Xiaomi’s new Mi 11 Ultra features the biggest camera sensor in a smartphone


Xiaomi is aiming for the crown again, this time in the smartphone camera segment with its new Mi 11 Ultra. The flagship is said to feature the largest camera sensor in a phone to date.

The phone has a huge 1 / 1.12 inch sensor, which breaks Nokia PureView 808’s record for the largest sensor with a size of 1 / 1.2 inch. Panasonic stuck in a 1 inch sensor in its Lumix DMC-CM1 device, but it was an Android powered camera, not a phone.

But let’s go back for a second. What does a larger sensor in a phone mean to you? Your phone’s camera picks up light through this sensor, so the larger the size, the more light captured in a short time. This ultimately results in more detailed photos in almost any lighting condition without triggering features like night mode.

Before we go into more detail about the phone, let’s take a look at its unique specs:


  • Screen: 6.81 inch WQHD + AMOLED screen; 1.1-inch AMOLED display on the back
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Rear camera: 50 megapixel wide sensor with f / 1.95 aperture (1 / 1.12 inch sensor) + 48 megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f / 2.4 aperture (128 degree field of view) + 48 megapixel telephoto sensor f / 2.4 (5x optical zoom; 120x digital zoom)
  • Front camera: 20 megapixels with f / 2.2 aperture
  • Internal storage: 256 GB
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen; face unlock
  • Drums: 5, 000 mAh
  • Charging: 67 W wired fast charge; 67W wireless fast charging
  • IP protection class: IP68 (waterproof and dustproof)

Along with a huge camera sensor, the phone also comes equipped with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens to enable 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 120x digital zoom. While that sounds appealing, we’ll have to test this phone around the world to see if a photo with greater than 10x zoom is usable.

[Read: Xiaomi Mi 11: Come for the specs, stay for the design]

In a slightly nifty move, Xiaomi included a 1.1-inch AMOLED display on the back of the phone. This will help you check notifications and take selfies using the rear camera setup. Hope you can turn this option off if you don’t need it. If you’re running low on battery, you can also turn on ultra power saving mode to use the rear screen for calls and other emergency apps.

The Mi 11 Ultra contains other little gems like 67W wired and wireless charging, the two speakers powered by Harman Kardon and support for Wi-Fi 6E.

I had a lot of fun taking photos from the Vivo X60 Pro + ‘s 1 / 1.31 inch sensor, so I can’t wait to try Xiaomi’s latest flagship to compare these two imaging heavyweights.

In China, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is priced at RMB 5,999 ($ ​​914) for the 8GB + 256GB version. The 12GB + 256GB version is priced at RMB 6499 ($ ​​990), and the 12GB version is priced at RMB 6,499 ($ ​​990). + 512GB will retail for RMB 6,999 ($ ​​1,065). Xiaomi has yet to announce anything about the global availability of this device.

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Published March 29, 2021 – 14:28 UTC


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