Xiaomi 11T Pro
The Xiaomi 11T Pro is a decent flagship with crazy fast 120W charging that’s hampered by a plastic frame, no OIS, and questionable value.
- 120W fast charging
- Gorgeous display
- Fantastic speakers
- Excellent performance
- Superb battery life
- Plastic frame
- No OIS
- Limited US band support
- No wireless charging
- Heavy-handed MIUI skin
Between its own brand (formerly Mi) and its sub-brands (Redmi, Poco, and CC) Xiaomi makes a ton of phones every year. While it’s hard to keep up, some things remain the same. Xiaomi always launches two main lines of handsets each year: the regular models (winter) and the T models (fall). Helena reviewed the Xiaomi Mi 11 flagship ($699) back in March, and found it to be a cheaper, better alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S21+.
This brings me to the Xiaomi 11T Pro ($669), the new flagship from the T line. Xiaomi’s dropping the Mi name going forward, but otherwise, the T models continue to be slightly more affordable, with slightly lower specs. So, how different is the 11T Pro from the Mi 11? What compromises does this Xiaomi phone make, if any? Is it worth the minor $30 saving? I just spent a month using the Xiaomi 11T Pro, and here’s my review.
Hardware and design
Design-wise, the Xiaomi 11T Pro is a blend of several Redmi and Poco handsets released earlier this year. In other words, it looks unmistakably Xiaomi, but doesn’t really stand out. A lot of this comes down to the multi-tiered rectangular camera bump, which — other than missing the silver accent around the main shooter — is almost identical to the camera pod on the Redmi Note 10 Pro I reviewed last spring.
In fact, the 11T Pro’s cameras are nearly identical as well (108MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, but no 2MP depth sensor). Even the front resembles the Note 10 Pro. Both pack a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with a center punch hole and the same 16MP selfie shooter, The 11T Pro’s display has smaller bezels, and a tighter radius in the screen corners, but that’s only a minor cosmetic difference.
My 11T Pro’s Meteorite Gray review unit almost exactly matches the Note 10 Pro’s Onyx Gray colorway. Ditto the materials, which consist of a plastic frame and glass back on both phones. As such, the 11T Pro looks and feels more like an affordable mid-range handset. In contrast, the Xiaomi Mi 11 boasts a distinctly unique camera bump and a proper aluminum frame, making it look and feel significantly more premium — like a flagship.
Walking around the edges, you’ll find a volume rocker and power/lock key (which doubles as the fingerprint sensor) on the right side, plus a speaker, USB Type-C port, primary mic, and SIM tray along the bottom. There’s another speaker, secondary mic, and IR transmitter on top, but nothing on the left side. While the 11T Pro lacks official water and dust resistance rating, it’ll probably be fine as long as you don’t immerse it.
The Xiaomi 11T Pro’s display is beautiful. It’s a 6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels, 395ppi, HDR10+) AMOLED screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, and Dolby Vision support. Besides being completely flat, the bezels are thin, and with 1000 nits (peak) on tap, it’s super bright — even in direct sunlight. As you’d expect, colors are vibrant, blacks are inky deep, and viewing angles are excellent, too.
While I’m happy with the 11T Pro’s display, it’s worth noting that despite having curved edges, the Xiaomi Mi 11 technically offers a better LTPO AMOLED screen — with a higher QHD+ resolution and an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate — for only $30 more.