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Welcome to the cameraphone space age: the Xiaomi 11T is here

Ready for their close-up: the Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro are shining examples of how far camera technology has come since the original iPhone hit the market (can it really be?) 14 years ago.

From 2 MP to 108 MP – the evolution of phone camera tech

Released in 2007, the first iPhone launched Apple into the stratosphere. It boasted many features we’d never seen before, though the camera was only 2 megapixels—modest even back then. The photos looked passable on screen, but let’s just say they weren’t the kind you’d mount on your wall.

Fast forward to 2022 and the release of the Xiaomi 11T. Sleek, sharp, and super quick, the Xiaomi 11T specs list a rear-facing 108-MP camera, an ultra-wide 8-MP camera and a 5-MP telemacro lens. In other words: a fantastic level of detail, minimal noise even in low-light situations, and photos of a quality good enough to hang in a gallery. These lenses are so strong that they can record 4k video at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps. Not bad for less than a decade and a half of smartphone evolution.

The Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro review: what’s the verdict?

Both the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro have a 120-Hz display, AMOLED screen, and powerful Harmon Kardon speakers. The 11T tops out at 8GB RAM, while the 11T Pro can go up to 12GB and is more powerful overall thanks to its Snapdragon 888 hardware. The 11T Pro’s HyperCharge feature allows for 75% battery charge in just 10 minutes, which is beyond impressive.

Does the Xiaomi 11T Pro support 5G? Yes, as does the 11T. Both are waterproof and feature two speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Does the Xiaomi 11T do wireless charging? Sadly not, though it does feature 120W fast-charging support. One last question: is the Xiaomi 11T the flagship model? No, that’s the Xiaomi 11 Ultra, which is the ultimate in cameraphones and comes with superb internal specs and a stunning display.

The Xiaomi 11T vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and more

Let’s take a look at how the Xiaomi 11T specs and the Xiaomi 11T Ultra specs stack up against the Samsung S21 and iPhone 13.

Xiaomi 11T

  • Processor: Dimensity 1200 Ultra

  • Screen size: 6.67”

  • Battery life: 5000 mAh / 14-15 hours

  • Tech Advisor Test Score: 4/5

Xiaomi 11T Ultra

  • Processor: Snapdragon 888

  • Screen size: 6.81”

  • Battery life: 5000 mAh / 13-14 hours

  • Tech Advisor Test Score: 4/5

Samsung S21

  • Processor: Exynos 2100 or Snapdragon 888

  • Screen size: 6.2”

  • Battery life: 4,000 mAh / 10-11.5 hours

  • Tech Advisor Test Score: 4/5

iPhone 13

  • Processor: Apple A15 Bionic

  • Screen size: 6.1”

  • Battery life: 3,227 mAh / 15 hours

  • Tech Advisor Test Score: 4.5/5

iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • Processor: Apple A15 Bionic

  • Screen size: 6.68”

  • Battery life: 4352 mAh / 25 hours

  • Tech Advisor Test Score: 4/5

The Xiaomi 11T review: closing thoughts

If you like to snap your lifestyle from every angle, look no further than the powerful cameras in the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro. With a long battery life, beautiful display, and powerful internal specs, this range is a no-brainer if you’re not one to worship at the altar of Apple. Best of all? You can rent it today

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