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Xiaomi 11T Unboxing, Hands-on Philippines: Setting a New Standard

by Duey Guison  October 23, 2021

Initial Impressions: The Xiaomi 11T looks to be a promising flagship killer in the Philippines, thanks to notable upgrades like an AMOLED display, 67w charging, and a high-resolution 108-megapixel main rear camera.

Pros

  • Fast charging speeds
  • Blazing fast AMOLED display
  • Top-tier internals

 

Cons

  • No OIS in the main camera
  • Not IP68-rated

 

Xiaomi 11T Unboxing Philippines Specs

  • Dimensity 1200-Ultra processor
  • 8GB 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
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 67w wired charging
  • Android 11, MIUI 12.5

Following up with the immense value-for-money Mi 10T is a challenge in of itself, but Xiaomi has stepped up to the plate with the 11T. The new phone may have been stripped of the MI branding, but it’s a quintessential Xiaomi-made flagship killer. We managed to get our hands on one today, so check out what we think of the phone:

Packaging and Contents

Xiaomi likes to keep things simple with the packaging design of the 11T. You simply have a white box with a large 11 branding in front and Xiaomi 11T branding at the bottom. The box also emphasizes that the Xiaomi 11T has a 108-megapixel main camera and 5G connectivity.

Inside the box, you have the usual set of accessories: the phone itself, documentation, USB-C cable, SIM ejector tool, silicone case, and the 67w charging brick.

Design

The Xiaomi 11T has a large camera bump in the back that follows the design language of the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The main star of the camera module is the 108-megapixel main camera-a step up from the 64-megapixel snapper used on its predecessor.

You have the usual Xiaomi and 5G branding at the bottom, and the glass back panel has a glossy finish that attracts fingerprints–you’re better off using the included silicone case to keep it as pristine as possible. The frame of the Xiaomi 11T is made of aluminum, adding to its premium build. It is also one heavy phone too: at 203g, it is heavier than most mid-range phones being offered in the market right now.

Like its predecessor, the Xiaomi 11T has the same button and port layout: you still get stereo speakers, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a USB-C port. The SIM card tray has no space for a MicroSD card, and you don’t get a headphone jack as well. While it does come with an IP53 rating, it is not at par with the IP68 rating used on some mid-range phones.

Display and sound

While the highlight of the Mi 10T was its 144hz display, the Xiaomi 11T steps down the refresh rate to 120hz in exchange for a better AMOLED display. Aside from all the perks of an AMOLED panel, the Xiaomi 11T supports 1 billion colors, Dolby Vision, and HDR10, along with a higher overall brightness range at 1000nits (vs 650nits on the Mi 10T).

The punch hole is also relocated to the center, where it is home to a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. Audio is taken care of by stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos. While it lacks the Harman/Kardon branding found on the Pro model, the Xiaomi 11T’s speakers sound great for a flagship killer–which is a good compromise for not having a headphone jack.

Cameras

While the Xiaomi 11T has a downgraded 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (vs 13-megapixel on the Mi 10T), it makes up for it with a higher-resolution 108-megapixel main rear camera that has a physically larger sensor than the 64-megapixel main camera used on its predecessor. The telephoto/macro camera is still the same at 5-megapixels and comes with contrast-detect AF, which is a step up from the filler 2-megapixel macro cameras we have been seeing in a number of mid-range smartphones.

We took a few photos from phone and we noticed that photos are great for its asking price. The front camera kept our selfies looking natural, while the 108-megapixel main camera captured a very good amount of detail from daylight to mixed lighting scenarios. We will be taking more photos and videos with the Xiaomi 11T for our full review, so stay tuned for that.

Internals and Battery Life

Powering the Xiaomi 11T is a Dimensity 1200-Ultra processor that is paired with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. The Dimensity 1200-Ultra is a pretty powerful processor, rivaling smartphones that use a Snapdragon 870 processor. Based on GeekBench scores, the Snapdragon 870 is better in CPU benchmarks, while the Dimensity 1200-Ultra beats it in GPU benchmarks.

We expect the Dimensity 1200-Ultra to breeze through our usual set of tests that include gaming, so stay tuned for the full review to know our final verdict on the Xiaomi 11T’s overall performance.

The Xiaomi 11T comes with Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 out of the box, and Xiaomi commits to three years of major Android OS updates and 4 years of security updates, which is a big plus.

While it has the same 5000mAh battery found on the Mi 10T, the Xiaomi 11T gets a big upgrade with a 67w wired charging solution.

Wrap up and early verdict

The Xiaomi 11T a very strong follow-up to the Mi 10T in the Philippines, incorporating upgrades where it really matters. With an under Php 25k price for the 256GB variant, the Xiaomi 11T offers great value for money–leaving the competition in the dust.

Xiaomi 11T Price Philippines

The Xiaomi 11T will retail for Php 21,990 for the 8GB/128GB model and Php 24,990 for the 8GB/256GB model in the Philippines. Both variants come with a 2-year warranty and a 1-time free screen repair.

Pre-orders will be from October 23 to 29. Those pre-ordering from Authorized Xiaomi stores will get a Mi Robot Vacuum and Xiaomi Eco Bag, while those pre-ordering via Shopee will get the Mi Watch Lite and Wireless Earphone 2 Basic.

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