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

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

The phone features a whopping 1/1.12-inch sensor, which beats Nokia PureView 808’s record of the biggest sensor with a 1/1.2-inch size. Panasonic jammed in a 1-inch sensor in its Lumix DMC-CM1 device, but it was an Android-powered camera, and not a phone. 

But let’s back up for a second. What does a bigger sensor in a phone mean for you? Your phone’s camera captures light through that sensor, so the larger the size, the more light captured in a small amount of time. That eventually results in more detailed photos in almost all light conditions without triggering features such as the night mode.

Before we talk more about the phone, let’s take a look at its unique specifications:


  • Screen: 6.81-inch WQHD+ AMOLED screen; 1.1-inch AMOLED screen on the back
  • Refresh rate: 120Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Rear camera: 50-megapixel wide sensor with f/1.95 aperture (1/1.12-inch sensor) + 48-megapixel ultrawide 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-megapixel with f/2.2 aperture
  • Internal storage: 256GB
  • Security: In-screen fingerprint sensor; face unlock
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh
  • Charging: 67W wired fast charging; 67W wireless fast charging
  • IP rating: IP68 (waterproof and dustproof)

Apart from featuring a huge camera sensor, the phone also sports a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera to enable 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 120x digital zoom. While that sounds enticing, we’ll have to test this phone out in the world to see if any photo with more than 10x zoom is usable.

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

In a slightly gimmicky move, Xiaomi has included a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen on the back of the phone. It’ll help you check notifications and take selfies using the rear camera setup. Hopefully, you can turn this off if you don’t need it. If you’re running out of battery, you can also switch on ultra power saver mode to use the rear display for calls and other emergency apps.

The Mi 11 Ultra packs some other little gems such as 67W wired and wireless charging, dual speakers powered by Harman Kardon, and Wi-Fi 6E support.

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

In China, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is priced at RMB5999 ($914) for the 8GB+256GB version. The 12GB + 256GB version is slotted for RMB6499 ($990), and the 12GB + 512GB version will retail for RMB6999 ($1065). Xiaomi hasn’t announced anything about the global availability of this device yet. 

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Published March 29, 2021 — 14:28 UTC

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Xiaomi’s Mi Band 6 gives you GPS and blood-oxygen sensors for only $35

Xiaomi has built up a strong presence in the wearable market through its affordable Mi Band series. The company today launched the latest device in the line, the Mi Band 6, with built-in GPS and blood oxygen sensors.

The company has introduced a new 1.56-inch AMOLED display compared to last year’s Mi Band 5 design that featured a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen. Plus, Xiaomi is refreshing the interface and new default watch faces will show you more information in a more dignified manner on that 326 ppi (pixels per inch) screen.

There are two versions of the band: the NFC version for China and the non-NFC version for the rest of the world. The company claimed that it’ll have a similar battery life as the predecessor — 14 days for the NFC version and 20 days for the non-NFC version.


Even if you get fewer than advertised days out of the band, you might need to charge it once or twice a month. That’s pretty rad.

While the GPS sensor will help you measure your walking and running distance accurately, the band also features 30 workout modes, including boxing, badminton, cricket, HIIT, street dance, and Zumba — apart from six common ones already present

The blood oxygen (SPO2) sensor is now common in budget bands. We’ve seen it in the recently launched Honor Band 6 and the OnePlus Band. While it’s a fun novelty, you shouldn’t rely on these readings for actual medical purposes.

The Mi Band 6 also has advanced sleep tracking that measures REM and sleep breathing quality.

In China, the standard edition of the band costs RMB229 ($35) and the NFC version costs RMB279 ($42). In the European market, the band is priced at €44.99

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Published March 29, 2021 — 14:53 UTC

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Xiaomi’s portless concept phone is a gorgeous nightmare

It has been a week since Xiaomi released its air charging concept that can charge your phone within a few meters range. Now, it has a new concept: a portless phone with a waterfall display extending to all four edges.

The device looks drop-dead gorgeous, and I’ll challenge anyone who disagrees to a duel on top of a volcanic mountain. Before you point your pitchforks at me, feast your eyes on this magnificent beast in the video below.

Xiaomi said that the display is curved at 88-degrees to all sides: top, bottom, left, and right. The company claims that they achieved this flex in the screen through a “3D bonding process” — which tells us nothing.

This looks like a great phone. Where’s the nightmare? For starters, if you don’t like a curved screen, you will hate this the moment you look at it. Also, displays with edges are prone to ghost touches from your hand’s grip. In the video, you can also see that the phone has black cutouts on corners. Some content might not comply with that and end up looking weird. 

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Xiaomi’s Air Charge tech looks magical — but I have a million questions

I wouldn’t be surprised if right now, in an office in China, a bunch of Xiaomi employees are jumping up and down and yelling, “Suck it Apple!” The company just revealed that it has invented a device that wirelessly charges your devices over the air.

What Xiaomi has claimed to achieve is long-distance wireless charging. The company claimed it could charge several devices at once at up to 5 watts (which isn’t much). It hasn’t specified the Mi Air Charger’s range, but it said that it can work across “several meters.”