Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Review. The Redmi is one of the reasons why Xiaomi has become the top choice for many on a budget not just in Europe, but all over the world. Last year’s Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro is the perfect example of this, so expect a similar course to follow the Redmi Note 11 Pro later this year.
After a test, I can say at the outset that Xiaomi hasn’t deviated from its plans and although they have made a few small changes, they have strengthened their position in the mobile phone market. It is still a device for those who will buy it from the carriers or get it as a gift.
But what do I mean by that? Well, at a price of around €300, this is a phone with excellent performance, screen, battery life and a solid camera. What more could you ask for? Let’s see!
Redmi Note 11 Pro review
- Body: 164.2 x 76.1 x 8.1 mm, 202 g; Gorilla Glass 5 screen, glass back; IP53, dust and splash protection.
- Display: 6.67″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10, 700 nits, 1080 x 2400 px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395 ppi.
- Processor: Mediatek Helio G96 (12nm): Octa-core (2×2.05GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
- 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC.
- OS/software: Android 11, MIUI 13.
- Rear Camera: Large (main): 108MP, f/1.9, 26mm, 1/1.52″, 0.7µm, PDAF; Ultra-wide angle: 8MP, f/2.2, 118˚; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4; Wide: 2MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 16MP, f/2.4, (wide).
- Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected]; Front camera: [email protected]
- Battery: 5000 mAh; 67W fast charge, 51% in 15 minutes (official), Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 3+.
- Other: fingerprint reader (side mounted); infrared port; 3.5mm jack.
Design and screen
The design of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro is beautiful, it has a glass body on both sides with a length of 164.19 mm and a width of 76.1 mm with a straight bezel that doesn’t cheat on the feel like the rounded ones. With a thickness of 8.12mm, the phone offers a great feel when held in the hand despite its 202g weight.
If you ask me about the quality of the materials and the way the phone is made, I have no negative opinions, the phone comes very close to a flagship as Redmi always works to provide high quality products to users around the world at an affordable price.
The back is flat with a precise finish. What will catch your eye is the triple camera and LED flash in the top left corner, which protrude out of the phone a bit, especially the main camera, so you have to protect it with a case. Incidentally, underneath the cameras, there’s a small “Redmi” logo.
In terms of ports, the phone comes with USB Type-C at the bottom, a powerful speaker and microphone, as well as sim card and memory slots, while the 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top, with another speaker for the stereo system. The buttons are, as usual, similarly positioned, with no fingerprint sensor.
On the front of the device, we have a 6.67-inch screen with very thin bezels on the sides, at the bottom, there is however a thicker edge that comes as a slight disadvantage to balance the advantage that the front-facing camera brings, cut into the screen, which we’ll talk about soon.
Under the “hood” of the Redmi Note 11 Pro hides a 5000mAh battery. This will please people who don’t like to charge their smartphone every day, as the 2-3 days of battery life the phone offers is more than perfect. If you’re a heavy user, you’ll get around 6-7 hours SOT. While I tested it, I averaged 2 days and 7 with the screen on for just over 5 hours.
Performance and software
The Redmi Note 11 Pro is powered by a Mediatek Helio G96. From this point of view, the hardware is decent, but don’t expect it to perform like a flagship… However, overall, performance is good for its price range, although it can hiccup 🤭 if you have a lot of apps running in the background.
Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro doesn’t come with Android 12 out of the box, but Android 11 instead gives us the latest version of Xiaomi’s interface, MIUI 13. MIUI already has some design elements that Android 12 implements, once the phone gets an update to Android 12, we don’t think we’ll notice much of a difference.
Currently we don’t know how quickly Android 12 will reach users in the UK. But the fact that it doesn’t come with it out of the box means it will get it as an update. And if we take it logically, due to the fact that Xiaomi doesn’t promise more than an Android update, we think Android 12 would be the only “big” update.
This can be a deciding factor when choosing a mobile phone in this price range, where competition is fierce and all the added value is important. Therefore, the Redmi Note 11 Pro may be a disappointment for some people, despite the multitude of nice features, especially the screen, sound and battery.
One of the strengths of the Redmi Note 11 Pro is its cameras. In terms of their specs, there’s nothing to worry about.
The main camera on the back is 108MP and the front camera is 8MP, so if that’s one of the factors that makes you want to buy a smartphone, you won’t find a better one than this. With AI mode enabled, I quickly noticed that it identifies different subjects. Food, trees, people and the sky are some of the subjects it identifies and automatically adjusts settings to.
The photos came out ok, nothing too flashy. Colors seem neutral with a decent amount of detail. Contrast is also boosted, which makes the overall image look a little better. However, when it comes to shooting with the ultra-wide lens, as you’d expect, the quality seems a little poorer than the main camera. Detail is present, but not too prominent, as some scenes can have noise even in good lighting. On the shooting front, the phone can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second and has nifty stabilisation.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Review in English. We’ve tested many phones in the Redmi Pro range and in a very short time these phones have put their foot down, proving that even budget devices are good. This new Apple-inspired design is quite successful and offers a more serious side to the Redmi, but the interest in this phone doesn’t stop there. There are many improvements that will make this phone stand out from the competition.
It’s worth commending that the phone comes with a powerful 67W charger and a sleek build. But both the ergonomics and quality suffer a little along the way (the back may have small scratches after just a week of use if you’re not careful). There’s also no waterproofing, just a weak IP53 certification against water splashes.