Redmi Note 11: First Impression; new Snapdragon phone with AMOLED display

Xiaomi Redmi Note devices are raining globally. Back in times, Redmi used to launch just one or two Redmi Note phones. Now the brand is offering many Note devices throughout the year. Thus, making it a year-long event. The latest Xiaomi Redmi Note mobile phone launched under the Redmi Note 11 series. To recall, the latest Redmi Note 11 series succeeds the aging Redmi Note 10 series.

Last year, Redmi brought the all-new Redmi Note 11T 5G in this smartphone series. Now, the Chinese smartphone brand has just launched the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S and the classic Redmi Note 11.  Keep in mind, the classic Redmi Note phone always create buzz all around. Let’s check out the recently launched Redmi Note 11 smartphone in details.



EVOL Design on Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi calls the new design EVOL Design (LOVE Spelt backwards) for its latest Redmi Note 11 series. The all-new vanilla Redmi Note 11 follows the same design pattern. This Redmi phone comes with a very similar design language.

Like other Redmi Note camera units, the rear side of Redmi Note 11 gets the rectangular camera module. This camera module is placed on the top-left corner. Also Read – Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Series launch event in India

Redmi Note 11 mobile phone goes official in global markets including India
Redmi Note 11 mobile phone goes official in global markets including India
  • Camera Module Design

In this camera unit, the camera sensors are divided into small units. Here, the largest lens accommodates the main 50-megapixel camera sensor. The other three camera sensors are placed in a rectangular space under the main camera sensor. Also Read – Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G launches with MediaTek 5G Chipset, fast charging and much more

These three camera sensors come in pair with the flash. We received the Stardust White colour unit. This handset is quite shiny and sparkly. In this model, the white colour transits into the light blue colour when the light falls on it.



  • Redmi Note 11 standard design

As for the design, the vanilla Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 comes with a curved back. Although, the handset gets the flat sides. The curved back looks quite glossy. The back material is plasticky, although with glossy looks it appears to get glass.

This shiny back does not attract fingerprints that easily. The curved back may make the phone feel a little routine. However, the flat sides not only add to some grip on the phone but it also makes it different from its predecessor. Also Read – Redmi Note 10 series key specifications revealed before the launch

The all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC powers the latest Redmi Note 11 mobile phone
The all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC powers the latest Redmi Note 11 mobile phone

The top edge of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 smartphone gets a speaker grille, an IR Blaster and a 3.5mm headphone jack. While, the base of the smartphone carries another speaker grille and a USB Type C port. Also Read – Redmi Note 10 gets listed on Amazon with “coming soon” banner

The volume button and the power button are placed on the left side. This power button doubles up as the physical fingerprint scanner. Furthermore, the SIM Card tray with dual SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card are placed on the right edge. As per our experience, connecting headphone can also be quite convenient.



Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 gets slim design

The front of the latest Redmi Note phone is quite impressive. It can easily sync with the price bracket. As for the display, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 gets the tall AMOLED display which dominates the front. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus Camera specs tipped online; display details leaked

Furthermore, this Redmi Note phone gets the thin bezels all around it. Although, the chin is relatively thick but not much. Keeping with the trend, the vanilla Redmi Note 11 gets the punch hole notch. This punch hole will also accommodate the front facing camera.

Redmi Note 11 gets a 5000mAh battery along with 33W fast charging solution
Redmi Note 11 gets a 5000mAh battery along with 33W fast charging solution
  • Battery and other details

With 5000mAh battery, this Redmi Note 11 phone weighs about 179 grams. Furthermore, this Redmi phone is actually quite slim with 8.09mm. This makes it very easy for the user to grip the phone. As for the rest of the dimensions, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is 159.9mm long and 73.9mm wide.



With such dimensions, the Redmi Note 11 is not the tallest handset, but relatively lighter in weight. It is one of the slimmest phones from the Chinese smartphone brand. Thus, it makes it easy for the users to hold the phone. As per our usage, it can be used even with one hand, provided that you must somewhat have a larger hand. Also Read – TCL at MWC 2022: five new smartphones; TCL Ultra Flex foldable phone unveiled

No Premium Feels on Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

As mentioned above, the Xiaomi Redmi Note phone feels a quite plasticky. Although, it is a strong plastic. With such body design, the phone does not feel cheap. Furthermore, it does not feel quite as premium as it should. We have already seen some of the premium Redmi Notes in the past. As for the design language, the smartphone follows a very regular design blueprint.

It gets a slightly curved back, the EVOL design and standard front. This makes it a smartphone with safe design. The Redmi Note 11 is not a bad looking phone. It actually gets a brilliant hand feel. Although, it skips on certain wow factor. Also Read – Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 4G with triple rear cameras, MediaTek Helio G88 launched

Redmi Note 11 gets a 6.43-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
Redmi Note 11 gets a 6.43-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate

Improved Specifications on new Xiaomi Redmi Note

The latest Note series device is less about design and more about the specs. The Chinese smartphone brand is offering an excellent set of specifications at a competitive price point. The Redmi smartphone comes with a 6.43-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display.



This display also gets a screen refresh rate of 90Hz. To recall, this display size is same as its predecessor. Although, the refresh rate on Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is still less than the one on Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Pro Max.

Keep in mind, this Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Pro Max comes with a 120Hz refresh rate. The maximum brightness on Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is also slightly lower than that on the Redmi Note 10. Also Read – Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G launches with MediaTek 5G Chipset, fast charging and much more

At the official launch event, Redmi claims that the Note 11 peak brightness can reach up to 1000 nits. White, the peak brightness of Redmi Note 10 can reach up to 1100 nits. In terms of display protection, both the Redmi Note 10 and the Redmi Note 11 comes with same glass protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The display on this smartphone can reach a peak brightness of 1200 nits
Redmi Note 11 display can reach a peak brightness of 1200 nits
  • Upgraded Processor

The all-new Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 mobile phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor. This is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 678 SoC. To recall, this Snapdragon 678 powers the Redmi Note 10.



Moreover, the latest processor is enough powerful to handle the daily tasks with ease. Furthermore, it should be able to offer some gaming action. The Chinese smartphone brand is offering this latest Redmi Note in multiple RAM/ Storage options. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy M33 5G India launched; first impressions

The all-new Redmi Note 11 comes with the base variant of 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Additionally, the other variant includes 6 GB/ 64 GB and 6 GB/ 128 GB storage options. Moreover, this storage is expandable via a MicroSD card. The storage can also be expanded by up to 1TB.

  • Slightly bumped up cameras

The camera units on the latest Redmi Note phone gets a slightly bump up. The phone features a quad rear camera setup. Here, 50-megapixel main sensor is accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens. The other two sensors are 2-megapixel each macro- and the depth sensors. Also Read – Samsung Exynos 1280 processor with 5G and AI capabilities launched

Furthermore, the camera arrangement is pretty much same as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10. Although, instead of 48-megapixel camera on Redmi Note 10, the Redmi Note 11 comes with a 50-megapixel one. For selfies and video calls, the 13-megapixel camera on the Note 11 is same as the one we saw on the Redmi Note 10.

50MP AI quad rear camera setup on the all-new Note 11 Series phone
50MP AI quad rear camera setup on the all-new Redmi Note 11 mobile phone
  • MIUI 13 without Android 12

Redmi Note 11 is one of the first Xiaomi phones to launch with the MIUI 13 out of the box. Although, this upgrade is not the big, as Xiaomi did not deliver Android 12 on the latest Redmi Note device. This means that the MIUI 13 on the Redmi Note 11 is based on the Android 12 OS.



Furthermore, the all-new Redmi Note phone does not come with 5G support. It also comes with an IP53 rating, which makes it dust and splash-proof. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy A82 could support “flip camera phone”

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 official price in India

In India, the Redmi Note 11 comes with a starting price tag of Rs 13499 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The other variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage comes with a price tag of Rs 14999. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy M30s and M31s receive Android 11 update, despite Exynos 9611 chipset

Furthermore, the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage costs around Rs 16499. Keep in mind, this is an effective cost after an introductory Rs 1000 discount. Xiaomi is also providing this introductory discount offer on the Bank of Baroda credit and debit cards.

As for its availability, the Xiaomi Redmi Note device is available for purchase via Mi India website, Mi Home, Amazon India and other retail stores all across the country. With this much price value, the Redmi Note 11 does not seems to be a value for money device. Additionally, this smartphone does not bring any ground breaking upgrades over its predecessor.

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