Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G


The Note 11 Pro 5G comes with above average speakers, display quality and build. However, the handset’s cameras aren’t as good as those included with its predecessor, plus performance doesn’t match up to that of some other Xiaomi phones at the same level.

Pros

  • Decent battery life
  • Strong display
  • Good stereo speakers

Cons

  • Cameras downgraded since last year
  • Proactive power management closes down your apps
  • Has a budget 5G processor
  • Video limited to 1080p/30fps

Availability

  • UKTBC
  • USARRP: $329.99
  • EuropeRRP: €299.99
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable

Key Features


  • Stereo speakersPunchy-sounding stereo speakers are a major benefit here, whether you’re listening to podcasts, watching YouTube or playing games on-the-go


  • 67W chargingWhile this isn’t Xiaomi’s fastest charging available, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G’s support for 67W is handy for quick top-ups; it’s a cut above Samsung’s offering

  • 120Hz OLED screenRapid refresh rate, good maximum brightness and OLED’s famous contrast and colour means this phone has one of the best displays available at the price

Introduction

The Xiaomi Redmi 11 Pro 5G is the successor to what might just be my favourite phone of last year, the Redmi Note 10 Pro.

This is a solid handset, but it stands little chance of becoming one of the best phones of 2022. The Redmi Note 11 Pro gains 5G but has a lower-grade processor, all things considered, and a significantly weaker camera array.

Xiaomi launched several stand-out affordable phones last year, such as the surprisingly powerful Poco X3 Pro and the glass-reared Redmi Note 10 Pro, with its low-bloat camera array. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has little of this “stand out” character.

It excels in display tech, with the 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED unlikely to be significantly bettered at this price.

And that price? It costs $329 in the US and €299 in Europe, likely to equate to at least £279 in the UK. This is for the model that comes with 64GB storage; the 128GB version reviewed is likely to cost a little more.

It’s a solid deal, then, and there are plenty of things to like here. However, it does feel somewhat as if much of Xiaomi’s budget dynamism is draining away, particularly when on the inside the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is near-identical to the Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro.

The rear panel of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G showing tbe cameraImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Design

  • Flat glass back
  • Large, but not excessively chunky
  • Good stereo speakers

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G looks quite different to its predecessor – and just about every other recent budget Xiaomi phone. Last-generation comparable Androids were large, curvy slabs that felt big. Too big for some, perhaps, but largely a good fit for an audience looking for a big-screen Android offering better value than a more crowd-pleasing Samsung.

Curves are out this year, replaced by straighter sides and a boxier feel. While I prefer the Redmi Note 10 Pro’s curved glass rear, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G does feel slightly trimmer than some budget Xiaomi phones thanks to its fairly svelte 8.1mm thickness.

It’s also good to see that, unlike just about every other manufacturer, Xiaomi can still produce glass phones at this price. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has a Gorilla Glass 5 display cover and an unspecified flat glass rear panel.

When a glass type isn’t specified you can be sure it’s a cheaper, less resilient type than the recent generation of Gorilla Glass. Still, the back of this device feels significantly better than the plastic rear of the step-down Redmi Note 11 – the “non Pro” version.

The rear glass has a smooth matte finish, with a subtle light-reactive layer – although Xiaomi’s photos suggest the blue version is a little more eye-catching.

The sides are plastic, but the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G build is all-round a cut above most of the competition. Xiaomi includes a case in the box, and you should probably use it; but it will hide the good-looking rear finish.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G sitting on its sideImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

There’s no factory-applied screen protector this time around, which is a shame. While these are always simple sheets of plastic, they do at least avoid you accidentally scratching the screen before you’ve even decided whether to go naked or play it safe with a screen protector.

Other parts to the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G are typical Xiaomi. The phone comes with very good stereo speakers for a budget Android. Maximum volume is strong, the tone isn’t thin, and including drivers at the bottom and above the screen is always a benefit for landscape video and gaming.

An IR blaster sits on the top, too. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G can function as a universal remote, using the preinstalled Mi Remote app. There’s a microSD card slot in the SIM tray, but some of you may be slightly disappointed to learn that this blocks the second SIM. You can either use two SIMs or one SIM and a memory card.

Water/dust-resistance is IP53, sufficient to guard against a little rain – but not submersion in water. It’s typically solid stuff of the type I expect to see from a Xiaomi device at this level, and the speakers are a genuine highlight of the phone.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G display is probably its top feature, despite being extremely similar to the screen in last-generation’s Note 10 Pro.

It’s a 6.67-inch OLED panel with a 2400 x 1080 resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. In person, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G display compares at least fairly well with any phone at any price.

Want the ultra-rich colour OLED is renowned for? Well, you can have it in the Saturated screen mode. Colour can be tamed for more relaxed-looking tones by opting for the Standard mode.

The peerless contrast of OLED is clear to see when you watch videos late at night or in dimmed rooms. There’s none of the black luminance of the still-excellent IPS-level LCDs used in some other affordable Xiaomi phones, no visible backlight glow when the screen is viewed off-axis.

Xiaomi says the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G screen’s peak brightness is a flagship-grade 1200 nits. However, what you’ll see in practice is around 700 nits, the claim for the High Brightness Mode (HBM).

In direct sunlight the calibration of the screen shifts to improve visibility, playing with colour and contrast for the best result. It’s a great feature to have in a lower-cost phone.

There’s no dynamic refresh rate here, however. After using the Developer Options mode to get a read-out of the refresh rate, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G appears to use 120Hz consistently apart from in apps that don’t support 120Hz, then dropping to 60Hz. Some higher-end OLED panels can dynamically shift refresh rates to improve battery life.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G also appears to lack support for HDR video. HDR clips on YouTube will play on the old Note 10 Pro, but only run at standard dynamic range on the new phone.

Performance

  • Weak, if efficient, processor
  • Not great for gaming
  • … at least it has 5G

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G runs Android 11 and the MIUI interface. It comes with a few extra apps installed, including a small handful of games that few owners are likely to want. But you can uninstall them in a minute or two.

If you own a Xiaomi from the past couple of years, the drop-down menu style is something new to which you’ll have to become accustomed. Older Redmi phones make you swipe down once for notifications, twice for feature toggles. The new style sees you swipe from the left or right of the screen to choose which you want.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G runs Xiaomi's version of AndroidImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

All other parts of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G interface are business as usual. Xiaomi lets you choose whether or not to use an a

Go to Source