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Xiaomi 11T Pro in the test: 120 watts make the difference

Xiaomi 11T Pro in the test: 120 watts make the difference

Xiaomi is conquering the smartphone market bit by bit. This is thanks to the price-performance hits from the range. With the Xiaomi 11T Pro, a new candidate for this designation has appeared again, which is intended to appeal to price-conscious people. You can find out how the Xiaomi 11T Pro fared in everyday life in my review.

Xiaomi 11T Pro in the test: conclusion

xiaomist rating: 8.1 / 10

With the Xiaomi 11T Pro, the Chinese manufacturer has created a good smartphone. You get a lot of hardware for the money . I like the display, the look, the performance, the battery life and the incredibly high charging speed. Xiaomi even includes the 120 watt power supply so that you don't have to pay extra for it, as with other manufacturers.

I just think that the Xiaomi 11T Pro doesn't feel of high quality despite the chic look . It costs only 649 euros, but that is also a lot of money and you expect a slightly higher quality feel. The cell phone cannot be charged wirelessly and is not waterproof either. In addition, the software is too complicated in some parts and based too much on iOS.

Anyone who opts for the Xiaomi 11T Pro is definitely not doing anything wrong. You get a high-end smartphone at an affordable price. But the Google Pixel 6 costs just as much, feels of higher quality, has without a doubt the better camera, is waterproof, can be charged wirelessly and has unique software features. That makes the decision for the Xiaomi phone difficult .

Advantages:

Display performance Battery life Charging speed Value for money

Disadvantage:

Appearance of quality No wireless charging No IP certification Fingerprint sensor

Great display with high brightness

With the 11T Pro, Xiaomi attached great importance to a high-quality AMOLED display. With up to 1,000 nits , the content can be easily read even when the sun is shining directly on the screen. This is a great advantage, especially when taking pictures. It's just a shame that a relatively inferior protective film is applied to the display. A lot of dirt collects on it, which is also not that easy to remove.

In addition, the edges of the thick film are quite sharp, which makes swiping gestures difficult to use. If you want to exploit the full potential of the display of the Xiaomi 11T Pro and protect it at the same time, you should get armored glass with rounded edges. Alternatively, you can turn on the on-screen buttons. The screen is protected by the latest Gorilla Glass Victus .

No fingerprint sensor is built into the display. This one sits on the side. It works reliably, but in my opinion is not optimally positioned. I would flip the arrangement and put the volume rocker under the power button. Basically, I'm more of a fan of in-display fingerprint sensors . If you have no problems with the side fingerprint sensor, you will be satisfied here.

The power button, in which the fingerprint sensor is also installed, has a strange pressure point . If you don't get it right in the middle, it feels very spongy. The pressure point of the volume control is better, but the shape is different. I would have liked a uniform design here.

Optical treat

The look of the Xiaomi 11T Pro is good. You get a nice Android smartphone with a flat screen, the edges of which are not really wide . The punch-hole camera is also beautifully embedded and does not attract much attention. Even the proportions are right this time. In my opinion, that was not the case with the Xiaomi Mi 11.

The back is typically Xiaomi. The camera unit with the 108 MP sensor is located in the upper left corner. It stands out clearly from the case, which Xiaomi tries to weaken with two levels. It works optically well. But if you put the cell phone on the table, it wobbles noticeably . To turn this off, you can cover the supplied plastic cover.

Otherwise, the back of my test device in "Meteorite Gray" reminds me of my Samsung refrigerator. This has a stainless steel look, but is coated with an anti-fingerprint plastic. You actually don't see any fingerprints on my fridge, unfortunately the Xiaomi phone is full of them. The glossy surface magically attracts fingerprints and you have to clean them constantly if you don't want the phone to look permanently dirty.

In addition, the cell phone doesn't feel very high quality overall. Personally, I have nothing against the use of plastic in a smartphone. But there are big differences in the feel and this is where Xiaomi has done itself a disservice.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro lies comfortably in the hand thanks to the rounded casing on all sides. The weight of 204 grams is relatively high . Just like with the Pixel 6 Pro (for the test), I would have liked a little less weight. But since a large battery is built in here, which ensures a long runtime, I can live with it.

High-end hardware at a low price

Technically, you don't have to make any compromises with the Xiaomi 11T Pro. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 888, which always has 8 GB of RAM and either 128 or 256 GB of internal memory available. The performance of the mobile phone under Android 11 and MIUI 12.5 is very high - but not in every app.

I have permanently activated the 120 Hz mode in the settings and therefore the smartphone should always run smoothly. The animations when opening and closing apps are mostly very clean. But when I swipe through the YouTube app, for example, the content follows suit . I noticed this in several apps in which the performance shouldn't really play a role and the 120 Hz are definitely not reached. An update could help here.

IOS style software

The similarity between MIUI 12.5 from Xiaomi and iOS from Apple cannot be dismissed out of hand. The Chinese company basically took over the quick settings function from its competitor. Even pulling down the notifications and quick settings does not correspond to what is known from Android. Swiping left across the screen brings down the notifications, on the right the quick settings. Often you don't have what you actually want.

Anyone who comes from an older Xiaomi cell phone or maybe even changes from an iPhone will quickly find their way around. The software offers many settings that can be used to customize the operating system. But there is also a lot of bloatware preinstalled . Apps from AliExpress, Amazon Music, Amazon Shopping, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, TikTok and WPS Office are already on it. If you don't want to use it, you can uninstall it. I was not shown any advertising during the test period.

108 MP camera is not always convincing

We have already seen the 108 MP camera of the Xiaomi 11T Pro in countless smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer. The images that the device generates are absolutely fine in good lighting conditions . As soon as the lighting conditions get worse, the pictures are just okay. The main camera is also not optically image stabilized. That is what you actually expect in this price range.

As soon as the light gets worse, the Xiaomi 11T Pro often has problems with focus . Then the picture is just completely out of focus. After releasing the shutter in the dark, you should definitely check whether the image is sharp. I have included two examples below. If there is enough light, the problem does not occur at all. Now and then the colors are just too strong.

In addition to the main camera with 108 MP, a super wide angle with 8 MP is installed. This then allows more to be grasped. A "tele macro camera" is installed as the third sensor. No, this is not a telephoto lens that can be used to zoom in on objects. It's a macro camera that allows you to get very close to objects. Unfortunately, a real telephoto lens is missing here. The macro camera works just fine. But the same applies here: the light has to be good.

Below are some photos that I took with the Xiaomi 11T Pro in different situations:

Battery lasts a long time and charges quickly via cable

The biggest highlight of the Xiaomi 11T Pro is the battery. The smartphone can easily last a day of intensive use and you even have a small buffer left in the evening. If you use your cell phone a little more sparingly, then two or three days are possible. The smartphone hardly consumes any energy in sleep mode, which is impressive.

I used the cell phone again and again because I got it early, but other test devices were planned in advance. I was surprised when I put the smartphone aside for a few days and then there was still enough battery life available . With many smartphones, the battery would have been empty by then.

If the battery is empty, the Xiaomi 11T Pro is fully charged in a few minutes . Xiaomi charges the smartphone with an insane 120 watts. The right power supply is included in the scope of delivery - a big plus compared to the competition. However, there is no wireless charging function.

Ratings in detail

Category Rating (max. 10) Processing, haptics and design 7 Display 9 Cameras 7 Software 8 Performance 9 Telephony and audio 8 Memory 8 Battery and everyday life 9 Overall 8.1

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