We compare two of the best high-end phones of 2021: Xiaomi Mi 11 vs iPhone 12.
Between the Xiaomi Mi 11 and the iPhone 12 there are more similarities than we could imagine. Both are part of the same market segment, boast some of the best specs ever seen in a mobile, and both aspire to become best sellers from their respective manufacturers.
And still we talk about two very different terminals on a technical level. For that reason, today we wanted compare thoroughly the differences and similarities between these two terminals, to help you choose if you are doubting between one of these two devices.
Design and display: curves vs straight lines
Choosing between the iPhone 12 and the Xiaomi Mi 11 based on their design will be easy ... as long as your tastes and preferences are clear. If you are more of curves, the Mi 11 has prepared for you a large screen with curves on all four sides, with a small hole that houses the front camera.
The curves also extend to the rear, where we find a glass or faux leather panel –Depending on the variant chosen– that covers part of the sides of the device until it meets the aluminum chassis.
At iPhone 12, the thing changes. Although we are talking about a mobile built in aluminum and Gorilla Glass Victus glass in the same way as the Xiaomi Mi 11, in this case Apple has decided recover straight edges and the sharp corners that were so fashionable in the days of the iPhone 5.
There is also a big difference in size. Although neither of the two is a compact device, in the case of the Xiaomi Mi 11 we are talking about a terminal with an impressive 6.8-inch screen, a diagonal much higher than the 6.1 inches of the iPhone 12.
Regarding display technology, in both cases we have an AMOLED panel, although the Xiaomi model wins the game in terms of resolution –WQHD + versus Full HD + -, as well as regarding the refresh rate, 120 hertz on the Chinese phone.
To conclude, it should be mentioned that iPhone 12 is IP68 certified that ensures resistance to water and dust, a feature that the Mi 11 lacks.
Cameras: bet on versatility
The differences between the cameras of the Mi 11 and the iPhone 12 are clear. The model of Chinese origin has a system consisting of three sensors on the back, one of them high resolution with 108 megapixels, and another ultra wide angle of 13 megapixels. The third is what Xiaomi refers to as “telemacro”, with 5 megapixels of resolution and an equivalent focal length of 50 millimeters.
The Apple model, on the other hand, integrates a double 12 megapixel camera on the back. One sensor acts as the main camera, and the other opts to offer a greater field of view thanks to an ultra-wide angle lens.
In the absence of testing the Xiaomi model, and knowing that the iPhone 12 is one of the benchmarks in its segment, can we talk about two of the best cameras available on the market within its category. It is worth mentioning, yes, that the Xiaomi model can offer a greater versatility thanks to the third sensor.
In the case of frontal camera, the differences are still noticeable when the Mi 11 has a single 20 megapixel sensor, and on the iPhone 12 with a 12 megapixel camera, which is accompanied by a series of sensors designed to capture facial features to enable functions like Face ID or Animojis.
Battery and performance: a battle of beasts
If you're concerned about performance, I'm afraid neither of these two devices is going to let you down. Both the Mi 11 and the iPhone 12 they assure us an exquisite performance, not only because it has a cutting-edge technical section, but also because it includes the latest firmware version of their respective platforms, iOS 14 on the iPhone, and MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 on the Mi 11.
In addition, its batteries, 4,600 mAh in the Mi 11 and 2,815 in the iPhone they assure us a good autonomy.
Nevertheless, on Wed 11 win the game if we talk about the charging technology supported. Well, while the iPhone assures us a maximum power of 20W by cable, and of 15W through wireless charging, Xiaomi raises the level in its latest flagship mobile to offer 55W wired charging, and 50W wireless charging. As if that wasn't enough, unlike the Apple model, the Mi 11 does include a fast charger in its box.
Processor and memory: Apple vs. Qualcomm
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 vs Apple A14. When talking about processors, we cannot but grant the throne to Apple once again being able to squeeze the maximum SoC of their latest phones to offer the best performance we've ever seen in a smartphone.
That does not mean that Snapdragon 888 from Mi 11 not an excellent processor, capable of coping with the heaviest tasks without any problems. In addition, the fact of having a neural unit integrated into the chip, ensures that the tasks that require a high computational load they will be performed much faster than previous generations of this series.
Where the Xiaomi gains prominence is when talking about the memory settingsWell, the Chinese terminal doubles the available RAM on the iPhone by offering 8 GB in all its variants, with 128 or 256 GB of storage. The iPhone also adds an extra version with 512 GB of internal storage.
Connectivity: 5G for everyone
Both the A14 chip of the iPhone 12 and the Snapdragon 888 of the Mi 11 have built-in 5G modem. This ensures that the devices are prepared to navigate the next-generation networksregardless of whether they are SA or NSA.
In addition, we have Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, NFC for mobile payments, GPS, and the rest of the details related to connectivity that we could expect from mobiles at these prices.
There are other differences to keep in mind between the Xiaomi Mi 11 and the iPhone 12.
One of them is related to the method to unlock the mobile through biometrics. And it is that Apple continues to bet on Face ID, its facial recognition system, at a time when we all wear masks and, unless you wear an Apple Watch and have iOS 14.5, it will not be possible to unlock the mobile with your face without taking it off.
On the Xiaomi Mi 11, on the other hand, we have a in-display fingerprint reader, much more convenient in these times. Said sensor also acts as a heart rate reader.
Besides that, it should be mentioned that iPhone 12 has a Lightning connector, while Xiaomi offers a more standardized alternative such as the USB Type C.
And we cannot forget, of course, that each of the terminals is based on a different platform. Android in the Mi 11, and iOS in the iPhone 12. Therefore, the choice between one or the other is reduced to the personal preferences of each person when choosing their preferred mobile operating system.
Xiaomi Mi 1 vs iPhone 12: which is better option
Both the Xiaomi Mi 11 and the iPhone 12 hit the market at a very similar price, about 800 euros in the case of the Apple mobile, and 750 euros if we talk about the Mi 11.
Therefore, we are certainly talking about two comparable devices, with quite a few similar features but which will actually offer a very different experience.
The iPhone 12 is probably the most recommended iPhone for all those who do not want to spend the more than 1,000 euros that the variant costs Pro, but still want to enjoy 80% of what these devices offer.
The Xiaomi Mi 11, on the other hand, is the best that Xiaomi can offer –For now–, and although it does not reach the level of other high-end models in sections such as photography, it is undoubtedly a worthy aspiring best smartphone of 2021.