The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Features a Truly Gigantic Camera Bump

Xiaomi has announced the Mi 11 Ultra, a smartphone that takes the original Mi 11 that already boasted pretty great camera performance and racks it up to another level with a giant camera bump that features a 50MP wide, a 48MP ultra-wide, a 48MP telephoto, and a tiny OLED display.

The first noticeable thing about the Mi 11 Ultra is the absolutely enormous camera bump; compared to the thinness of the whole device, it’s noticeably huge and what it houses is a definite upgrade over the standard Mi 11.

That bump houses those three cameras. First is the main wide-angle camera which houses a 1/1.12-inch 50-megapixel GN2 sensor equipped with an f/1.95 aperture lens. The GN2 was announced by Samsung earlier this year and features what the company calls Dual Pixel Pro autofocus, which it promises offers a dramatic improvement in autofocus performance.

The size of the sensor itself is dramatic: it’s not far from a 1-inch sensor:

Xiaomi uses that GN2 sensor to claim the Mi 11 Ultra is capable of fast, “laser-sharp” autofocus. That main sensor also boasts dual native ISO and staggered HDR. In addition to the main camera, which is designated as a “wide” camera (85-degree field of view), Xiaomi also equipped the Mi 11 Ultra with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide and a 48-megapixel 5x periscope telephoto. Periscope technology allows for a much more powerful optical zoom and is a technology that Apple is rumored to be at least a couple of years away from implementing in its own devices. You can read more about periscope cameras here.

The 48-megapixel 1/2.0-inch sized ultra-wide has a 128-degree field of view and an f/2.2 lens. The 48-megapixel periscope camera Is the same 1/2.0-inch sensor size, but at f/4.1. It supports optical image stabilization and phase-detection autofocus, 5x optical zoom, 10X “hybrid zoom,” and 120x digital zoom. All three cameras support 8K video recording and Night Mode.

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That giant camera bump not only houses the three aforementioned cameras, but also a dedicated OLED that can be used as an always-on display (to display time and date, for example), notification bar, or as a selfie camera viewfinder.

The phone’s other specifications are otherwise pretty similar to the Xiaomi Mi 11, including the 6.8-inch 120Hz 1440p OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. However, the Mi 11 Ultra gets a bigger battery at 5,000mAh and can be fast-charged (what Xiaomi refers to as “turbo charging”) at 67W both wirelessly and with a cable.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra was not given a final price or release date at the time or announcement.


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