Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G review
Every year, the Redmi Note series pushes the limits of the price segment below Rs 20,000. Inevitably, the Pro options offer a little more in terms of power and at a higher price. But as I’ve noted in previous reviews, the Redmi Note series has fragmented over the years, with a higher starting price.
This year’s Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G has a starting price of Rs 20,999, one of the highest ever. It goes up to Rs 24,999 for 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. This is a price cap that the Redmi Note series has not crossed so far. But is the price increase in line with expectations? Here is our opinion.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ Specifications: 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate | Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor with 5G | 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM | 128 GB or 256 GB storage | 108MP+8MP+2MP Camera | 16MP front camera | MIUI 13 on Android 11 |
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ price in India: Rs 20,999 for the 6GB option, Rs 22,999 for the 8GB + 128GB and Rs 24,999 for the 8GB + 256GB
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ review: what’s good?
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ continues with the “Evol” design we’ve seen on other phones in the series. But this time, the phone has a slimmer body than the previous Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, which was the most expensive variant last year. The camera module is slightly different and there is another major change: the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ has a triple camera. The Pro Max had a quad-camera setup instead.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ comes in Phantom White, Mirage Blue, and Stealth Black color options with a frosted glass back, giving it a premium look. I have the white color variant, which tends to change color depending on the light. But this one gets covered in stains fairly quickly.
The new phone continues with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display. The maximum refresh rate is 120Hz, but there’s no smart refresh setting that some rival devices have and at a lower price bracket. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It’s still one of the best screens you can get in this segment. The display works well in direct sunlight and is perfectly readable. If you’re buying a phone primarily for your daily entertainment quota, whether that’s streaming movies or watching YouTube, this one fills them with ease. I watched a movie, TV shows on Netflix about it, and the experience was enjoyable. However, this is something to be expected in the Pro series of Redmi Note phones.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ also comes with other changes. It now includes 5G support, although Xiaomi is keen to maintain a balance between 4G and 5G devices in its portfolio. The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset, which seems to be a popular choice in this segment, as even Realme and Vivo have options powered by the same.
I have the 8GB RAM + 128GB version for review, and it comes with an option to expand the RAM by an additional 3GB. The feature is on by default, though you can go to the Memory Expansion option in Settings to turn it off, depending on your preference.
The performance of the phone is smooth and for everyday tasks like browsing social media websites or regular multitasking, it works without any issues. I was a bit skeptical about the performance of games like Genshin Impact, but it worked without any issues. However, when I increased the graphics settings to medium for Genshin, the device got noticeably hot on the top and continued to heat up. However, the game went well.
The rear camera features a 108MP + 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro camera setup. Redmi promises improved low-light performance on the phone. The main camera continues to perform well with balanced colors for most scenarios. I used it on a trip to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, and this camera provided excellent detail with plenty of detail and good color.
Another night shot I took on my terrace turned out quite nice, despite the minimal lighting. Even the portraits of my son taken inside looked very nice.
The skin tone was also accurate, and the same goes for the selfies. If you’re looking for a camera to deliver sharp results both indoors and outdoors, and in low-light conditions, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is more than capable. But there were a few hiccups, which I’ll talk about in the next segment.
The phone comes with a 5000 mAh battery and this time Xiaomi has increased the fast charging to 67W. The battery will easily last a day. I’ve used it a lot for gaming, managing a wifi hotspot in my office, etc. without worrying about running out of charge. As for charging speeds, I put the phone on charge at 16% and in about 20 minutes the battery was around 75%, which is impressive and more than enough for most users.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ review: what’s wrong?
Ultra-wide and macro cameras remain unimpressive. It’s all the more disappointing as the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max’s macro was something I quite liked. Again, I keep Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in mind as it was the most premium variant last year. This time, the macro looks like a compromise. It struggles with bright colors like reds and pinks and color accuracy in general. Even for the main camera, the pinks and reds at night look overly processed.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ remains on Android 11 despite running Xiaomi’s MIUI 13. It’s unclear when Android 12 will roll out, which is another failure, given that others are offering the latest OS. The other major issue with Redmi Note 11 Pro+ was heating when I pushed the performance such as increased graphics intensity on Genshin Impact.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ review: Verdict
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is undoubtedly a capable device. The main camera, screen, battery life and everyday performance are all strong points. The phone also includes 5G connectivity, which means if you want a future-proof device, this is still an option on the list.
The challenge however is the price increase, which Redmi might struggle to justify as the phone starts at Rs 20,999. the trade-in value of their old Redmi Note phone. Interestingly, the program only applies to the Pro+ variant, not the standard Pro. So if you’re trading in an old Redmi Note in good working order, then it becomes a great deal to consider.
However, the competition is much tougher now and the Redmi Note 11 wallet itself is confusing. If you’re not too keen on spending more and don’t need 5G, the Redmi Note 11 Pro or even the 11S might make more sense for some users.