Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 hands-on, first impressions

Xiaomi officially announced their new Redmi Note 11 series smartphone last week. Within the line-up, the entry-level model is the Redmi Note 11. It’s still a pretty capable device that’s mostly geared towards gaming with a combo of various lenses fit for almost scenarios.

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Our review model comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage in Graphite Gray color variant (highest variant comes on 6GB/128GB). The design is simple but the chassis is thin, light and sleek at just 8mm. The body is made of durable polycarbonate at the back with a solid aluminum frame around the sides. It has a flat surface up front and slightly tapered at the back.

It’s very comfortable to hold, not slippery and the finish isn’t much of a fingerprint magnet. The volume rocker and power button (doubles as a fingerprint sensor) are found on the right side.

A secondary noise-canceling mic is found up top along with a second set of speaker grills, 3.5mm audio port and an IR blaster for use as a remote control.

The SIM card slot is found on the left side. It comes with 2 dedicated nano SIM trays for 4G connectivity and a separate dedicated tray for a microSD card. We seldom get this much accommodation so props to Xiaomi for doing so. At the bottom end, we got the primary microphone, primary speaker and a USB Type C port.

The box came with a USB cable, a 33W fast charger, SIM ejector pin, a clear gel case and a screen protector that you can install yourself. As usual, there are no earphones included as it’s the MO of Xiaomi.

The 6.43-inch screen is huge enough to enjoy a good movie and the over-all footprint of the device is just ideal for playing games. The display is very bright and crisp, thanks to the use of AMOLED and high FHD+ resolution (1080×2400 pixels @ 409ppi). Xiaomi topped it off with a 90Hz and you get a very smooth gaming experience.

At the back is a large module for the quad-camera setup. The primary lens is a 50MP f/1.8, 26mm (wide) with phase-detection autofocus; an 8MP, f/2.2, 118-degree ultrawide lens; a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens and another 2MP f/2.4 lens as depth sensor.

We took some early sample shots from the camera and this is what we got.

Powering the Redmi Note 11 is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 680. It’s an 8-core chipset that was announced last year (October 27, 2021) and is manufactured using a 6-nanometer process technology. It has 4 cores Kryo 265 Gold (Cortex-A73) at 2400 MHz and 4 cores Kryo 265 Silver (Cortex-A53) at 1800 MHz.

This is paired with an Adreno 610 GPU and 4GB of RAM. This chipset scores an average 250k in Antutu 9. The 6nm process technology means this is more battery efficient than its contemporary chipsets.

As for the battery, we can’t ask for anything more than the 5,000mAh the Note 11 comes with. What more with the 33W fast-charging and an efficient chipset.

The Redmi Note 11 is a good starting point for this series. It comes with a mid-level hardware, great display, big battery, a full compliment of camera lenses, and all the connectivity needs (from WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, IR, and 4G). If Xiaomi packed a 5G modem here, it would have been awesome.

There’s still no word from Xiaomi Philippines when the Redmi Note 11 will be released in the Philippines and for how much. We reckon if the global MSRP is €160, the Redmi Note 11 base model might go for like Php8,000 to Php8,500 when it arrives in the Philippines.

Will post more about it once we get official word and also watch out for our full review of the device soon.

Updated Specs Table

Redmi Note 11 Specification
Display6.43-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080)
AMOLED display 90Hz refresh rate,
180Hz touch sampling rate
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC
GPUAdreno 610 GPU
Storage64GB, 128GB UFS 2.2
ExpansionmicroSD support (dedicated)
Rear CameraQuad-rear cameras:
• 50MP F1.8 main
• 8MP F2.2 ultra-wide
• 2MP F2.4 macro
• 2MP F2.4 depth
Front Camera13MP F2.4 front camera
ConnectivityDual-SIM, 4G LTE
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
IR BlasterYes
SensorFingerprint scanner (side)
AudioDual speakers
Port3.5mm audio jack
IP RatingIP53 splash-proof
OSMIUI 13 (Android 11)
Battery5,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging
Dimension159.87 x 73.87 x 8.09 mm (dimensions)
Weight179 grams (weight)
ColorGraphite Gray, Twilight Blue, Star Blue (color)
Buy Here (soon)Shopee
Estimate Local (₱8,000 - ₱8,500)

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

2 Responses

  1. Avatar for Shae Shae says:

    I am currently using Mi 11 lite 4G I bought in the early 2021 and I love the design of the Redmi Note 11 4G. I’m not fond of the camera module but the body is amazing, very elegant with no curves. Specs-wise, it’s great as a successor of RM10. It’s so lucky to have MIUI 13 out of the box. Hopefully, the price will be cheap once it’s released here in the PH.

  2. Avatar for Veense Veense says:

    Downfall of this unit is the 3.5 jack on the top.

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