Last year, we were amazed by the Redmi Note 10 Pro, a device capable of combining very interesting technical specifications, with a very attractive price. For us, in LeakIt was the smartphone that we recommended the most, for those with a budget of 200-250 euros.
Yes, it was cheap, yes, it was simple, but it also had some magic! Which begs the question… What about you successor? Expectations were high, and Xiaomi knew it! Were you able to comply? Let’s try to understand.
(Analysis) Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro: almost top of the range!
So, in my opinion, Xiaomi recognized the success of the Redmi Note 10 Pro last year, and therefore decided to bet a little more on the new Note 11 Pro. This resulted in a seemingly more interesting device, but unfortunately a little more expensive.
Plus, in the midst of so many Redmi Note 11, it’s a device that also ends up losing some of the charm I mentioned above, for the simple fact that it’s better, but not much better. After all, the secondary cameras aren’t a paradigm shift compared to what we could find on last year’s Note 10 Pro, and when using the Snapdragon 695 it misses out on 4K video capture, as well as support for HDR content, which isn’t the case. It makes sense, in a device that costs around 400 euros in Portugal.
In short, it’s good, but either it’s cheaper and has attracted consumers’ attention more, or it kept the same price, betting a little more on the specifications, and more specifically on the quality of the cameras, or on the CPU .
But let’s go by the parts.
Therefore, I usually always say that if you want a more traditional device, it is always good to look in the Xiaomi ranges themselves, and not in the sub-brands. However, with the Redmi Note 11 range, we have no doubt what Xiaomi’s design line for 2022 will be. Therefore, we have a device with simple, but undoubtedly beautiful lines, for any type of user.
However, even in terms of build quality, we are well served, thanks to the introduction of a glass back, rather than the increasingly regular plastic, into the Android world. However, unlike last year, we have a more boxy design here, not curved, which may affect comfort depending on the user. In my use it hasn’t been a problem, especially since it’s a light device, with rounded corners, and just 8.1mm thick. It’s light, it’s beautiful, and for me, it’s super comfortable for everyday wear.
Still in the design realm, we have a headphone jack, and yes, a dual SIM insert, or a SIM and an SD card. Interestingly, the IR Blaster is still around, that is, you can keep turning on or off your TVs or projectors, in your favorite coffee shop, or in any classroom in your college.
However, in the field of fingerprint, you will not find it under the OLED screen, like other Xiaomi devices, this sensor is located on the power button.
Finally, we have the stereo speakers, which not only help our favorite songs live a little longer, but also raise the bar when it comes to playing games or watching high-quality multimedia content.
The screen was one of the big pluses of the Redmi Note 10 Pro last year, so this year it will have to maintain or raise the same level. Well, all said, the screen is very similar, offering a resolution of 2400 * 1080, and the ability to go up to 120Hz, on a 6.67-inch OLED panel.
It’s not a screen worthy of the top of the range, as HDR ended up staying in Xiaomi’s drawer, but the truth is, for the vast majority of users, it’s not far behind, especially in the area of brightness. In fact, we have access to an automatic feature that increases the brightness significantly, in the most extreme environments, such as sunny days.
However, in terms of savings, the frame refresh rate only drops to 60 Hz, not 11 Hz or 1 Hz, like other, more advanced devices.
In short, despite its limitations, the screen is very good for this price range.
- Primary Camera 108 MP (Samsung HM2)
- Secondary cameras: 8 MP (Ultrawide) + 2 MP (Macro)
Unfortunately, with the price increase, we don’t have a huge increase in image capture quality compared to last year.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro is clearly capable of taking good photos, however, WoW! This picture was brutal! “. This is largely due to the fact that the hardware that gives life to the camera module is nothing out of this world. I think that even with the remaining limitations, with more powerful and more advanced sensors, this device can bring some of the magic that the Redmi Note 10 Pro brought to the shelves, before that.
But since a picture is worth 1,000 words, here are some of the ones I was able to capture:
Photos look very faded, with little detail in critical places. Now see the same photo taken from the S22 Ultra.
Despite this problem with landscapes, the Redmi Note 11 Pro is undoubtedly very good in everyday life, especially near objects and / or animals, as you can see below:
There seems to be a problem with the processor too, more specifically with the ISP, as the Xiaomi 11T Pro uses the same main sensor, however, its image processing is clearly much better.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G already offers access to 5G networks, as well as a performance boost across the board, but will that be enough?
Last year’s Redmi Note 10 Pro was a pretty good phone, but it’s not news to anyone that from time to time we’ve had some rather annoying hiccups.
The new Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G solves this, but not 100%. Because the Snapdragon 695 5G is nothing more than a “decent” mid-range processor, not a high-end processor like the Snapdragon 860 or more powerful 870. Performance is very similar to that of this Snapdragon 695.
However, for most of the normal tasks we do on a daily basis, he is a wizard who doesn’t compromise in any way. Being also able to shine in some games.
Now there’s something the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G can shine through, thanks to its 5,000mAh battery and, of course, a 67W charger included in the box. This, in practical terms, means that we have a device that is able to provide a day of use, without any problem, even if you are a demanding user. If you are a less demanding user, getting to two days is not a very difficult task at all.
However, in terms of charging, 35% of the battery can be obtained in just 10 minutes, with almost 50% in 15 minutes.
However, since we’re in the mid-range, there’s no wireless charging for anyone.
In short, at a higher price, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G seems to have lost some of the charm of the past. However, it is a highly efficient mid-range, in a market where all mid-ranges have unfortunately become more expensive…very…
However, given the price of this device, I think I’ll at least take a look at Xiaomi 11T Proor Poco F3.0. Both devices are from the same manufacturer, with slightly more interesting base hardware.
Also, what do you think of all this? An interesting device, or should Xiaomi try harder? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.