Redmi Note 11 Pro review - a state employee with top specifications?
Review of the Redmi Note 11 Pro smartphone - a budget employee with top features?
Hi friends! On November 1, Xiaomi presented in China a new line of affordable smartphones Redmi Note 11. Several models were shown, but today we will focus on the most interesting , namely Redmi Note 11 Pro . It should be a top state employee with cool features and support for flagship technologies. Whether everything is so rosy in fact - today we will find out. Sit back and start reading our review.
Additional display features
120Hz refresh rate, HDR10 support, 700 nits typical, 1200 nits max
163.7x76.2x8.3 mm, weight 207g
Glass back and plastic edges
Milky Way Blue (white with a blue tint), Forest Green (green), Mysterious Black (black), Timeless Purple (purple)
MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6 nanometers)
Two Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.5GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores @ 2.0GHz
6/128 GB, 8/128 GB, 8/256 GB
108 MP (f/1.9 aperture, 1/1.52" pixel size, 0.7µm sensor size, Dual Pixel technology) + 8 MP (ultra-wide lens, 120˚ field of view) + 2 MP (f/2.4 aperture, telephoto macro)
Video recording in 4K@30fps
16 MP, video recording in 1080p@30fps
Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, Infrared , GPS , Wi-Fi 6
67W, charge up to 100% in 43 minutes
From $300 (CN Version)
As you can see, in terms of technical characteristics, Redmi Note 11 Pro is just a beast. The smartphone has all the cool features, such as an AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a powerful processor from MediaTek, a 108-megapixel camera, and even fast 67-watt charging. On paper, the novelty from Redmi looks like just candy, but let's take a closer look.
Redmi Note 11 Pro comes in a white rectangular box with large gold lettering. It looks good: it even gives the impression that you are holding a package from an expensive and premium device. In the box we find the smartphone itself and additional accessories that Xiaomi always completes with its phones. The first thing that catches your eye is a minimum of plastic. The only plastic included is the charger, everything else is made entirely of paper. Yes, yes, Xiaomi also began to actively support this whole story with concern for nature. Though I'm glad that the power supply was put.
Let's take a closer look at the Redmi Note 11 Pro kit. We are greeted by a weighty 67W power supply, a USB Type-C cable and a transparent silicone case. The quality of the case, as always, is mediocre, because it still has a rather unpleasant smell. But the nasty smell fades quickly. There is also documentation and a clip for the SIM tray in the kit, but we are not interested in this. The protective film is already pasted on the Redmi Note 11 Pro display, for which Xiaomi is a separate plus. Headphones, of course, are missing. This completes the package, so we go directly to the hero of today's review.
Redmi Note 11 Pro received a completely new design feature, namely flat edges. Does this remind you of anyone? Yes, that's right, there is a clear bias for the latest iPhones. And this is by no means encouraging, since the Chinese have again begun to copy the well-known American brand. The question is - why? If you can’t come up with some cool design change yourself, then leave everything as it was. And in everyday use, flat edges are felt as unpleasant as possible. The phone crashes into the hand and is uncomfortable to hold. Moreover, the edges are made of plastic, which immediately catches the eye and reminds us that we have only a state employee. In general, it is unlikely that someone will appreciate such a change in ergonomics.
Otherwise, the design of Redmi Note 11 Pro pleases. The back panel is glass, and thanks to the matte coating, there are almost no fingerprints left on it. The bezels are very thin, the screen-to-body ratio is 86.1%. The front camera module, located in the center, is just tiny. Also claimed protection tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The camera block is large due to the 108-megapixel module, but it looks neat, although it protrudes strongly. The design of the camera block resembles a similar solution in Redmi Note 10 Pro. Enjoy the variety of color options. There are black, green, purple and white with blue body colors. The purple color looks especially fresh, and many will like white with a blue tint.
Let's quickly run through the numbers. Redmi Note 11 Pro measures 163.7x76.2x8.3mm and weighs 207 grams. Redmi is moderately thin and light, but it is certainly not compact. The audio jack and infrared port were left from the connectors, but the SD card support was removed. Therefore, we recommend that you immediately purchase the 256 GB version and do not worry about the load on the internal drive.
New from Redmi boasts a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 by 2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. HDR10 mode is supported, peak brightness is 1200 nits, pixel density per inch is 395 ppi. You definitely did not expect such excellent parameters from a smartphone from the budget segment. At the same time, the display of Redmi Note 11 Pro is good not only on paper. In reality, the color reproduction is correct and pleasant, the colors are juicy, the brightness is more than enough, the sensor is responsive and not buggy. Even in phones costing $300-400, you are unlikely to find such a cool screen, and in the budget price segment, it has no competitors at all.
Despite the fact that Redmi Note 11 Pro is equipped with an AMOLED matrix, there is still no full-fledged AOD. The screen remains active for only 10 seconds, and this is no Always on Display. The same problem was observed in the previous generation of Redmics. It's a pity that the company can't bring adequate AOD to state employees. There is no DC Dimming function, but the PWM level is already adequate, namely:
- 100% - 4%;
- 75% - 4%;
- 50% - 5%;
- 35% - 6%;
- 25% - 7%;
- 15% - 29%;
- 5% - 30%;
- 0% - 17%.
We remind you that if the PWM exceeds 20%, some people may experience headache, eye fatigue and other discomfort. But in Redmi Note 11 Pro, this level of flicker is only observed at a brightness of 15-5%. You can learn more about PWM and its impact on health in a separate article .
The Redmi Note 11 Pro is powered by the new 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor. It's not a flagship chip, but it's definitely above average. We’ll tell you right away how the phone behaves in demanding toys. In Shadowgun Legends, after 30 minutes of play, the average frame rate was 55 FPS when the case was heated to 45°C. This indicator can be considered excellent. Genshin iMpact does not produce such a cool picture, but it is also quite comfortable to play: at ultra-high settings, after half an hour of playing, we have 39 FPS with a temperature of 47°C. Very pleased with the complete absence of drawdowns. Redmi Note 11 Pro passed the throttling test with dignity: the graph was in the green zone all the time.
In general, the novelty from Redmi can easily be called a good gaming device. Do not expect stars from the sky, but you can definitely play comfortably. To better understand the situation, let's say that the Dimensity 920 5G is a direct competitor to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 778G. But Snapdragon loses both in frame rate and in terms of heat. Even the flagship Snapdragon 888 chip performs much worse in the throttling test.
Redmi Note 11 Pro runs MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11. We all know how “stable” Miyuai builds are, but in Redmi Note 11 Pro, the shell functions normally. During use, we did not notice any serious lags and crashes. Moreover, there were not even microfreezes. If you set it to 120 Hz, everything opens very smoothly and beautifully.
In the same paragraph, we will also talk about the proximity sensor, which was incredibly pleased. You probably remember what kind of tin was with the sensor in Redmi Note 10 Pro. But in the new generation of Redmics, the developers have successfully eliminated this bug: now the sensor works, if not perfectly, then very well.
Now pay attention to an important point. Redmi Note 11 Pro is a China-only smartphone. There is no global version yet, and some features will be different. And since we have a Chinese version in front of us, then the Russian language, accordingly, is absent. In the system settings, you can select either Chinese or English, which is very sad. The More Local utility partially adds the Russian language, but there will still be no full translation. There are no Google services out of the box, but they are easily installed from the application store.
Unfortunately, the Chinese version has another significant drawback - the lack of important bands in 4G. Redmi Note 11 Pro does not support the seventh and twentieth band. These frequencies are very important in Ukraine and Russia, so there may be problems with mobile Internet in some cities. For example, both Vodafone and Kyivstar work normally in Odessa, but how things will be with mobile Internet specifically in your area is a big mystery. These are the 4G bands supported by the new Redmi: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 19, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42.
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The next important parameter is the cameras. The Redmi Note 11 Pro has a 108-megapixel sensor, but it does nothing supernatural. Photos are just normal quality, but the flagship level is not worth talking about. For some reason, there is no sharpness: the photos are slightly blurry, the contrast is at a minimum level. In addition, the images are also faded, which is especially noticeable when shooting on cloudy days. The situation can be improved a little if you dig into the settings and take pictures in good lighting conditions. But still, don't expect super cool results from the cameras.
To make it clearer for you, we compared the camera of Redmi Note 11 Pro and Mi 11 Lite. The photos come out almost the same level, but Redmik shows itself better at night shooting due to the detail and brightness.
Also, the novelty received an 8-megapixel ultra-wide. He copes with his task well, pleases with the viewing angle and excellent detail. But, again, there is no significant difference with the Mi 11 Light. A 2-megapixel macro telephoto is generally worth it for show, you will not notice any real benefit from it. You can record video on the main camera in maximum 4K quality at 30fps. This is a good indicator, but in this capacity there is no electronic stabilization. It is only available during FHD recording. This is very upsetting. Xiaomi again artificially cut the capabilities of the new Redmi so that the model remains in the budget segment and cannot compete with the company's more expensive devices. The same situation is observed with AOD, as we have already talked about.
The front-facing 16-megapixel camera is slightly better than in Mi 11 Lite. The Redmi Note 11 Pro has excellent detail and contrast, and the skin tone is rendered more correctly. Otherwise, this is a standard mid-level front camera, which is quite suitable for social networks.
Let's take a quick look at communications technology. Redmi Note 11 Pro received Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, NFC and a set of navigation services. The vibration motor is linear, with a clear and pleasant response - no worse than that of more expensive models. There are also stereo speakers with high-quality and moderately loud sound. In short, in this regard, you can’t find fault with Redmi Note 11 Pro. The Chinese really tried and paid attention even to minor parameters, such as sound, a vibration motor and a proximity sensor.
Battery and runtime
Before voicing prices and summing up, let's talk a little more about autonomy. And here Redmi Note 11 Pro is just handsome. The battery capacity is 5160 mAh, it supports fast charging at 67 watts. The MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor coupled with the AMOLED screen delivers excellent energy efficiency. In our proprietary test , the smartphone lasted 9 hours and 55 minutes, which is a very good indicator. You can count on a day of active use, and a 67-watt fast charge will fully feed the battery in just 43 minutes.
Since Redmi Note 11 Pro cannot be purchased in Europe, we will announce the Chinese price. For the basic version (6/128 GB) you will need to pay about $300. The top version for 8/256 GB will cost 480 bucks.
This is not to say that Redmi Note 11 Pro is the perfect value for money. A little more expensive you can buy the global version of Poco F3 or Realme GT Neo 2. In these models, the characteristics are already closer to the flagship level. If you want the new Redmi from the eleventh series, pay attention to the budget Redmi Note 11 (Poco M4 Pro 5G) or wait for the release of the global Redmi Note 11 Pro and Pro Plus. At the same time, international Redmics should differ from Chinese ones both in design and in technical characteristics.
Buying a Chinese Redmi Note 11 Pro now is somehow inappropriate. It is unlikely that anyone will be ready to put up with the lack of the Russian language and problems with 4G. If you want to buy a novelty as an experiment or just for fun - then OK. But as the main smartphone to use for several years - definitely not.
- colorful AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz;
- interesting colors;
- glass back panel;
- low PWM;
- good performance in games;
- stable operation of the proximity sensor;
- stereo sound;
- stable operation of the OS;
- good front camera;
- high-quality vibration motor;
- fast charging at 67 W;
- great autonomy.
- no Russian language;
- important bands are not supported;
- average photo quality on the main module;
- flat plastic edges;
- you can not put a memory card;
- overpriced for the Chinese version.
Write in the comments if you liked the new Redmi Note 11 Pro. We are very interested in your opinion!