Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Mi 10: how different is the new flagship phone from the old?

Xiaomi Mi 11 price and specs have been announced globally and we take a look at how the flagship compares with its predecessor, the Mi 10.

Highlights
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 price starts at €749 (around Rs 65,700) globally
  • Key Mi 11 specifications include Snapdragon 888 SoC, 120Hz AMOLED display, and 108MP triple cameras
  • Mi 10 specs include the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 90Hz AMOLED display, 108MP quad cameras

Mi 11 price, specifications have been revealed as the phone launched globally at an event earlier this week. It comes as a successor to the popular Xiaomi Mi 10 from last year and the Mi 11 India launch is expected. Xiaomi Mi 11 price starts at €749 (around Rs 65,700) globally for the base model and the phone ships with premium features like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, 2K AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 108MP triple cameras and 55W wired fast-charging. In this article, we compare the Mi 11 with last year’s Mi 10 to see where the latest flagship has seen upgrades and where it hasn’t. Let’s get started.

Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Mi 10: prices

Xiaomi Mi 10 price in India is Rs 44,999 for the 8GB+128GB storage model, while the 8GB+256GB variant costs Rs 54,999. However, Amazon is offering Rs 5,000 discount on the high-end variant through a coupon, bringing down the price to Rs 49,999. There is an instant discount of Rs 1500 on both the variants through American Express and ICICI Bank cards.

On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi 11 is priced at €749 (around Rs 65,700) for the 8GB + 128GB storage, while the 8GB + 256GB model costs EUR 799 (approx Rs 70,100). Recalling the Mi 11 China prices, the flagship is priced at RMB 3,999 (~Rs 45,000) for the 8GB + 128GB variant, while the 8GB + 256GB model costs RMB 4,299 (~Rs 48,400) and lastly, the top-end 12GB + 256GB model is priced at RMB 4,699 (~Rs 52,900). While the Xiaomi Mi 11 India prices aren’t revealed, we can speculate they will be closer to the China pricing.

Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Mi 10: design

Xiaomi Mi 11 and Mi 10 have a punch-hole design on the front with curved edges and slim bezels. While the former has a square-shaped camera module to house triple sensors, the latter has quad-cameras stacked vertically. Both the phones have an in-display fingerprint sensor for security and glass build. The volume rocker and power button are on the right edge. The Xiaomi Mi 10 will be available in Coral Green, Twilight Grey, Peach Gold colours, while the Mi 11 comes in Horizon Blue, Cloud White, Midnight Gray, Special Edition Blue, Gold, Violet colourways.

Mi 11 prices revealed ahead of global launch

Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Mi 10: specifications

Mi 11 sports a 6.81-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, punch-hole cutout, 1500-nits brightness, HDR10+, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. There is a dedicated MEMC chip that is claimed to upscale SD content to HD quality. The flagship is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G SoC paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. The phone runs on Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 custom skin on top. As for the cameras, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has triple cameras, with a 108MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 5MP telephoto-macro camera.

On the front, the Mi 11 has a 20MP snapper for video chats and selfies. The handset is equipped with an in-display fingerprint sensor for security, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, and liquid cooling tech. The device packs a 4,600mAh battery with 55W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging support. Connectivity features include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and USB Type-C port for charging and data sync.

As for the Xiaomi Mi 10, the handset flaunts a 6.67-inch full HD+ curved AMOLED display with 1,080 × 2,340 pixels resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, a punch-hole cutout to house the selfie camera and 180Hz touch sampling rate. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with Adreno 650 GPU, up to 12GB of RAM, and 512GB storage. The phone runs on Android 10 OS with MIUI 11 custom skin on top. Connectivity options include 5G SA/NSA, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/ Galileo, and USB Type-C port.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 packs quad-rear cameras consisting of a 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX primary sensor, dual 2MP sensors, a 13MP wide-angle lens, and LED flash. On the front, there is a 20MP snapper for selfies and video chats. There is a 4,780mAh battery with 30W fast-charging support and an in-display fingerprint sensor for security.

Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Mi 10: verdict

Xiaomi Mi 11 definitely has an edge over last year’s Mi 10, thanks to a faster chipset, high-resolution display, higher screen refresh rate, faster-charging support, better optics, and a refined new design. On specs, the Mi 11 looks like a complete upgrade over its predecessor. However, how all this translates to real-life usage is something that can be concluded only after an in-depth review of the Xiaomi Mi 11. Since the Mi 11 is expected to launch in India soon, it won’t be long before we can offer a verdict on the new flagship.