The Redmi Note 11 and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G are official
The Redmi Note 11 series has just begun, and these are Xiaomi’s new cheap phones for the start of 2022, which you will be able to buy very soon.
The Note 11 line was launched in China and India at the end of 2021, but it has just been launched globally, so we now know the European and international availability. The newly released handsets are in fact slightly different from their counterparts in these other regions as well.
Xiaomi has actually launched four new phones, but this article is only about the new Redmi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro 5G, as these are the ones that have been confirmed to be available in the UK – two others, the Redmi Note The 11S and Note 11 Pro (note the lack of ‘5G’ in the title) will not be on sale in most regions.
The start of the year is a busy time for Xiaomi, and with its new Redmi Note phones, we’re looking forward to its new flagship Xiaomi 12 soon. That could include the Xiaomi 12 Ultra, and maybe even the Lite version.
We know a lot about the Redmi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro 5G, and before we take a look at our devices, here is everything you need to know.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Price and Release Date
Xiaomi has shared both the release date and price for its upcoming Redmi Note 11 phones, so we have already got a good picture of their availability.
In the UK, the Redmi Note 11 will go on sale on February 24, while the Pro 5G will hit the store shelves at the end of the year – we have no exact date for that. International release dates are likely to be the same.
Next, the prices, and before we get into them, we need to say something. We are priced in US dollars, but Xiaomi does not actually sell its phones in the US – these are just references. We’ve provided comparison comparisons below, but for now, take them with a grain of salt.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 prices
So Redmi Note 11 looks very cheap, and when we go to the glasses you will understand why. The Note 11 Pro 5G is a step in the right direction, but it still won’t hold you back.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Design and display
Both Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 phones look basically the same, with identical-looking camera bumps and a fairly simple design, but the Pro 5G is a bigger mobile.
The device has a 6.67-inch FHD + AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1200 nits maximum brightness, which is one step above the Note 11’s 6.43-inch panel. Later there is also FHD + resolution but only 90Hz refresh. Rate and 1000 nits highest brightness.
Weighing in at just 179 grams, the Note 11 is 23 grams lighter than its Pro 5G sibling, possibly thanks to the smaller screen. Both have an IP53 rating against splash and dust.
Unlike many cheap phones that you will find in the market these days, both Redmi phones have 3.5mm headphone jacks, which can delight those who like their wired audio.
Both phones have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which has been used by the last few generations of Redmi handsets. There is also a microSD card slot for those who use it, which can store up to 1TB of data.
You can pick up the Redmi Note 11 in gray, blue, or violet and sign gradient designs, and the Pro has the first two options but the third version is white. That said, the absolute territorial availability of these shades may mean that only one or two are available in some countries.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Cameras and battery life
The Redmi Note 11 packs a 50MP main camera, which includes 8MP Ultra Wide, 2MP Macro, and 2MP Depth-Sensing Array.
We have yet to be convinced by the numerous 2MP cameras that phone companies pack into their mobiles, but we’re usually impressed with the 50MP snappers we’ve tested in mobile, so we have to decide. The phone has to be checked.
The screen also has a 13MP selfie camera with a ‘punch hole’ cutout.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, apparently ranks lower than its predecessor. Like the Note 10 Pro, it has a 108MP main snapper, although it has a larger sensor than before, so it should be optimized for low light settings.
There’s an 8MP Ultra Wide Snapper, similar to the Note 10, but the device had a 5MP macro snapper that took the Xiaomi Mi 11’s superb telemacro lens, which ran here in favor of the standard 2MP macro snapper. Has gone Oh, and there’s no 2MP depth sensor like the Note 11 or the Note 10 Pro, but we’re not losing any sleep over its absence.
Finally, there’s a 16MP front camera, replaced by a Note 11.
Both the mobiles have 5,000mAh batteries, but due to the Pro 5G’s large screen and 5G connectivity, we imagine that it will run out of power faster, and therefore its battery life will be worse.
That shouldn’t be a problem, though, as it has 67W wired power, which is impressively fast for a budget phone. According to Xiaomi, just 15 minutes of charging will power the phone up to 50%, which is nice and fast.
The standard Note 11 is powered by 33W, which is quite standard for a budget phone, although we’ve seen some with very slow charging speeds. Expect about an hour-long charging time.
Redmi Note 11 Performance and specs
These are the internals that shows the biggest changes to the Redmi Note 11 and Note 11 Pro 5G compared to their other regions.
We’ve already run you through the various sizing configurations in the price section, but for the Redmi Note 11, which is paired with the Snapdragon 680 chipset. Because it’s a low-end processor, we’re a little skeptical about how fast this mobile can actually be.
The Note 11 Pro 5G gets the Snapdragon 695, a new chipset we haven’t tested before, but the Snapdragon 600 series processors are rarely very powerful. This is an interesting shortcoming as the Note 10 Pro got the Snapdragon 732G, which is more powerful based on the numeric name.
As the name of the phone suggests, the Note 11 Pro 5G may be connected to the 5G networks in the regions that offer them, one step above the Note 10 Pro which was only 4G. Interestingly, the Note 11 is for 4G only, despite the fact that the Note 10 5G was the smallest member of the line launched in the UK last year – so if you want a budget model, you really want this year. Losing 5G.
In terms of software, you’re looking at Android 12 which has Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 on top – it brings some stability and adaptation of the user interface compared to previous versions of this Android Fork, especially your One sidebar with the most-used apps. Can be easily requested by swiping in from the edge of the display.
At the media briefing, Xiaomi also made sure to highlight a new feature of its Game Turbo mode, which is basically an optimization model that runs with games to minimize notifications and ensure that To give the game maximum processing power. The new feature is voice modification mode, so if you’re talking to strangers online, you can hide your identity somewhat.