Xiaomi Mi 11 vs Google Pixel 5

The Xiaomi Mi 11 was first announced in China in December 2020, then received a second global launch in February 2021. It finally arrived in the European and African markets that exact same month.

Prices for the Xiaomi Mi 11 start at $1,057 for the 128GB model, while a 256GB model is out at around $1,128. The Xiaomi Mi 11 isn’t currently being sold globally.

The Google Pixel 5 was released on October 15, 2020. If you go over to the Google Play Store, you’ll find that it continues to sell for $699 / £599.


The Xiaomi Mi 11 may be a far more ‘premium’ device than the Pixel 5, in common sense. It’s sleek and curvy from all angles, supported by glass surfaces (including super-tough Gorilla Glass Victus around the front) covering an aluminum body.

By contrast, the Pixel 5 has an unorthodox all-metal body, coated in matte plastic material. It’s certainly original, and it makes the phone feel both rugged and simple to grip, but it’s not as visually appealing as its rival.

At 144.7 x 70.4 x 8mm and 151g, the Pixel 5 is smaller in dimensions and weight than the Xiaomi Mi 11 (164.3 x 74.6 x 8.1mm and 196g).

The Pixel 5’s color options include just the Sorta Sage and Black colors. The Xiaomi Mi 11, in contrast, comes in Horizon Blue, Cloud White, Midnight Gray, Special Edition Blue, Gold, and Violet. Though it should be noted that the precise availability of all those colors will vary according to the region.

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The Xiaomi Mi 11’s screen is at the high end, whereas the Google Pixel 5’s lies somewhere within the second or maybe third tier. Not that it’s an inferior screen by any means. This 6-inch Full HD Plus (2340 x 1080) OLED looks bright and sharp, with a 90Hz refresh rate ensuring that content scrolls by smoothly.

But the Xiaomi Mi 11 beats it all together with the key metrics: size, responsiveness, smoothness, sharpness, and brightness. This is an absolute peach of a 6.81-inch display, able to output at 1440 x 3200 (QHD+) and 120Hz simultaneously, a bit like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and also the OnePlus 9 Pro. It also get bright when the sun comes out, to the tune of 1500 nits – approximately double the Pixel 5 at its peak.

Xiaomi For a particular group of individuals, Google has given its display a small curve, unlike the completely flat Pixel 5, which is able to give Google the advantage.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 display is additionally very fast, and we’re not just talking about the 120Hz refresh rate. The company has implemented an extraordinarily rapid 480Hz touch rate, which suggests that it responds to your touch much quicker than its rivals. Admittedly, only hardcore competitive gamers are likely to select and enjoy this increased responsiveness, but it’s a cool feature to own nonetheless.

Only the Xiaomi Mi 11 uses a modern in-display fingerprint sensor, with Google saving the pennies by reverting to an old-fashioned rear-mounted alternative.


The Xiaomi Mi 11 comes with an enormous, top-end 108MP f/1.9 Samsung ISOCELL HM3 image sensor. That’s an equivalent component you’ll find within the pricey Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Xiaomi uses this advanced sensor, with its pixel-binning techniques (essentially combining the knowledge from multiple pixels into one), with a bit of assistance from its own smart AI, to provide bright shots with excellent contrast. With OIS assistance, it’s also capable of strong night shots.

Google, on the opposite hand, relies far more on its algorithmic smarts for the Pixel 5 camera. It’s still using the normal same 12.2-megapixel Sony Exmor IMX363 sensor that would be found in Pixel 3 and also the Pixel 4.

Google also introduced a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor for the Pixel 5 smartphone. Due to those AI skills, there’s a formidable lack of distortion to those shots – though the aspect of view comes in at a rather narrow 107-degrees.

It’s surely more effective than the Xiaomi Mi 11’s 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide sensor. It does a job and boasts a wider 123-degree field of view, but it falls well in need of the main sensor on detail and color balance. You also get a 3rd sensor with the Mi 11, like the shape of a 5MP telemacro sensor.

In the aspect of video capture, the Xiaomi Mi 11 can manage 8K video at 30fps or 4K video at 60fps. The Pixel 5 can cover 4K resolution at 60 fps.

Specs and performance

Xiaomi wins in the performance stakes, without question. The Mi 11 packs a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 888 chip from Qualcomm, while the Pixel 5 uses a similar company’s mid-range Snapdragon 765.

This latter chip is both a generation older and a category less than the Snapdragon 888, which adds up to a whole lot less CPU and GPU power.

While both phones get 8GB of RAM as standard, the Pixel 5 uses slower LPDDR4x memory instead of the Mi 11’s LPDDR5 RAM. you’ll also find a Mi 11 model out there with 12GB of RAM.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 benchmarks way above the Pixel 5. within the CPU-focused Geekbench 5, a multi-core score of 3569 quite doubles the Pixel 5’s 1617.

Both phones give you stereo speakers, but only the Xiaomi comes with extra-meaty Harman Kardon speakers.

Whereas the Mi 11 leans on Xiaomi’s MIUI, the Pixel 5 is stocks Android all the way. This means a cleaner, more stylish, and more orderly home screen for the Pixel 5.

Battery life

The Xiaomi Mi 11 works on a 4600 mAh battery, which is larger than the Pixel 5’s 4080 mAh cell. But as the Xiaomi Mi 11 gives you more: more power, more pixels, more screen space, more smoothness, more brightness, And all that takes a big toll on the phone’s battery life.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 would burn through a full charge pretty quickly, given the chance. On the opposite hand, the Pixel 5 lasts through a full day of moderate to heavy usage. The phone’s smaller, less demanding 90Hz display really pays off here.

Xiaomi will get you quickly to full strength quicker, though. With a 55W wired charger within the box and support for 50W wireless charging, you’ll be running 100% in half an hour max.

The Pixel 5 only has support for 18W wired and 12W wireless, so you’ll likely need to wait quite an hour for a full charge if you’re really low.

Product Name

Xiaomi Mi 11

Google Pixel 5

Product Image Xiaomi Mi 11 Google Pixel 5
Price $749.09 $629.00
Our Rating 8.9 8.6
Brand XIAOMI Google
Category Mobiles Mobiles


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Announced 2020, December 28 2020, September 30
Status Released 2021, January 01 Released 2020, October 15


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Dimensions 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.1 mm 144.7 x 70.4 x 8 mm
Body Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5) or eco leather back, aluminum frame Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum back, aluminum frame
Weight 196 g 151 g
Colors Horizon Blue, Cloud White, Midnight Gray, Special Edition Blue, Gold, Violet Just Black, Sorta Sage


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Selfie Camera 20 MP, f/2.2 8 MP, f/2.0
Selfie Camera Features Auto-HDR
Selfie Video Resolution [email protected] [email protected]
Main Camera Triple:
108 MP, f/2.2
13 MP, f/2.4
5 MP, f/2.4
12.2 MP, f/1.7
16 MP, f/2.2
Main Camera Features Dual LED flash, HDR, panorama LED flash, Pixel Shift, Auto-HDR, panorama
Video Resolution [email protected]/30fps, [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS, HDR10+ [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Screen Size 6.81 inches 6.0 inches
Screen Resolution 1440 x 3200 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Screen To Body Ratio ~91.4% ~85.9%
Pixel Density ~515 ppi ~432 ppi
Screen Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Corning Gorilla Glass 6


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Operating System Android 11, MIUI 12 Android 11
Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765G 5G (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680 Octa-core (1x2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1x2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPU Adreno 660 Adreno 620


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Internal Storage 128GB 8GB RAM/ 256GB 8GB RAM/ 256GB 12GB RAM 128GB 8GB RAM
Card Slot microSDXC No


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Network GSM / HSPA / LTE/ 5G GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
2G Bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900
3G Bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 42 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Bands 77, 78 Sub6 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 28, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 258, 260, 261 Sub6/mmWave - GD1YQ
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 28, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78 Sub6 - GTT9Q
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA), 5G HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA), 5G
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Nano-SIM and/or eSIM
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Radio No No
USB USB Type-C 2.0 USB Type-C 3.1
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
NFC Yes Yes


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers Yes, with stereo speakers
Sound Enhancements 24-bit/192kHz audio
Earphone Jack No No


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Battery Li-Po 4600 mAh, non-removable Li-Po 4080 mAh, non-removable
Charging Features Fast charging 55W, 100% in 45 min (advertised)
Fast wireless charging 50W, 100% in 53 min (advertised)
Reverse wireless charging 10W
Power Delivery 3.0
Quick Charge 4+
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Fast charging 18W
Wireless charging 12W
Reverse charging 5W


Xiaomi Mi 11Google Pixel 5
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Model(s) M2011K2C GD1YQ, GTT9Q
Additional Features IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Always-on display

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