAh battery, and that’s backed up by astoundingly fast 120W fast charging capabilities.

Overall battery life is pretty good considering the specs, with the Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro posting a run time of 13 hours and 9 minutes on our battery drain test – pretty good for a phone that’s this powerful.

Wrap-up and verdict

The Xiaomi 11T Pro is one of the best budget flagships you can buy today based on our review for the Philippines, period. There’s no compromise on power, performance, and battery life, and while the camera is a bit behind on more expensive flagships like Samsung’s Galaxy S21, it’s more than enough for the typical user.

Xiaomi 11T Pro Review Philippines Price

The Xiaomi 11T Pro has a price of Php 27,990 in the Philippines for the 8GB/256GB version, while the 12GB/256GB variant is priced at Php 29,990. Every purchase has a 2-year warranty and a 1-time free screen repair. You can buy the Xiaomi 11T Pro in either Shopee or Lazada.

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