Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 review

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Introduction

The device we’re reviewing immediately is the recently-announced worldwide Redmi Note 11. It brings just a few notable enhancements to its predecessor – the Redmi Note 10. Its Tremendous AMOLED panel would be the identical measurement and backbone however its refresh fee just isn’t increased at 90Hz. There may be additionally a brand new 50MP principal digicam.

Xiaomi’s present Redmi Word lineup naming is a little bit of a multitude, and that is simply us being well mannered about it. As issues stand, you shouldn’t confuse the mannequin we’re reviewing with final 12 months’s Redmi Note 11 for China or the Redmi Note 11 4G regardless that the gadget we have now on our fingers immediately may be very a lot 4G-only as nicely.

It also needs to be differentiated from the Redmi Note 11S – mainly the identical mannequin however with a MediaTek chipset and a digicam improve to a 108MP principal snapper.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 specs at a look:

  • Physique: 159.9×73.9×8.1mm, 179g; plastic physique; IP53, mud and splash safety.
  • Show: 6.43″ AMOLED, 90Hz, 700 nits, 1000 nits (peak), 1080x2400px decision, 20:9 side ratio, 409ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm): Octa-core (4×2.four GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver); Adreno 610.
  • Reminiscence: 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (devoted slot).
  • OS/Software program: Android 11, MIUI 13.
  • Rear digicam: Large (principal): 50 MP, f/1.eight, 26mm, PDAF; Extremely huge angle: eight MP, f/2.2, 118-degree; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.four; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.four.
  • Entrance digicam: 13 MP, f/2.four, (huge).
  • Video seize: Rear digicam: 1080p@30fps; Entrance digicam: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Quick charging 33W, 100% in 60 min (marketed), Energy Supply three.zero, Fast Cost three+.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); Infrared port; three.5mm jack; Digital proximity Sensor.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 review - Choose a SmartphoneThis Redmi Word 11 begins at $180 for a four/64GB unit (and that is in the event you missed the early chook deal) and goes as much as $230 for a 6/128GB unit. That is a bit lower than final 12 months’s vanilla Redmi Word 10, which is curious.

Maybe the explanation for that’s that not all the modifications are strictly upgrades during the last 12 months’s mannequin. The Snapdragon 680 4G chipset for this 12 months is certainly newer than the Snapdragon 678 within the Redmi Word 10 and is therefore made on a a lot smaller and extra environment friendly 6nm manufacturing course of (in comparison with 11nm).

Although it is a newer chipset, the Adreno 610 GPU contained in the Snapdragon 680 is a downgrade in comparison with the Adreno 612 inside final 12 months’s Snapdragon 678. The identical goes for the digicam DSP, which is proscribed to 1080p video seize. Yet one more unlucky case of a 2022 gadget dropping 4K recording because of the characteristic being dropped from the Snapdragon 680 and Snapdragon 695.

Unboxing

The Redmi Note 11 has what can solely be thought of a wealthy retail bundle. The field itself is nothing particular, simply your customary two-piece affair. It’s nonetheless constituted of sturdy cardboard, with all the things on the within good and guarded.

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And there’s lots on the within certainly. Apart from the telephone itself and the same old issues like a Kind-A to Kind-C cable, SIM ejector and a few leaflets, Xiaomi has additionally included a 33W charger. It saturates the marketed 33W charging assist on the Redmi Word 11 and is a good inclusion within the retail bundle. The identical goes for the clear TPU case. It feels sturdy and may maintain up nicely. Plus, you may slap it on right away and never fear about any accidents. The identical goes for the included delicate plastic display protector. Although the Redmi Word 11 has Gorilla Glass three masking its show, we nonetheless see the worth of getting that further safety.

Many sellers additionally appear to be providing a free pair of wired headphones with the Word 11 Professional.

Design

The Redmi Note 11 has a reasonably recognizable look. Xiaomi has been doing a segmented and accented digicam island design for a lot of of its telephones for a while now, and it is explicit sufficient to be memorable. The Redmi Note 11 has that going for it as nicely. The identical goes for the Redmi Note 11S, which mainly has the identical exterior and the Redmi Note 11 Professional and Redmi Note 11 Professional 5G, that are only a tad greater however largely an identical by way of design. The small accents and round patterns on the digicam island add as much as a coherent and crowd pleasing design.

As a lot as we typically like the present Xiaomi design language, we have now to confess that telling most of the firm’s latest telephones aside has grow to be almost unimaginable at first look. Not that that is going to be a typical drawback for end-users.

The Redmi Note 11 has a nifty mixture of sq. and rounded design components going for it – a seemingly present pattern now that Samsung additionally did one thing related for its Galaxy S22 lineup. That being mentioned, we would not go so far as to name the Redmi Note 11 look iPhone-like. Its sides and center body type of give off that vibe with their almost flat floor.

The plastic center body has a really premium-looking and feeling matte end to it on our Graphite Grey unit. Matte appears to be the norm for the Pearl White and Star Blue colours as nicely. We undoubtedly just like the look, however it’s a fingerprint magnet.

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So, regardless that the center body is equally flat, its end is nothing just like the shiny metallic one on latest iPhone fashions. There are main variations within the design of the back and front of the Redmi Word 11 too. Its again panel remains to be fairly curvy, although it does not appear so in lots of official renders and product photographs. It gently slopes off on all 4 sides. The Redmi Note 11 Professional fashions are a lot flatter by comparability.

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The end right here is matte as nicely and liable to grease and fingerprint accumulation. This floor has a barely delicate and silky feeling, which is probably going because of the AG glass materials it’s constituted of.

We’ve got to say that the supplies and finishes on the Redmi Word 11 each feel and appear extra premium than on earlier Redmi Word generations. The Redmi Note 11 punches above its value within the appears division.

The silky floor on the Redmi Note 11 actually helps with the grip.

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The entrance of the Redmi Note11 is a little more telling of its funds nature. We’ve got come a great distance prior to now couple of years, and what’s now thought of barely greater show bezels would have simply been deemed premium not that way back. These are moderately skinny, although noticeably uneven.

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The earpiece is properly tucked away within the small prime body, alongside just a few different sensors. The selfie punch gap is reasonably-sized, although it does have an internal and an outer black ring with an accented silver on in between, which we expect is a bit a lot.

The entrance glass floor is generally flat, although it nonetheless tapers off on the far edges and goes down into the center body, as an alternative of getting it prolong up for a fair flatter look – one other distinction from Apple’s present design. Nonetheless, the floor is lots flat in sensible phrases and allows straightforward glass display protector adhesion if that’s your factor.

Construct high quality and supplies

Regardless of managing to drag off a premium search for tis funds value level, the Redmi Word 11 nonetheless has to reasonable its use of sure supplies, notably metals. For probably the most half, it’s constructed from plastic, as evidenced by the shortage of antenna traces, however that is not essentially a foul factor. We have praised plastic for a few of its traits prior to now and can proceed to take action since it is a sturdy and comparatively light-weight materials that does not dent or shatter fairly like metallic or glass. Therefore, we do not thoughts in any respect that the body of the Redmi Word 11 is plastic. It appears and feels nice and supplies stellar structural integrity with virtually no flex.

Apparently sufficient, regardless of the tight funds, Xiaomi nonetheless managed to drag off what we’d name a “glass sandwich” on the Redmi Note 11 with each the back and front coated with a glass end. AG glass on the again, full with a delicate, silky end and Gorilla Glass three on the entrance. Whereas removed from the most recent and best Corning has to supply, Gorilla Glass three nonetheless has stellar scratch resistance, arguably even higher than some newer options and respectable sufficient shatter safety.

Talking of safety, the Redmi Note 11 has an IP53 ingress score, which is simply your primary mud and splash affair however nonetheless nice to see on a tool of its class.

Total, the Redmi Note 11 feels very nicely made. Its chassis is dense but not overly heavy at 179 grams. It instills confidence. It deserves reward each by way of design and development.

Controls and connectivity

The Redmi Note 11 deserves loads of reward for its above-average assortment of connectivity and I/O as nicely. Its total management structure is customary for probably the most half and works nice. The amount rocker and energy button are on the right-hand aspect, excessive sufficient on the body to be handy for many customers. Each buttons really feel nice, are “clicky”, and provide loads of tactile suggestions. The large “oddity” right here, after all, being that Xiaomi went for a conventional capacitive fingerprint sensor within the energy button reasonably than an under-display unit, regardless that the AMOLED show would have allowed for one.

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We will not say for certain whether or not this was a choice motivated by prices financial savings or not, however our educated guess is that the 2 sensors do not differ that a lot in value these days, so we’re leaning extra in the direction of this being a deliberate design of performance selection from Xiaomi. In any case, we personally like a side-mounted fingerprint reader. And whereas that time is solely subjective, the reader on the Redmi Word 11 may be very quick and completely correct in purely goal phrases. We’ve got actually no complaints about it.

The left aspect body of the Redmi Note 11 is generally empty, sans for the triple tray that homes two nano-SIM playing cards and a separate microSD card slot for reminiscence enlargement, so you do not have to choose and select. Naturally, you get twin stand-by on the 2 playing cards in 4G mode.

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The highest of the Redmi Note 11 is definitely fairly busy. Past the same old secondary noise-canceling mic, it additionally homes a three.5mm audio jack, an more and more uncommon sight. And talking of uncommon sights – Xiaomi is without doubt one of the final to nonetheless embody an IR blaster on a few of their telephones. Whereas most customers will discover this ineffective, it might probably nonetheless be a lifesaver as a remote-control substitute for any variety of home equipment in a pinch.

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There may be additionally an intriguing speaker grill on the highest bezel, doubtlessly deceitful. Xiaomi advertises the Redmi Note 11 as having “Twin stereo audio system”, however we will not say whether or not there are literally two absolutely symmetrical audio system on the highest and backside with one doubling as an earpiece or Xiaomi is utilizing an amplified earpiece because the second channel – a well-liked method. Teardown movies on-line do recommend there is only one devoted speaker, although.

The grill is there as an additional path to output sound from and isn’t absolutely milled all the way down to the identical depth alongside its complete size. That casts a bit extra doubt whether or not the highest speaker is a full-sized one. Regardless, we expect the twin grill setup is a nifty addition because it makes masking up or muffling the speaker almost unimaginable.

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The speaker on the backside is the actual deal for certain. Subsequent to it’s the main microphone and a USB Kind-C port. As anticipated, the latter is wired for USB 2.zero information switch. It additionally helps USB Host performance. It might settle for as much as 33W of charging and helps each USB Energy Supply and Qualcomm Fast Cost three+.

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When it comes to sensors, the Redmi Note 11 has an accelerometer, gyro, compass and proximity. Nonetheless, the latter is an “AI Digital Proximity Sensor” courtesy of Elliptic labs and is not as correct as a conventional hardware sensor. It behaved decently when it got here to turning off the show throughout calls in our testing, however your mileage might fluctuate based mostly on how you’re taking your calls.

There’s a gentle sensor hidden away close to the best aspect of the earpiece too. There is no such thing as a notification LED, which is type of the norm these days, although.

When it comes to connectivity, the Redmi Note 11 has dual-band Wi-Fi ac with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5,zero with LE assist, GPS (simply L1), GLONASS, BDS and GALILEO for positioning. Additionally on board – an IR blaster, NFC in some markets and an FM radio. A stable loadout in our guide.

A well-known 6.43-inch AMOLED show, now with 90Hz refresh fee

One of many clear upgrades the Redmi Note 11 presents over its predecessor – the Redmi Note 10 – is a brand new show panel. It retains the identical 6.43-inch diagonal as final 12 months and the FullHD+ (1080 x 2400 pixel) decision, 20:9 side ratio, and 409 ppi. What’s new this 12 months is the addition of 90Hz refresh fee.

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Nonetheless, earlier than we get to that, Xiaomi’s new marketed brightness numbers are value investigating. The Redmi Note 11 is marketed as with the ability to put out 700 nits of typical brightness with a 1000 nit peak. That final quantity is technically decrease than the Redmi Note 10’s 1100 marketed peak. In our standardized testing, nonetheless, the Redmi Note 11 managed to outpace its predecessor with a max auto-brightness of 736 nits.

Maxing out the handbook brightness slider on the Redmi Word 11 ends in a barely decrease 465 nits of max brightness in comparison with its predecessor, however in sensible phrases, the distinction is indiscernible.

The Redmi Word 11 has glorious brightness and distinction for a funds gadget. Whereas it might probably’t fairly compete with fashionable flagship OLED panels, its show nonetheless will get shiny sufficient to be completely usable outside.

There’s a new possibility inside the brightness settings menu referred to as Daylight mode, which is barely accessible whereas auto-brightness is disabled. Regardless of what its title and crude description recommend, it doesn’t “unlock” some hidden further brightness the show is able to. As a substitute, it’s meant for use at the side of a handbook brightness setting and nonetheless permit the show to spice up brightness in shiny gentle when wanted.

The Redmi Note 11 has a complete of three colour modes – Vivid, Saturated and Customary. The primary two purpose for the DCI-P3 colour area and do not hassle an excessive amount of with colour accuracy, as an alternative prioritizing “OLED pop”. Each modes produce related colours, with Saturated providing barely increased max brightness and, just like the title suggests, barely extra saturated colours. Each modes are tuned a bit chilly out of the field however could be adjusted and warmed up via the included customized white level management.

If colour accuracy is what you might be after and you do not thoughts dwelling with a “duller” palette, then Customary mode is the best way to go. It mainly nails sRGB colour accuracy with deltaE outcomes low sufficient to be thought of color-accurate.

Whereas nonetheless on the subject of colours, the Redmi Note 11 doesn’t promote any HDR assist. That’s to say that its show just isn’t deemed or licensed to point out HDR content material for one cause or one other. The telephone and its Snapdragon 680 chipset nonetheless provide and report HDR 10 and HLG decoding assist on a software program degree. Which means you may technically play HDR, however the colours might be tone-mapped to “SDR” earlier than being displayed.

The Redmi Note 11 has the complete Widevine L1 DRM certification, which is nice to see. That implies that it might probably stream at HD and better resolutions from platforms like Netflix. The latter fortunately presents FullHD streams to totally saturate the native decision of the telephone’s show.

Excessive refresh fee dealing with

The Redmi Note 11 comes with two refresh fee modes – 90Hz and 60Hz and for probably the most half, these act like “strict toggles”.

Enabling 90Hz mainly makes the telephone run at 90Hz almost all the time. There may be nonetheless some automated switching logic in place, however for probably the most half, the refresh fee is mainly locked, which isn’t essentially a foul factor. Going by previous expertise, the battery draw distinction between 60Hz and 90Hz is fairly minuscule on a contemporary panel. Having issues arrange on this easy manner avoids some annoying edge instances that regularly come up with difficult automated refresh fee switching.

Some apps like YouTube are inclined to run at 60Hz altogether, which is okay in our books. However, the logic just isn’t good since Netflix was caught at 90Hz no matter whether or not we had been shopping the UI or truly enjoying content material. Once more, the sensible distinction to battery life should not be main, so we cannot complain an excessive amount of about this explicit irregularity.

What we’d like to see addressed by Xiaomi is the truth that Google Chrome – the default pre-installed browser is at all times caught at 60Hz. That is a bummer since shopping can typically profit from the smoother 90Hz scrolling and animations. At the least each Firefox and the Samsung Web browser we tried off of the Google Play Retailer did not have this problem and ran at 90Hz with 90fps rendering.

Gaming in 90Hz mode is a little bit of a combined bag on the Redmi Note 11. We tried just a few video games we all know can run at increased than 60Hz and 60fps, and most did, actually, make correct use of the refresh fee and even managed to render at over 60fps on the comparatively modest GPU of the Redmi Note 11. Others like Useless Set off 2 had been caught at 60Hz. However then once more, that is not a foul factor on this explicit case, since based on the nifty FPS counter inside Xiaomi’s GAMETURBO, the Redmi Note 11 does not have the horsepower to even render Useless Set off at 60fps, not to mention above that.

All issues thought of, the Redmi Note 11 does a comparatively good job of managing its 90Hz excessive refresh fee mode. There are nonetheless some kinks to iron out right here and there, however nothing that’s significantly “game-breaking”, disappointing or battery wasteful is current presently.

Battery life

The Redmi Note 11 comes with an enormous 5,000 mAh battery. The Snapdragon 680 4G may not be overly spectacular by way of efficiency, however a minimum of it makes up some floor by way of battery effectivity, seemingly due to its fashionable and environment friendly 6nm manufacturing course of. Plus, the X11 LTE modem, whereas not significantly quick, does not waste an excessive amount of energy both.

The Redmi Note 11 has all-around nice battery life, scoring 126 hours of complete endurance score. Its standby and name numbers are significantly spectacular. The identical goes for on-screen video playback. The Redmi Word 11 is a wonderful multimedia consumption machine. Net testing numbers are nonetheless lots spectacular but additionally the least constant of the bunch.

Whereas we have not examined one other Snapdragon 680 gadget but for comparability, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Professional 5G and the Realme 9 Professional are each based mostly on the similar-enough Snapdragon 695 5G chipset and handle similarly-impressive battery numbers.

Charging speed

The Redmi Note 11 ships with certainly one of Xiaomi’s 33W chargers. We have seen these being bundled earlier than, however charging pace from them has admittedly been a bit inconsistent throughout gadgets. Xiaomi claims the Redmi Note 11 can cost up absolutely in an hour.

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We discovered that to be a bit formidable. In our testing, the Redmi Note 11 managed to stand up from zero% to 51% in 30 minutes, with a full cost taking a complete of 78 minutes. Not too shabby for a funds gadget, although to reiterate, a bit inconsistent so far as the 33W charger goes, since that’s about on par or maybe a bit higher than the Redmi Note 10 Professional with the identical charger, however notably worse than the Redmi Note 10 once more with the Xiaomi 33W charger.

Speaker high quality

The Redmi Note 11 has a “Twin Stereo Audio system” setup. At the least, that is what Xiaomi advertises on its web site. That is a bit ambiguous, although, because it type of implies there are two symmetrical, full-sized audio system on board. All the indicators truly level in the direction of a hybrid stereo speaker on the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 10s, although.

Whereas we will not level to an official supply for that, teardown movies of the telephone again that idea up. The highest speaker frill can also be milled to completely different depths down its size, which could possibly be an indicator that not all of its size is definitely used.

Whatever the precise hardware setup, although, we’re happy with how nicely the audio system carry out. They’re nicely balanced and get fairly loud, scoring a Very Good score in our check, with a nearly an identical rating to the Redmi Note 11 Professional 5G. Audio high quality seems to be improved over the Redmi Note 10 technology as nicely, with clearer and richer mids and better-defined lows.

There may be an automated Dolby Atmos enhancement throughout numerous media apps like Gallery, Mi Video, YouTube, and whatnot, so you may anticipate a fair higher sound expertise inside these.

MIUI 13 on prime of Android 11

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11, like the remainder of the Redmi Word 11 quartet, boots Android 11 with probably the most present MIUI 13 model. Many of the new MIUI options are beneath the hood, although they need to make for a smoother, smarter, and safer expertise. The Redmi Note 11 appears to have just a few options lacking right here and there which are current on the Professional fashions, however we’ll get to that.

This model of MIUI 13 is predicated on Android 11, and it doesn’t embody any of the Android 12 options just like the revamped widgets and their new widget web page within the app drawer. There is no such thing as a superior Privateness Dashboard both with choices like a protected clipboard, approximate location, up to date Face Unlock algorithm. The up to date File Supervisor and Clock app with Bedtime mode are nowhere to be discovered both.

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Different notable lacking options on Android 11 + MIUI 13 combo are the improved one-handed mode (iOS-style) and the improved digicam app with zero shutter lag and movement photographs.

Lastly, the marketed new reside wallpapers displaying microscopic stuff like how vitamin C and citric acid crystallize, as a part of the Great thing about Science collaboration, aren’t accessible on the Redmi Word 11 collection simply but.

Nonetheless, Xiaomi claims that MIUI has been reworked utterly, even in the event you can’t inform that by the interface and its design alone – it appears and feels identical to MIUI 12. However the brand new model reportedly focuses on higher useful resource distribution and may deal with processor, RAM and storage utilization smarter.

For instance, MIUI 13 is meant to maintain monitor of present processor and RAM utilization and droop any at the moment pointless duties to free assets and provide extra fluid efficiency. Xiaomi guarantees a background course of effectivity enhance of as much as 40% in comparison with the earlier model. Hopefully, that does not simply imply aggressive background service killing since that has its personal set of points.

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Xiaomi has a brand new beneath the hood characteristic referred to as Liquid storage. The corporate claims that the storage efficiency on most telephones is halved in 36 months attributable to inefficient storage administration. And that is the place MIUI 13 is available in – it presents 60% higher defragmentation effectivity than MIUI 12 and different rivals. So, the storage efficiency drop in 36 months ought to be merely 5%. This sounds spectacular, so right here is hoping this characteristic lives as much as the hype.

The brand new MIUI core additionally options reworked energy administration which guarantees a 10% drop in total energy consumption in comparison with MIUI 12.

One other factor we had been anticipating to see on the Redmi Word 11 since it’s current on the Redmi Word 11 Professional fashions is the Xiaomi Good Sidebar. In a reasonably odd twist, it’s not all there, but not fully lacking both. There is no such thing as a possibility referred to as Good Sidebar, however the Particular options menu does nonetheless embody a Video toolbox, which is without doubt one of the extra fascinating options housed inside the Good Sidebar. Allow that to your selection of “video apps”, and you find yourself with a well-recognized little space on the left aspect you can swipe from and get what is basically the Good Sidebar, simply notably lacking audio choices. You may nonetheless use it to launch apps in pop-up home windows, Screenshot, Document display, Forged, and Play Video with the display off. And, oh sure, the final one works on YouTube, no Premium subscription wanted!

Different fascinating MIUI 13 enhancements it’s possible you’ll not discover at first embody a greater screenshot editor, a brand-new battery web page.

Once you take a screenshot, you’ll discover a modern-looking interface with brushes, erasers, textual content and choice instruments, amongst others.

The battery web page on the Redmi Word 11 has a brand new look and presents some further data like battery temperature however lacks the brand new Efficiency mode discovered on the Redmi Note 11 Professional 5G. Not that it’s significantly helpful, to start with. You simply have the default mode and two power-saver ranges.

One other further characteristic on the Redmi Note 11 Professional 5G lacking from the Redmi Note 11 is the toggle to allow video seize with the display off inside the digicam app. Once more, not a deal-breaking omission, however a noteworthy one.

MIUI 13 has numerous beneath the hood enhancements that promise a smoother and quicker expertise proper now and for the subsequent couple of years attributable to many optimizations. The interface is just about MIUI 12 with a few tweaks right here and there. So, in the event you did not anticipate a groundbreaking redesign, you’ll really feel proper at house with MIUI 13. We do not anticipate Android 12 to vary that both.

Total, MIUI 13 on the Redmi Note11 runs decently clean, regardless of all the further visible aptitude. There aren’t any stutters, however the occasional slowdown does occur. The Snapdragon 680 appears to be straining fairly a bit. Whereas high-quality out of the field, we already see the potential for lagging after putting in and operating just a few heavier apps. To that finish, we hope that Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 beneath the hood optimization actually do ship as promised.

Efficiency and benchmarks

The funds smartphone scene is continually enhancing and has carried out so in leaps and bounds over the previous couple of years, a lot to the consumer’s profit. The Redmi note 11 is a sub-EUR 200 gadget, and it nonetheless delivers options equivalent to a stable 90Hz AMOLED show, stereo audio system, an honest digicam setup and an enormous 5,000 mAh battery that fees at a good 33W, simply to call just a few. Even so, because the saying goes, one thing has to offer, and on this explicit case, the Snapdragon 680 chipset is arguably one of many weakest components of the Redmi note 11.

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On the floor, the Snapdragon 680 (SM6225) is a contemporary chip. It was launched in This autumn 2021 and is made on a present and environment friendly TSMC 6nm node. When you begin studying into a few of its different specs intimately, although, some main compromises begin to present via. For one, its 4 “huge” Kryo 265 Gold cores are based mostly on the ARM Cortex-A73 from all the best way again in 2016, whereas the Cortex-A53 base for the “LITTLE” Kryo 265 Silver ones was unveiled in 2012. Each are a number of generations previous and may’t actually sustain with stronger and up to date CPU cores. The Snapdragon 680 has these arrange in a 4×2.four GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver configuration.

Then there’s the Adreno 610 GPU – one other getting older piece of package that’s nearly working at its most supported show decision restrict of 2520×1080 pixels on the Redmi Word 11, with its 1080 x 2400 decision show. That ought to be indication sufficient for its efficiency. We’re nearly questioning how it’s managing 90Hz or reasonably anyplace near 90fps in any respect. The Spectra 346 digicam ISP and Hexagon 686 DSP of the Snapdragon 680 are nothing to telephone house about both and are the explanation why the Redmi Word 11 is barely restricted to 1080p video seize. By the best way, the Snapdragon 695 is much more of a disappointment than the Snapdragon 680 on this regard because it shares this limitation, whereas the older and “decrease quantity” Snapdragon 690 does not. However, we’re getting off-topic.

Persevering with the listing of less-than-impressive Snapdragon 680 options, we have now the X11 LTE modem, which is rated at Cat. 13 speeds, capped at 390 Mbps down and 150 Mbps up. Fast Cost three+ assist can also be a bit previous, however nonetheless, lots quick, plus the Redmi Note 11 helps Energy Supply three.zero, as nicely, so we have now much less of a quarrel with that, and we will not complain of the opposite considerable and pretty fashionable connectivity on the telephone like Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, IR blaster, to call just a few.

For the sake of thoroughness, we’re operating these benchmarks on a base Redmi Note 11 unit with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.2 inside storage.

A well-known quad-camera setup

The Redmi Note 11 has a reasonably customary funds digicam setup at its disposal. One we have now truly seen in some capability or one other, maybe with slight alterations on different latest Xiaomi gadgets. It has a 50MP principal snapper on the again with easy PDAF, alongside an 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth cameras. On the entrance – a 13MP selfie. All of those with fastened focus and no notable further options.

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As we already talked about, one of many greater disappointments within the digicam division is the Redmi Note 11’s video seize restrict of 1080p, courtesy of the ISP on the Snapdragon 680 chipset. Sadly, a restrict shared with lots of its “Professional” sibling fashions, however one notably not current on final 12 months’s Redmi Note 10.

Let’s rapidly undergo the digicam hardware contained in the Redmi Note 11 first.

The 50MP main digicam makes use of the Samsung S5KJN1 sensor (1/2.76″ measurement and zero.64 µm particular person pixels) – a fairly-popular unit we have seen in fairly just a few different gadgets just like the Xiaomi Redmi 10, Poco M4 Professional 5G, Realme 8i, Realme 9i, Samsung Galaxy A23 and the Motorola Moto G21, G51 and G71, to call just a few. It is a respectable piece of hardware, however one which has by no means actually managed to impress us with its real-world high quality. It’s a Quad-Bayer unit and outputs stills in 12.5MP by default. It simply presents primary section detection autofocus, no OIS, and the Redmi Note 11 has it’s sitting behind a 26mm, f/1.eight lens. Nothing too fancy.

The 8MP ultrawide digicam makes use of a GalaxyCore GC08A3 sensor (1/four” measurement and 1.12 µm particular person pixels). It sits behind a 118-degree, f/2.2 lens and has fastened focus.

The 2MP macro digicam makes use of a GalaxyCore GC02M1 sensor (1/5″ measurement and 1.75 µm particular person pixels) behind an f/2.four lens. The 2MP depth sensor is an Omnivision OV02B1B (1/5″ measurement and 1.75 µm particular person pixels) with just about an identical traits and in addition behind an f/2.four lens.

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The 13MP selfie digicam is nothing to telephone house about both. It’s based mostly on the Samsung S5K3L6 sensor (1/three.1″ measurement and 1.12 µm particular person pixels) and has a reasonably darkish f/2.four lens. No autofocus or something fancy for it both.

Digicam app

The digicam app is a reasonably easy implementation, although it does have its quirks. First, primary operation for altering modes works with aspect swipes (on the black bezel!), and you may as well faucet on the modes you may see to change to these instantly. Up and down swipes do not work for switching between the entrance and rear cameras; solely the toggle subsequent to the shutter launch does that.

You may add, take away, and rearrange modes in the primary rolodex by going to the Extra tab and navigating to the edit button, and you may entry that from the settings menu as nicely. The unused modes will nonetheless be in that Extra tab, however you may change to a (much less intuitive) pull-out pane that is summoned from a line subsequent to the shutter launch.

The hamburger menu on the far finish is the place you will discover further choices, together with the Tremendous Macro mode (why right here and never a mode within the rolodex?), plus the icon to entry the settings. Subsequent to that hamburger menu, you might have a flash mode change, an HDR change, an AI toggle, a shortcut to Google Lens, and a magic wand with magnificence results and filters.

On the close to finish, you might have the digicam zoom change that operates in certainly one of two fashions. The primary is just tapping on one of many three dots representing the ultra-wide, main, and 2x digital choices. Or you may faucet on the lively magnification and slide sideways to disclose much more zoom ranges – 2x and 10x, plus a slider for intermediate magnifications.

There is a properly succesful Professional mode, the place you may tweak the taking pictures parameters your self. Not like a few of Xiaomi’s different fashions, Professional mode is barely accessible on the primary and ultrawide cameras on the Redmi Note 11.

You get to choose certainly one of four white stability presets or dial within the gentle temperature with a slider, there is a handbook focusing slider (with peaking as an possibility), and shutter pace (1/4000s to 30s/15s/zero.25s for principal/ultrawide/macro) and ISO management with the vary relying on which digicam you are utilizing. A tiny reside histogram is obtainable, and a toggle for zebras could be discovered within the hamburger menu.

As anticipated, there is a host of additional modes, together with Lengthy Publicity with its personal set of various presets – transferring crowd, neon trails, oil portray, gentle portray, starry sky, and star trails.

Night time mode is barely accessible for the primary digicam on the Redmi Note 11. And identical to many earlier Xiaomi fashions, there isn’t a auto Night time mode.

Picture high quality

The principal digicam captures 12.5MP stills by default. These look respectable, significantly for a funds gadget, however are nothing to telephone house about. Colours look good and true to life, and there’s a good quantity of element within the photographs. They aren’t overly delicate both, even across the far corners of the body. Distinction is not dangerous both.

There may be an Ai mode toggle on the Redmi Note 11, as is normally the case on latest Xiaomi telephones. It does some automated scene detection, which, going by the altering icons, is generally correct. Additionally, as common, nonetheless, it tends to “enhance” photographs by saturating the colours and boosting distinction relying on the scenes – skies, greenery, buildings. We will not say we benefit from the impact ourselves. Then once more, it might probably cover among the noise, and it may be your cup of tea. In any case, we’re glad Ai is disabled by default.

You may drive the Redmi Note 11 to shoot in 50MP mode. Capturing these photographs does not take too lengthy both. We will not essentially say we advocate utilizing this mode, although, since you aren’t getting a lot in the best way of additional element.

Pixel-peeling reveals a slight benefit in sharpness for the 50MP stills, however on finer element, particularly within the distance, mentioned sharpness appears extra like synthetic sharpening than precise element. We predict it is not well worth the problem of coping with huge file sizes only for that. Apart from that, these photographs retain the identical traits as common ones from the primary cam.

Our verdict

On paper, the Redmi Note 11 appears like an honest funds gadget that even manages to supply just a few small upgrades over its predecessor with out breaking the again. Notably, its glorious 90Hz AMOLED show, in addition to its improved battery effectivity. The latter is a very spectacular aspect of the Redmi Note 11. Whereas it deserves credit score for delivering in each of those elements, the Redmi Note 11 is sadly not a well-balanced gadget.

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Digging a bit deeper rapidly sees the Snapdragon 680 soil an enormous chunk of the general expertise. It’s strapped for energy, significantly within the GPU division. It typically fails to maintain up with the Snapdragon 678 contained in the Redmi Note 10. The wonderful MIUI 13 largely compensates for this out of the field and runs simply high-quality, although with some suspiciously lacking performance-related options like split-screen. Xiaomi talks an enormous discuss storage and beneath the hood long-term efficiency enhancements, besides, we have now to surprise how clean the Redmi Note 11 goes to really feel just a few months in with a loadout of recent, demanding apps on board.

Issues aren’t trying too nice within the digicam division both. The Snapdragon 680 can solely deal with as much as 1080p video seize, whereas the Redmi Note 10 fortunately does 4K. However even past that, the primary digicam efficiency is simply enough and never spectacular. Some options like 50MP mode, evening mode and HDR both have deficiencies of their efficiency, habits or availability throughout cameras. The 8MP ultrawide is fairly disappointing as an entire.

Including all the things up, it simply appears that the cons outweigh the professionals. Or, extra precisely put – we simply do not feel just like the cons are straightforward to reside with. A disgrace, actually, because the Redmi Note 11 nonetheless manages to impress in some main methods. Backside line, although, in its present state, we will not outright advocate you get one. There are a lot better and extra well-rounded smartphones on the market to think about as an alternative.

Professionals

  • Fashionable dual-glass design with a matte end and a premium look, IP53-rated.
  • Wonderful AMOLED display, shiny, 90Hz, nice colour accuracy.
  • Nice battery life with quick 33W charging.
  • Loud stereo audio system, good audio.
  • three.5mm jack, FM Radio, NFC, IR blaster, microSD slot.
  • Strong if unimpressive principal digicam efficiency. Nice portraits and macro photographs.

Cons

  • MIUI 13 implementation is lean on new options and based mostly on the previous Android 11.
  • The Snapdragon 680 is missing in efficiency, significantly within the GPU division.
  • Disappointing ultrawide digicam.
  • Underwhelming Night time mode, and it is solely accessible on the primary cam.
  • No 4K video seize with any digicam.
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