Saturday, July 2, 2022

Solid gamer, crazy camera > NAG

I have been really impressed with the hardware coming from Xiaomi over the last few years. They filled the massive gap left by Huawei when their access to Android and Google Play Services was severed.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro sports Qualcomm’s flagship SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G chipset with Adreno 660 GPU. If that means nothing to you, know that this is a kick-ass specification. Pair this with the 256GB of storage space and mammoth 8GB of RAM, you’ll see why this is such an impressive smartphone for its price.

To say that I was excited to game on this phone is an understatement. First, there is the large 6.67-inch AMOLED display that runs at 120Hz. Yes, 120Hz! That means you can game at 120fps on this thing. While popular first-person shooters like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile are capped at 60fps. There are a large number of games that do in fact support 120fps on mobile, like the racing game CSR2, and let me tell you, it looks gorgeous in 120fps on the Xiaomi 11T Pro.

But when it comes to competitive gaming, my mobile game of choice is PUBGM and the Xiaomi 11T Pro runs it like a dream. It handles the 60fps high-resolution graphics with ease. Cranking up your graphic settings in games like this will almost guarantee that the phone will run hot after a few hours of gaming, it was nothing I would call bothersome. Using the case will help if this is an issue for you. Still, this is to be expected on devices that run processor-intensive games like PUBGM and CODM.

Next to the screen and graphics performance of this affordable flagship phone, is the sound produced by the two Harmon Kardon speakers. For gaming, these are superb. Although headphones still deliver the best performance, I loved picking up this phone for quick games, sans headphones. I could hear the enemy footsteps clearly with ambient sounds filling the gaps.

While gaming with the power cord plugged in has become the norm for many mobile gamers after a few hours, the Xiaomi 11T Pro has another trick up its sleeve that will certainly appeal to gamers, 120w quick charging or as Xiaomi called it Hyper Charge. For comparison, most smartphone batteries these days charge at around 20w with other quick chargers at around 60W. At 120w the Xiaomi 11T Pro will charge from flat to full in about 20 minutes. 20 minutes! That’s the fastest charging you’ll find on any commercially available phone today. Of course, 120w quick charging only works if you use the supplied 120W charging brick and cable.

With the 5,000mAh battery, you can expect it to run for around 15 hours if you use the phone a lot during the day. When gaming, that number drops quite a bit but variables like screen brightness and game type play a major role here. With PUBGM I have not yet managed to kill the battery in a single sitting but with Hyper Charge, that’s almost become a non-issue. The phone will charge to full capacity in the time it takes you to break for dinner.

The last bit of impressive technology on the Xiaomi 11T Pro is the camera. At 108 megapixels, this phone certainly does mess around. To snap pics at this massive resolution you’ll need to switch the camera to Pro mode and click on the 108 number above the frame. Although probably not useful for most people, the higher resolution is fun to play with if you love creative photography. To take photos in “normal” mode will deliver 12-megapixel snaps.

If you are into making videos, you’ll love the fact that this camera can shoot 4K at 60fps comfortably. You can even, if you really want to, shoot at [email protected] but let’s be honest, ain’t no one got time for that editing workflow. I barely manage 4K these days.

In terms of image quality, I won’t say the photos and videos are the best I’ve seen but for content creators like me who shoot for small frame digital projects, this camera has the goods needed to do a great job.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro offers a very compelling set of features at a very competitive price in the smartphone flagship tier. If you are looking for a solid gaming phone or a device to create content with, this one is well worth your consideration.

BOTTOM LINE

The Xiaomi 11T Pro has all the features a gamer and content creator could want from a phone, and then some. As a flagship product, it’s not perfect but it offers superb value for money.

PROS

Insane charging speeds

120hz display

Ideal for competitive mobile gaming

Great sound from built-in speakers

Super slow mo on 1080p

CONS

No zoom on camera

No optical image stabilization

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