The year 2022 started with a bang for smartphone enthusiasts with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE followed by the OnePlus 9RT launch in India. While everyone was debating which of the two was a better offering, Xiaomi added the 11T Pro 5G flagship to the equation. The new launch offered everything that the other two did —from high refresh rate displays and Snapdragon 888 SoC to 108-megapixel camera— and added 120W fast charging to the mix.
The 11T Pro 5G is the second 120W fast-charging smartphone in India after Xiaomi’s own 11i HyperCharge. The latest launch from Xiaomi is also a solid multimedia package with a 10-bit display, Harman Kardon speakers, and Dolby Vision support. I have been using the smartphone for over a week and here’s my take on whether or not you should choose it over the OnePlus 9RT, its closest rival.
Xiaomi 11T Pro specifications
|Specs||Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G specifications|
|Display||6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED (120Hz)|
|Storage||128GB|256GB UFS 3.1|
|OS||MIUI 12.5 based on Android 12|
|Rear cameras||108MP + 8MP + 5MP|
|Fast charging||120W Xiaomi HyperCharge|
|Dimensions||164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm|
|Price||Rs 39,999 starting price|
Design and display
- 164.1 x 76.9 x 8.8mm, 204g
- 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate, 1,000nits peak brightness, Dolby Vision Support, MEMC, 10-bit panel, DCI-P3 colour gamut, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, DisplayMate A+ certified
I have personally found all Xiaomi flagships to have a confidence-inspiring heft that feels premium and the Xiaomi 11T Pro is no different. It comes with a toughened glass panel on the back and a Gorilla Glass Victus on the front. While the phone is a smidge thicker at 8.8mm and tips the scale at 204g, the curved back panel along with an even weight distribution makes for an ergonomic design.
Xiaomi is offering the handset in Celestial Blue, Moonlight White, and Meteorite Black colourways. I received the Celestial Blue variant, which looks stunning with shifting blue and purple hues when light hits it. Moreover, the smartphone has a matte finish, which means there’s rarely any smudge on it. I mentioned that the phone has an even weight distribution, which is despite the sizeable camera island on the back that protrudes quite a bit and makes the phone wobble when kept on a flat surface.
Apart from the camera module, the back panel only has Xiaomi and 5G branding in the bottom left corner. Flip to the front and you will see the 6.67-inch AMOLED display with central-aligned punch-hole cutout. The left edge is bare while the right edge is home to volume and power button slash fingerprint scanner. The bottom edge is home to a dual nano-SIM tray, Type-C port, and a speaker grille. There’s a second speaker on top for stereo output. You’ll also find the signature IR blaster on the top, which acts as a universal remote for several appliances.
As for the display, the 6.67-inch AMOLED panel offers FHD+ resolution with 120Hz refresh rate, up to 480Hz touch sampling rate, and 1,000nits peak brightness. The colours are vibrant, the text is sharp, and legibility is solid even in direct sunlight. I had no issues operating the smartphone in any lighting condition. Moreover, the 120Hz refresh rate makes the interface a whole lot smoother.
This is a true 10-bit panel that can produce 1 billion colours, which is impressive from the multimedia standpoint. The display supports MEMC, which makes video rendering smoother than it is. Add to this the support for WideVine L1, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and Harman Kardon stereo speaker tuning, and you are in for a great multimedia experience. I watched The Old Guard and The Irishman, and the experience was exemplary. Both of these are Dolby Vision-supported titles on Netflix and the display was able to relay the HDR quality perfectly.
- Rear: 108-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, 5MP telemacro
- Front: 16-megapixel primary sensor
The Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G comes with a 108-megapixel 2.1μm 9-in-1 Super Pixel primary camera with f/1.75 aperture. It’s backed by an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with 120-degree field-of-view and a 5-megapixel telemacro camera with autofocus. On the front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.45 aperture size.
The camera app is a typical MIUI with various modes like Pro, Video, Photo, Portrait, and More on the viewfinder. There are other modes like Night, 108M, Short video, Panorama, Documents, VLOG, Slow motion, Time-lapse, Movie effects, Lon exposure, Dual Video, and Clone, which can be accessed from More. Movie effects offer Magic Zoom, Slow Shutter, Time Freeze, Night time-lapse, and Parallel world.
There are flash, HDR, AI scene recognition, filters, Google Lens, and the Hamburger icons on top of the viewfinder. Hidden inside the hamburger icon are settings like aspect ratio, timer, settings, Super macro, Tilt-shift, and Pro colour. I would really appreciate it if Xiaomi could add Super Macro, 108M, and Night modes to the viewfinder as well. Or at least give an option to customize what modes are available on the viewfinder.
The camera supports up to 8K video recording, HDR 10+ filming, video pro mode, movie effects, VLOG mode, and more. The selfie camera can record up to 1080p at 60fps. The only caveat is that there’s no OIS support, which is strange.
As for the daylight performance, the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G impresses with its highly-detailed clicks that are close to accurate colour science. That is to say that the camera does saturate the images to some extent but doesn’t overdo it like most brands. I found the contrast level to be on the higher side, as a result, there are not a lot of details in shadows. But that’s the only fault I could pick up. Overall, the daylight shots are pleasant, sharp, and well-balanced in terms of dynamic range. I would suggest sticking to the default pixel-binned mode than the 108MP mode because the latter introduces a lot of grain and doesn’t post-process much either. The portrait mode is decent but misses the mark in terms of edge-detection at times when the background is lighter.
The lowlight imaging prowess of the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G is equally impressive. The camera churns out highly-detailed pictures with minimal noise and lens flare. The noise level goes up slightly when you turn on the but that’s a small tradeoff for higher detail levels and better exposure. The wide-angle images are decent, to say the least. They have a good amount of details and sharpness in the middle but there’s visible distortion and water-colour effect around the edges. The 5-megapixel telemacro lens produces sharp close-up shots with good details and natural colours. The macro lens has autofocus and can lock focus in the 3cm – 7cm range, which means you can simply go up close to the subject, point, and shoot for a good result.
As for selfies, the 16-megapixel camera on the front clicks great self-portraits as well. I found the pictures to be sharp with a natural skin tone. The selfie portrait mode works quite well too. However, just like the primary camera, the selfie camera loses the details in darker areas as well.
Performance, software, and battery
- Snapdragon 888
- 8GB + 128GB | 8GB + 256GB | 12GB + 256GB
- MIUI 12.5 based on Android 12
- 5,000mAh battery, 120W fast charging
At its core, the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G has the flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Xiaomi has opted for the LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage standards, which help spruce up the overall performance of the handset. However, for some reason, the brand has skipped the virtual RAM expansion on the 11T Pro 5G and I found it to be strange since even budget phones are offering the feature these days. That being said, the 12GB RAM variant that I received for this review is a powerhouse performer.
True to the flagship spirit, the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G handles day-to-day chores and multitasking without breaking a sweat. With around 10-12 apps running in the background, the phone switched seamlessly between apps. Having said that I did experience a one-off incident where the phone froze on the homescreen while switching to YouTube after 40 minutes of gaming but that was an anomaly. I did notice the smartphone heating up after longer gaming sessions, a common issue with Snapdragon 888 phones. That being said, Battlegrounds Mobile India defaults to HD graphics and High frame rate settings when first launched. It can go up to Ultra HD graphics and Ultra frame rates but if you want to enjoy 60fps gaming, you’ll have to tune down to Smooth graphics settings. The gameplay is smooth but as the throttling kicks in, you might experience a jitter or two.
Coming to the software, this is the only aspect where the 11T Pro 5G has let me down. It’s 2022 and Xiaomi is still launching flagship smartphones with Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 interface. You get the usual features like a built-in theme store, AOD clock styles, Game Turbo, Floating Windows, and a built-in screen recorder. While Xiaomi has cleaned up the interface quite a lot recently, there is still some bloatware present. On the bright side, the software now lets you remove unused stock apps, which is a blessing. Moreover, Xiaomi has promised three major Android updates and four years of security updates for the smartphone, which is good but I have serious doubts about the timeliness of these updates.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which lasted a whole day and a half during my stint with the phone. This was on an intensive usage of a lot of social media, Slack, WhatsApp, Telegram, Netflix binge-watching, and at least an hour of gaming every day. The cherry on top was the 120W fast charging, which juiced up the massive battery in around 25 minutes. While this is more than the 17-minute juice-up that Xiaomi claimed but still very impressive. Rest assured, you will never see the red bar unless you’re draining it below 20 on purpose.
Barring the dated Android onboard and the Snapdragon 888-specific throttling issue, the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G fits the ‘Pro’ moniker to the ‘T’. The smartphone starts at Rs 39,999, which goes down to Rs 34,999 with bank offers. At this price point, the 11T Pro 5G is. seriously loaded offering. You get a brilliant high refresh rate display that plays HDR media quite well, crisp stereo audio output thanks to Harman Kardon, a powerful set of cameras, great performance, and lastly, 120W fast charging!
For its asking price, the 11T Pro 5G goes up against the likes of the OnePlus 9RT and Vivo V23 Pro (review). You can read the complete comparison between the three smartphones here. But to summarise, the OnePlus 9RT offers a similar display, Snapdragon 888 SoC, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. It misses out in terms of a 50MP primary camera, a smaller 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging, and an expensive price tag. Those who prefer a clean OS and better gaming experience thanks to an improved VC cooling for better throttle handling should go for the 9RT.
On the other hand, Vivo V23 Pro 5G comes with a stylish colour-changing back panel, Android 12, and 50-megapixel dual selfie cameras. It’s ideal for content creators and selfie enthusiasts. On the flip side, it has a 90Hz display, Dimensity 1200, 4,300mAh battery, and 44W fast charging. Apart from the software and selfie camera, Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G trumps Vivo’s offering by a mile.
Xiaomi 11T Pro not only undercuts the competition by several thousand bucks (with discounts) but also offers a well-rounded package. Let us know in the comment box below which phone gets your vote among these three.
Pricebaba rating: 8 / 10
- Stunning 10-bit AMOLED display
- Great performance
- Harman Kardon speakeras
- 120W fast charging
- Good cameras
- Hi-res audio certification
- Android 11
- No 3.5mm audio jack
- No OIS