The Xiaomi Mi 11 is the first phone with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. Among other improvements, Qualcomm’s new chip boasts faster performance for AI applications with a total of 26 TOPS of number-crunching power (up from 15 TOPS on the S865).
This was leveraged by BlinkAI whose deep learning software powers the Night Mode in Mi 11’s video camera. Check out a demo below:
Traditional night modes use image fusion, which that can be slow as the sensor needs to capture several frames. BlinkAI’s algorithm uses a neural network to mimic how the human eye works and only needs one frame. This allows it to enhance the image’s detail and vibrancy in just milliseconds.
Here’s another demo showing off how BlinkAI’s Night mode works on the Xiaomi Mi 11. Keep in mind that the phone has a 108 MP main sensor (1/1.33”). That is a lot of data to process, even if binning is used. The Snapdragon 888 seems to be handling it just fine, though.
The Mi 11 will first launch in China on January 1 starting at CNY 4,000. There’s no word on a global launch just yet.