(Pocket-lint) – Xiaomi’s 2021 top-end flagship, the Mi 11, had its global launch early February. It was the world’s first device to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor.
Now there’s speculation about the Mi 11 Ultra – as leaked in a YouTube video – which is set to up the camera game and include a tiny second screen to the rear to assist with taking selfies. Here’s everything we know about the handset.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: Price & Release Date
While the Mi 11’s launch event took place on 28 December 2020 – and the global launch was on 8 February 2021 – the Ultra wasn’t at that event. Instead, we’re expecting the Mi 11 Ultra to be announced at an event on 29 March. You can watch that event online, the details are right here.
Regarding price, anticipate this device to sit in the four-figure category given its high-end specification – in particular it’s the cameras that will add to costs.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: Design & Display
- 6.81-inch AMOLED quad-curved ‘DotDisplay’ panel
- 2560 x 1440 resolution (WQHD+)
- 120Hz refresh rate
- 20:9 aspect ratio
- Glass and vegan leather options anticipated
The interesting thing about the Ultra is that, front-on, it’s said to cut the same silhouette as the standard Mi 11. That’s to say it’s got the same 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, featuring all the mod cons of a 2021 flagship: a 120Hz refresh rate and WQHD+ resolution.
In March the TENAA certification was spotted online, which included TUV SUD, suggesting there may be a quality certification in tow – perhaps for the screen, although nothing is confirmed just yet.
Despite also featuring a rear-positioned screen to assist with selfies, for some reason Xiaomi has also opted to feature a front-facing punch-hole camera on the main display too. Shame, as we don’t think it’s needed – save for facial recognition login – in order to give the display a chance to really max out.
In terms of finish there are already two options for the Mi 11: frosted glass or vegan leather. We would anticipate the Ultra to follow suit, perhaps with some unique colour options. How a leather covering will work regarding heat dissipation is certainly a question that needs some thought – especially with the top-tier Qualcomm hardware under the hood.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: Hardware & Specification
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor (5G), 8GB/12GB RAM options
- Up to 256GB storage (no microSD expansion), dual SIM
- 5,000mAh battery capacity, 67W fast-charging
- Software: MIUI 12.5
Which brings us to the hardware side of things. Xiaomi confirmed early on that the Mi 11 would feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform, making it the first flagship phone with such an accolade. The Ultra can’t reach any higher than that, so this is expected to be the same hardware.
As per the Mi 11 there’s an 8GB RAM standard, with a 12GB RAM variant if you want to pay the extra. There’s no microSD card expansion expected, as ever, but dual SIM is on board.
Elsewhere the Mi 11 Ultra is said to house a 5,000mAh battery – a little more capacious than the standard Mi 11, which leads us to believe that the Ultra will be a marginally thicker device (as in the body, ignoring the larger camera protrusion to the rear).
There’s even faster charging, too, with 67W wireless charging said to be supported – and certification has leaked to support this. That’ll be the quickest wireless charging to release, if true.
On the software front, the Mi 11 features Google’s Android operating system, with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5 expected over the top. This software skin is said to bring “upgrades in privacy and security”, while optimisations see lower memory and power usage.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: Cameras
- Triple rear cameras system:
- Main: 50-megapixel, f/1.95 aperture, optical stabilisation (OIS)
- Wide-angle: 48MP, f/1.95(?)
- Periscope zoom (5x): 48MP, f/4.1
- Rear-positioned small OLED screen for selfies
- Front-facing selfie camera (20MP, f/2.4?)
Xiaomi has long been trying to push advances in phone-camera photography, as one of the first companies to utilise a 108-megapixel sensor. That’s apparently not returning for the Ultra model, however, instead it’s said to be a 50-megapixel main sensor – the Samsung GN2, no less, and the first phone to house this next-gen processor.
While the standard Mi 11 pushes a telemacro camera, that’s all gone in the Ultra. Instead it’s all about zoom. A leaked video of the phone suggests a 48-megapixel wide-angle and 5x optical periscope zoom instead.
But the most eye-catching part of the rear cameras setup? The enclosure is massive, because there’s a small-scale second OLED screen housed within, used for assisting with selfie-taking. This is why we’re somewhat surprised to spy a front-facing selfie camera as part of this design.
It’s actually not the first time we’ve seen such an idea – that goes to the Meizu Pro 7, from back in 2017 – but we’ll be interested to see how it plays out in reality and whether that second screen is a practical idea or not.
A timelines of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra leaks
Here’s everything that’s happened so far.
22 March 2021: Xiaomi has scheduled a launch event for 29 March
Xiaomi will be hosting an event on 29 March called Xiaomi Mega Launch and we’re expecting to see the Mi 11 Ultra announced at this event.
19 March 2021: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Pro and Mi Mix 4 certified with 67.1W fast charging
Thanks to China’s 3C certficiation, we know that Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra will have really fast charging.
5 March 2021: Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra revealed in TENAA certification
The rumoured Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra have been spotted at TENAA, suggesting that launch is nearing.
24 February 2021: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra first to get Samsung’s new Isocell GN2 camera sensor
A reliable leaker has suggested that the Mi 11 Ultra might be the first to use Samsung’s new GN2 50-megapixel sensor.
12 February 2021: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra leaks, features tiny second screen for taking selfies
The rear of the Mi 11 Ultra might have a secondary display, as a photo of the rear of the rumoured phone reveals.
2 February 2021: Is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra about to launch? 120Hz QHD+ display rumoured
The Mi 11 Ultra is rumoured to be getting a 120Hz Quad HD display according to a leak.
Writing by Mike Lowe. Editing by Chris Hall.