Mi 11X: best smartphones you can buy at ₹29,999

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The Xiaomi Mi 11X was launched earlier this year alongside the company’s powerful 5G smartphones launched with the Mi 11 family, with a powerful Snapdragon 870 processor, which is only two places behind the Snapdragon 888 and the recently launched Snapdragon 888 Plus which will begin to ship on upcoming smartphones.

One of the biggest draws of the Mi 11X is the powerful processor under the hood – the Snapdragon 870 processor capable of running any game or application you throw at it, an upgrade from last year’s capable Snapdragon 865 chipset. With an AMOLED screen, stereo speakers and 5G connectivity, Xiaomi’s affordable Mi 11X smartphone boasts flagship specs under the hood. But is it an all-round performer and should you spend ₹29,999 on it? We’ve had the device for over a month now and here are our thoughts.

Design and display

Xiaomi has reserved its colourful designs for its more affordable smartphone models, while devices like the Mi 11X come in three colour variants – Cosmic Black, Celestial Silver and Frosty White. We tested the Cosmic Black variant, which has a smooth and glossy back. The back of the device is a fingerprint magnet, so you might want to put a case on – Xiaomi ships a transparent one in the box. The only text on the back is the company logo and a 5G symbol in a rectangle – a clean design is always welcome.

Like many other flagship devices, there’s no 3.5mm connectivity on this device, but the company does provide a USC-C dongle in the box for those who are still rocking their wired earphones. The device also comes with a basic plastic screen guard, but it picks up a lot of scratches and you might be better off taking it off and relying on the Gorilla Glass 5 protected screen instead. The 6.67-inch Super AMOLED screen is bright and vivid and refreshes at 120Hz, and there are no issues with outdoor visibility.

When it comes to design, this smartphone looks and feels like a premium device, from the weight to build quality. The fingerprint scanner on the power button (on the right) is plenty fast. The volume rockers are located on the same side, but they’re located a little too high, making them difficult to reach with one-handed use. There’s also no built-in NFC support, so you won’t be able to use tap-to-pay with apps like Google Pay. On the back, Xiaomi’s rear camera module looks clean and doesn’t stick out too much, but you might want to apply a screen protector to prevent any chips and dents there.

Camera

The Mi 11X comes with a triple camera setup featuring a 48MP Sony IMX582 primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 5MP “telemacro” camera lens. Instead of providing a fourth (and usually pointless) depth sensor, the device has focused on the three lenses to provide acceptable photo quality. While using the Mi 11X, we did not have any issues with capturing shots and the Snapdragon 870 meant taking shots in almost all the camera modes was almost instantaneous.

The 48MP camera takes sharp, clear photos, but the colours can appear a little washed out at times. During the daytime, the camera could capture objects nearby, but the sky was almost always overexposed, which is something you might want to keep in mind if you take a lot of outdoor shots with your smartphone. Low light photography, was quite disappointing and while the night mode does help to an extent, we found it difficult to capture sharp images without noise.