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xiaomi redmi note 11 reviews

Time flies. It seems like yesterday when Xiaomi conquered the world with the Redmi Note 7, a spectacular mid-range that made it very clear the company’s priority: the quality / price ratio. And although only 3 years have passed since that historic event, I don’t know how, but the eleventh generation of the Redmi Note is here. It was presented at the end of last year in China and this year it has reached the global market.

The new generation is made up of the following four mid-range terminals (from the most basic to the most premium): Redmi Note 11, Redmi Note 11S, Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. We have tried the cheapest of all to tell you if it is worth it. Spoilers: it has an AMOLED screen at 90 Hz and costs about €160. Although it is very tempting and will fascinate most, there are several things you should know about this mobile. Join us…

Redmi Note 11 review: the cheapest mid-range Xiaomi of the moment

xiaomi redmi note 11 reviews
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 in all its splendor

We are not going to deceive you. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is not a great evolution of the Redmi Note 10. Yes, improves the refresh rate of the screen, but in everything else it is practically identical to its predecessor. Is it a disappointment? Well, this is something that Xiaomi has been doing with almost all its mobile families in recent years, so no. Unfortunately, we saw it coming.

Now, leaving aside the comparisons, the Redmi Note 11 is a brutal smartphone for €160 (approximately) I doubt very much that it will disappoint someone who has never had a mobile from this family or a similar one. If you have a very tight budget, the Redmi Note 11 is one of the options you should consider. Here are its specifications.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Dimensions and weight 159.8 x 73.8 x 8mm. 179 grams.
Screen 6.43″ FullHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) with AMOLED panel, 90 Hz refresh rate, 1000 nits maximum brightness and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 with Adreno 610 graphics.
Storage 64 or 128GB UFS 2.2, expandable up to 1TB with microSD.
Rear camera 50 MP main with f/1.8 and PDAF.
8 MP ultra wide angle with f/2.2 and a viewing angle of 118º.
2MP Macro with f/2.4.
2MP portrait with f/2.4.
LED flash.
Frontal camera 13MP with f/2.4.
Connectivity and extras dual band Wi-Fi 5, Dual SIM 4GBluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS + GLONASS + GALILEO + BDS, infrared port, optical fingerprint reader, stereo speakers3.5mm jack and USB-C.
Battery 5000mAh with fast charging 33W.
OS Android 11 based on MIUI 13.
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The design of the Redmi Note 11: simple and ergonomic

Although Xiaomi’s Redmi Notes tend to have a fairly premium design for what they are worth, this Redmi Note 11 has arrived with a simpler low-end finish. Although this is not a bad thing, beware. It does not impress the eye, but it is a delight for the hands. The back cover is plastic with a matte texture that leaves no fingerprints and feels great.

It measures 160mm long, 74mm wide and 8mm thick. Despite its weight of 179 grams, the truth is that Provides a phenomenal grip feel thanks to its flat frame similar to that of the iPhone. And if you ask me about the manufacturing quality, I honestly have no complaints. It is solidly built and it seems very resistant: it has IP53 protection against dust and water, as well as a Gorilla Glass 3 glass that reinforces the screen.

We really like that it has the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top so the cable doesn’t bend. Likewise, it is a wise decision on the part of Xiaomi to install the set of dual speakers at the top and bottom, since that way you don’t block the sound when you normally pick up the smartphone. By the way, the sound of the Redmi Note 11 is stereo and it sounds great.

On the right side of the frame are the volume control and a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. And at the bottom is the USB-C port. As for the screen, it has quite thin edges and a perforated camera in the upper central part that is very cool.

What impresses most about the screen is its panel AMOLED with 90 Hz refresh rate and Full HD+ resolution (2040 x 1080 pixels) which is the best we’ve seen in this price range. Of course, it does not compare with the AMOLED screens of mobiles that are worth twice as much, but it has top-notch quality for watching videos or playing games. In addition, its touch sampling rate reaches 180 Hz, so it goes very well with competitive games as well.

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Besides, the screen can be seen without problems in full sunlight, since it has a 1000 nits maximum brightness. oh! And it measures 6.43 inches: a perfect size for viewing widescreen content such as movies and series.

How good is the camera of the Redmi Note 11? The normal

The Redmi Note 11 repeats the quad camera of its predecessor, changing the 48 MP main sensor for a 50 MP one. The rest of the sensors are the same: 8 MP (ultra wide angle) + 2 MP (macro) + 2 MP (depth). So don’t expect a big leap in photography. In fact, it does not have the ability to record in 4K, as the Redmi Note 10 can. It records in 1080p / 30 FPS maximum.

Usually, takes very good photos when the lighting is favorable. But when you push it a little harder and try to take photos with it in dimly lit places, you may notice that the quality is lost. Its dynamic range is limited, it makes white balance yellowish, and it tends to artificially soften photos, causing them to lose sharpness.

Its frame and ultra-wide sensors do their job well, but they are noticeably lower in quality than the main 50 MP sensor. For this reason, we recommend avoid the use of secondary sensors in the Redmi Note 11. It should be noted that by default the mobile shoots at 12 megapixels, but you can make it shoot at 50 megapixels if you choose it from the camera app settings.

Regarding the 13 MP front camera, we can only tell you that it works well and is of decent quality. To take selfies and make video calls, it’s fine… no more. In general terms, the cameras of the Redmi Note 11 comply, but they are not impressive at all. They are more worthy of a low-end phone than a mid-range one, which we understand. It is the sacrifice that has had to be made to maintain such a low price.

The performance of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is impeccable on a day-to-day basis

The other great sacrifice that Xiaomi has made to keep the price of the Redmi Note 11 low is in the processor. Uses a Snapdragon 680, which is not bad at all for basic issues: social networks, messaging, games in low quality, etc.. The problem is that it does not have 5G, it mounts the same graphics as the Redmi Note 8 (worse than that of the Redmi Note 10) and in multitasking it is a little slower than its predecessor.

The truth is that if you are looking for a fast smartphone with perfect performance, in this price range there is still no one that beats the POCO X3 Pro. That said, the Redmi Note 11 works great in daily use and with most games. You can buy it with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and with 64 or 128 GB of storage (expandable up to 1 TB with a micro SD).

The best thing about the Redmi Note 11 processor is that it is manufactured in 6nm, so consumes less battery and is much more efficient than the 11nm processor of the Redmi Note 10. Incidentally, this mobile has all the connectivity that is needed: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 5, NFC, GPS and infrared.

On the other hand, it is important to mention that the Redmi Note 11 has disappointed us a bit in software. Being a mobile from 2022, we expected it to bring Android 12, but no. Although it includes MIUI 13, it is based on Android 11 just like the Redmi Note 10. In addition, it should be noted that on this MIUI mobile it feels overloaded again and not entirely well optimized.

The battery of the Redmi Note 11, the best of the mobile

The battery that mounts the Redmi Note 11 is 5000 mAh and it charges fast with the 33 W charger that is included in the box. 0-100% fills in about 1 hour with this charger.

Its autonomy is about 22 hours of video, 43 hours of calls or 215 hours of music. That is, with normal use the battery will easily last 1 day and a half.

Our opinion of the Redmi Note 11: the perfect mobile for tight budgets

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The Redmi Note 11 is worth it, especially for its screen and price

The Redmi Note 11 may not be the best mid-range mobile on the market, but it is the cheapest of all. If you want a smartphone with a 90 Hz AMOLED screen that works very well on a day-to-day basisWe recommend this without hesitation. It will cost you less than €200 and for that price it is difficult for you to be greatly disappointed in any section.

In fact, if you catch it on presale at the Goboo store before February 21, it will cost only €159 (€40 less than the original price and with Mi Band 6 as a gift). Although to get that low price you must also apply a coupon that will only be available on February 21 from 12:00 to 13:00. Use this button to take advantage of the offer:


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