If you thought the Mi 11 was going to be Xiaomi’s top-tier flagship for 2021, you were wrong. The Chinese giant just came up with the Mi 11 Ultra bringing maxed-out specifications to the market alongside a lot of innovation. A lot of people did not expect such an advanced phone and maybe the concurrence too. Here is a comparison between the most advanced flagships in the Android world, at least until now: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and OPPO Find X3 Pro.
|Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra||OPPO Find X3 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||164.3 x 74.6 x 8.4 mm, 234 g||165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm, 227 g||163.6 x 74 x 8.3 mm, 193 g|
|DISPLAY||6.81 inches, 1440 x 3200p (Quad HD+), AMOLED||6.8 inches, 1440 x 3200p (Quad HD+), AMOLED||6.7 inches, 1440 x 3216p (Quad HD+), AMOLED LTPO|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz (or Samsung Exynos 2100, octa-core 2.9 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz|
|MEMORY||8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 512 GB||12 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 512 GB – micro SD slot||12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, MIUI||Android 11, One UI||Android 11, ColorOS|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 50 + 48 + 48 MP, f/2.0 + f/4.1 + f/2.2
20 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Quad 108 + 10 + 10 + 12 MP, f/1.8 + f/4.9 + f/2.4 + f/2.2
40 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Quad 50 + 13 + 50 + 3 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.4 + f/2.2 + f/3.0
32 MP f/2.4 front camera
|BATTERY||5000 mAh, fast charging 67W and fast wireless charging 67W||5000 mAh, fast charging 25W, wireless charging 15W||4500 mAh, fast charging 65W, fast wireless charging 30W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G, reverse wireless charging 10W, IP68 waterproof, secondary rear display||Dual SIM slot, 5G, reverse wireless charging 10W, IP68 waterproof, S Pen||Dual SIM slot, 5G, water resistant (IP68), reverse wireless charging 10W|
If you just need the most beautiful design, you should go for the OPPO Find X3 Pro, in my honest opinion. Its clean and incredibly elegant design is made with a process lasting 40 hours involving high temperatures up to 700 °C in order to make a back glass full of curves and without interruptions. The handset also comes in a special leather variant called Cosmic Mocha. On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is still made of very premium materials, including a ceramic back, but it is definitely less attractive with that huge camera module.
All of these devices are equipped with astonishing displays which earned the A+ vote from DisplayMate. They feature Quad HD+ resolutions, they can show up to one billion colors and they even come with adaptive refresh rates thanks to the LTPO technology. You should not make your choice by evaluating the displays since the differences are marginal.
Specs & Software
Even on the hardware side, these devices are very similar. They are all flagships with the best hardware department you can expect in 2021. With the exception of the European variant of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, they are all powered by the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform paired with UFS 3.1 native storage. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the only one to offer a memory configuration with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of native storage, while the others stop at 12/256 GB.
There are a lot of things to say about the cameras of these handsets. They are all impressive camera phones and it is hard to say which one is literally the best. According to DxOMark, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the best camera phone out there, but the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has better zoom capabilities with its 10x optical zoom. The OPPO Find X3 Pro offers better macro performance thanks to its 3 MP microlens sporting up to 60x magnification. With the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, you can shoot selfies with the rear cameras thanks to the secondary display on the rear side. Each device has its pro and cons, but each is an amazing camera phone.
You should not notice huge differences even when it comes to battery life. The OPPO Find X3 Pro should be the most disappointing one since it has a smaller 4500 mAh battery, but the advantage of this device is the fact that it has a more compact device. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra have similar specifications (in terms of energy consumption) and the same battery capacity, but with the Mi 11 Ultra, you get the highest charging speeds.
You can find Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and OPPO Find X3 Pro in the global market with prices ranging from €1100/$1300 to €1200/$1413 (prices vary depending on the region). At least until we tested every device thoroughly, we can not establish a winner for this comparison. The OPPO Find X3 Pro has the best design, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra comes with the most interesting camera department, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the only one to support the S Pen. Each one has its advantage and disadvantages and the one to go for depends on your actual needs. Which one would you pick?
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
- S Pen support
- 10x optical zoom
- Amazing front camera
- Exynos chipset in Europe
OPPO Find X3 Pro
- More compact
- Amazing design
- Innovative microlens camera
- Smaller battery
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
- Rear display
- Amazing design
- Faster charging
- Amazing rear cameras
- IR blaster
- Inferior front camera
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