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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Review

This is an interesting phone because it has some things that weren’t present in the Note series before! Yes! I’m going to talk about it! There’s the Redmi branding! Now I remember 1 thing, this series is not going to come in India with the same name. As per the rumours, the Note 11 Pro is going to be Xiaomi 11i & this Pro+ will be Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge! Yes & it has 120W fast charging! Hence its name is HyperCharge. But there’s still no certification of more than 100W charging in India so I don’t know if it’ll still have 120W or less. Confusion! There’s going to be a lot of confusion throughout this video. Unboxing – Let’s open! Ok you get a sim card tool first. There’s documentation, a case with flat sides. Look at it, the phone’s sides seem to be flat that have come back in fashion. You know why! Nice! Very nice, let’s talk about that as well. And this is the big 120W fast charger & the brick obviously is a little bit. And what else? Ok, there’s a USB to USB Type C cable. That’s all that you get in the box. Let’s keep it all aside. Let’s look at the phone. Design & Looks – Flat! Flat! Flat! It has flat sides & a matte finish. I think with this black colour Xiaomi has opted for a more subtle & professional look. It looks good with the Redmi branding below. And the colour is not bright, it’s subdued. The sides are absolutely flat & there aren’t any curves on the front either. And there’s a pre-applied scratch guard on it. Build Quality – Let’s put on the case. It fits well & now let’s drop test it! [Drop Test] Nothing! [DropTest] -No, nothing! Everything looks good here! Friends, the Note 11 had a polycarbonate back. This has a glass back on the front & back which is Gorilla Glass 5. But the frame here is plastic/polycarbonate. In Hand Feel – It’s really good & I really like it! It won’t slip from your hand. And the edges aren’t that sharp! It’s a tall phone & I like it. It’s one of the best Redmi phones that I’ve held. I think this is going to be 190-195g. The Note 11 was around 195g & this’ll be the same or might even be less! I’ll say it’ll be about 190g! How can I be so wrong!? It’s 208g? The weight distribution is very good! It’s not that heavy in the hand! 208g!? I’m surprised because I can understand it has a glass back so the weight increases. But it’s battery has decreased to 4500mAh where the Note 11 had a 5000mAh battery & it still weighed 195g. While this here weighs 208g. Ports & Buttons – Below, there’s a speaker grill, a mic, USB Type C port & a sim card tray. On the left, there’s nothing. On top, there’s a 3.5mm jack, an IR blaster, a noise cancelling microphone & a speaker grill. On the right, there’s a volume rocker at the top & a power on/off button that’s also a fingerprint sensor. An in-display sensor should’ve been there because unlike the Note 11, the Note 11 Pro+ has got an AMOLED screen. But there’s a side mounted fingerprint sensor on this as well. The sim card tray is a hybrid sim slot, meaning you can add 2 sims or 1 sim & an SD card. This is the successor of the Note 10 Pro Max, which had a dedicated SD card slot. Even the base Note 11 had a hybrid sim card slot so that’s quite surprising. But 1 thing isn’t that surprising. I really expected a beautiful screen! Display – The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ has a lovely screen. It’s a big 6.67” FHD+ AMOLED screen with 120Hz fast refresh rate & 360Hz touch sampling rate with a Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The screen to body ratio is very good as the upper & side bezels are very thin, the chin is small too & the 16MP punch hole camera is small too. Specifications – It comes on MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G. The Note 11 series in China are all on MediaTek Dimensity 5G SoCs. And these are quite good. They’re 6Nm fabricated power efficient SoCs. And the battery is efficiently used. Variants – The base variant(6GB+128GB) is priced at Rs 1,999 Yuan(Rs 22-23K). So the Note series’s uppermost variant is generally priced under Rs 20K. Eg) Note 10 Pro Max was priced around Rs 18-19K. Whereas, this one has gone beyond Rs 20K. There are a total 3 variants – 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB & 8GB+256GB. It has UFS 2.2 & LPDDR4X RAM type. A 4500mAh battery, so it’s less but charging is good at 120W! And this 4500mAh battery gets charged from 0-100% in just 15 minutes! Camera – There’s 1 thing though, it has a triple camera setup & not a quad setup like the Note 10 Pro Max. It has 108MP(primary)+8MP(ultrawide)+2MP(Macro) sensors. Why the 2MP sensor? Your 5MP macro sensors are good, why don’t you put that? So it’s 108MP+8MP+2MP. On the front, there’s a 16MP selfie camera. I’m showing some photos they’re ok & are under normal conditions. I like them but we have to put it through paces. Performance – The Dimensity 920 on this phone scores around 4.25L on AnTuTu. Xiaomi claims that it scores around 500K & that’s a big jump compared to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max’s AnTuTu score was around 2.30-2.40L(6GB+64GB). And that’s nearly an 80-90% jump in performance at least on paper. And it shows when you play games as you get a 120Hz fast refresh rate screen with 360Hz touch sampling rate. You can play BGMI on HD-High settings & COD can be played on Medium settings, it’s fun! And this is a Chinese variant so I’m not sure of the settings when it arrives here in India. And you can’t even see/choose the higher settings. Multimedia – Along with display & fast charging, you also get JBL tuned stereo speakers that are loud & good quality. In fact, multimedia would be a highlight package as you’ll absolutely love it. It’s a beautiful screen with great audio! Sensors – You get all sensors including NFC & IR Blaster. There’s a side mounted fingerprint sensor & they work well! Connectivity – There’s the latest WiFi 6, there’s 5G but I’m not sure of the bands as it’s a Chinese variant. There’s Bluetooth 5.2 support. It has a 360 degree light sensor as well & the phone knows the lighting conditions on the front & back. You get the IP53 certification so it’s a little dust & water resistant. There’s FM Radio & no notification light. OS UI – Like the Note 11, it has a MIUI 12.5, that’s based on Android 11. I can’t talk much about the OS as it’s a Chinese variant & we had to install Playstore on it so it’s not what’s going to come to India. But there’s 1 request to Xiaomi, if you’re bringing the Note series to India, then let it have MIUI 13/Android 12 MIUI. Android 12 out of the box is a must! Remember the Note is the most popular series & latest OS should be present. So finally what do I think about the Note 11 Pro+/Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge. Will it come with that name? With whatever name it’ll arrive, if it’s priced around Rs 22-23K(Chinese pricing), then 2-3 things aren’t that good. The Note series is increasing its pricing & there are so many ifs & buts & so I started the video with confusion! So I’m not sure but for this price, yes it’s good! But with some caveats. A small battery, no in display fingerprint despite having AMOLED & main pricing is a bit much. Else it’s a great phone as the in hand feel is great! Build quality is very good, display is outstanding & multimedia is good too. Yes, the 2MP camera sensor would’ve been great with 5MP but the camera is good too. The performance is a big upgrade from the Note 10 Pro Max. So overall it’s good only if the price was a little less. What do you think of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+, do let us know in the COMMENTS. I have to think whether it’s Max/Pro/Pro+ with the big phone names.

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