Xiaomi 11T Pro Hyperphone 5G Review: Worth the Hype?


Xiaomi is having a busy year in India. The company started its year by launching Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge in India. Then just two weeks later, it introduced another smartphone, known as the Xiaomi 11T Pro Hyperphone 5G in India, with a starting price of Rs 34,999. This newly launched phone is the successor of Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro which was launched in India in October 2020.

A lot has changed in Xiaomi 11T Pro compared to its predecessor. While the company has retained its overall design language, everything else is new. From the display technology to the camera to the processor and more importantly the charging technology, everything is worked out well. Xiaomi 11T Pro is part of the company’s ‘Hyper’ series. Marketing gimmicks aside, this means that this smartphone packs some of the top features available in the market right now.

With the Xiaomi 11T Pro, you get a 6.67-inch AMOLED display, a step up from the Mi 10T Pro’s LCD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor, which is two generations ahead of the Mi 10T Pro’s Snapdragon 865 SoC, a new Samsung flagship. With 108MP camera. HM 2 sensor, and a 5,000mAh battery with support for 120W charging. This is the same charger that the company ships with the Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro definitely has the numbers in its favor. But are these figures really enough to make it a ‘hyperphone’? We’ll try to answer this more in the review below, so keep reading…

design and performance

The design of the Xiaomi 11T Pro is very similar to that of the Mi 10T Pro, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It has a glass back with plastic edges and a quad curved design. The back glass, especially the meteorite black variant that we are using, has a brushed aluminum finish. There is also an anti-glare coating which gives a glossy appeal to the phone. This design gives a good grip while holding the phone in your hands, even if it is not easy for you to use due to its size. It also slides the phone on solid surfaces. Thankfully, Xiaomi ships a transparent silicone cover inside the box, which makes the Xiaomi 11T Pro ‘slip-resistant’. This glossy back also makes it smudge proof. However, one downside of using the cover is that it makes an already bulky phone a bit bulky.

But if you can ignore the weight and size, the Xiaomi 11T is a good looking phone, even if it isn’t one of the most premium looking phones from Xiaomi. Don’t get me wrong here, the Xiaomi 11T is a beautiful device in itself, but the glossy back dampens the overall impression for me.

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On the one hand, the phone has a speaker grille on top and an IR blaster and a SIM card slot, a USB Type-C port for charging and another speaker grille at the bottom. On the right side you find the volume rocker, which sits above the side-mounted fingerprint button, which also doubles as the phone’s home button. The fingerprint sensor of the phone is very fast and reliable and it unlocks the phone flawlessly every time.

All these features will make you seem like nothing has changed in the 10T Pro compared to the Mi 11T Pro, but if you look closely, you will see that Xiaomi has made subtle changes that make all the difference. For example, Xiaomi has dropped the Mi insignia in the lower left corner of the back and replaced it with the Xiaomi 5G branding. You will also notice that the company has changed the design of the rear camera module. While the rear camera module is still placed vertically, the camera placement has changed. The triple camera setup is housed inside a single camera module, which is housed inside another camera module with LED flash and 108MP AI camera of the brand name.

Coming to the display, the Xiaomi 11T Pro sports a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate and a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. You also get 1,000 nits peak brightness, Dolby Vision and support for HDR 10+ with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. Details aside, the phone’s large display makes for a very comfortable viewing experience, especially if you like me watch all your favorite shows on your phone. What adds to the overall charm of the Xiaomi 11T Pro is that the display is well lit and the colors are in just the right place. Whether you’re watching period dramas like Reigns on Amazon Prime Video or Hawkeye on Disney+ Hotstar, you’ll never be disappointed with the overall experience.


Now let’s talk about performance. But first a little about the software.

Xiaomi 11T Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage space. It runs Android 11-based MIUI 12.5, which is honestly a let down, especially for a flagship smartphone launching in 2022. That said, the slightly outdated software doesn’t seem to affect the overall performance of the phone. MIUI 12.5 is well optimized to take full advantage of the Snapdragon 888 SoC. However, it does ship with a lot of bloatware, which makes the overall experience a bit less than perfect. Thankfully, you can remove all the apps you deem unnecessary, which improves the experience.

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Software aside, the Xiaomi 11T Pro is extremely comfortable to use and works smoothly no matter how you throw it without breaking a sweat. During my short time with the phone, I didn’t have any problems with day-to-day use. Be it watching shows on OTT platforms or answering endless mails or surfing social media, the phone worked flawlessly all the time.


Next in line is the phone’s camera setup.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro sports a triple rear camera system consisting of a 108MP primary lens with Samsung’s HM2 sensor. This is the same camera that the company has used in its Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge. Apart from the 108MP camera, you also get an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 5MP tele-macro lens. The rear camera setup of the Xiaomi 11T Pro offers mixed performance. While the phone offers a wide dynamic range and reproduces colors accurately most of the time, it misses out on clarity, which becomes apparent when you zoom in a bit in an image. This is not only true for all three lenses.

That said, clarity improves significantly when there is enough light to illuminate the subject. It is easy to notice this difference as the edges become sharper. Talking about photography in low light, the Xiaomi 11T takes good pictures in low light conditions. Images are well lit with a little noise, but don’t expect much on the clarity front here either.

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Coming to the front camera, the phone houses a 16MP selfie camera, Xiaomi 11T Pro takes good pictures with balanced colors using the front camera, but it misses out on clarity even when there is enough light.


Lastly, the battery.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro sports a 5,000mAh battery with support for the company’s 120W ‘HyperCharge’ technology – something it introduced with the 11i HyperCharge smartphone. Xiaomi claims that this 120W charge can charge the phone in 17 minutes. While it may have sounded too good to be true a few days ago, it is not now.

The Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge taught us that it is possible to charge a phone in less than 30 minutes. The Xiaomi 11T Pro doubles that possibility. It charges the phone in about 15 minutes. But unlike the Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge, you don’t need to manually unlock this functionality. Instead, it is enabled for phones by default. That means, even if you’re in a hurry, a few minutes of charge will give you enough juice to get to your destination without worrying about the battery.

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In terms of usage, Xiaomi’s battery easily lasts for a day for regular use. During my brief time with the phone, I used it for using messaging apps, surfing social media, checking office mail and watching shows, and it easily lasted a day.

Should I buy Xiaomi 11T Pro or not?

In a word: Yes. Xiaomi 11T Pro is one of the best phones in the market segment under 30K. The design, display, performance and battery and charging capabilities are on point. It’s true, the cameras could have been a little better. But if you can ignore this one aspect, then the Xiaomi 11T Pro is a great buy.

Xiaomi 11T Pro Hyperphone 5G After Review: Worth the Hype? Appeared first on BGR India.

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