With a projected list price of €1,200 for a 12GB/256GB version in Europe, the Mi 11 Ultra isn't really priced to sell, but it's not entirely unreasonable either. A Galaxy S21 Ultra can be had for as low as €1000, though matching the Mi's storage would add €100. The OnePlus 9 Pro runs for a little over €1000 for the 12GB/256GB version, and the Oppo Find X3 Pro is around €1150.
The Mi 11 Ultra is looking a lot better in India at INR70K, particularly against the Galaxy, which is a cool 50% more expensive. The OnePlus 9 Pro is evenly matched - INR70K for 12GB/256GB, as is the vivo X60 Pro+, another camera-centric offering.Mi 11 Ultra (left) next to Galaxy S21 Ultra
The Mi takes better pictures and video than the Galaxy in virtually all scenarios in this battle of the Ultras. The Galaxy has the better selfie camera, but the Mi's rear display renders that a moot point. The S21 Ultra's display is slightly more adaptive than the Mi 11 Ultra's and marginally brighter, but that's hardly a decider. More important, perhaps, is that the Galaxy comfortably beats the Mi in the endurance race. Still, in India, all of that sounds like an easy win for the Xiaomi; in Europe - it'll take slightly more careful consideration, though we're still leaning towards the Xiaomi.
Realistically, none of the others can compete with the Mi 11 Ultra's camera prowess, but the OnePlus 9 Pro could make a case for itself when you stand to pocket €200+. It's more or less on par with the Mi in all areas, but the camera and since its setup isn't half bad in its own right, it's basically a matter of paying extra for the Mi's imaging chops or not. Now, if they're priced the same (as they are in India), the Mi easily takes the victory, we reckon.
The Oppo Find X3 Pro maxes out at 2x optical zoom, but has a microscope camera to try and steer you in its direction and it's an interesting juxtaposition with the Mi between distant and close-up shooting. The Find is also polarizing for its looks, but you could be one that finds its fluid camera bump prettier than the Mi's... less elegant solution. So this one gets settled on design and camera priorities.
The vivo X60 Pro+ is an interesting alternative going for Mi 11 Ultra money in India. This one too has a sizeable camera bump on its back, and while not quite as competent as the Mi, it will rarely leave you wanting. The leatherette back is a nice design touch next to the colder ceramic Mi, and the X60 Pro+ is the closest to being 'compact' here. The vivo is missing stereo speakers and an IP rating, however, and these come as standard on all the others on this list.
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the ultimate cameraphone, if the shapely camera assembly on the back wasn't enough of a giveaway. It captures photos and video as good or even better than any competitor and can only get better at it if Xiaomi opens up the rear display's full potential.
But it's not just the camera. Perhaps the phone's sheer heft could be the one dealbreaker, since the rest is hard to fault - a wonderful display, some of the finest speakers, good battery life and fast charging, and a posh ceramic build mean there's hardly any compromise involved. At launch pricing, depending on where you are, the Mi 11 Ultra ranges between a proper bargain and a reasonable value for money. We'd recommend it either way.