Xiaomi Redmi note 11 Review

You are reading my review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11. This device was sent to me by Xiaomi PR UK.

Design

One of the first things to note when taking the phone out is how sleek a form factor the phone is. It’s very comfortable to hold, a decent size and importantly, very smart looking.

Despite not being a premium material body. It certainly has the look of a well built phone. On the back you’ll see the camera array, with the 50MP AI main camera, a 13MP front facing camera, volume rocker to the right side, power button with fingerprint reader built in, dual speakers and a charging port. All this in a body thickness of just 8.09mm, and weighing a very light 179g.

One of the biggest standout features for this very affordable phone though is the 90mhz FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay.

The screen comes in at 6.43 inches in size and uses AMOLED technology to not only deliver deep blacks but vibrant colours too. You also get a DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, 1000 nits of brightness, and 4,500,000:1 contrast ratio for really sharp images.

The 6.43 inch display takes up the front of the phone and allows for great immersion into the content you consume.

Using the Redmi Note 11 for the last 3 weeks, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching not only YouTube on the go, but also apps like Netflix & Amazon Prime.

On the right side of the phone, the power button not only turns the phone on and off, but also houses a very accurate and responsive fingerprint reader too. It’s surprisingly fast and gets me on the home screen instantly.

At the top and bottom of the Redmi Note 11, we have the dual speaker set up, and from someone who enjoys listening to music, the speakers do not disappoint. I’ve listened to many tracks on YouTube music while getting ready to go out or even just playing in the background while I write up reviews (Including this one). The sound quality is good and I have no complaints.

Not only do we have the dual speaker set up, but there’s also a headphone jack too. So dust off those wired headphones, as they can have some use once more.

At the bottom of the phone, we have the microphone and USB-C port for data transfer and the 33w Pro fast charging. This will charge up the 5,000mAh battery in around 61 minutes, depending on what you’re doing with the phone.

The back of the phone has a matte finish, and does feel somewhat slippery. But no more than any other phone out there. I’d say most people use a case and this shouldn’t be an issue for the average consumer.

CAMera

One thing to note is if you’re buying this wallet friendly phone and think you’ll be getting cheap and cheerful, think again. The camera setup does deliver on the photography side, and the 50MP Main camera really shines through when it comes to capturing those important memories – the quality is decent and the images sharp. Some images were a little washed out, but this was dependant on what lighting was available at the time.

There’s an 8MP ultra-wide lens for capturing all of the scene, but also a 2MP depth camera.

Combined, you’ll have a smartphones that’s capable of capturing all the moments, including the little ones, thanks to the 2MP macro camera that’s also amongst the very slim camera bump.

While the camera setup does do well in outdoor or well lit conditions, low light and indoor shots with minimal light can look a little grainy. And this would be my only criticism when it comes to the cameras quality.

For me personally, I don’t tend to take many indoor photos during night time or low light hours. So this isn’t really an issue for me. But if you were hoping to take some shots on a night out for example, this could be an issue for you.

With the selfie camera you get a 13MP sensor, which again performs really well in well lit areas. The images looks sharp and I can’t complain at the quality. But again, if you’re planning on taking selfies in low light. Just bare in mind this may not be the best, but it’s also not the worst I’ve seen.

The selfie camera will be good enough when used for video calling on Google Duo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc.

See below for some photos taken using the Redmi Note 11 with each lens; 50MP Main, ultra-wide, macro.

Like many smartphones, the Redmi Note 11 has many camera features, including: Pro mode, Video, Photo, & Portrait. As well as Night mode, Short video, Panorama, Documents, Slow Motion and Time Lapse.

You can customise the settings to a degree, and tweak the settings for your own personal use. But for the average consumer, the default point and shoot system will be good enough and you’ll get some great shots without the need to change anything.

Video recording is decent enough for a smartphone at this price point, though you will only get 720p @ 30fps or 1080p @ 30fps. No 4K video recording unfortunately, but it’s not a huge loss. As most content is still consumed in 1080p.

Overall the cameras are impressive considering this phone costs just £179.

Software

The Redmi Note 11 is currently running Android 11, with Xiaomi’s MIUI 13.0.9, and while most skins can feel sluggish, the Redmi Note 11 seems to be fairly smooth. I really like the style and design of MIUI, compared to some other big brand phones out there.

There’s a lot of customisation to be had on this phone, and visually one of the best to navigate. The only thing that threw me, was the closing of apps. With MIUI 13, you bring up the opened apps by swiping halfway up the screen (that’s normal) but then you have to swipe left on opened apps to close.

Alternately, you can close all with a single button press. I guess it comes down to what you’re used to, and of course, I quickly got used to this way of closing apps, so not a dealbreaker at all.

You get some preinstalled Xiaomi apps which can’t be removed, but many of them do have a purpose and some are very handy to have.  

MIUI won’t be for everyone, but this latest version (MIUI 13) is an overall better experience and easily one of my favourites to use, compared to other brand skins.

Performance

Performance is near perfect for a phone at this price point. It’s running a 6nm Snapdragon 680. And while not the fastest processor out there. It handles everything with ease and didn’t have any slowdowns or hiccups – this to me proves you don’t have to have the latest and greatest phone to get good performance.

The phone I have to review had 4GB ram and 64GB storage, which was plenty for me and my time with the phone. I used many different apps, where the octa core CPU handled everything with ease.

Playing games via the Play Store was smooth, and performance was great. As an avid gamer, I also used my GameSir controller and fired up some cloud gaming with Google’s Stadia. Of course, this is cloud gaming, so the phone handled some AAA Cyberpunk 2077 like a pro. And whilst looking fantastic on the AMOLED display.

Cyberpunk 2077 with GameSir Controller, via Google Stadia

The battery included is 5000mAh in capacity which is quite nice to have in such a budget-friendly phone. Even some flagship phones don’t get 5000mAh batteries, so having this battery capacity on the Redmi Note 11 was a nice addition. And in terms of an all day battery life, YES. I was getting at least a day out the Redmi Note 11. A bit less than a day if I played some games on the go. But as I mentioned earlier, this phone has 33w Pro fast charging, and I was never really without a fully charged phone for long.

It’s also worth mentioning that you don’t get wireless charging with the Redmi Note 11. But to be honest, this is not something I missed. I’m perfectly happy with charging with the fast charging cable and seeing that battery life replenish in no time at all.

The Redmi Note 11 comes with support for 2G/3G/4G, but no 5G on this phone I have. While 5G would be nice, it’s not an issue for me. Where I live, 5G is still concentrated around a newly built business park. Otherwise, 4G is still the dominant connectivity for me. And I can imagine this is still the case for a lot of people.

You also get GPS, Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi as standard.

Conslusion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is easily and by far one of the best budget smartphones out there right now. And with it’s great performance, incredible display and camera setup. This could be the perfect first phone for many, or for those wanting a decent spec phone for social media and video content.

At £179, you’re getting one of Xiaomi’s best budget smartphones that certainly don’t skimp on the specs.

Thanks for reading!

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Kevin

I’m the owner of KevinWebb.co.uk A geeky tech nerd, gamer and smartphone enthusiast