Mi 11X Pro Review – Ready For a ‘Legend’-ary Battle | Comparison vs iQOO 7 Legend

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Remember when I said, the iQOO 7 Legend was my de facto recommendation under Rs 40,000. Well, the Mi 11X Pro is here to challenge that status quo. 

Also read: iQOO 7 Legend Review and Comparison vs OnePlus 9R, vivo X60 – the Underdog Triumphs

The Mi 11X Pro is a souped up Mi 11X with a better processor and better cameras. And, so is the iQOO 7 Legend compared to the iQOO 7. So, which is the best phone under Rs 40,000? 

Design

The Mi 11X Pro is identical to the Mi 11X. I wish there was some form of distinction in design somewhere. After all, the 11X Pro is the superior phone. Look at how iQOO has managed to create a distinction with the 7 Legend. 

Regardless, I am glad that Xiaomi sent over this Celestial Silver variant. The name is such a ruse. It is anything but Silver. The gradient changes colours when light falls on it from different angles. It does look unique. Compared to the 11X Pro, the iQOO 7 Legend is fatter and heavier. But, not by a lot. Both the phones are equally ergonomic. And, when it comes to the design, I have a soft spot for the iQOO 7 Legend thanks to the Matte White finish. 

Furthermore, it feels more premium thanks as it includes an aluminium frame instead of the plastic one on the Mi 11X Pro. Another distinguishing factor of the design of the two phones is the raised camera module. However, on the iQOO 7 Legend, the protrusion is all but a mere blip. On the contrary, the bump is more pronounced on the 11X Pro. Therefore, the 11X Pro also wobbles a whole lot more in comparison. 

All that said, the 11X Pro does have a couple of functional improvements. It has a proper stereo speaker setup with grilles up top. And, you get the – now famous – infrared scanner as well. There’s one thing that is a letdown on these phones and that is the use of a far slower USB 2.0 Type C port. But, then again, Xiaomi uses the same tech on the more expensive Mi 11 Ultra. 

So, when it comes to the design, I think it is a tie with the iQOO 7 Legend winning my heart with its more attractive, premium design, and the Mi 11X Pro, convincing me with its functional advantages and especially the IP53 rating. 

Display and Multimedia

The Mi 11X Pro and the iQOO 7 Legend, both, use an AMOLED panel a little over 6.6-inches in size. You also get support for high refresh rate 120Hz setting, HDR10+, and 1300nits of claimed peak brightness in HDR playback. 

  1. You do not get HDR playback on Netflix on the iQOO 7 Legend. The Mi 11X Pro has it. Plus the 11X Pro has another ace up its sleeve and that is MEMC using the Video Toolbox. 
  2. Both the phones offer a nice and accurate colour tuning. The Mi 11X Pro does it in the Natural mode, whereas the iQOO 7 Legend does it in the Profe ssional mode. Fun fact, if you want to know the actual colours of the camera samples from these phones, use these modes to check it. You get a nearly true-to-source representation.

  3. I ran my regular brightness test with the slider pushed to maximum on both the phones. Both were almost equally bright, touching close to 700 nits at peak. Although, in my HDR peak brightness test, the Mi 11X Pro definitely pushed the brightness higher than the iQOO 7 Legend. But, these are merely standardised tests. In real world HDR videos played back on YouTube,  I couldn’t tell the difference between the two phones with my naked eyes. Both the phones were equally good at controlling the highlights and the shadows. 
  4. However, the iQOO 7 Legend does have one ace up its sleeve. It uses the haptic engine as a pressure sensitive trigger in games. Somewhat like 3D Touch on Apple phones. And, it does work like a charm in COD Mobile. I mapped the triggers to crouch and jump, and it really helped up my gaming experience. Although, I still feel that iQOO 7’s MEMC push for gaming with upscaled 120fps in COD is a better perk. It helped improve my twitch responses and I was actually doing better in ranked games on iQOO 7 compared to any other phone I’ve used in the past.
  5. Talking about gaming, the Mi 11x pro as it offers a touch response rate of 360hz. The iQOO 7 Legend can hit 300Hz, with an instant touch sampling rate of 1000Hz. All of this just means that you get great gaming performance. 
  6. Now, the iQOO 7 Legend also uses an in-display fingerprint scanner as opposed to the side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the power button of the Mi 11X Pro. Obviously, the physical scanner is faster at unlocking the phone. 

Rounding off the multimedia performance are the speakers. And, the Mi 11X Pro with its true stereo speaker setup sounds slightly louder and cleaner. But the iQOO 7 Legend is no slouch. Take a listen for yourself. 

Also read: Xiaomi Mi 11x Review: A Great Phone with Average Cameras

Camera

The one thing that clearly distinguishes the Mi 11X Pro from the Mi 11X is the 108MP sensor. And, it has an 8 MP ultrawide for a secondary camera along with a third, 5MP Macro one. On the front is a 20MP shooter. In comparison, the iQOO 7 Legend’s main camera is the 48MP Sony IMX598 one. You also get at 13MP ultrawide and a 13MP Telephoto for portrait, which is more useful if you ask me. On the front is a 16MP selfie camera. To evaluate the cameras, I have a camera comparisons in my review video. Just watch it from the exact time stamp linked below because then you’d be able to see the differences while I am explaining it. 

From what I can tell after testing the cameras is the iQOO 7 Legend has a more well-rounded camera experience compared to the Mi 11X Pro, which does impress with its look and video performance.

Software

When it comes to the software experience, I think MIUI 12 feels more refined and feature rich compared to FunTouch. Please note, I am saying compared to FunTouch. Not in general. Because last time there were folks who stormed the comments section without understanding the context. 

For example, I’ll just point out two things. You can bulk delete apps from the home screen and the Search bar is placed at the bottom in the App Drawer. Then you have other cool features such as floating windows, edge lighting, etc. Although, FunTouch has evolved a lot. And, for what it is worth, it is far easier to do a simple command like changing a wallpaper on FunTouch. Just saying.

As for bugs, MIUI 12 does have some notification issues with WhatsApp, which is not present on FunTouch. But then again, bugs are present even on Oxygen OS and iOS. So yeah. Overall, I’d go with MIUI 12 as my choice of the better operating system but only slightly so. Both need to drop the bloatware and stop notifications from GetApps and V-Apps Store by default. 

Performance

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in 2021 testing phones with Snapdragon 888 phones, not all of them are built the same way. In benchmark scores, the iQOO 7 Legend is ahead in AnTuTu and it is pretty similar on Geekbench. But, what matters here is throttling performance. In CPU throttle test, the iQOO 7 Legend is obviously more stable. The Mi 11X Pro drops very quickly. 

What’s more intriguing is the fact that in my 3DMark Wild Storm Stress Test, the Mi 11X Pro kept shutting the test after the phone crossed a certain threshold of internal heat. It is interesting that the iQOO 7 Legend got equally hot but kept going. I had to cool down the devices to around 10 degrees and start the test. You can see from the scores that the iQOO 7 Legend has far better stability. And, it doesn’t gain as much temperature as the Mi 11X Pro. But, the difference is not a lot. 

I also noticed this in regular gaming where the iQOO 7 Legend was more stable in a game like Genshin Impact compared to the 11X Pro. It is not like the Mi 11X Pro is bad or anything but it throttles sooner. That said, if you are only playing Call of Duty, then the Mi 11X Pro is equally up to the task. 

You need to note that these are just minute testing-based differences. Most folks buying the Mi 11X Pro will be more than happy with the phone’s performance. But yes, I still feel the iQOO 7 Legend is a better phone compared to the Mi 11X Pro for gaming thanks to the pressure sensitive triggers.  

Battery

Interestingly, the iQOO 7 Legend has a smaller 4000mAh battery but the battery life stats are very similar to the Mi 11X Pro. You get close to 5.5-6 hrs of SoT on both the phones. But, the iQOO 7 Legend has a huge advantage in charging times. You can charge the phone from 0 to 100 in about 27 minutes using the 66W in-box charger. Which is way faster than the Mi 11X Pro, which takes over an hour. 

Network

As for the network and radio performance, both the phones are excellent with 4G performance with support for 4G Carrier Aggregation as well. However, the Mi 11X Pro offers a slightly better audio quality through the earpiece in calls. Not like the iQOO 7 Legend is bad, but the Mi 11X Pro is noticeably better. Although, the iQOO 7 Legend does have more 5G bands support right now, which is definitely an advantage for future proofing.

So, is the Mi 11X Pro Better Than iQOO 7 Legend?

After using these phones, is the iQOO 7 Legend still my first recommendation for a phone under Rs 40,000? Yeah, but that’s also after a very careful subjective consideration. Because, I know that, for a lot of folks, the Mi 11X Pro is still the best option. The Mi 11X Pro is a great phone, with a nice and compact design, better service and support, and a better multimedia performance as well. 

That said, the iQOO 7 Legend offers a more attractive design, better performance, and a well-rounded camera system in comparison to the 11X Pro. Note my words carefully again. Well rounded. I have to ensure I repeat myself because there are many folks ready to storm the comments section. 

In any case, I am not dissuading you from storming the comments section. Which one of these two would you prefer and buy? 

Mi 11X Pro

Rs 39,999
8.1

Design and Build

7.9/10

Performance

7.6/10

Display Quality

7.1/10

Camera Quality

7.5/10

Software Experience

7.0/10

Battery Performance

6.0/10

Audio Performance

9.0/10

Day-to-Day Usage

10.0/10

Network Performance

9.0/10

Value for Money

10.0/10

What Is Good?

  • Nice and compact design
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Fast and smooth
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Bright display

What Is Bad?

  • Camera setup could've added a telephoto
  • Battery charging speeds could've been faster
  • MIUI 12 has a GetApps problem

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