Xiaomi 11T review: Better than expected

Dec 17, 2021 Administrator Reviews 54 hits

Xiaomi 11T review: Better than expected

Xiaomi is back with another round of smartphones, bringing the 11T series but without the usual “Mi” branding. All eyes are on the Xiaomi 11T Pro for a multitude of reasons. 120W HyperCharge technology, pro-grade lens for 8K recording, and a Snapdragon 888 processor.

Although, that might be too much for some people. The next best option is the vanilla and toned-down Xiaomi 11T. But is it any good like its promise?


The Xiaomi 11T looks like the Xiaomi 11T Pro. You won’t really notice the difference until you see the Harman/Kardon signature on the Pro variant.

Despite the glaring similarities, the Xiaomi 11T looks and feels sophisticated. At a glance, it looks like a shiny phone, especially the Meteorite Gray colorway. But the devil is in the details. Underneath the glass coating, you’ll see a brushed metal texture when you peruse it up close. The refinement certainly added personality to an otherwise lackluster rear design.

The Xiaomi 11T’s top, right, and bottom sides house essential features you’ll need from a smartphone. A SIM card tray, microphone, USB-C port, speaker grilles, volume rockers, a power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and an IR blaster.

The camera placement seemed smooth and subtle with its curves, looking thinner than most cutouts on several smartphones released this year. Lenses are symmetrically arranged, blending easily with the phone’s design.

Moreover, the back has a curved design for ergonomic reasons. It’s easier to grip, and the phone offers the right amount of heft whenever you carry or hold it.


Sure, the Xiaomi 11T has a curved back design. But up front, it has a 6.67-inch flat FHD+ AMOLED display. It’s something I’ve been enjoying nowadays since I don’t have to worry about my fingers sliding on a curved screen, accidentally swiping and/or opening up apps, windows, and notifications.

For visual experiences, the Xiaomi 11T is quite a treat. It’s not the best display, but casual users opting for the vanilla variant might enjoy watching and playing on the Xiaomi 11T. The AMOLED display surely helped showcase better colors, contrast, and better dynamic range as compared to its predecessor.

Moreover, those who rave for higher refresh rates will be thrilled to find a 120Hz refresh rate on the Xiaomi 11T. The faster refresh rate will do wonders whether you’re switching between apps, scrolling through social media, or while playing graphics-intensive games.

My only issue, despite having an AMOLED display, is the sunlight legibility for the Xiaomi 11T. Despite having 800 to 1000 nits, I was struggling to look at the screen especially when taking photos on a sunny day.

It was difficult to appreciate the affirmations I wrote on the customizable Always-On display when you need to squint your eyes a little to read it.


On paper, the Xiaomi 11T might be a downer. Especially for people who are used to Snapdragon’s buttery-smooth performance. Fret not, Mediatek’s Dimensity 1200 still proved to be enough for the vanilla variant.

I was able to play Sprite Fantasia, a graphics-intensive mobile game, without overheating. It was able to keep it cool even if I was playing for an hour.

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