An Affordable Power-packed Phone
The Redmi series of line up is known to be one of the beloved series from Xiaomi that pretty much focuses on bringing in certain flagship specs and features towards a much affordable pricetag towards the users to enjoy.
Today we will look at the Redmi Note 11s, a phone that is also part of the Note 11 series that brings in more features but packed in certain flagship hardware and lets dive into the review.
Do take note that there are 4 models that is launched, the Note 11, Note 11s, Note 11 Pro and Note 11 Pro 5G, all which carries in the same language design with different upgrade in certain specifications on the table.
The Redmi Note 11s design is built on an all plastic design candybar look starting with its back that really matches the sleek and youth feeling with its smooth plastic touch over including the sides part of the phone. As a smartphone that targets affordable with features, the overall design still looks great to hold at first glance at the same time easy to take care as the whole construction of the phone is based on a non glossy matte material. Overall material wise is rugged enough to withstand any light drops and if it has stains especially over the display, a soft cloth should solve your problem.
The Redmi Note 11s comes with the following :
– The Redmi Note 11s Phone
– USB A to C Cable
– 33w Fast Charger
– Soft Case
– Quick Start Guide/User Manual
As a mid tier entry device, it is basically the best you get when buy the phone with all the inbox contents, however no headphones, or converters is provided and you can always utilize the headphone jack with any of your headphones or just get any Bluetooth TWS.
Over on the sides, on the right hand side, there is a power button which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner and Volume UP/Down buttons while on the left side there is a SIM Card/MicroSD card slot. The bottom portion houses the microphone, USB C slot for data and charging and a bottom firing speaker. Over on the top part of the phone there is a microphone, infra-red sensor, a speaker and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Redmi Note 11s comes in three colors, Graphite Gray, Twilight Blue and Pearl White which carries the weight of 179 Grams, just a few grams heavier than the Redmi Note 11. Overall the weight and its form factor is suited for most users when using the phone without issues with the rounded edge modern design.
Display & Audio
At the display side of view, the Redmi Note 11s is powered by a 6.43 Inch FHD+ AMOLED screen up to 90Hz which brings vibrant display towards the affordable segment with density up to 409PPI that does not disappoint anyone. It also can peak up to 1000nits of brightness, meaning that you will still able to look at the screen even under bright sunlight. If you love to watch movies and listen music with the phone this will be a good choice for you as it is equipped with a pair of stereo speakers on top and bottom of the device with video streaming up to 1080P. Browsing and social media with it is business as usual with up to 90FPS.
When it comes to the camera setup, the Redmi Note 11s rear camera consists of one 108MP camera with PDAF, one 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP macro lens and 2MP Depth Sensor, followed by a single LED flash which is the start of the show is the 108MP rear shooter combined. Pictures taken were clear during day with good amount of light and clarity produced on each picture with good color reproduction. During night shots, it came out with quite amazing results as shadows can be seen and good amount of light can be captured. The selfie images are bright and good during day time as well which is powered by a 16MP in display wide angle shooter.
A few shots were taken over different modes as above and the result are well represented. A sample of 10x zoom, normal and automatic shots taken were balanced and based on the overall camera setup, I am quite satisfied with it. Besides that other modes such as Macro shots mode are also supported over the rear camera.
On video recording you get support up to 1080P at 30FPS, stutters are minimal while recording but it’s with represented with good amount of details during recording but so, you are just limited to 30FPS, meaning 60FPS recording is completely impossible.
When looking at the performance and hardware, the Redmi Note 11s is powered by the mid range MediaTek Helio G96 4G Octa-Core Processor, up to 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM with Android 11 enhanced by the new MIUI 13 that improved quite abit from the previous MIUI 12, bringing fluidity on the overall user experience and interface. We do hope that Xiaomi will bring in the Android 12 update towards this device soon when the update is available to the public.
Call quality test is clear thanks to the inclusion of VOLTE & WOWIFI that is supported on all Telco Carrier. The phone does come with full 4G connectivity support average tested at 185Mbps, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5. Testing over WiFi connection gets up to an average of 433MBPS local transfer speeds, which is good enough for social media upload and streaming.
Over to the gaming side, basically this phone will perform well on games such as Mobile Legends and Call of Duty Mobile with low mix medium settings applied and with such good lightweight feel on it. With Game Turbo, you can also monitor your game FPS information, change your voice, or even setup your in game recording to capture all you winning moments.
Above is the Benchmark performance, which delivers an expected optimized scores on each of the test between its graphics, and processor performance. The Redmi Note 11s is suitable for those seeking for an affordable mid ranger performing phones which is also suited for most main eSports titles and even to an extent, setting low to medium graphics on Genshin Impact that can be played quite comfortably.
Battery performance wise, you will get around 10 hours of it, a mix of calls, surfing, email, streaming, and a few Call Of Duty matches with brightness set to 50%. Turning on the battery saving mode under 20% will get you around extra 3.5 hours of conservative usage. The Redmi Note 11 comes with a 33W fast charger and built in 5000mAH capacity battery, which will charge up the phone to 50% from 10% in around 40min average.
|Display||90Hz 6.43” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay|
|Rear camera||108MP main camera 8MP ultra-wide camera 2MP macro camera 2MP depth camera|
|Front camera||16MP in-display front camera|
|Dimension & Weight||159.87mm x 73.87mm x 8.09mm 179g|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G96 Octa Core Processor|
|RAM+ROM||LPDDR4X UFS 2.2|
|Audio||Dual speakers 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Security||Side fingerprint sensor|
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|Charging||5,000mAh (typ) battery Supports 33W wired turbo charging|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM + MicroSD NFC IR blaster|
|Variant||4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, 6GB+128GB|
|Available colors||Graphite Gray, Twilight Blue, Pearl White|
Verdict & Conclusion
The Redmi Note 11s is a device that is generally for those who are seeking for an affordable range 4G phone with a candy bar form factor that is easy to use, great for youth on a budget with good camera setup that is on a higher quality for all your social media shots waiting to be uploaded with acceptable speeds. This phone can be recommended towards everyone especially those looking for a new phone with the reason above and we cant wait for the price announcement especially with the 108MP rear camera and good amount of processing power to move forward productively.
- Lightweight Balanced Phone
- Good AMOLED display
- Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot
- Generous Rear Camera setup
- Good battery standby capacity
- No NFC support
Pricing and availability
As of this writing of the review, we still dont have the final announced price, but we will be expecting availability from the month of February 2022 onwards.
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