Xiaomi has confirmed the launch of the Mi 11 Ultra in India. The company calls its flagship device a “SuperPhone”. The Ultra model packs some top-of-the-line hardware. This includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, a 50MP 1.12-inch sensor. The phone’s triple-camera setup also has a 48MP ultrawide and a 48MP telephoto lens with 120x Zoom. Couple that with a 120Hz Super AMOLED Display and a 1.1-inch secondary display. With that hardware, the Mi 11 Ultra fights against the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, which was launched for Rs 1,05,999. Xiaomi is expected to launch its Ultra flagship at around a lakh. Here’s why the Mi 11 Ultra looks like the ultimate flagship smartphone compared to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Larger primary sensor
The Mi 11 Ultra comes with a 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN2 f/1.95 primary sensor with a 1/1.12-inch size. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the other hand, comes with a higher-resolution 108MP sensor but its size is slightly smaller at 1/1.33-inch. The bigger sensor on the Mi 11 Ultra, theoretically, should help capture more details while significantly improving lowlight performance and dynamic range.
Larger ultra–wide sensor
The Mi 11 Ultra packs a 48MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor. Not only is the resolution higher but even the size of the sensor is bigger compared to the S21 Ultra. The Xiaomi flagship’s ultrawide sensor is 1/2.0-inch in size. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the other hand, comes with a 12MP f/2.2 sensor. It’s ultrawide lens is, again, slightly smaller at 1/2.55”. However, that .55-inch makes a lot of difference when it comes to details and dynamic range in ultrawide shots. That being said, software optimisation also plays a key role in extracting maximum details from the sensor. We will forward to see how Xiaomi’s camera setup performs when pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S21
More powerful processor
Another area where Samsung’s flagship smartphone gets a punch from the Mi 11 Ultra is its core performance unit. The S21 Ultra India variant comes with an Exynos 2100 SoC as compared to the US variant’s Snapdragon 888 SoC. Although the Exynos 2100 chip’s performance has significantly improved, it is still weak in terms of benchmarks and efficiency compared to its Qualcomm counterpart.
The Mi 11 Ultra comes with a more-powerful Snapdragon 888 SoC. However, with all that hardware and processing under the hood, it will be important to see how much battery life it offers on a single charge.
Better display hardware With Higher Peak Brightness and Dolby Vision Support
Both, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Mi 11 Ultra come with a Super AMOLED 2K, 120Hz display. However, the Mi 11 Ultra maintains the lead by offering a feature-rich 6.8-inch display. It comes with a peak brightness of 1,700 nits. The Xiaomi smartphone also supports Dolby Vision, which is Dolby’s proprietary HDR format. It helps improve the user’s viewing experience by optimising the way HDR content is delivered on the screen. Compared to HDR10+, which is found on the S21 Ultra, Dolby Vision adds more dynamic metadata to HDR’s core image data. A Dolby Vision compatible display will display accurate results using this metadata.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with the same 6.8-inch screen size. However, it has a 1500 nits peak brightness and misses out on Dolby Vision support. This does not mean that the S21 Ultra has a bad display. It is among the best displays you can find on a smartphone in 2021. Just that the Mi 11 Ultra offers more features.
Faster wired and wireless charging speeds
Both phones come with a 5000 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with 25W wired fast charging and 15W Qi wireless charging. Xiaomi, on the other hand, offers 67W fast charging (wired and wireless). You need to use the company’s wireless stand to charge the battery at its full potential. The device also supports Qi wireless charging.
Also, Samsung does not provide a charger in the box with the S21 Ultra 5G. With the Mi 11 Ultra, customers get an option to pack the charger and the cable in the box. We expect Xiaomi to offer the Mi 11 Ultra with a fast charger in the box in India.