Mi 11X or iQOO 7? The battle of better Snapdragon 870 smartphones

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Snapdragon 870 is unarguably one of the popular chips for Android phones in 2021. The chipset is an upgrade on last year’s flagship Snapdragon 865+ processor and is a better alternative to Snapdragon 888. In fact, the SD 870 is turning out to be a better processor than SD 888 because of the good cooling system and battery optimization. Currently, two of the Chinese tech giants, Xiaomi’s Mi 11X and Vivo’s iQOO 7 have their own Snapdragon 870 powered offerings in the market. Since the pricing of both the handsets is very close, it is worth checking out which smartphone outperforms the other. Let’s take a detailed look at what the two smartphones offer and which one should you go for?


Mi 11X is a reasonably attractive smartphone. It features all the trappings of a modern handset, such as a small notch, thin bezels and a glossy glass back. The device comes in three colors – Lunar White, Cosmic Black and Celestial Silver. On the other hand, iQOO 7 adopted corrosion-resistant marine aluminum in its middle frame to prevent corrosion from oils and users’ hands. It comes in two different colors – Storm Black and Solid Ice Blue. Besides, iQOO 7 measures 8.4 millimetres, weighing 196 grams and 189 grams while Mi 11X is thinner measuring just 7.8 millimetres and weighs 196 grams.


Both the flagship device shows off a 6.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080p with 120Hz refresh rate. These handsets have a punch-hole cut out for the selfie camera upfront. Both the devices also support MEMC technology, Widevine L1 certified and has rated brightness of up to 1300 nits. Hence, in terms of display, there is nothing differentiating between the two and both of them could be equally good.


Coming to the optics, the Mi 11X and iQOO 7, on the back, have triple cameras. Both the smartphones have a 48-megapixel primary camera, with iQOO 7 uses a Sony IMX598 sensor. There is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the Mi 11X, while the iQOO 7 relies on 13-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The Mi 11X, as its third camera, uses a 5-megapixel macro sensor while the iQOO 7 has a monochrome sensor for B&W photos. For selfies, the Xiaomi Mi 11X features a 20-megapixel camera while the iQOO 7 features a 16-megapixel camera on the front.


Moving towards the performance, the Mi 11X as well as iQOO 7 uses the same Snapdragon 870 chipset with 5G connectivity. Xiaomi’s Mi 11X runs on MIUI based on Android 11 while the iQOO 7 runs on Android 11 with iQOO UI on top. The Mi 11X has a minimum of 6GB of RAM while iQOO 7 comes with a minimum of 6GB of RAM.

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The Mi 11X has a 4520mAh battery capacity with support for 33W fast charging, which the company claims can go from 0-100 per cent in 52 minutes. On the other hand, the iQOO 7 has a slightly smaller 4400mAh battery capacity with a 66W charging solution that the company claims can fully charge the mobile phone in just 30 minutes.


Xiaomi’s Mi 11X starts at a price of Rs 29,999 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, while 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant costs Rs 31,999. On the other hand, the Vivo’s iQOO 7 price is set at Rs 31,990 and Rs 35,990 for the 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB variants, respectively.


This comparison between Mi 11X and iQOO 7 is one of the toughest as both the phones come close to each other. But, Mi 11X runs a much nicer MIUI skin of Xiaomi and arguably has a better service network across the country, while iQOO brand is relatively new, with support and service still sketchy. Moreover, if you want good community support, go for Mi 11X because Xiaomi smartphones are known to have good community support.

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