Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is one of the latest mid-range offerings in the Note lineup. The Redmi Note series is one of the best-selling smartphone series, complying with the value for money they offer. After two weeks of usage, here is our Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G review.
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review
Design and Display Review
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G boasts a newer boxy design language than the Redmi phones. Borrowed from iPhones, the new design feels sturdy to hold, also thanks to the glass and aluminum frame body. The device weighs 202 grams. There is a 6.67″ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. The larger screen felt okay for my hands but might not be comfortable for those with shorter hands.
The AMOLED panel is one of the best in its price range, offering excellent viewing angles and vibrant colors. It is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5. Inky blacks and contrast ratio make it a visual treat for content watching. The 120Hz refresh rate is fluid with no hiccups due to the efficient optimization of MIUI 13. As a result, scrolling on social media, and switching through apps felt amazing. So, the display and refresh rate feel very good. If I have to nitpick, the display doesn’t support HDR 10 and 4K video playback is not available on Youtube as of now. This might have to do with chipset limitation.
Snapdragon 695 5G Chipset Performance Review
Powering the core is Snapdragon 695 5G chipset. The midrange chip is a wide known choice for midrange devices in 2022. It has the configuration of octa-core 2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver cores. Handling the GPU is an Adreno 619. This 6 nm-based silicon is power efficient. Qualcomm has confused us here with the naming as the performance comes equal to Snapdragon 750G.
In terms of performance, the processor is good for handling day-to-day tasks. Assisting the 120Hz display motion, performance is snappy for a midrange device. You can also do gaming on this device by keeping the settings low with max fps. In games like PUBG and CODM, you can play in full 60fps but might get hiccups and drops while the enemies are closer. For less demanding games, the chip is very decent. Besides that, the device feels more than enough for a normal user. MIUI 13 is also well optimized for the device. There is bloatware that can be uninstalled. The UI feels great but the ads are still there.
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The phone has a typical triple-camera layout on the back. The 108MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro setup sit in a rectangular module with a slight bump. Samples from the main camera are good in daylight conditions. Dynamic range and color contrast are well maintained. For human subjects, the skin tone is close to natural. With 108MP mode turned on, there is no huge difference in terms of details. For Portrait pictures, edge detection requires steadiness. It works well for humans while for nonhuman subjects, it takes a hit or a miss. The portrait outputs are decent in well-lit conditions.
From the 8MP ultrawide sensor, outputs are also above average in the daytime. The FOV is 118°. Color accuracy is not consistent, which is not peculiar in this price segment. Under proper light, you can click pictures that are good enough for social media usage. The dynamic range is not the best as expected. Under low light, it shall struggle with edge distortion. And the remaining 2MP macro sensor captures average macro shots.
On the front side, there is a 16MP sensor with an f/2.5 aperture. The selfie camera takes average selfies in daylight. For portrait shots, the edge detection is okay but might not be perfect for hair. Skin tones look a bit faded in most scenarios. As a result, outputs look a bit pale. The camera can also capture videos at 1080p resolution with 30fps.
For videos, the device can capture a max resolution of 1080p at 60fps. Due to chipset limitations, there is no support for capturing at 4k resolution sadly. The video quality is decent at 1080p at 30fps with good EIS stabilization. For 60fps, the footage looks shaky. The 8MP ultrawide sensor is also capable of shooting at 1080p at 30fps. For daylight, outputs are good.
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Battery Life and Charging Review
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has a Li-Po 5000mAh cell. Also, Redmi has provided a 67W fast charger inside the box. The 5000mAh battery is more than enough for a day for a moderate user. Performing basic tasks like watching content, playing music, and casual gaming make the battery lasts for a day. While for heavy users, the 120Hz mode and gaming can drain the battery a bit quicker. But still, you get around 6 hours of SOT. So, battery life is very decent.
With the 67W charger, you can fill up the cell from 0 to 100℅ within 48 minutes approximately. While 0 to 50℅ takes just 18 minutes. So, charging a 5000mAh cell with this 67W charger is pretty quick in my opinion.
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Final Verdict
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G tried its best to keep the Note legacy alive. The device looks good with a glass back design and boxy frame. Also, the 6.67 inches AMOLED panel is a treat for content watchers. You get punchy colors and vibrancy with whatever you watch on the screen. The 120Hz display motion is also fluid. Software-wise, MIUI is a personal preference. For the time being, it has improved a lot, especially on with MIUI 13.
The camera performance is good if not the best. The main camera, primarily on Portrait mode is very decent. On other hand, the 108MP mode doesn’t bring much difference to the table. You are mostly going to use the pixel binned pictures anyways. The Ultrawide sensor is pretty average and good to go for daytime. Details-wise, there is not much improvement here. Video quality is good with proper EIS stabilization. I missed the 4K resolution here. The 16MP selfie camera is also good for well-lit conditions. On portrait modes, it does nice overall but not for the skin tone and edge detection. To sum up, the camera experience is above average on this device.
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Battery life is awesome on this phone. Also, you get a 67W fast charger in the box. Charging speed is amazing and takes less than 50 minutes to go from 0 to 100%. Talking about the haptic feedback, it feels okay for the price although it could have been better. You also get an IR blaster at the top to use as a remote for various electronic devices. The dual stereo speakers have to be the best for the price. The audio output is clear and loud with crispiness.
The overall experience with this phone was good. It fulfills your needs as a midrange device. Performance is good for the price. Camera outputs do the justice but could be better. Battery life is amazing. Also, the build quality is sturdy. For pricing though, the 5G trend has increased smartphones price. The last-gen Redmi Note 10 Pro was cheaper. The current Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G does offer some improvements but not the major ones over its predecessor.
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