Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G Review: Not What You Might Have Expected


If you happen to’re obsessive about telephone specs and are searching for one of the best mixture of elements you will get with out spending an enormous quantity, likelihood is you’ve got spent a while wanting up Xiaomi’s Redmi Note and Redmi Note Pro fashions. The corporate made its mark in India by promoting low-cost telephones, however the Redmi Note collection has all the time been about aspiration whereas remaining reasonably priced. Whether or not it is a larger display screen, extra highly effective processor, greater battery capability, higher cameras, or simply extra RAM and storage you are after, Xiaomi is aware of play this sport.

Nevertheless, we’re at some extent when it is robust for corporations to maintain pushing the envelope – there’s solely a lot that may be stuffed right into a telephone, and costs hold rising. The brand new Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G is priced starting above Rs. 20,000 which pushes it into new territory. Do consumers merely have to just accept that issues are actually costlier, or is that this now a telephone that is meant for a special viewers? Maintain studying to seek out out if the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G is best for you.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G value in India

The base variant of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 20,999. You can step as much as 8GB of RAM with the identical 128GB of storage for Rs. 22,999, and it’ll value Rs. 24,999 if you’d like 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. At that degree, you’d even have decisions such because the OnePlus Nord CE 2 (Review), Realme 9 Pro+ 5G (Review), and iQoo Z5 (Review).

Xiaomi additionally sells the lower-end Redmi Note 11 Pro, which lacks 5G and has a barely weaker SoC however is almost equivalent by way of show, battery, charging, and software program specs. This mannequin is priced at Rs. 17,999 with 6GB of RAM and Rs. 19,999 with 8GB of RAM. Each choices have 128GB of storage.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G design

As I acknowledged in my first impressions, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is somewhat plain-looking. Apart from the end of the rear panel, which we’ll get to in a second, there’s little or no design aptitude to talk of. The strains and angles are all quite simple, which is a pity since final 12 months’s Redmi Note 10 Pro Max (Review) had extra of a person appear and feel. The 2-step digicam module on the rear is the one factor that stands out, design-wise, however sadly it makes the telephone rock back and forth when positioned face-up on a flat floor.

The entrance of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is all black, apart from the distinguished clear digicam lens on the prime with its silver ring. Usually, that is one thing I discover distracting however it’s the solely solution to inform which method is up at a look.

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The Mirage Blue end catches mild and divulges patterns that seem like the floor of a pool of water

 

This telephone is on the market in three colors – Phantom White, Stealth Black, and Mirage Blue. The previous two are comparatively plain-looking, however the latter, which is what I’ve for this evaluate, is extraordinarily eye-catching. You’ll see diagonal intersecting “waves” that after all catch the sunshine once you transfer this telephone round. That notion of movement, together with the impact of depth that you just get with such a end, makes it appears as if you are taking a look at water on the floor of a pool. The metallic body can also be an identical pale blue. Even after seeing dozens of telephones with gradient and sample finishes over time, this appears to be like contemporary. Nevertheless, it is not for everybody.

On the prime of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ you will discover a 3.5mm audio socket, a grille for the earpiece speaker, and an infrared emitter that can be utilized to regulate home equipment. The ability button with its built-in fingerprint sensor and the amount buttons are on the fitting, all inside attain. The hybrid dual-SIM tray, USB Kind-C port, and first speaker are on the underside, leaving the left aspect clean.

I’d have most popular extra rounded sides or edges since this telephone is not the simplest to carry and use. It is comfy towards the ear however you probably have smaller palms you would possibly discover it a bit awkward in on a regular basis use. The 202g weight and eight.12mm thickness are each barely above common. Xiaomi says it has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and “frosted glass” on the rear. This telephone is “IP53 tested” which is technically not the identical as saying it has an official IP53 ranking, however nonetheless supplies some reassurance. My unit got here with a display screen protector already adhered, and a semi-rigid clear plastic case within the field.

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The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G has a 3.5mm audio jack, IR emitter, and speaker cutouts on the highest

 

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G specs

Retaining in thoughts that the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G prices significantly greater than its predecessors, I am anticipating specs that may compete with what you will discover within the sub-Rs. 25,000 market. It is also attention-grabbing that there is a pretty costly 256GB storage possibility – usually not one thing you’d count on value-conscious consumers to splash out on when you may as a substitute channel that cash in direction of a extra highly effective telephone.

For that motive, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC might want to go up towards the likes of the MediaTek Dimensity 900 which is discovered within the OnePlus Nord CE2 and the Dimensity 920 which powers the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and Xiaomi 11i 5G. We can also’t overlook the Snapdragon 778G within the iQoo Z5. All these telephones value about as a lot as the upper variants of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G.

You get a 6.67-inch full-HD+ (1080×2400) AMOLED show with a 120Hz most refresh fee. Peak brightness is rated at 1200 nits however there is no point out of HDR assist. Xiaomi additionally claims DCI-P3 color gamut protection. There’s an All the time-on Show function which is disabled by default however solely stays seen for 10 seconds when the display screen is tapped, which contradicts its identify.

The battery has a 5000mAh capability, and this telephone helps 67W charging when the charger within the field is used. Different options value noting are this telephone’s stereo audio system, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, and assist for seven 5G bands.

Software program is a bit dated – the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G ships with MIUI 13 but it surely’s operating on Android 11. An replace to Android 12 ought to be launched quickly. My evaluate unit had the February 2022 safety replace which is sweet. MIUI has a great deal of customisation potential beginning with an non-compulsory app drawer, navigation gestures or extra shortcuts should you follow buttons, icon measurement and format management, and tweaks for the Recents app menu.

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The double-sided tray allows you to use both a second Nano-SIM or a microSD card

 

Very like on iOS, swiping down from the fitting of the digicam gap reveals fast toggles whereas swiping down from the left reveals notifications. There is a system-wide search function and a widget display screen to the left of the principle homescreen. Within the Settings app, you will discover controls for extra options corresponding to Lite mode, Second House for privateness, floating home windows, and a floating shortcut sidebar.

Sadly, among the default apps such because the GetApps retailer and MX participant present advert notifications with out having even been opened. The widgets are additionally stuffed with promotional content material, and Look reveals sponsored content material in addition to adverts in your lock display screen should you do not disable it. A number of apps together with Fb, LinkedIn, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Mi Credit score are preloaded, and the UI reveals “today’s recommendations” and extra icons that make it appear as if customers must obtain much more apps. Xiaomi has prior to now mentioned that it will scale back litter and make its UI lighter, and so I really feel a bit dissatisfied with what I skilled on the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G efficiency

At this level we do not count on that any smartphone, even within the finances phase, will battle with operating on a regular basis apps. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G can deal with such duties simply and I had no hassle multitasking with just a few massive video games and apps open within the background. Xiaomi despatched the center variant, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, for this evaluate. The show refresh fee is about to 60Hz by default, and since MIUI has lots of animations, there was a noticeable enchancment in UI responsiveness after I switched to 120Hz.

The fingerprint sensor was fast and simple to make use of. Face recognition was additionally handy, however I used to be shocked to see a warning through the setup course of that it may be defeated by a photograph of the person in addition to “objects with a similar appearance”. That is regarding, however a photograph of my face on one other telephone’s display screen didn’t work to unlock the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G even after a number of makes an attempt.

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The embedded entrance digicam has a distracting shiny ring round it

 

I discovered the show readable below daylight. It is fairly crisp and colors are vibrant, although some would possibly discover movies a bit oversaturated. The reflective ring across the entrance digicam is definitely distracting. You get WideVine L1 DRM certification so HD playback ought to work in supported apps. The stereo audio system are comparatively effectively balanced and sound is kind of loud. Voices come via clearly when watching movies, however music sounded a bit harsh and compressed.

When it comes to benchmark scores, efficiency was fairly strong. AnTuTu confirmed a rating of 365,861 and Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core outcomes have been 688 and 1,903 respectively. These are a bit decrease than what the OnePlus Nord CE 2 managed, and fairly a bit behind the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G and iQoo Z5. The story was the identical for graphics exams –GFXBench’s T-rex scene ran at 82fps however the Automobile Chase scene solely mananaged 17fps. 3DMark Wild Life produced a rating of 1,211.

Gaming was pretty nice, although the higher rear of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G did get a bit heat after about quarter-hour. Asphalt 9: Legends ran with none hassle, and Battlegrounds Cellular India additionally ran effectively on the HD high quality setting and Excessive body fee. This ought to be greater than sufficient for most individuals, however once more, would not fairly match as much as one of the best within the phase.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G did do effectively by way of battery life. With informal on a regular basis use, I nonetheless had a few 30 % cost left at night time. Our HD video loop check ran for 15 hours, 8 minutes. Utilizing the equipped charger with the telephone powered down, I used to be in a position to go from zero to 36 % in quarter-hour and 66 % in half-hour. It took simply over 50 minutes to get to one hundred pc. Xiaomi claims a 51 % cost in quarter-hour which is a giant distinction, however what I noticed was nonetheless fairly good.

The telephone does get uncomfortably heat whereas charging although, and you may want to hold the very cumbersome 67W charger in addition to Xiaomi’s personal cable all over the place to benefit from this charging pace on the go, once you’re more than likely to want it. I used to be in a position to cost a MacBook Air utilizing this charger, which was handy.

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You get three rear cameras together with a 108-megapixel major digicam

 

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G cameras

Xiaomi has managed to one-up its competitors within the digicam division, not less than on the subject of specs. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G incorporates a 108-megapixel major rear digicam with a Samsung HM2 sensor and f/1.9 aperture. This sensor was additionally used for the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max final 12 months. There is no optical picture stabilisation, and video recording solely goes as much as 1080p which is a shock.

There’s additionally an 8-megapixel ultra-wide digicam and a 2-megapixel macro digicam. Curiously, the lower-end Redmi Note 11 Pro options an extra 2-megapixel depth sensor on the rear – this provides it a slight advertising benefit by way of numbers, however clearly Xiaomi felt that the costlier mannequin would not want this. Sadly, the 5-megapixel “telemacro” digicam of final 12 months’s Redmi Note 10 Pro collection, which I used to be extremely impressed with, has been dropped. The entrance digicam has a 16-megapixel decision and f/2.45 aperture.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G daytime photograph samples (High: customary, backside: 108-megapixel 1:1 crop) (Faucet to see full measurement)

 

The digicam app is pretty effectively organised, although there are just a few quirks corresponding to having a Macro toggle in a sub-menu somewhat than implementing this as a mode with all of the others. Fortunately, images are usually not watermarked by default.

Photographs taken with the 108-megapixel digicam are binned to a smart 4000×3000 decision by default, and that goes as much as 12,000×9000 pixels should you override this manually. Downsampled images taken outside within the daytime exhibited barely crisper element and punchier colors than full-resolution counterparts, however the true worth of a 108-megapixel shot is which you can amplify and crop them to simulate optical zoom with out dropping constancy. Both method, colors popped properly. Element was good in close-ups, however dropped a bit if topics have been at a slight distance.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G daytime photograph samples (Faucet to see full measurement)

 

The ultra-wide digicam did not seize very vibrant photographs, and there was noticeable warping of perspective. Daytime macros have been disappointing – final 12 months’s mannequin might seize genuinely usable and visually attention-grabbing macros, however we’re again to novelty worth for the sake of itemizing a number of cameras on the spec sheet with the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G. Portaits got here out effectively sufficient.

At night time, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G’s predominant digicam was nearly okay. Element was missing and photographs seemed murky and closely compressed until there was superb lighting close by. Evening Mode lowered shadows and barely improved element, however in some circumstances I noticed an exaggerated heat tone to photographs. 108-megapixel photographs did not enhance high quality a lot, and there was nearly no level attempting to make use of the ultra-wide-angle or macro cameras at night time. You cannot use Evening Mode with the ultra-wide digicam or if the 108-megapixel mode is chosen.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G daytime photograph samples (High: portrait, backside: macro) (Faucet to see full measurement)

 

Video was typically clean, but it surely’s stunning for a telephone on this phase to not provide 4K recording and even 1080p 60fps in any respect. Daytime footage shot with the principle digicam appeared to have a barely heat color tone however was typically sharp and clean. The ultra-wide digicam took grainier footage and there was a major drop in high quality. You can truly document 720p video with the macro digicam, although that is largely pointless.

Pores and skin smoothening is enabled by default once you change to the entrance digicam. Selfies did have a synthetic high quality and element wasn’t nice. Portrait photographs had good depth separation. Entrance digicam high quality did undergo fairly a bit in low mild, although.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G low-light photograph samples (High: customary, center: Evening mode, backside: ultra-wide) (Faucet to see full measurement)

 

 

Verdict

The Redmi Note collection has been one among Xiaomi’s best-selling offerings, however the firm has now pushed it into a better value phase and so we will not simply take a look at the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G as a alternative for the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the various widespread iterations which have come earlier than it. We do nonetheless have a number of fashions priced beneath this degree – there’s the 4G-only Redmi Note 11 Pro, the Redmi Note 11S (Review), the Redmi Note 11T 5G (Review), and even the merely named Redmi Note 11, most of which overlap with one another. Older fashions proceed to be accessible as effectively.

What the brand new Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G has in its favour are its show and audio system, battery life, charging pace, software program options, and on a regular basis efficiency. You can discover most of these items in cheaper telephones although, they usually do not justify its new excessive value. Even the bottom variant which prices Rs. 20,999 will face stiff competitors from its personal predecessor, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which has the identical major rear digicam, a extra helpful macro digicam, and lots of related options. The older mannequin is definitely weaker by way of SoC efficiency on the subject of gaming, however should you prioritise that, you will not be selecting the brand new one both.

General, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G is ok for what it’s, but it surely is not a clear-cut phase chief. If Xiaomi had gone all-out with both the SoC or the cameras, there might need been a particular area of interest for it. The OnePlus Nord CE2, Realme 9 Pro+ 5G, and iQoo Z5 are its most notable competitors – they do have barely greater beginning costs, however should you’re spending this a lot, you need to think about them.




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