The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series was announced today, and it includes two Pro variants – don’t confuse them with the Redmi Note 11 Pro phones for China. The key difference between the two worldwide variants is the chipset, which determines whether they support 5G or 4G connectivity.
The Snapdragon 695 is used in the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, which is a 6nm successor to the Snapdragon 690. It has LPDDR4X RAM of 6GB or 8GB and UFS 2.2 storage of 64GB or 128GB. Both phones include hybrid card trays, which means a microSD card can be used instead of a second SIM card.
Instead, the Helio G96 processor is used in the Redmi Note 11 Pro (4G). It’s built on an older 12nm node, with two Cortex-A76 CPU cores that are a few generations behind the Snapdragon (with two A78-derived Kryos). The Mali-G57 MC2 GPU on the other hand is no match for the Adreno 619. At the very least, in terms of software, both versions will come with MIUI 13 based on Android 11.
Apart from the chipsets (and connectivity), the two phones are nearly identical. The 6.67-inch AMOLED display features a 1080p+ resolution (20:9), 120Hz refresh rate, and 360Hz touch sampling rate. The display has a normal brightness of 700 nits and supports the DCI-P3 broad color gamut (1,200 nits peak). The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, while the remainder of the phone is dust and water resistant, with an IP53 rating.
The 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor on the rear is 1/1.52″ in size, with 0.7m pixels and capability for 9-in-1 binning (2.1m). This sensor has intrinsic magnification capabilities of up to 3x, which is useful given the lack of a specialized lens. A 8MP ultrawide camera (118°) and a 2MP macro camera are included. The 4G phone also has a 2MP depth sensor, which isn’t really impressive.
The AMOLED panel has a punch hole for a 16MP selfie camera. Xiaomi placed the fingerprint reader on the side of the phone. A 3.5mm headphone port and two speakers are also visible on the sides.
The batteries in both variants are 5,000 mAh and offer 67W fast charging. In just 15 minutes, they can go from zero to over 50%. The charger, as well as a USB-C cable, are included in the box. NFC, an IR blaster, Wi-Fi 5 (ac), and Bluetooth 5.1 are among the other features.
Pricing info: Realme Note 11 Pro • Realme Note 11 Pro 5G
In February, the Redmi Note 11 Pro and Note 11 Pro will be released. The Pro model will cost $300 for a 6/64 GB version and $350 for an 8/128 GB version. The Pro 5G phone is priced from $330 (6/64 GB) to $380 ($8/128 GB).
The Redmi Note 10 Pro includes a Snapdragon 732G CPU, a similar 6.7″ 120Hz AMOLED (albeit with just 450 nits of normal brightness), nearly the same camera arrangement, and a 5,020mAh battery with 33W charging, for a quick comparison with last year’s models. In terms of display (6.5″ 90Hz LCD), camera (48MP main, no ultra wide), and battery, the Note 10 5G was a significant decline (5,000 mAh but only 18W charging).
The Redmi Note series will not force you to choose between a beautiful screen/camera and performance/connectivity this year. Check out the two non-Pro variants if you’re concerned about the price.