I’ll be talking about the Xiaomi Mi 11X, also known as the POCO F3 in Europe and the Redmi K40 in China. It is Xiaomi’s newest luxury mid-range smartphone, with a starting price of INR 30,000 in India and 350 Euros in Europe.

If you look real close at Xiaomi’s latest strategy, you’ll see that, after the Huawei ban, they’ve gone all-in on the luxury midrange and flagship market—a space where Huawei’s Nova and P-series used to dominate. And, traditionally, it’s also the same division in which Xiaomi hasn’t had any success.

SPECIFICATION

Body 76.4 x 163.7 x 7.8mm, 196 gm, Gorilla Glass 5
Display 6.67-inches E4 AMOLED “DotDisplay”, 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 5
Resolution FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio, 395 PPI
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm Mobile Platform)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650
Memory 6/8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
Software & UI Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 on top
Rear Camera Triple-camera (with LED flash)
Audio Stereo speakers with Hi-Res Audio, Dolby Atmos
Security Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic compass, IR blaster, Linear motor
Battery 4520mAh with 33W fast charging (33W adapter provided)
Color options Celestial Silver, Lunar White, Cosmic Black
Price in Nepal N/A (POCO F3 launching soon)

Design

  1. 196 grams, 76.4 x 163.7 x 7.8 mm
  2. Plastic frame, Gorilla Glass 5 (front and back).

There is no IP qualification for dust and water resistance. There is no SD card slot, and the audio jack is just 3.5mm. The first of many things I enjoy about this site is undoubtedly its architecture. While the Mi 11X has a similar appearance to the Redmi Note 10 Pro series, it feels more premium and ergonomic.

Its edges aren’t as sharp as the Note 10 Pro. It’s just a little slimmer. However, this is most likely due to the smaller 4520mAh battery inside. The Mi 11X has a premium feel to it thanks to all of these features.

So, it’s essentially a more advanced version of the Note 10 Pro. A different camera configuration, inspired by the regular Mi 11, can be seen on the rear.

Display

  • AMOLED display with a 6.67-inch FHD+ E4 resolution.
  • The refresh/touch sampling rate is 120/360Hz.
  • SGS Eye Care, 1300 nits max brightness

Another feature of the Mi 11X that I admire is its fantastic display. It has a 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED screen with HDR10+ support and a refresh rate of 120Hz. It seems to be identical to the Note 10 Pro Max on paper.

However, as soon as I began using the Mi 11X, I noticed how much better the show was. As compared to the Note 10 Pro Max’s 240Hz touch sampling rate, the 360Hz touch sampling rate has a nearly flagship-level typing experience. Plus, with a strong flagship-level Snapdragon 870 chipset at my disposal, I didn’t experience any jitter or lag when using the Mi 11X in 120Hz range.

Performance

  • 6/8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB UFS 3.1 storage Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G SoC (7nm) (fixed)
  • Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 on top of Android 11

The Snapdragon 870 also delivers outstanding gaming results. Even the most difficult games, such as Genshin Effect, run at 60 frames per second on the highest settings with 86 percent stability. There were times where it stuttered a little, but not to the point that the game was lost.

Battery

In addition, the Mi 11X charges quickly. It takes about 55 minutes to charge from 0 to 100% with its 33W battery, which is significantly quicker than the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.

The battery has a capacity of 4520mAh and can be charged at a rate of 33W.

The Mi 11X’s battery life is also very good. It isn’t quite as amazing as the iPhone 12 Pro Max or the Samsung Galaxy M62, but it can comfortably last a day of reasonable use. On average, I got about 6 hours of screen time on my user pattern, which is comparable to what I’ve had on other phones like the Galaxy A52 and Note 10 Pro Max.

Audio

X-axis Linear Motor, stereo speaker with Dolby Atmos Hi-Res Audio

Xiaomi has also incorporated good haptics and an outstanding pair of hybrid stereo speakers to set the phone apart from cheaper Redmi models.

The vibration motor produces pleasant, gentle haptics, and the speaker is loud and immersive, with a wide dynamic range. It also has Dolby Atmos compatibility.

Cameras

  • At the back, there’s a triple-camera rig (48MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP telemacro)
  • Within the punch-hole cutout is a 20MP selfie camera.
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