Xiaomi REDMI NOTE 11 PRO 5G review: an affordable business smartphone

At the start of 2022, the Chinese company Xiaomi, created in 2010, is releasing the eleventh version of the Redmi Note in four different products: Redmi Note 11, Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. What’s new: a better quality camera with its 108 MP, a screen with a higher refresh rate of 120 Hz, better RAM capacity, faster charging and a 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen.

So what about this new generation?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 pro 5G spec sheet

For this test, we have the chance to use the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, the improved version of the basic Redmi Note 11, and whose price varies between €329.00 and €409.00 depending on the models and the capacity of desired storage. It is available in several versions: 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of ROM or 8GB of RAM and 64/128GB of ROM. Here, we will opt for the first version with 64GB of memory.

Unboxing, design and ergonomics of the phone: an overview

As with the simple Xiaomi Redmi Note 11, the packaging comes down to a simple rectangular white box containing the famous phone, a USB-C base with a long suitable charging cable and a welcome pouch with user manuals and of guarantee. Also gift in the box for all Redmi devices: a transparent semi-rigid plastic case.

This protection provides a minimum of protection, but it will quickly be necessary to invest in another shell that is more solid but above all more attractive and practical because the protective cover for the USB-C port is a little too difficult to remove to put it on charge. Also included in it, a needle to remove the sim card door, but again this is not necessarily the most suitable, I had to try several times and twisted the door.

Slightly larger than the basic Redmi Note 11, the Redmi Note 11 pro, with a thickness of 8.12mm, is still quite light with its 202 grams and fits very easily in the hand even with its large 6.67 screen. inches.
As for the design, the frame is extra flat, the corners are rounded and the edges are well defined and angular. The style is industrial, refined and sober but the whole is very modern and is more similar to Iphones than to previous Redmi Notes, which are much more rounded and simplistic.

Xiaomi sets a new tone for its products.

Three colors are available for the Redmi Note 11 Pro: “Graphite Grey”, “Polar White” or “Starry Blue”. I have in my possession the graphite gray which is a dark color, almost similar to black, but elegant and the only one in common with the range of Redmi Note 11. The other colors are more playful but not necessarily interesting if the ‘we put on a protective shell because the screen covers almost the entire front face, leaving only a border of less than a millimeter on either side.

The frame and the side buttons are made of aluminum, however almost all of it is made of matte plastic. As a result, it is easy to make fingerprints, especially on a dark color like Graphite Grey, but this choice of material also guarantees the lightness of the product and a pleasant touch. You will find on the front a simple centered camera for selfies and a specific discreet sound output for calls and on the right side, the volume buttons as well as the unlock key which also acts as a fingerprint sensor once this is done. programmed by you.

Below, a speaker and a microphone, as on the top of the device, and of course also, a USB-C socket for battery charging and the Dual Sim and SD hatch. On the top, the same loudspeaker and microphone, the light sensor for the automatic regulation of the brightness of the screen and the 3.5mm audio jack for the headphones/earphones, an originality which does not seem to me to be very convenient for using the phone while listening to music or watching a video.

I find the choice ill-advised, especially since the location is now commonly used to be below the telephones for ergonomic reasons and to avoid having a cable passing through our video. On the back, the phone’s three camera types (the main, wide-angle; the medium, ultra-wide-angle, and the smaller, macro) sit in a square mini-pedestal that sticks out a lot from the phone so a once put the screen up, the phone leans. It’s not very reassuring to know that the major contact surface is that of the phone lenses… A scratch quickly arrived.

First use of the Redmi Note 11 Pro: here we go!

Without hesitation, getting hold of the phone is simple and easy. Powering up is quick and the phone takes at least a few seconds to display its main menu. The startup settings are done in a minute and you are already ready to use it. The interface is similar to previous Redmi Note models, no surprises there. No menu, all applications and access are via the phone’s home screens.

It’s a way of doing things that should be to make the user experience more ergonomic, but personally, I’m not a fan of this type of presentation because it leaves little room for wallpaper, customization and quick and visual access to favorite applications. We find ourselves creating several home pages to hide at the bottom those we use the least. However, from what I can tell, Qualcomm’s new processor, the Snapdragon 695, really makes for smooth browsing.

The phone easily loads applications and screens without any moment of latency, even when some fairly intensive RAM are running at the same time: it’s quite impressive. Guaranteed without overheating either thanks to the new technology of the Xiaomi brand, the “Loop LiquidCool”, the latest find in terms of heat dissipation – no more overheating possible and therefore, intense use totally permitted and it’s nice to see a phone fast and which stays that way, even when you use the maximum of its capacities.

As for the image, with the AMOLED screen which is really high quality, the colors are sharp and the resolution excellent. Watching a video or HD photos is not really a problem because the rendering is there. Another advantage of the phone: the rapid refresh of the screen, of 160Hz, which improves immersion in videos and makes their reading more fluid. With all this, we feel that the device was mainly thought out, considered and designed for intense use of the screen, video and downloadable games.

But who says video and screen also says camera. Is the quality also there?

In terms of hardware, the Redmi Note 11 version offers the same range as last year’s model: a 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle and a 2MP macro. The front camera is 16MP, identical to the Redmi Note 10. So no surprises. The camera interface itself hasn’t changed and you have the usual shooting modes plus toggles for AI, HDR (High Dynamic Range), timer, flash, different lenses and the palette of pre-recorded filters that you can already see everywhere.

One notable change this year is to video recording – the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is limited to 1080p, with no option for 4K. It’s an odd omission given that last year’s model had 4K at 30fps, and most phones in this category offer the feature as standard.

However, the quality of the photos is there: the colors are very contrasting and the renderings are vivid, the details precise even for the automatic mode. I was able to have some beautiful images whose nuances came out well thanks to the wide-angle camera. However, it should be noted that with the ultra-wide-angle lens, the colors are paler and cooler, which is a bit of a shame. But the phone is great for urban or landscape shots

And finally, the battery.

New applications take up more and more RAM, so it is normal that Xiaomi takes the lead and in turn aligns itself with the trend of manufacturers to offer higher capacity batteries. The promise of a powerful, long-lasting battery with fast charging is well kept: with its more than 5000 mAh and compatible 67W charge, a full charge can be done in less than an hour for a duration that can last several days depending on usage.

Indeed, I was able to see myself a loss of 4% in 24 hours without having used it much. However, this can also be explained by the limited number of applications running in the background since the phone has been used mainly for professional purposes, and the wear and tear of the battery (which can be maintained as long as you take some life-saving reflexes for her).

Moreover, the battery wore out much faster by taking a few photos during the day (I went from 27% to 12% in one afternoon, which is still a good performance).

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