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Capturing the cinematic magic of everyday life using Xiaomi’s new 11T phones

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Xiaomi’s new 11T allows users to create cinema magic of their own with innovative filmmaking features — all at the simple tap of their fingers. Photos by KITKAT PAJARO

The cinematic medium has always been closely linked to magic. The founding myth of cinema, the Lumiere brothers’ 1895 short film “Arrival of the Train,” may have transported life-like images (which were really simple recordings of life) that shocked the audiences, but it was with gems such as the ones made by Georges Méliès that demonstrated the fantastic possibilities of the camera. His films such as “The Impossible Voyage” (1904) and “The Eclipse” (1907), according to Kino Lorber, “demonstrate Méliès’s astounding employment of double exposure, makeup, editing and theatrical trickery” using effects that transported the audiences into a world of wonder.

Fast-forward to today and technological capabilities have enabled the magic of Lumiere cinematograph to be packed into small and simple devices — devices that have given everyone the chance to make their own films, whether it’s a home movie or actual movies themselves (see Sean Baker’s “Tangerine,” which was shot entirely on a smartphone). Technology leader Xiaomi has taken that a step further by actually adding “Cinemagic” filmmaking features.

These “Cinemagic” features, such as slow shutter, magic zoom, time freeze, night time lapse, and parallel world (an effect that gives you that perfect “His Dark Materials” shot when you’re on top of a mountain) are usually done by professionals and involve expensive tools or equipment. Xiaomi’s new 11T family of phones — Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro, as well as the refreshed Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE — offer these features in the simple tap of a button.

The 11T Pro in particular boasts a triple camera set up with a pro-grade 108MP wide angle, 2x telemacro, and a 120° ultra-wide angle lens, Harman Kardon dual speakers, and a display screen so vibrant and dynamic, thanks to its 120Hz AMOLED flat display, TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ that can showcase over one billion colors. But despite its powerful features, the Xiaomi 11T Pro can charge up to 100% in just 17 minutes*. Great for both working the camera or just simply watching fantastic movies that deserve a great screen display.

The Xiaomi 11T in itself is a great phone for “Cinemagic” creation with its triple camera featuring a 108MP high-resolution wide-angle, 120° ultra-wide angle and a screen display of 11T 6.67’’ 120Hz flat AMOLED which also delivers HDR10+ of sharpness and one billion colors. The phone charges up to 100% in just 36 minutes.

Below, photographer Kitkat Pajaro demonstrates the power of “Cinemagic” using a Xiaomi 11T Pro. In the photos, she uses effects such as ultra wide angle and 2x zoom to enhance everyday scenes that you can capture on your Xiaomi phone as well.

Photo by KITKAT PAJARO

Photo by KITKAT PAJARO

Photo by KITKAT PAJARO

Photo by KITKAT PAJARO

Photo by KITKAT PAJARO

Photo by KITKAT PAJARO

Photo by KITKAT PAJARO

*Charging data tested in Xiaomi Internal Labs from 2% to 100%, actual results may vary.

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The Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in colors with a brushed finish: Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue. Xiaomi 11T comes in two variants, 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB with a recommended retail price of ₱21,990 and ₱24,990 respectively. Xiaomi 11T Pro variants include 8GB+256GB and 12GB+256GB, with the recommended price of ₱27,990 and ₱29,990.

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