Xiaomi Mi 11T news, price, leaks and if there will be a Mi 11T Pro

We might see the Xiaomi Mi 11T soon, as the next flagship Xiaomi phone could show up at a launch event the company has scheduled for September 15. This is expected to be a mid-range Android phone which fits into the Mi 11 line between that flagship and the Mi 11 Lite.

We might see the new phone come alongside an upgraded Mi 11 Lite, the Mi Pad 5 and maybe the Mi Note 11 too, but the Mi 11T is our top pick for what will show up at the event.

We're expecting big things from this next Xiaomi phone, as it'll be the company's first major global launch since it became the biggest phone company in Europe (not counting the Mi Mix 4 or Mi Pad 5, both of which are currently China-only).

Xiaomi's best known for its well-specced mid-range smartphones, and while the Mi 11 was a fantastic premium device, we'd love to see its features boiled down into a T-series handset.

While the phone series hasn't been confirmed by Xiaomi, the Mi 11T line is very likely coming as a mid-year follow-up to the Mi 11, in the same way the Mi 10T followed the Mi 10 and so on.

If 2020's habits are followed, there will be three new Xiaomi Mi 11T smartphones; a Lite, a standard model, and a Pro, and these will slot in with the existing Mi 11 devices. So perhaps the Mi 11 Ultra will stay the top-end model, and the Mi 11 Lite 5G will remain the budget one, but the Mi 11T devices will hit new price points in between.

We've heard a few Xiaomi Mi 11T rumors, and they've really been ramping up over August, suggesting we could hear official things about the phone soon. Until then, we've created a Xiaomi Mi 11T wish list, based on the Mi 10T and Mi 11 phones, as well as other devices from Xiaomi and other companies.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Xiaomi's late-year series of flagship companions
  • How much will it cost? One budget, one mid-range and one upper mid-range
  • When will it be out? Perhaps revealed on September 15

Xiaomi Mi 11T release date and price

Xiaomi Mi 11

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If the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro can tell us anything, it's that the company doesn't want its T series to overshadow its main-line one - so we might not see a Mi 11T Ultra, and the Mi 11 Ultra might remain the brand's top phone of the year.

As a result, with regards to price, it's probably better to expect a budget, a lower-mid-range, and an upper-mid-range device, with the three devices likely to hit price points the Mi 11 range doesn't. Since there's a big gap between the Mi 11 Lite 5G and Mi 11 prices, we could see the Mi 11T devices fit in there.

We don't know a release date, but an upcoming Xiaomi launch on September 15 could very well bring the Mi 11T. That would line up as the Mi 10T devices launched in September 2020.

News and leaks

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite (Image credit: TechRadar)

One of the earliest rumors we heard about the Mi 11T suggests that the phone could come with an under-display selfie camera and support for the ultra-wideband location tracking tech (as seen in the Apple AirTags). The former tech was debuted in the Mi Mix 4 so we know Xiaomi would be capable.

A bigger specs leak told us the device could have a 120Hz display, 64MP main camera, a MediaTek chipset, an ultra-wide camera and a telemacro snapper like the Mi 11.

That leak didn't include any information about a Lite or Pro device too, slightly casting doubt onto the potential existence of the Mi 11T 'family' as opposed to the one device.

However there is some evidence a Pro model could appear, thanks to regulatory listings in Malaysia which mention the device by name.

We've heard about a Lite model too - sort of. A rumor suggests the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite - a phone that already exists in two different versions - could get two even newer versions, one of which will have an under-display camera.

It's possible, though, that this is actually referring to the Mi 11T Lite, not the Mi 11 Lite - so maybe the budget version of the new Xiaomi phone, and logically therefore its bigger siblings, will get this premium tech. That could be considered quite a stretch though.

We're expecting the phone to support 120W wired charging, which would be startlingly quick for a smartphone. We say this because a recent video shows an unknown phone charging at 120W, but in a separate teaser for the September 15 launch event, Xiaomi hinted at ???W charging (with charge symbols used instead of question marks). This suggests charging will be at least three-figures, likely then 120W.

What we want to see

Our Xiaomi Mi 11T wish list is based on things we liked - and, more importantly, things we didn't - about previous Xiaomi phones.

1. Dump the bump

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

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When the Xiaomi Mi 10T came along, we were surprised by its massively thick camera bump... until the Mi 11 Ultra came along with its tectonic rear panel.

Okay, Xiaomi. Ha ha, very funny, big camera bumps are so hilarious, and they get everyone tweeting about your new phones, as people marvel at their giant size. But as the memes die down and you stop tweeting about it, we've still got to use these unwieldy and annoying phones.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 was perfect in this regard, as its camera array didn't stick too far out from the body - let's keep that thickness, please.

2. Side-mounted fingerprint scanners

Xiaomi has long had a problem with in-screen fingerprint sensors, as they can often be temperamental, something we especially found with the Mi 11. The Mi 10T line didn't have this issue though, as their thumb scanners were actually mounted on the edge of the phone.

We found this placement incredibly convenient, and it made unlocking the devices a treat. We'd go so far as to say the Mi 10T Pro possibly had the best implementation of this side-mounted fingerprint scanner we've ever seen.

Hopefully the Mi 11T phones will keep this location then.

3. Telemacro cameras all round!

Arguably the Xiaomi Mi 11's best feature was its 5MP telemacro camera, which was good for zoom photos but fantastic for macro (or close-up) ones. Evidently, Xiaomi concurred, as the lens found its way to the Mi 11 Lite 5G, Poco F3 and more.

Sadly the Mi 11 Ultra missed out - and its macro capabilities are far worse - so we'd like to see every member of the Mi 11T family get such macro cameras.

The implementation of this kind of camera would actually work really well with the next point on our list...

4. Even more great camera modes

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

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One of the reasons to look forward to new Xiaomi phones is that, with each one, the company shows off a few more novel and quirkly photography or videography modes, and we're looking forward to seeing more on the Mi 11T.

The Mi 10T line brought a few great modes, and we look forward to seeing what the Mi 11T line could bring. In particular we'd like to see new photography tricks, as videography has been the focus for the last few phone generations.

Especially if each new phone used the telemacro camera, the new modes could improve close-up photography even more. 

5. Fix MIUI

MIUI is Xiaomi's Android overlay it uses for its phones, and we're getting sick of complaining about it in our reviews.

While bloatware is MIUI's worst problem, with loads of pre-installed third-party and Xiaomi apps and games, it's just the tip of the iceberg.

MIUI can be quite buggy, with notifications getting sent multiple times, or appearing wrong in the notification window. Oftentimes your customizations can revert back to their default look. You can receive notification buzzes, without actually receiving any message.

While it's not terrible, with loads of customization options, MIUI doesn't hold up to alternative interfaces like ColorOS or TCL's OS, and Xiaomi needs to fix it.

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