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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro price, review, and full specs

The Redmi Note 11 Pro is the latest phone released by Xiaomi’s sub-brand. With four phones, Redmi caters to a wide variety of pricing points for a wide range of customers. The Redmi Note 11 Pro has a pleasing design, a robust spec sheet, and great performance in many but not all areas.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro is the direct successor to the Redmi Note 10 Pro and belongs to the upper budget tier. It’s the second most competent of Redmi’s Note 11 series, and it gives you the most value for money. A decent Snapdragon processor, sufficient RAM and storage choices, a capable camera, and a huge battery are all onboard. And that’s not all; the Redmi Note 11 Pro also comes with a slew of tiny, nice-to-have features that help to smooth out the experience.

Redmi is quickly establishing itself as a major game-changer in the market for mid-range smartphones. The company’s Note 11 Pro, which we reviewed here, demonstrates why: it’s loaded with features that set it apart from the competition.

The brand name may not be easily recognizable to everyone – Redmi is a Xiaomi sub-brand, so it’s no surprise that the Note 11 Pro is essentially a watered-down Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro in many ways.

The Note 11 5G, Note 11 4G, and Note 11 Pro+ 5G are the other phones in the series, each with its own variety of attributes. If the Note 11 Pro is still out of your financial range, Redmi provides lots of alternatives.

However, the competition is intense. At around N250,000, there are a slew of phones to choose from. Let’s see if Redmi has covered all of its basics in order to stand apart.

Redmi Note 11 Pro: Display

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Besides the camera, Xiaomi concentrated on improving the display, which was prominently promoted throughout the series. The 6.67-inch Redmi Note 11 Pro has a sharp AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 1,200 nits, which makes it easy to read even in bright sunlight.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is one of its most remarkable features. That’s the same speed as Samsung’s current Galaxy S21 series, iPhone 12 Pro, and Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone, the Mi 12. The majority of smartphones feature 90Hz refresh rates, which means the screen refreshes 90 times per second. When navigating through applications, images, and webpages, 120Hz screens appear smoother.

In addition, the phone’s touchscreen has a 240Hz touch response rate, making it ideal for gaming. HDR 10 certification, DCI-P3 color gamut, and SGS eye care display certification round out the list of features. Essentially, for a phone at this price point, Redmi has provided an outstanding screen.

The resolution is 2,400 x 1,080 pixels per inch, which is much better than what you’d get on a typical laptop screen.

Furthermore, this is one of the sharpest displays we’ve seen in any price level, let alone the mid-range.

Redmi Note 11 Pro: Design

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The Redmi Note 11 Pro is a mid-range phone, but it has a premium design owing to its Gorilla Glass back and a revamped camera bump.

In terms of design, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro is just appealing. The front is the 6.67-inch display, which is surrounded by a narrow bezel. Whereas the bottom edge is somewhat thicker, it is barely apparent and does not resemble a “chin,” as is common with budget phones. A punch-hole camera lies in the center of the screen instead of a notch.

To be honest the Xiaomi Redmi 11 Pro appears to be every bit as premium as Apple’s or Samsung’s most recent high-end devices. With a rear panel that is slightly rectangular towards the sides and a glass back, it gives off a fair appearance of being more costly. The camera setup appears to be advanced, with the 108MP sensor getting its own beautiful frame, which makes it look nice.

On the sides, Xiaomi keeps things simple with a volume rocker and a power button that also serves as a fingerprint reader. The top of the device has a headphone jack, while the bottom has a USB-C charging connector.

Also check: Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus price, review, and full specs

Redmi Note 11 Pro: Camera

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A 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP telephoto macro make up the triple-camera array on the back. A 16MP selfie camera is located on the front of the phone.

The primary camera delivers the right amount of light, temperature, and attractive colors in images with a wide dynamic range. However, it appears that they are accomplished using the software since the images appear to be over-processed when zoomed in.

Although the ultra-wide lens achieves a broader field of vision, the dynamic range and contrast are weak. The other camera was a little more challenging to handle.

Higher pixel counts don’t necessarily equal better photos, so the Redmi Note 11 Pro’s 108MP resolution sensor isn’t a sure thing. But, at this price, it’s unusual and it will definitely attract attention.

The primary camera is equipped with everything but optical image stabilization, thanks to an f/1.9 lens (OIS). An 8MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2), and a 2MP telemacro camera.

Because of the lack of OIS, the Redmi Note 11 Pro isn’t the greatest rendition of Samsung’s 108MP sensor; in low light, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and S21 Ultra outperform it. However, at around N250,000, this is perhaps the finest camera phone available.

The Note 11 Pro’s images have an impressively shallow depth of field because of the wide aperture of the physically huge primary sensor. If you keep your subject more than 25cm away from the camera, the colors pop wonderfully and the quality is excellent.

The telemacro camera is a useful accessory if you wish to take close-up photos. With a 2MP resolution and focus, it’s capable of capturing gritty textures that most phones in this price range would miss.

Despite the lack of focusing, the ultra-wide camera isn’t a letdown. While it’s the poorest of the bunch, it’s still a useful addition to the mix, particularly in well-lit outdoor settings. When the lights fade, though, you’ll want to use the regular camera, as well as maybe night mode (which isn’t compatible with the ultra-wide).

In the previous few years, digital image stabilization has gone a long way, and it definitely helps the Redmi Note 11 Pro’s video along. Capable of capturing footage in 4K (30fps) or 1080p (60fps), the results match favorably to the competition, with only low-light scenarios showing significant flaws.

Selfies are taken with the front camera’s f/2.45 16MP sensor. Xiaomi’s extreme beauty mode can be tweaked to capture super-flattering photos, and the portrait mode, for the most part, handles edge recognition effectively.

Also check: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G Price and full specs

Performance & Battery

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro features the kind of processor that we’d expect in a phone in this price range. It’s the MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G, a mid-range chipset with certain gaming improvements, essentially a faster graphics component. We haven’t seen a more powerful CPU at this pricing point.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 11 Pro is an excellent gaming device. Even rivals with Snapdragon 750G and 765G chipsets can not offer gaming capabilities better than the Dimensity 920. With that in mind plus the fantastic speakers and OLED screen, there’s a strong case to be made that this is the greatest gaming phone for the money.

We can’t emphasize enough how stunning the Redmi Note 11 Pro’s absence of standard cutbacks are. It boasts a big 6GB of fast LPDDR4X RAM, and the 128GB of storage is quick as well. There’s also an 8GB variant that reads at 512MB/s. This is SATA SSD-style performance, and it undoubtedly adds to game load times that are comparable to those of a high-end smartphone.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro boasts a 5,160mAh battery, which looks like a lot of power for such a little phone.

When you turn on the Redmi Note 11 Pro for the first time, it defaults to a 60Hz display refresh rate, which is half of the maximum. Higher refresh rates drain more power, therefore this is likely to offer the greatest first impression of battery life. After a normal day’s use, you should have a 35-45 percent charge left by bedtime.

We were afraid that moving to 120Hz would reduce its endurance, but we were wrong. After a day of very heavy use, the Redmi Note 11 Pro still appears to have 30-35 percent or more battery remaining by evening.

Xiaomi, for example, achieves this kind of longer battery life by tightly controlling background operations. When they become overly intrusive, they might be irritating, shutting down audio apps and delaying alerts. However, we didn’t find anything similar with the Redmi Note 11 Pro.

Fast charging is also available on the phone. A 67W power brick can get you from zero to 100 percent within one hour.

That the Redmi Note 11 Pro runs Android 11 which is good news. Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5 is installed on top of Android 11 on the smartphone. When compared to earlier MIUI versions, MIUI 12.5 is a step forward. Even better, MIUI 12.5, which is claimed to fix certain usability issues, has been installed on the phone. 

I’m happy to announce that the phone has almost no bloatware loaded. That came as a bit of a shock, given that this was a key flaw in its predecessor. We also didn’t see any of the annoying advertising or alerts that other MIUI phones have.

Full Specs

Announced Date8th November 2021
Release Date8th November 2021
BuildFront glass
Glass back
Plastic frame
Weight207 g
Water-Resistant
Dimensions163.7 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm
Display Size & Type6.67 inches Super AMOLED
FHD+
120Hz refresh rate
1200 nits peak brightness
HDR10
20:9 aspect ratio
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Screen Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels
Screen-to-body ratio86%
Pixel Density395 PPI
SoftwareAndroid 11, MIUI 12.5
CPUOcta-core 
GPUMali-G68 MC4
ChipsetMediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6 nm)
Storage128GB/256GB
UFS 2.2
No SDCard
RAM6/8 GB
Main Camera
(Triple)
108 MP (f/1.9) Primary
8 MP Ultrawide
2 MP (f/2.4) Telephoto macro

Supports [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected] video recording
Selfie Camera
(Single)
16 MP
Supports [email protected] video recording
3.5mm Headphone JackYes
Network2G, 3G, 4G
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.2, NFC
SensorsFingerprint (Side-mounted)
E-COMPASS
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
PROXIMITY SENSOR
Battery-Non-Removable Li-Po 5160 mAh
-USB: Type-C 2.0, supports OTG
-Fast battery charging: Yes (67W)
-Wireless Charging: No
-Reverse Charging: No
ColorsMysterious Black, Forest Green, Timeless Purple, Milky Way Blue
PriceAround~ N250,000

*Pls Note that the price of this device may change with time.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 11 Pro is a great phone from Redmi. It covers all of the essentials and some more. It stands out as the most popular Note 11 model because of its shockingly powerful feature list and amazing value for your money.

User-friendly design elements, such as dual speakers, compatibility for dual-SIM cards, as well as a headphone jack and Gorilla Glass 5 are among the phone’s advantages. When it comes to displaying quality and responsiveness, the Redmi Note 11 Pro likewise performs admirably. Similarly, the battery life is satisfactory, and the 67W charging is an improvement over the Redmi Note 10 Pro.

I’m having a hard time finding any serious flaws with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro. Yes, we don’t yet have its pricing in Nigeria, but if it’s under N250,000 – it’s a wonderful choice with reasonable performance, an amazing screen, and excellent photography capabilities.

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