Reliable phone for your daily use
Xiaomi has played the price card very well over the years with its Redmi Note series. Each iteration improves upon its predecessor, without really pinching your wallet. The Redmi Note 11 is the latest in its line of mid-range phones that promises quality, value and performance, the three ingredients a buyer demands for their money.
The new Redmi Note phone borrows the EVOL design, packs hardware that gets the job done. The only thing that has changed with the Redmi Note series is the price. So, does the new Redmi Note 11 tick all the boxes for a user? We tried the device for over a week and here is our review.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 design
Redmi Note 11 takes the EVOL design language of the Redmi Note 10 series, with a sprinkle of glitz if I may add. The overall body dimensions make it easy to use with one hand, and the flat edges give you a comfortable grip, without making the size bulky.
The phone weighs 179 grams and you feel the lightness in your hand every time you hold it. Refined nature and design are an inconspicuous part of this device for us.
That said, the glittery back panel is glossy and a fingerprint magnet, so if you’re not a fan of the glossy stuff like me, better go for other color options. The screen has a clean layout, which gives you more in terms of screen-to-body ratio.
The only complaint we have with the Redmi Note 11 is that the design hasn’t changed much since the last version, which some people might not like.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 screen
While the design is safe on the Redmi Note 11, the display is anything but. You get an AMOLED display that supports Full HD+ resolution at 1080 pixels and also offers smooth scrolling thanks to a 90Hz refresh rate. offer you more viewing space.
The brightness and colors provided by the AMOLED panel will make you happy, and even the screen’s outdoor visibility is good, thanks to the 1000 nits of peak brightness. The screen also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, which is always good to have and ensures that the screen doesn’t get scratched easily.
The overall quality of the Redmi Note 11’s screen impressed us, we found nothing troubling about the panel, and watching videos on the screen was both enjoyable and exciting.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 performance
Ultimately, smartphones are computing machines, and proving the performance of those credentials is the best way to gauge its worth. Redmi Note 11 uses the Snapdragon 680 chipset which only supports 4G networks. It seems that the two-pronged strategy of a 4G device and a 5G device has its advantages.
Xiaomi was able to pack more features onto the 4G variant. The hardware isn’t the best in the segment, but for a daily cyclist, the Redmi Note 11 handles most tasks efficiently without raising alarm bells. You get it with 4GB or 6GB RAM options while available storage options are 64GB and 128GB. The device also gives you the option to expand the RAM virtually.
We had the 6GB RAM variant to review, and our experience was pretty good overall, giving us a good idea of what this device can or can’t do.
So, if your usage is limited to watching videos, surfing the web, constantly checking social media apps, and performing other miscellaneous tasks, this device will keep you going.
But the Redmi Note 11 is definitely not a gaming-centric phone. Make no mistake, you can play games, and even the most hardware-intensive ones, but you’ll have to turn down the graphics quality to get reliable performance from the phone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Camera
The Redmi Note 11’s cameras give you the mainstream hardware we’ve come to expect from phones in this category. You have a quad rear camera setup that offers a 50-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel sensor, and another 2-megapixel sensor.
The main camera is able to snap decent shots in daylight, but has some issues with capturing detail in low light. The ultra-wide-angle sensor gives you images from different perspectives, but as we’ve just seen, the images don’t give you much detail and lack the sharpness to produce such quality. The 2-megapixel tertiary sensors each seem to catch up with the numbers.
Same goes with the 13-megapixel selfie camera on the front which gives you images with strong detail and some level of face-brightening image processing.
Battery Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Redmi Note 11 has a 5000mAh battery which supports 33W fast charging speed via USB Type C interface. Redmi Note phones have generally provided endurance and this model is no different .
We used it a lot for gaming, web browsing, all-day social media activity, and occasional video watching. After all that, Redmi Note 11 gave us more than a day of backup, which is pretty good. And having 33W fast charging means the battery is up and running in less than an hour.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Verdict
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is the ideal smartphone for most users. You get a quality AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, performance is reliable for everyday use, and you won’t have much to complain about in that regard. Yes, the chipset used in this device is not the best in its segment especially for gaming at optimum level but this phone was never designed to focus on this aspect.
The cameras are also quite good at clicking photos and letting you share them on social media. Battery life is also good. It’s easy to see that Xiaomi has found a soft spot for the vanilla Redmi Note model and doesn’t want to change much when it doesn’t need fixing.
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