In addition to the Xiaomi Mi 11, the Chinese manufacturer also sells the Mi 11 Lite, Mi 11i, Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra variants. The Mi 11 Lite is also available in a 4G and a 5G version, which also differ in some details.
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Before we go into the differences between the model variants in detail, let’s first take a look at the respective prices and availability of the individual model variants:
Price and availability
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (5G) from 299 euros (release date still unclear)
- Xiaomi Mi 11i from 649 euros (release date still unclear)
- Xiaomi Mi 11 from 799 euros (available)
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro (not intended for the global market)
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra from 1,199 euros (release date still unclear)
This is how the model variants differ
How do the models differ technically? The following table gives you an initial overview of the differences between Mi 11, Lite, Mi 11i, Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra.
|Mi 11 Lite (5G)||Mi 11i||Wed 11||We 11 Dec||Mi 11 Ultra|
|Display||6.55 inches (AMOLED, FHD + 90 Hertz)||6.67 inches (AMOLED, FHD + 120 Hertz)||6.81 inches (AMOLED, QHD + 120 Hertz)||6.81 inches (AMOLED, QHD + 120 Hertz)||6.81 inches (AMOLED, QHD + 120 Hertz)|
|processor||Snapdragon 732/780||Snapdragon 888||Snapdragon 888||Snapdragon 888||Snapdragon 888|
|random access memory||6 / 8 GB||8 GB||8 / 12 GB||8 / 12 GB||12 GB|
|Device memory||64 / 128 GB||128 / 256 GB||128 / 256 GB||128 / 256 GB||256 GB|
|battery pack||4.250 mAh, 33 W||4.520 mAh, 33 W||4.600 mAh, 55 W||5.000 mAh, 67 W||5.000 mAh, 67 W|
|Front camera||16 / 20 MP||20 MP||20 MP||20 MP|
|Camera||64 + 8 + 5 MP||108 + 8 + 5 MP||108 + 13 + 5 MP||50 + 50 + ? MP||50 + 48 + 48 MP|
|other||IP 68||IP 68, second screen on the back|
Xiaomi Mi 11 series in comparison
You see the individual Mi 11 variants differ mainly in the built-in display, the processor, the cameras as well as the battery and the charging speed. There are also minor differences in processing. We will go into these in detail below.
Let’s start with the processor, all five model variants are powered by Qualcomm chips. Apart from the Lite model, the latest Qualcomm chip Snapdragon 888 is in all models. In the inexpensive Mi 11 Lite, however, the Snapdragon 732G is used, in the 5G variant the Snapdragon 780 works. Both chipsets are designed for mid-range cell phones. In terms of computing power, the Mi 11 Lite clearly falls behind its big brothers.
An AMOLED screen is used in all model variants. You will only get a QHD resolution from Mi 11. In addition, only the model variants from the Mi 11i onwards offer a refresh rate of 120 Hertz. In the Lite model, the display reaches a maximum of 90 Hertz. Which Benefit you the higher refresh rate you can find out in the linked article.
Xiaomi Mi 11 series in pictures
These pictures show the Xiaomi Mi 11.
Another difference: The Mi 11i has a display with flat bezels, whereas the Mi 11, 11 Pro and Ultra are curved.
Battery and charging speed
The smallest battery is offered by the Mi 11 Lite with 4,250 mAh, the largest by the Mi 11 Pro and Ultra with 5,000 mAh. However, all batteries are dimensioned in such a way that a single charge should easily get you through the day.
There are also differences in the loading speed. The inexpensive versions Mi 11 Lite (5G) and Mi 11i can only be charged with up to 33 watts at the socket, whereas the Mi 11 already has 55 watts and the Mi 11 Pro and Ultra 67 watts. The higher the power, the faster the charging process is finished. According to Xiaomi, the Mi 11 Pro and Ultra only need about 36 minutes for a full charge cycle.
Only the Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra models support wireless charging. The Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra can be charged wirelessly with up to 67 watts, the Mi 11 only with 50 watts.
The biggest differences between the models are in the built-in camera systems on the back. They differ not only in resolution and quality, but also in the possibilities. The Mi 11 Lite, Mi 11i and Mi 11 models do not have a telephoto lens. They only have a digital zoom. The Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra, on the other hand, can optically zoom up to 5x.
The following cameras are installed in each case:
- Mi 11 Lite (5G): main camera + ultra wide angle + tele macro
- Mi 11i: main camera + ultra wide angle + tele macro
- Mi 11: main camera + ultra wide angle + tele macro
- Mi 11 Pro / Ultra: main camera + ultra wide angle + telephoto lens
In general, you can assume that the higher the price of the model, the better the camera. Especially with the Mi 11 Lite and Mi 11i, you have to cut back on this. For example, both models do not have an optical image stabilizer.
Design and workmanship
Of course, there are also differences in processing. For example, only the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra have protection against dust and water in accordance with IP68. In addition, Corning Gorilla Glass is only used as a screen protector from the Mi 11i. From the Mi 11, Xiaomi also uses the latest Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, while the Mi 11 uses Gorilla Glass 5.
According to Xiaomi, all model variants with a glass back are sold in Europe, with the exception of the Mi 11 Ultra. It is made of ceramic. In China there are also some model variants with leather backs to buy. There are also differences in the colors. You can see below in which colors the individual variants are available in this country:
- Mi 11 Lite: Black, Pink, Blue
- Mi 11 Lite 5G: black, green, yellow
- Mi 11i: black, silver, white
- Wed 11: black, blue
- Mi 11 Ultra: white, black
In addition, there are other differences between the model variants, which we list below for you:
- Only the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra offers a second display in addition to the camera on the back. In addition to the camera image, this can also display notifications.
- There are also differences in the fingerprint sensor. So this is only integrated into the screen from the Mi 11, on the Mi 11 Lite and Mi 11i it is on the side in the power switch.
Apart from design and name, the Mi 11 Lite has little in common with its sister models. There are also numerous interesting alternatives in this price range – some even from Xiaomi itself. Therefore, the purchase has to be carefully considered. Mi 11i and Mi 11, on the other hand, only differ in nuances. If you can live with a few compromises in charging speed and camera, you can save 100 euros, provided the Mi 11 does not experience a sharp drop in price in the next few weeks.
If you are looking for an absolute top smartphone, you have come to the right place with the Mi 11 Ultra. Thanks to the second screen on the back, you are sure to have a wow factor among friends and acquaintances. The technically very similar Mi 11 Pro will not go on sale in Germany for the time being, but it is sometimes worth importing from China.