Xiaomi released the Mi 11 a few months ago in December, with an internal release event following in January this year. The company didn't didn't release any premium model at that point, however, today, it introduced two new additions to Mi 11 series that are called Mi 11i and Mi 11 lite. This year's Mi 11 ultra is the high-end premium smartphone that is an upgrade of its predecessor Mi 11 ultra.
According to the leaks, the main selling point of the phone is an 11-inch OLED screen on the rear side of the device to preview selfies, while allowing you to take pictures with the ultra-wide and standard camera sensors. But the screen also provides always-on functionality and display message or phone notifications. The device also comes with a power saver mode that allows you to use the rear display alone. A rear screen isn't just a great design feature, as the phone offers an IP68 rating for the first time.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 888 Soc, features a 6.81-inch QHD+OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla glass protection. The phone comes with a massive 5,000mah battery with 67W wired and 67W wireless charging. The phone charging goes from zero to 100% only in 36 minutes.
Mi 11 Pro is powered by the same processor as Mi 11i, features a 6.67-inch QHD+OLED screen but has IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The phone comes with the same battery and charging capacity as Mi 11i. Xiaomi's Pro model also delivers a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5x 8MP periscope camera. You can also shoot a 1,920fps slow-motion video on the Pro and Ultra models. Other two phones included in the series are simply 4G and 5G variations of Mi 11 lite that features a 6.55-inch FHD+ OLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, a 4,250mAh battery, and 33W wired charging. The two phones share the same 64MP primary camera sensor specs, with 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and 5MP telephoto macro lens. All of these phones come with Android 11 and MIUI 12 out of the box.
Today, at an investors event in New York City, Corning announced that it is working on a scratch-resistant glass that will be Rival to Sapphire. The Project will be named "Phire" and the new material will become available to manufacturers later this year.
Project Phire is said to combine the best qualities of Corning Gorilla Glass and sapphire. According to a Corning executive, the material "offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."
As sturdy as it is, Corning Gorilla Glass does not handle scratches as easily as sapphire. The company's latest Gorilla Glass 4, despite being much more damage-resistant than its predecessor, is still prone to scuffs. Corning took notice of its creation's shortcoming last year, when talk about Apple's use of sapphire glass in iPhone 6 heated up. The Cupertino giant's smartphones currently rely on Gorilla Glass for out of the box screen protection.