Display Measurement

The display of the Mi 11 Ultra is relatively quite straightforward: it’s the same one as on the Mi 11.

The 1440p OLED panel features 120Hz refresh rate, however lacks any kind of more advanced battery saving mechanism that are featured on newer generation panels such as on the Note20 Ultra, S21 Ultra, or claimed on the OnePlus 9 Pro. There is a coarse software-based refresh rate switching mechanisms but this only works at brightness levels above 110 nits.

In terms of colour management, the Mi 11 Ultra features the same complex and comprehensive display settings as on the Mi 11, which allows for extensive tuning and change the characteristics to one’s liking.

We move on to the display calibration and fundamental display measurements of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra screen. As always, we thank X-Rite and SpecraCal, as our measurements are performed with an X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, with the exception of black levels which are measured with an i1Display Pro colorimeter. Data is collected and examined using Portrait Display's CalMAN software.

Display Measurement - Maximum Brightness

In terms of brightness, oddly enough I wasn’t able to have the Mi 11 Ultra to measure in as bright as the regular Mi 11, only reaching 747 nits in auto-brightness when under high ambient light. That’s a bit of an odd discrepancy, but generally the only one when it comes to the differences between the two devices.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

In terms of greyscale accuracy, we’ve measured the calibration in the phone’s “original colour” mode which seemingly is the most accurate profile.

The results here are near identical in every way to what we measured on the Mi 11 – including all of the defects, such as too warm white tones, and a virtually identical gamma curve and greyscale inaccuracy error curve.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

Saturation and gamut accuracy are also near the same as on the Mi 11, with the same slight deviations in the reds and magentas, and ending up with almost identical dETIP error values.

Portrait Displays CalMAN

In the GretagMacbeth patches of commonly found tones such as skin tones, the Mi 11 Ultra is consistently inconsistent in how it behaves, as it matches what we’ve measured to the Mi 11 to a high degree. This includes tones being slightly too dark due to the higher gamma curve, and larger colour deviations in the reds.

Generally speaking, the Mi 11 Ultra screen is very much identical to the Mi 11 one, both in its strengths and weaknesses. Strengths are good brightness, contrast, resolution, and of course the 120Hz refresh rate. The weaknesses are still somewhat off colours, but which can be at least customized to taste thanks to Xiaomi’s extensive software controls.

It's more on the hardware side where the screen doesn’t do as well, lacking either the more advanced LTPO panels of the competition, nor seemingly featuring any newer generation and more efficient OLED emitter, which will impact the phone’s power efficiency.

GPU Performance: Fast & Hot Battery Life - Only Average
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  • iodinegum - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    Is there any news on the HDR10 image capture and video recording capability?

    Does the Mi 11 Ultra support HDR10 video recording at all framerate/resolution combinations like the iPhone 12 Pro Max - or is it limited to "4K" 30fps like the Oppo Find X3 Pro?
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    You can do HDR10+ at 4K60, or HDR10 at 8K24, but these are only limited on the main camera module/sensor, this also includes the frame merge HDR mode at max 4K30 (meaning dual-frame HDR in SDR container).

    Non-HDR capture works on all modules to 8K24 / 4K60.
  • iodinegum - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    Really appreciated! I'm assuming that 10bit HEIF/HEIC image capture is still not supported on the included camera app.

    Would be great if HDR 10bit video/image capture support & their file formats and resolutions could be consistently mentioned in future smartphone reviews.

    10bit (8bit + FRC) displays are finally slowly becoming common in smartphone displays.
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    HEIC mode is still only 8bit, yes.
  • blanarahul - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    Is there a power saving option that reduces GPU performance and thus heat while playing games like Genshin Impact?

    If yes, can you provide any 1 benchmark result for the same (full power vs per saving so that I can an idea regarding the performance loss) ?
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    The battery saver mode doesn't affect GPU performance.
  • Wereweeb - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    GPU Performance section, second paragraph is copied into the third.
  • Wereweeb - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    And as for ergonomics, can't say I consider curved screens to be ergonomic, or to make sense at all. But today I can 3D print a foamed TPU case, I'll stop complaining so much about it.

    Also, article suggestion: I know it's not directly hardware-related, but y'all could ask someone who has access to plenty broken phone parts, like a third-party repair shop, about the thickness of the glass. E.g. how thick the Gorilla Glass Victus is on the Mi 11 vs the S21.

    It's an important metric for screen durability, but it's (AFAIK) completely ignored.
  • Silver5urfer - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    Will Anandtech review Sony Xperia 1 Mark III ? These phones are not there in US and they are MIUI Chinese.
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - link

    Unlikely we'll review it.

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