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Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Is Official, Priced At Under $650

It's the first phone sporting Qualcomm's new flagship processor

Just as promised, Xiaomi has officially unveiled their flagship Mi 11 in China today, officially becoming the first-ever smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s new flagship Snapdragon 888 processor.

The Mi 11 will be the first of many flagships to pop up in the next few months sporting Qualcomm’s new flagship silicon, and Xiaomi’s new top-end model comes with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, along with a vapor cooling system.

The new phone comes with a large, OLED display that measures in at 6.81-inches with QHD+ resolution (3,200 x 1,440), the first for Xiaomi’s Mi series since the Mi Note Pro released in 2015. The screen also has a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz refresh rate as well, along with ultra-tough Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

The phone also packs a 108MP main camera with an f/1.85 aperture, a 1/1.33 inch sensor and OIS, 13MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.4 aperture and 123-degree FOV, and a 5-megapixel telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture.

Other features include Harman Kardon-tuned speakers, as well as heart-rate detection via the fingerprint scanner, WiFi 6E capabilities, and an ultra-fast 55W charging system. The phone also comes with a 4,600mAh battery inside its sleek body.

Unfortunately, the Mi 11 won’t have a charger in the box, a move that’s sparked criticism especially since Xiaomi mocked Apple earlier this year for their removal of the free charger. Xiaomi says it’s for environmental purposes, and to be fair they did commit to two versions of the Mi 11: one with a charger, and one without.

The new phone starts at around RMB 3,999 which comes to Php 29.3K converted without taxes or duties for the 8GB/128GB variant. The 8GB/256GB variant is a little bit more at RMB 4,299 or Php 31.5K, while the 12GB/256GB model is expected to be priced at RMB 4,699 or Php 34.5K.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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