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The first flagship showdown in 2021: How to choose iQOO 7 vs Xiaomi 11

Most people have encountered choices when buying things, especially mobile phones, which are not cheap “big items ”. Fortunately, the current mobile phone industry products are generally of very high standards. When faced with mainstream brands and products without design flaws, choosing which one will not make you step on the thunder. But this does not mean that everyone can close their eyes and choose randomly, and the products are good, it does not mean that there is no difference. Ignore these differences, you will miss the product that suits you, and there will be many avoidable complaints in future use.

The new generation of flagship mobile phones iQOO 7 and Xiaomi 11 that are both available today are two products that are easy to entangle. Not only because the prices of the two are similar, but also because they are the only products currently equipped with the latest flagship SoC Snapdragon 888. So today, this article will help you recognize the differences between the two phones and pick the one that really suits you.

The first flagship showdown in 2021: How to choose iQOO 7 vs Xiaomi 11


01 Appearance: Both styles are very mature

Both iQOO 7 and Xiaomi Mi 11 are products with mature designs that have achieved the high standards expected of flagship mobile phones in terms of look, feel, and grip. Therefore, only the overall style and detailed design can be distinguished between the two appearance designs.The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7 (not issued pending review) Mi 11 on the left, iQOO 7 on the right

In terms of overall style, Mi 11 is more traditional, such as the rounded lines of the fuselage and the regular color scheme without special textures. The only distinctive feature is the reflective area of ​​the rear camera module. However, similar reflective materials have also appeared in other mobile phone cameras. In general, although there are several youthful color schemes, the appearance of Xiaomi Mi 11 is still relatively stable, and the weight of texture is higher than that of personality.The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7 (not issued pending review)

The overall style of iQOO 7 is even more unconventional. The black mirror version has a special texture, and the legendary version has a racing stripe decoration. The processing of the rear camera module is also very novel: the camera module is divided by the material transition of AG frosted glass and mirror glass. The unconventional of iQOO 7 is not exaggerated, there are no exaggerated lines and colors, and it has both personality and texture.

Next, let’s talk about the body design of the two mobile phones that will affect the user’s actual experience. The first is the protrusion of the camera. Mi 11 is more prominent. When it is used on the desktop, the phone will dangle. iQOO 7 does not have this problem.

Then there is the metal middle frame, Xiaomi Mi 11 has a glossy texture, and iQOO 7 has a fine matte texture. When the hands are dry, the smooth middle frame is more slip resistant than the matte middle frame, but the matte feels better after sweating.The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7 (not issued pending review) Pay attention to the camera bump and the texture of the middle frame

The last is the screen form. Xiaomi Mi 11 uses a four-curved micro-curved screen, while iQOO 7 has a straight screen. Judging from the probability of false touch and the difficulty of filming, iQOO 7 wins. For the face value, the frame of the Mi 11 curved screen is narrower at the narrowest part, but the thickness of the frame is uneven. The average frame width of iQOO 7 is slightly wider, but the thickness is uniform. Which one to choose depends on personal preference.The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7 (not issued pending review) Mi 11 on the left, iQOO 7

02 Performance and heat dissipation: Is the large-area VC soaking plate useful?

The reason why the two phones are compared is largely because of the similarity of the core hardware. They are equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 memory and 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 body storage. In terms of additional performance configuration, iQOO 7 has a larger scale of heat dissipation, with the largest VC soaking plate on a mobile phone. According to the performance of the VC soaking plate on other devices, iQOO 7 should have some advantages in heat dissipation.

In order to test the heat dissipation, we played 30 minutes of “Original God” and 30 minutes of “Peace Elite” on two mobile phones. In order to squeeze performance to the greatest extent, we have adjusted each of the picture quality items in “The Original God” to the highest option, and set the picture quality of “Peace Elite” to “HDR HD” and the number of frames to “Limit”. , And turn on anti-aliasing and shadows.

The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7

After 30 minutes of “Yuan Shen”, the back of the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a maximum of 55.3 degrees Celsius, with an average of 44.1 degrees Celsius; the iQOO 7 has a maximum of 46.4 degrees Celsius on the back of the fuselage, with an average of 42.7 degrees Celsius.

After 30 minutes of “Peace Elite”, the back of the Xiaomi Mi 11 has a maximum of 47 degrees Celsius, with an average of 43.4 degrees Celsius; the iQOO 7 has a maximum of 43.8 degrees Celsius on the back of the fuselage, with an average of 40.9 degrees Celsius.The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7

The results show that iQOO 7 has better heat dissipation, especially the highest temperature, which is the data that has the greatest impact on the user’s hand grip. It seems that the large-area VC soaking plate of iQOO 7 does play a role.

After the heat dissipation test, what about the frame rate? Since Xiaomi Mi 11 will reduce the resolution in “Yuan Shen”, we can’t set the perfect control variables through the game screen, so the frame number test of “Yuan Shen” has no comparative significance. And no matter whether the resolution is reduced or not, the Snapdragon 888 can not maintain 60 frames at the highest image quality for a long time (after 10 minutes, it will start to reduce the frequency and drop the frame). It is also worth mentioning that reducing the resolution will actually give the Xiaomi Mi 11 an advantage in heating, but in the end the surface temperature still loses to the iQOO 7.

As for the performance in “Peace Elite”, there is no need to talk about it, because the two phones are always smooth and full frames, even the average number of frames is exactly the same.

iQOO 7 “Peace Elite” frames

Mi 11 “Peace Elite” Frames

02 Enhanced gaming experience: iQOO 7 hard core, Xiaomi 11 casual

The gaming experience is not only about the frame rate and temperature, but also the enhanced functions of the mobile phone’s built-in supporting gaming experience. This is why most mobile phones now have built-in various “game modes”, including Mi 11 and iQOO 7. However, the game mode of Mi 11 is not as comprehensive as iQOO 7 considers.

In order to compare the richness of game functions, we separately examined the number of game-related functions of the mobile phone outside the game (system menu) and in the game (floating window). The results are as follows: Mi 11 has 4 out of the game and 11 in the game; iQOO 7 has 14 out of the game and 17 in the game. In terms of quantity, iQOO 7 won.The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7 Mi 11 in-game shortcut menu

iQOO 7 in-game shortcut menu

In terms of functional quality, Xiaomi Mi 11’s game enhancements are more conventional. In addition to the touch sensitivity setting, it also has iQOO.

No one else has it. Among the game features of iQOO 7, the “screen pressure sensitivity” is the most distinctive. The user can customize the “shortcut keys” during the game, and each shortcut key allows the user to complete a series of customized actions with one click. For example, by pressing the screen again in the blank area of ​​the screen in “Peace Elite”, the action from opening the lens to firing can be achieved in one go. In a game like ” Honor of Kings ” that requires skill manipulation, you can set more complex screen pressure-sensitive “shortcut keys.”

iQOO 7 screen pressure sensitivity, one-key open mirror shooting

The user can set the number of areas, area size, and mapping position of the screen pressure sensing, as well as the strength of the press vibration feedback. Each shortcut key can have two modes of “single mapping” and “twice mapping”. Single mapping is to activate the shortcut key when pressing the screen, two mappings is to press to activate once, and lift the finger to activate again.

iQOO 7 screen pressure sensitivity setting

iQOO 7 screen pressure sensitivity setting

Finally, we talk about a feature that Xiaomi Mi 11 also has-4D vibration. Thanks to the flagship linear vibration motor, Mi 11 and iQOO 7 have excellent 4D vibration feedback. However, iQOO 7 can realize vibration feedback with surround and orientation. For example, in “Peace Elite”, players can judge the enemy’s direction of fire based on the sense of vibration. This is because iQOO 7 has one more vibration motor than Xiaomi, one on each side after the horizontal screen.

4D vibration is actually the epitome of the gaming experience of these two phones. Mi 11 is not bad at all, reaching the standard flagship level. But iQOO 7 will always go one step further, digging more features and better experience, summed up in three words: “harder core”.

03 Charging and battery life: the charging speed is different, the battery life is the same

Judging from the paper data, the 120W charging power of iQOO 7 completely beats the 55W of Xiaomi 11. There is no deviation after the actual measurement. When iQOO 7 is charged to 31% in 5 minutes, Xiaomi 11 only reaches 12%. After iQOO 7 is fully charged in 16 minutes, Xiaomi Mi 11 is only 41%. The speed can be said to be very different. If you are worried that iQOO 7 charging too fast will reduce battery life, you can also adjust the charging speed through the two options of “optimize battery charging” and “high-speed charging” in the charging settings to find a balance between speed and battery maintenance.

iQOO 7 can be fully charged in 16 minutes

In addition, the charger that comes with iQOO 7 also supports the 65W PD protocol, compatible with mainstream laptops on the market, which is equivalent to “dual-purpose”.

In terms of battery life, the battery of the iQOO 7 is 4000mAh, and the Xiaomi Mi 11 is 4600mAh. The Mi 11 with a larger battery seems to have better battery life, but the result is not the case. After 5 hours of continuous battery life test, Xiaomi Mi 11 has 40% remaining power, and iQOO 7 has 41% remaining. The two phones are basically even. It is estimated that it is because of the 2K resolution of the Mi 11 screen? In short, friends who are worried that the iQOO 7 4000mAh is not enough can rest assured.

The first flagship battle of the new year, Xiaomi 11 vs iQOO 7

04 System and others: master tricks

MIUI is the old fritters of the Android system, basically what you want, the interface is beautiful, the functions are comprehensive and user-friendly, and the MIUI 12 of the Xiaomi 11 is no exception. iQOO 7 uses a new OriginOS called “OriginOS for iQOO”, which brings a brand new experience that previous iQOO products did not have. Like MIUI, OriginOS for iQOO has made great efforts in humanization and interface aesthetics.

Mi 11 on the left, iQOO 7 on the right

Sometimes the functions of Mi 11 are more intimate, and sometimes the functions of iQOO 7 are more intimate. In the end, what everyone chooses is only the preference of the interface style and the ecological compatibility of other personal devices.

iQOO 7 dark mode is better

Mi 11 will also have user-friendly features that iQOO 7 does not have

Then there is the screen. Although the Mi 11 has a higher specification, the iQOO 7 is not bad at all, and it is the flagship level. At the flagship level, a few percent higher color gamut coverage is not very useful, anyway, the colors in daily use are very beautiful. The advantage of Mi 11 is a higher screen resolution, but this also causes additional power consumption, so in order to ensure battery life, Xiaomi’s battery capacity is larger. In short, the Xiaomi Mi 11 screen is not without advantages, but it is replaced with battery life. You can choose according to your own situation.

Mi 11 on the left, iQOO 7 on the right

The camera is another point that many people are interested in, but for Xiaomi 11 and iQOO 7, the camera is not worthy of a long discussion. Because at this stage, the flagship phones have all taken photos to the point where the proofs are zoomed together to “find the difference”, and no obvious difference can be found. Which mobile phone camera is good at this time basically depends on the camera function. For example, some mobile phones have periscope zoom, and some do not. However, iQOO 7 and Mi 11 have the same number and combination of cameras, so you don’t need to worry about taking pictures.

05 Final choice: Mi 11 is fine, iQOO 7 game is stronger

Generally, the comparison and recommendation of similar models will be based on “different from person to person” as the conclusion. Because the models participating in the comparison have their own strengths, whoever performs well where you need it is your choice. Today’s matchup between Xiaomi Mi 11 and iQOO 7 can be the same. But this time “different from person to person” is not because the two phones have their own strengths, but because one of the phones is a step closer in one aspect when the functions are all comprehensive. The performance of Xiaomi Mi 11 has been very comprehensive and balanced, but iQOO 7 has strengthened the game experience on a comprehensive and balanced basis.

Therefore, if you pay more attention to the gaming experience, iQOO 7 is appropriate. If you don’t play games, there is nothing wrong with choosing Xiaomi Mi 11.