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Xiaomi Mi 11X review: Flagship performance is getting cheaper this year

Xiaomi Mi 11X review: Flagship performance is getting cheaper this year

With Qualcomm pushing 5G on its high-end chipsets last year, 2020 budget flagships weren't as enticing as the ones that came before. However, in addition to releasing a new flagship chipset this year, Qualcomm is rebranding and slightly tweaking last year's best chip. The Snapdragon 870 still offers flagship-level performance but for less money.

The Xiaomi Mi 11X (aka the Redmi K40 or the Poco F3) is one of the first phones to use the 870, and the competitive price ensures you won’t have to empty your bank account to get blazing fast performance. However, there’s more to a phone than that, and with a couple of notable competitors like the iQOO 7 and the Realme X7 Pro in the vicinity, is the phone worth picking over?

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There's going to be a gaming phone with spring-loaded shoulder buttons, because why not

There's going to be a gaming phone with spring-loaded shoulder buttons, because why not

Redmi is well-known for making attractively-priced smartphones, and while its focus is on the budget segment, it has also made phones with flagship specs in the past. Now, the company is betting on a gaming phone — part of the Redmi K40 series — that's debuting in China later this month.

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Redmi K40 and K40 Pro make an early appearance ahead of February 25 debut

Redmi K40 and K40 Pro make an early appearance ahead of February 25 debut

The Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm is the SoC we'll be seeing in a lot of Android flagships in 2021, and Xiaomi's already announced a phone powered by it — the Xiaomi Mi 11. The company's budget sub-brand Redmi is due to launch a model with the same chip next month, and it looks like it will be among the cheapest Snapdragon-888 powered phones to come out in 2021.

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