Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: A Worthy Successor

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Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 11 series in the Philippines. The Redmi Note 11 was introduced first followed by Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

We were given review units of the three devices and I was assigned to review the top-specced Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - featured

The Pro variant has pretty big shoes to fill, with the Redmi Note 10 Pro already impressing with the specs and features at its price point. 

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Specifications

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
Display6.67” FHD+ Super AMOLED DotDisplay
120Hz refresh rate
Rear camera108MP main camera
8MP ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
Front camera16MP in-display front camera
ProcessorSnapdragon 695
RAM8GB LPDDR4X
Storage128GB UFS 2.2
Charging5,000mAh battery
Supports 67W wired turbo charging
ConnectivitySIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD)NFCIR blaster
SoftwareMIUI 13 based on Android 11
ColorGraphite Gray, Polar White, Atlantic Blue
Price PHP 15,999 (Shopee, Lazada)

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Unboxing Experience

The unboxing experience of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is pretty generic. Along with the device itself, it comes with a plastic case, screen protector, warranty and documentation, a cable, and a 65W charger. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - unboxing

As I said, nothing special but I admire the fact that it comes with a 67W fast charging, especially in the current climate where phones may come with a charger that’s way under what the device can support. That or no charger at all. 

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Design and Hands-On

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - front

The Pro variant is built around a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate. This is a pretty good size even with average-sized hands. The combination of a Super AMOLED panel and a 120Hz refresh rate is just golden. Not only does the refresh rate make it super smooth when scrolling on the device, but also offered good colors and brightness. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - rear
That little glow thing makes it look so premium

It has a flat design on the back though which coupled with the shiny but matte finish made for a slippery experience especially when placed on smooth flat surfaces. This is despite a camera bump that’s pretty noticeable. However, one thing I do like about the finish of the glass back is that it doesn’t attract fingerprints as much as other devices. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - bump and buttons

To the right of the phone are the volume buttons and power button. The latter doubles as the fingerprint scanner and was pretty responsive. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - SIM tray

At the bottom of the device are the USB-C port, microphone, SIM tray, and speaker grille. Meanwhile, on the top are the second speaker grille, microphone, and the 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - top phone

The stereo speakers are one of my favorite features on the device. Because I enjoy watching a lot of videos and listening to music when I’m in the house, I immediately appreciated the speakers. Not only was it loud, but the quality is pretty impressive for smartphone speakers. 

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Performance 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - YouTube content

The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G really lived up to the name of being a Pro device. It was very smooth when doing light tasks like browsing the web or social media and watching videos. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - Geekbench
Geekbench result

The device went through our usual benchmarks, namely Geekbench, 3DMark, AnTuTu, and PCMark. We’ll get to PCMark later though.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - AnTuTu
AnTuTu

We tried out a good mix of games to truly test the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset. Among these include Call of Duty Mobile, Apex Legends, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Genshin Impact. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - 3DMark WildLife
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - 3DMark Extreme

The phone was able to handle Mobile Legends and League of Legends: Wild Rift with ease even at the highest settings. Slightly more hardware-intensive games like Call of Duty Mobile, the device was able to manage max settings without hiccups. 

It was with Apex Legends that I started experiencing a bit of warmth from prolonged gameplay at max settings. Although, this was mostly because I was playing at the highest setting possible.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - gaming

Genshin Impact was last on the list. By default, it suggests you play on Low however, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to play it on Highest graphic setting. Similar to Apex Legends though, I felt the strain on the device because it warmed up. 

Both times it warmed up, it wasn’t scorching nor was it uncomfortable, just warm to the touch. 

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Camera 

The rear camera is comprised of a 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. Meanwhile, on the front is a 16MP selfie camera housed in a punch hole at the top center of the display.

The 108MP main lens is probably what you’ll use the most and maybe a bit of the 8MP ultrawide lens. The latter most likely will be used when you want a bit more of the scenery in your photo. 

The main shooter offered decent photos with good color saturation and reproduction. Even at night and indoors, it offered good photos.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - ultra wide night

The ultra-wide lens, surprisingly, kept at pace with its 108MP main counterpart. Some colors are a bit washed out but it’s a trade-off I’d gladly accept for getting more of the environment in your photos.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - macro 1
Macro lens shot

The last of the triple rear cameras is the macro lens which in my opinion just the worst of the three lenses. It allows you to take photos while being close to the subject, however, its quality is just grainier and has more noise than the other cameras. It’s because of the drastically lower camera quality and photos, I’d rather use the main camera.

Like the main rear camera, the front camera delivers decent photos with good details and color reproduction as well. However, its portrait mode can be refined a bit more.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - Portrait front

Here’s a sample of portrait mode that struggled to separate my hair with the textured background behind me. You can even see some elements on my shoulder just above the pink bag strap.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Software

It runs on MIUI 13 on top of Android 11. Out of the box, MIUI 13 is pretty impressive but has some quirks which I would prefer it did without. 

Among these include some pre-installed apps which while you can uninstall, it’s just a pain to do so. Generally, I prefer as close to vanilla Android as I can when it comes to skins.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - app suggestion
Looks so cluttered

Additionally, there are app suggestions that pop up, especially when working with folders. I understand why it’s there, however, I think it just adds more clutter to your day-to-day usage. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - Bedtime mode

One feature I liked though was Bedtime mode which helps lessen blue light by allowing you to turn the screen greyscale as well as lets you keep the screen dark. Moreover, you can toggle Do Not Disturb that will block notifications and calls. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - Reading Time

It also has a Reading Mode that offers Classic and Paper modes. The former reduces the amount of blue light, while the latter adds a paper texture to backgrounds while still using warmer colors. 

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Battery 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - refresh rate

The 5000mAh battery is a pretty capable cell. Being able to switch between 60Hz refresh rate and 120Hz refresh rate gives you so much more flexibility in both your experience with the device and more importantly the battery life. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - 60Hz
60Hz refresh rate

Based on the PCMark Work 2.0 battery life benchmark, the 60Hz refresh rate is said to offer 19 hours and 3 minutes. The higher 120Hz refresh rate, on the other hand, drops this down to 13 hours and 13 minutes which is still pretty impressive.  

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Review - 120Hz
120Hz refresh rate

I solely used the 120Hz refresh rate though as to maximize the device and it’s just a more enjoyable experience. With light to medium use on 120Hz refresh rate, the 13-hour result is definitely accurate. 

I found myself charging at least once a day. But then again, I charge my devices when it drops to 20%. 

Speaking of charging, the device supports up to 67W fast charging. This coupled with the 67W charger allows you to charge from 0% to 100% in about 50 minutes.

Product photos courtesy of Rianne Ronquillo

Ram found his love and appreciation for writing in 2015 having started in the gaming and esports sphere for GG Network. He would then transition to focus more on the world of tech which has also began his journey into learning more about this world. That said though, he still has the mentality of "as long as it works" for his personal gadgets.

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