Five months after the release of the Mi 11, Xiaomi presents the Mi 11i, a reworked version of the smartphone. More aggressive commercially, the Mi 11i is forced to make some concessions on the technical sheet. But has the brand kept the essentials of the high-end experience? Are all the imperfections of the Mi 11 corrected? Answer in this comprehensive test.
In February 2021, we published the test of the Mi 11 . A rather positive test , but which pointed out some weaknesses. Overheating in the Snapdragon 888, resulting in an unpleasant feeling in the palm when playing. An absent optical zoom, resulting in a reduction of the possibilities in terms of photo. And a price that remains much less aggressive than that of the Mi 9, despite a small price reduction compared to the Mi 10.
Moreover, this is the price that seemed to us to be the most disappointing in the Mi 11. Even if it was positioned under the bar of 750 euros in the 128 GB version, we long for the commercial aggressiveness of Xiaomi when the brand was established in France and the quality-price ratio of its catalog at the time. The quality has not declined. But the price was strongly reassessed in 2020 without this being justified in the proposal. And the firm did not wish to go back.
The Mi 11 data sheet suggested that this smartphone would only be the first in a long series. We suspected that the Mi 11 Pro or the Mi 11 Ultra would follow. It did. You can find the test of the second in our columns. And our opinion is very positive about it. And as in 2020, an “i” version was also unveiled along with the “Lite” versions. A Mi 11i which is also called Redmi K40 Pro + in China or Mi 11X Pro in India.
Not quite equivalent to the Mi 11, the Mi 11i however takes some strengths, including power and some of the technical equipment. And, above all, it is offered at a slightly more moderate price. For this, the Mi 11i must make some concessions on the technical sheet. Are they important? Is the experience still good? And above all, is the price-performance ratio better? We will answer all of these questions in this comprehensive test.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Mi 11i has been marketed in France since May 26, 2021 . You can buy it both on the official Xiaomi store, the Mi Store, as well as at a large part of the usual brands, such as Darty, Fnac, Boulanger, Auchan, etc. You will find it with the four French operators, Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR. And you can get an operator subsidy with some of them.
The Mi 11i is sold for 699 euros . There is only one version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, without the possibility of expansion. It is therefore offered 100 euros cheaper than the classic Mi 11 in the 256 GB version, which makes it a pretty good deal, even if, as you will notice, their technical sheets are not equivalent either. Remember that the Mi 11 is also available in a 128 GB version at 749 euros.
How is the competition positioned against him? At OnePlus, the OnePlus 9 is offered at 719 euros in version 8/128. At Oppo, the Find X3 Neo is offered at 799 euros. At Asus, the ZenFone 8 is offered at 699 euros in 8/128 GB version (count 50 euros more to double the storage capacity). The Mi 11i is therefore rather well positioned… theoretically. But in front of him, we also find the Poco F3, sold under the bar of 400 euros, and the Realme GT , sold from 449 euros . Ouch.
In the box you will find the phone, a 33-watt charger, a USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, a soft plastic shell, and a 3.5mm jack to USB Type-C adapter . You should also have a hands-free kit if you buy the smartphone in France. Unsurprisingly, our test unit does not.