The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a potentially great phone that’s ruined by what Xiaomi is pitching as its standout feature: the giant camera bump makes the phone unwieldy, and not only does the rear display not bring any important features, we also found it got in the way frequently. It’s hard to make a case for a phone with this annoying ‘extra’, especially given the high asking price. It’s a shame, because buried beneath that mountainous bump is a great phone with fantastic cameras, a powerful processor and a good-looking screen.
As much as I can’t rationalise the Mi 11 Ultra as a purchase recommendation, I still very much like the phone, as well as the path that Xiaomi is marching on with their phones. It’s definitely the company’s most ambitious device yet, it just needs more refining and addressing of its core weaknesses for it to be a truly great phone.