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Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G in Review – powerful midranger from Xiaomi

Test report created by Timo A. on March 27, 2022

We tested the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G smartphone for you. Of the four models of the Redmi Note 11 series that have been released so far, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is at the top. Among other things, the smartphone offers a 120 Hz AMOLED display, a triple camera with a 108 MP main sensor and a large 5000 mAh battery with a 67W quick charge function.

Great overall package or just uniformity? These are our impressions.

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Overview
Manufacturer

Xiaomi

Model

Redmi Notes 11 Pro 5G

Specifications

 Processor and memory 
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
GPU: Adreno 619
Storage: 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X + 128GB / 256GB UFS2.2
Memory extension: Yes

 Display 
Display diagonal: 6,67 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display frequency: 120 Hz
Display Type: AMOLED
Screen Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Multitouch: 10 fingers

 Cameras 
Main camera: 108 MP Samsung HM2 1/1.52", 0.7µm, PDAF, f/1.9
Ultra wide angle camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 118° wide angle
Macro camera: 2MP, f/2.4

Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4

 mesh 
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

2G GSM: 850 900 1800 1900MHz
3G WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
4G LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
4G LTE TDD: 38/39/40/41
5G NSA / SA: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66

 wireless 
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.1
GPS: Yes
NFC: Yes

 Sensors 
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor
* IR blaster

 Accumulator 
Battery: 5.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 67 Watt
Qi store: no

 other 
Operating system: Android 11 (MIUI 13)
Audio: 3.5mm headphones / stereo speakers
Connection: USB-C
Size: 164,2 76,1 x x 8,1 mm
Weight: 202g

What's in the box

1x Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
1x charger 67W
1x charging cable
1x protective cover
1x SIM needle
1x manual

Review: Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

In mid-February, Xiaomi presented the Redmi Note 11 series, which is intended to replace the Redmi Note 10 series that was released last year. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G tested here is at the top, followed by a Redmi Note 11 Pro (without 5G), the Redmi Notes 11S and the budget smartphone Redmi Note 11 (Review).

 Pretty confusing, right? You can see how the smartphones differ from each other in the following table.

 Model   Redmi Notes 11 Pro 5G   Notes redmi 11 Pro   Redmi Notes 11S   Redmi Note 11 
 chip  Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 MediaTek Helio G96 MediaTek Helio G96 Qualcomm Snapdragon 680
 CPU  Octa Core (2x Cortex-A77 @2.2 GHz 6x Cortex-A55 @1.7 GHz) Octa Core (2x Cortex-A76 @2,05GHz 6x Cortex-A55 @2,00GHz) Octa Core (2x Cortex-A76 @2,05GHz 6x Cortex-A55 @2,00GHz) Octa Core (4x Cortex-A73 @2.2 GHz 4x Cortex-A53 @1.8 GHz)
 GPU  Adreno 619 Small G57 MC2 Small G57 MC2 Adreno 610
 storage  6+64GB / 6+128GB / 8+128GB LPDDR4X + UFS2.2 6+64GB / 6+128GB / 8+128GB LPDDR4X + UFS2.2 6+64GB / 6+128GB / 8+128GB LPDDR4X + UFS2.2 4+64GB / 4+128GB / 6+128GB LPDDR4X + UFS2.2
 Display  6,67 inch AMOLED - 120Hz + 360Hz - 1080 x 2400 pixels - DCI-P3 6,67 inch AMOLED - 120Hz + 360Hz - 1080 x 2400 pixels - DCI-P3 6,43 inch AMOLED - 90Hz + 180Hz - 1080 x 2400 pixels - DCI-P3 6,43 inch AMOLED - 90Hz + 180Hz - 1080 x 2400 pixels - DCI-P3
 Cameras  108MP, f/1.9, 1/52′ Samsung HM2
8 MP, f / 2.2, 118˚ wide angle
2MP, f/2.4, macro
16 MP, f / 2.4, front
108MP, f/1.9, 1/52′ Samsung HM2
8 MP, f / 2.2, 118˚ wide angle
2MP, f/2.4, macro
16 MP, f / 2.4, front
108MP, f/1.9, 1/52′ Samsung HM2
8 MP, f / 2.2, 118˚ wide angle
2MP, f/2.4, macro
16 MP, f / 2.4, front
50 MP, f / 1.8
8 MP, f / 2.2, 118˚ wide angle
2MP, f/2.4, macro
13 MP, f / 2.4, front
 Loudspeakers  stereo stereo stereo stereo
 NFC  Ja Ja Ja Ja
 Accumulator  5000mAh - 67W 5000mAh - 67W 5000mAh - 33W 5000mAh - 33W
 Height Weight  164,19 x 76,1 x 8,12 mm - 202g 164,19 x 76,1 x 8,12 mm - 202g 159,87 x 73,87 x 8,09 mm - 179g 159,87 x 73,87 x 8,09 mm - 179g

That's not all. The one that was also presented in February and has already been tested by us POCO X4 Pro 5G (Review) is almost identical to the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.

On the hardware side, the complete data sheet has simply been adopted. There are only differences in the design of the back, which is much simpler in the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: design and finish

And with the design of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G we also start. The smartphone has a size of 164,19 x 76,1 x 8,12 mm and weighs 202 g. So it's quite large, but still within the norm of today's smartphone sizes. If you prefer a more compact smartphone, you should take a look at the Redmi Note 11S, which is at least a bit narrower in length and width.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G back side in sunlight.

The back of the smartphone in matte "Graphite Gray".

In contrast to the cheaper models of the Redmi Note 11 series, the back of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is made of glass. Xiaomi does not mention to what extent a special protective glass was used. However, despite daily use without a protective cover, there were no scratches during the test phase. The back of the glass also withstands dirt and unsightly fingerprints very well. In terms of color, you have the choice between "Graphite Gray", "Polar White" and the somewhat more striking "Atlantic Blue", which also comes with a mirror effect.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G from above with IR blaster, microphone, speaker output and 3,5mm headphone jack.

A view from above shows various connection options.

The angular and therefore flat sloping frame is made of plastic. I personally like the hand feel of the flat frame. The smartphone is therefore stable in the hand. However, the feel is a matter of taste. Some people will probably prefer a rounded case frame. Operating the device with one hand is just about possible. The power button on the side, which also includes the fingerprint scanner, is easily accessible. Above that is the volume rocker, which is also easy to reach.

According to protection class IP53, the smartphone is protected against dust and spray water. For example, the SIM slot has the typical rubber ring that is supposed to keep water out. The smartphone is not waterproof, but it can withstand heavy rain.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G from below with USB-C connector, SIM tray, microphone and speaker output.

Same picture below, where, among other things, the USB-C connection is located in the SIM slot.

The connections are placed as follows: The USB-C socket is typically located at the bottom. To the left is the SIM slot, which can be fitted with either two nano SIM cards or one nano SIM and one microSD memory card. To the right is a microphone and one of the stereo speaker outputs. The right side of the frame has been left completely free. It continues at the top with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, another loudspeaker output and another microphone, as well as an infrared transmitter. Xiaomi has done a good job with the processing.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G scope of delivery.

Also included is a protective case and a 67W fast charger.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: 120Hz AMOLED display

Xiaomi uses a 11-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 5 Hz for the Redmi Note 6,67 Pro 120G. A display with such properties is becoming more and more common in the middle class, but it is still the exception in this price range.

In addition, there is a high display resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, which in turn corresponds to a sharp display of 395 PPI. The display is protected by particularly scratch and shatterproof Corning Gorilla Glass 5 .

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G AMOLED display with bold colors.

Pleasantly narrow display edges complete the design.

The display is optimized for the DCI-P3 color space. In the display settings, you can adjust the colors in the modes "Vivid", "Saturated" and "Standard". Depending on the mode, the colors come out a little stronger, cooler or warmer. The color temperature can also be adjusted in several modes or via a color wheel. Typically AMOLED, the display of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G convinces with excellent color fidelity, a strong contrast ratio and a strong black value.

The good readability in sunshine also speaks for the display. In automatic mode, the display brightness adapts quickly to the environment. With up to 700 nits in "High Brightness Mode" and 1200 nits in "Peak", the display shines amazingly bright. Good things can also be said about the viewing angle stability. Flat viewing angles do not significantly affect legibility and display.

Another key feature is the 120 Hz refresh rate, which ensures that content is displayed particularly smoothly. However, you first have to activate 120 Hz in the display settings. By default, the smartphone is set to 60 Hz. A shortcoming of the high refresh rate is the somewhat weak Snapdragon 695, which does not offer any major performance reserves and cannot fully utilize the 120 Hz in most apps and mobile games.

The always-on function of the display is met with incomprehension. Actually, this means the continuous status display on the switched-off screen. Xiaomi understands something different by "always-on".

Although there is a function with various setting options, the display only remains active for 10 seconds. This form of AOD is completely useless to check the time or notifications, because you still have to pick up the smartphone. Let's hope Xiaomi responds to this in upcoming updates!

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Netflix.

Netflix, Prime Video and other streaming providers can be played in full HD.

Another notification function is the notification effect on the edge of the display. Incoming notifications are signaled by briefly flashing on the edge. Here, too, there are various effects to choose from.

Streaming lovers can enjoy Netflix and Co. in high resolution. The necessary Widevine L1 certification is available. Unfortunately, lovers of HDR10 and Dolby Vision are left out in the cold!

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: Snapdragon 695

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is equipped with the ARMv8-based Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 mobile platform, whose eight-core CPU has two Cortex-A77 cores (2,2 GHz) and six Cortex-A55 cores (1,7 GHz). The GPU is an Adreno 619. Thanks to 6nm production, the chip promises decent energy efficiency.

The storage types are LPDDR4X memory and fast UFS2.2 data storage. Here you have the choice between 6+64GB, 6+128GB or 8+256GB memory. So much for the theory.

As already mentioned, the Snapdragon 695 does not have very large performance reserves, which is also reflected in the benchmark results. In real everyday life, however, this is less noticeable. In terms of performance, the smartphone behaves smoothly and confidently most of the time. Complex websites are built quickly in the browser test. The memory sequential read rate is good. Apps start at a comfortable speed and are kept in memory for a sufficiently long time.

The Snadragon 695 shows weaknesses in demanding mobile games. It should be said that the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is less recommended for mobile gamers. Games like PUBG or Asphalt 9 can be played, but the detail level should be reduced significantly to avoid stuttering. The smartphone keeps a "cool head" in almost every situation. Performance drops due to high heat development do not occur.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: user interface

On the software side, MIUI 13 is already on the smartphone, which was still based on Android 11 at the time of the test. An update to Android 12 will appear in the near future.

The pre-installed apps are versatile. In addition to numerous Google and Xiaomi apps, a lot of bloatware is also preinstalled. A total of 19 such apps from the gaming, social media and shopping categories are pre-installed on the smartphone. Fortunately, each of these apps can be uninstalled.

The MIUI user interface itself is functional and clearly structured. The integrated theme store offers extensive customization options with a huge selection of themes. In this way, the appearance of the interface can be changed in no time at all. If you have linked the smartphone to a Mi account, you get access to the Xiaomi Cloud, where important files and photos can be saved.

The Dual Apps feature allows users to clone applications. The “second profile” function, which allows you to create an additional user account with your own home screen, is more far-reaching. The “sidebar” is also useful, as it offers quick access to apps as an overlay. There are also many other useful functions. It would go beyond the scope of this section to go into this in more detail.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: camera

The rear triple camera uses the 108 MP Samsung HM2 image sensor (aperture f/1.9, 1/52″) from last year's Redmi Note 10 Pro. The camera sensor was already able to prove itself there and convinced (taking the price range into account) with good photo and video quality.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G triple rear camera

The remaining sensors are divided into an 8 MP Sony IMX355 ultra wide-angle camera with a 118° wide angle and a 2 MP macro camera (aperture f/2.4). Experience has shown that the 2 MP macro camera is just a gimmick without much added value. A 16 MP Omnivision OV16A1Q front camera is responsible for selfies.

main camera

Measured against the price range, good photos can be taken with the 108 MP main camera of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. The images are pleasantly sharp, details are well reproduced and the colors appear natural. The focus is set quickly without having to do a lot of manual work.

The recordings are a bit more detailed and sharper in 108 MP mode. However, this only becomes really visible when you zoom into the recording. In addition, good lighting conditions are required, because the elimination of pixel binning also increases the noise component in the image.

The dynamic range of the main camera is by no means limitless. The automatic HDR function rarely has to help. Here is a series of different shots taken in daylight and sunset.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G test shot main camera day (6)

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G also copes well with poor lighting conditions. Colors are well preserved and the amount of noise in the image is not significantly increased. As expected, the level of detail decreases slightly. The night mode helps, as it brightens the picture and brings out the details a little more.

Ultra wide angle camera

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G also takes ultra-wide-angle shots well. The recording quality cannot compete with the main camera due to the reduced level of detail and lower dynamic range, but it is completely sufficient for snapshots. Especially on small displays, the difference is hardly significant. All the more clearly on a large monitor.

Other sensors and recording functions

The macro camera is only there to beautify the data sheet. In practice, the recordings bring no real added value. The operation of the camera app is simple and understandable. The function you are looking for can be found quickly and settings can be changed in no time at all. Alternatively, it is advisable to experiment with Gcam mods, as the camera software can also have a major impact on the recording quality.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G test shot macro camera

Taken with the macro camera.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G records videos in a maximum resolution of 1080p30. That's a shame, because nowadays you can expect high-resolution 4K video recordings even from cheap mid-range smartphones. The maximum 1080p resolution is due to the Snadragon 695, whose image processor does not support 4K. Even 1080p60 is not an option. The recorded sound is convincing.

Finally, we have the 16 MP front camera, which takes pretty nice selfies during the day. In poor lighting conditions, the images become increasingly poor in detail and blurry.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: connectivity and sensors

Mobile

As the name suggests, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is a smartphone with 5G cellular support. The mobile radio frequencies and bands commonly used in this country are fully supported. Here is an overview of the frequencies and bands: 

  • 2G: GSM: 850 900 1800 1900MHz
  • 3G: WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8/19
  • 4G: LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/32/66
  • 4G: LTE TDD: 38/40/41
  • 5G: n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/66/77/78

Telephoning and mobile surfing works smoothly. The smartphone convinces with good reception and an equally good voice quality. Whether via the handset or the hands-free function. The standards VoLTE and VoWiFi are available. The SAR value is 0,956 W/kg on the head, 0,596 W/kg on the body

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

The smartphone supports dual-band AC WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5.1. The range and data throughput are high in WLAN. Bluetooth connections are stable and without limitation.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G back lying down.

GPS and sensors

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G determines the position with the help of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. The satellites are quickly integrated and the location is determined with high accuracy. Navigating works flawlessly whether navigating through urban or rural areas. An e-compass is available.

The sensor system also includes a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, an acceleration sensor, a gyroscope, a G sensor and a Hall sensor. Equipment with an infrared receiver, such as a television, can be controlled via the infrared transmitter (IR blaster). The necessary Mi Remote App is already pre-installed on the smartphone.

 NFC is available and the use of Google Pay is therefore possible.

Fingerprint scanner

The smartphone can be unlocked quickly and reliably using the fingerprint scanner. This is located in the side power button. Alternatively, other unlocking methods are available with a pattern, PIN, password or face recognition.

Stereo speakers

We really liked the stereo speaker. The sound is powerfully loud and even sound effects are provided via Dolby Atmos. For the connection of headphones you have the choice between 3.5 mm jack, Bluetooth or USB-C. High-resolution audio codecs such as aptX are supported for Bluetooth connections. It is even possible to receive FM radio with wired headphones.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G back side standing.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: Battery

With a capacity of 5000 mAh, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G has a battery of the usual size nowadays. The frugal consumption of the efficient Snapdragon 695 has a positive effect. If you use the smartphone for everyday things like telephoning, surfing the Internet and social media, you can count on a runtime of around 2 days.

 Fast charging is possible with up to 67 watts. A full charge takes just under 41 minutes. With only 15 minutes of power, the smartphone is already charged to 55 percent. Reverse charging, i.e. charging in the opposite direction, similar to a power bank, is supported. As expected, no wireless charging.

Price Comparison

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256,00€
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369,90€
Rating
Positive

Elegant design
AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate
Good everyday performance
MIUI 13 user interface
Good cell phone reception (5G, VoLTE, VoWiFi)
NFC for contactless payment (EU version)
Precise navigation
Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
Very good battery life and 67W fast charging

Negative

Big and heavy
"Always-On" only for 10 seconds
Processor downgrade to predecessor
Videos only in 1080p30

Summary

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is a good mid-range smartphone that will most likely continue the success of its predecessor. Purchase argument number 1 is the excellent display, which in this price range (at least at the time of this test) has little competition.

The number 2 selling point is the battery, which lasts a long time and is fully charged in just under 67 minutes with the 41 watt quick charge function.

The number 3 selling point is the 108 MP main camera, which takes good quality photos day and night. However, video lovers will have to be satisfied with a maximum resolution of 1080p30.

You should also be aware of the Snapdragon 695's mediocre graphics performance. Demanding mobile games can be played, but stuttering can only be avoided on a reduced detail level. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is therefore rather unsuitable for hardcore gamers. In turn, the smartphone is up to everyday tasks.

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Overview
Manufacturer

Xiaomi

Model

Redmi Notes 11 Pro 5G

Specifications

 Processor and memory 
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
GPU: Adreno 619
Storage: 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X + 128GB / 256GB UFS2.2
Memory extension: Yes

 Display 
Display diagonal: 6,67 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display frequency: 120 Hz
Display Type: AMOLED
Screen Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Multitouch: 10 fingers

 Cameras 
Main camera: 108 MP Samsung HM2 1/1.52", 0.7µm, PDAF, f/1.9
Ultra wide angle camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 118° wide angle
Macro camera: 2MP, f/2.4

Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4

 mesh 
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

2G GSM: 850 900 1800 1900MHz
3G WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
4G LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
4G LTE TDD: 38/39/40/41
5G NSA / SA: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66

 wireless 
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.1
GPS: Yes
NFC: Yes

 Sensors 
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor
* IR blaster

 Accumulator 
Battery: 5.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 67 Watt
Qi store: no

 other 
Operating system: Android 11 (MIUI 13)
Audio: 3.5mm headphones / stereo speakers
Connection: USB-C
Size: 164,2 76,1 x x 8,1 mm
Weight: 202g

What's in the box

1x Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
1x charger 67W
1x charging cable
1x protective cover
1x SIM needle
1x manual

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