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Xiaomi launched both the Xiaomi 11T and also the Xiaomi 11T Pro recently – and I was personally looking forward to it since it is the next generation of one of my favorite phones from last year – the Mi 10T Pro. So, today, let’s review both the new Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro together. We’ll also throw in a few comparisons with the Mi 10T Pro from last year to see how much Xiaomi improved (or not).

This review is going to be a little longer than usual as we’ll talk about these two phones through our usual 6 points.

Design

We’ll start off with the design. Both the Xiaomi 11T and the 11T Pro looks exactly the same. And since we have both of them in the same Meteorite Grey color. Honestly, when these two phones were on my table, I often took the wrong phone.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

That side, I don’t know what sort of material Xiaomi used for the backs of these two phones. I’ve checked Xiaomi’s website and the specs sheet for the Xiaomi 11T series of smartphones, and there is absolutely zero mention regarding what kind of material is used. If it is glass, then I can tell you that it feels horrendous and I would personally preferred stronger plastics like the Galaxy S20 FE.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

I mean, even the Mi 10T Pro from last year looks and feels better than the new Xiaomi 11T series. But that really doesn’t matter since most of us are going to slap a case on the phone anyway.

As for the shape and size of the phone, they still feel good to hold so I don’t have any complaints there.

Specs

Now, let’s move on to the specs. Xiaomi decided to shake things up a little by introducing two different high-performance chipsets. The Xiaomi 11T gets the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset, whereby the Xiaomi 11T Pro gets the usual Snapdragon 888 chipset. As for the other core specs, they’re literally the same.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

And I think this is the perfect scenario to show just how bad the Snapdragon 888 is. This chipset is a furnace. Earlier this year, we reviewed the Mi 11 – that was the first phone with the new Snapdragon 888 chipset and it overheated badly to the point that the AMOLED screen had to go dim, hence the infamous “screen dimming” issue.

But that issue is no longer present on the Xiaomi 11T series of smartphones. Xiaomi did not fix the issue, but they skirted around the issue instead. By introducing a hard thermal limit of about 46°C, the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s performance is just horrendous. And since the Snapdragon 888 kicks out so much heat, it can reach that thermal limit easily and quickly. This is shown clearly in our gaming test video where it can dip down to about 20-ish FPS. That’s bad.

In comparison, the Xiaomi 11T – the non-Pro version that is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 performs much smoother and consistently throughout our gaming test. We were getting about 40-ish FPS at the same thermal limit of 46°C. Seriously, I’m impressed by what MediaTek has created.

 

Cameras

Okay, let’s move on to the cameras. Both the Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro are using the exact same cameras. We have a total of 3 cameras here but personally, I think the cameras are a downgrade in general.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

Although they got the exact same cameras, the pictures taken by these two phones look very different. we have a lot more comparisons, so have a look at our review at the top of this review for more.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

But, the cameras – in general – got a downgrade from last year’s Mi 10T Pro. The ultrawide angle got a downgrade from 13MP to 8MP, and the lens also downgraded from a 123° FOV to 120° FOV. Yeesh.

OIS has also been removed and we only got gyro-based EIS only. Video looks absolutely nauseous to watch since EIS will cause a lot of weird warping.

And without OIS, night shots – which are essentially stabilized long exposure shots – are now even more difficult to take using the Xiaomi 11T Pro when compared to the Mi 10T Pro from last year. These night shows will appear fuzzy and you’ll need a tripod to take sharp night shots.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

One thing I did realize is the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s shutter response lag. It takes a good second before it actually snaps the picture. We had to restart the entire phone to get this resolved.

Screen

Now, the screen is the one aspect that got an upgrade. Both the Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro are now equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz up to refresh rate and has adaptive sync, so it can reduce the refresh rate to save some battery life.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

Both these phones’ screens look amazing and I honestly have no complaints about them at all. The Xiaomi 11T Pro also has “Dolby Vision” support. To provide an even better media consumption experience, the Xiaomi 11T Pro comes with a few more different options in the settings menu too.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

However, in terms of screen comparison, I can’t really tell you which one looks better. I just know that the Xiaomi 11T series of smartphones definitely look better than last year’s Mi 10T Pro that has an IPS LCD screen.

Battery life & Charging

Okay, I think this is the other big selling point of the Xiaomi 11T series of smartphones. Both of them have a 5,000mAh battery and they both will last throughout the day with a single charge. That is to be expected from any smartphones with a 5,000mAh battery anyway.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro
Xiaomi 11T

But, let’s talk about the charging speed. It’s the one thing that many people are raving about. Let’s start with the Xiaomi 11T first. It supports Xiaomi’s proprietary 67W charging and comes with a 67W in the box. Charging the Xiaomi 11T from about 15% to 100% battery takes around 40 minutes. However, this phone can only fast-charge with its own proprietary chargers so it can only receive 18W from our Ugreen 100W GaN charger.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro
Too bad, the Xiaomi 11T does not support USB PD.

But, the Xiaomi 11T Pro got a major improvement. This phone comes with 120W proprietary charger and it chargers from less than 15% to 100% battery in slightly shy of 20 minutes. And instead of making their proprietary charging standards confusing, Xiaomi decided to give it a name. It’s called the 120W HyperCharge.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

And when we plug in our 100W Ugreen GaN charger, it actually is able to receive about 63W of power! That means the Xiaomi 11T Pro supports USB-PD charging standards! Even that 120W charger supports USB-PD standards – that’s a good approach in terms of “being eco friendly”.

Software – MIUI

I mean, MIUI is still the same as before. Both of these phones are using MIUI 12.5 but different builds. All of our usual complaints about MIUI are still valid since Xiaomi didn’t fix any of it. Oh – that reminds me.

Remember that issue regarding the screen recorder frame rate option? The Mi 11 Ultra only had 30fps maximum and I think Xiaomi did address this issue by introducing 90fps screen recording on the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Even the Mi 10T Pro got the 90fps screen recording option! But for some reason – the Xiaomi 11T only got 30fps.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

Xiaomi also vowed for 3 generations of system updates and 4 years of security patches. As for how quickly and often those updates will be delivered within that time frame, we don’t know.

Misc. stuffs to mention

Both phones are still using USB 2.0, and both phones still cannot output to an external display via USB-C.

Xiaomi 11T vs Xiaomi 11T Pro

There is also no official IP-rating and no wireless charging too.

Conclusion – Xiaomi 11T

The Xiaomi 11T is actually a pretty good phone. Compared to last year’s Mi 10T, there are a few upgrades here and there overall – and I think the price RM1,699 is justifiable.

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Conclusion – Xiaomi 11T Pro

The Xiaomi 11T Pro, on the other hand, is a phone that I cannot recommend. The performance from that Snapdragon 888 is severely limited. The cameras have been downgraded too – particularly is due to lack of OIS on the Xiaomi 11T Pro, but there was OIS on last year’s Mi 10T Pro.

For RM2,099, I think it’s better to buy the Mi 10T Pro from last year, if you can still find it. Else, wait for other phones instead.

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